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Wednesday 19 May 2021

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, was in Townsville today to present 6 North Queenslanders with Australian Honours and Awards:

Awardee/s 

Citation/s

Warrant Officer Class One Tony Lionel Kennedy

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF THE AUSTRALIA IN THE MILITARY DIVISION 

For meritorious service to the Australian Defence Force in personnel management, training and leadership, displaying exceptional initiative and leadership across three highly demanding appointments, improving soldier technical and leadership skills, transforming Army's artillery capability, improving trade and pay sustainability and making one of Australia's largest military bases more safe and secure.

Mr Gene Morgan Curtis

AMBULANCE SERVICE MEDAL 

For dedicated and committed service to the Queensland Ambulance Service and to the regional community of Queensland through roles as an Honorary Ambulance Officer in Cloncurry, Ambulance Officer in Collinsville, and as a Paramedic at Bowen in regional Queensland, earning the high regard of his peers and demonstrating exemplary service delivery.

Warrant Officer Shane William Grist

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE MILITARY DIVISION 

For meritorious performance of duty in aircrew survival training and infrastructure redevelopment at the Royal Australian Air Force Combat Survival Training School, displaying outstanding skill and devotion to duty as an Instructor, Operations Officer and Reserve Liaison Officer and through coordinating complex training support requirements, leading training area infrastructure redevelopments, and developing improved Reserve workforce planning and engagement.

Mr Glen Aaron Hardy

COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT 

Mr Glen Hardy is commended for brave conduct for his actions during the rescue of people from flooded streets in Townsville in Queensland on 3 February 2019.

In the early evening Mr Hardy, a Townsville Council dump truck driver who had volunteered to help emergency services evacuate people from flooded areas after extreme rainfall, was helping to relocate 60 men, women and children from the suburb of Idalia in a council truck.

When the truck became stranded in rising flood waters the people on board became very anxious.  Despite concerns raised by the Queensland Police Service Officer who was in the truck's cab with him, Mr Hardy immediately exited the vehicle and, in waist deep, fast flowing water, moved about the truck in an attempt to discover what had caused it to become bogged.

Other emergency services were called and on their arrival evacuated 30 people from the truck.  A Council grader also arrived to tow the stricken truck and the remaining evacuees out of the rising floodwaters.  Without regard for his own safety, and now in complete darkness, Mr Hardy took the tow rope from the grader and on multiple occasions duck dived under his vehicle in an attempt to locate an anchor point for the tow rope.

Once the tow rope was secured under the truck, the grader began the delicate process of towing the truck to safety.

For his actions, Mr Hardy is awarded the Commendation for Brave Conduct.

The late Mr Ernest John Maltby, received by Mr Nicholas Tatnell

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA 

For service to the community of Bowen in the area of woodturning and woodwork as founding Member, President and Life Member of the Bowen Woodworkers and Woodturners Association, and as a member of the Townsville Area Woodturners Association, in arts administration and development through the Bowen Regional Arts Council and the Whitsunday Regional Council Regional Arts Development Fund, and in Parents and Citizens Associations for Bowen State High School and St Mary’s Catholic School.

Emeritus Professor Helene Denise Marsh

OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

For distinguished service to the biological and environmental sciences, through a variety of senior leadership roles at James Cook University – Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research, including as a Foundation Dean, Head of School and in Professorial positions, and at the Australian Academy of Science; to the conservation of marine mammals, as member, leader, contributor and officeholder of several conservation organisations and initiatives, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Society for Marine Mammalogy; and to tertiary education, as an academic, officeholder of professional associations and author/co-author of more than 150 papers in refereed journals.