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Friday 10 September 2021

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC CVO, Governor of Queensland, today presented Australian Honours and Awards to the following Queenslanders at the Pullman Reef Hotel in Cairns:

Awardee/s 

Citation/s

Mr Alan Erskine Cummins

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA 

For service to caving, as founding member and in a range of executive, training and assessment roles with the Chillagoe Caving Club, through contributions to the Australian Speleological Federation and other national caving groups, and as a caving instructor in a number of schools.

Mr Joven Toribio Estrada

BRAVERY MEDAL

Mr Joven Estrada displayed considerable bravery during the rescue of a man from a burning vehicle at Malanda in Queensland on the 7th of March 2019.

In the afternoon, Mr Estrada and his girlfriend were travelling along Old Cairns Track when they noticed a vehicle had crashed into trees and burst into flames.

Mr Estrada stopped his car and ran towards the burning vehicle.  Despite the heat and flames, he located the physically disabled driver, who was semi-conscious and unable to get himself out of the car.

Mr Estrada reached into the front seat of the burning vehicle, pulled the driver out, and dragged him away to a safe distance. 

Moments later, the vehicle was totally engulfed in flames.

Mr Estrada and his girlfriend tended to the injured driver until emergency services arrived.

For his actions, Mr Estrada is awarded the Bravery Medal.

Sergeant David William Raymond BM

Mr Jacob Alexander Raymond

COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT

Sergeant David Raymond is commended for brave conduct for his actions at a building fire at Mermaid Beach in Queensland on the 28th of December 2018.

In the late afternoon, off duty policeman, Sergeant Raymond, and other family members were travelling near Mermaid Beach when they saw a large plume of grey smoke coming from the roof of a three story unit block.

They immediately stopped and Sergeant Raymond and his son went to investigate.  They noticed gas bottles located on the balcony of a top floor unit, and a large dog on the balcony of a first floor unit.  Bystanders were unable to confirm if any of the units were occupied.

Sergeant Raymond and his son attempted to gain entry to the block but a locked entry barred their way.  They quickly made a makeshift ladder, scaled a wall, and climbed onto the balcony of the first floor unit where the large dog was located.

Both men entered the unit to search for occupants.  Not finding anyone, Sergeant Raymond's son took the large dog to safety.  Sergeant Raymond went to the smoke filled unit on the third floor.  His son then re-joined him and both men entered and searched the unit.

Once they established that there were no occupants in the burning building, both men returned downstairs.

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Mr Jacob Raymond is commended for brave conduct for his actions at a building fire at Mermaid Beach in Queensland on 28 December 2018.

In the late afternoon, Mr Raymond and other family members were travelling near Mermaid Beach when they saw a large plume of grey smoke coming from the roof of a three story unit block.

They immediately stopped and Mr Raymond and his father went to investigate. They noticed gas bottles located on the balcony of a top floor unit, and a large dog on the balcony of a first floor unit. Bystanders were unable to confirm if any of the units were occupied.

Mr Raymond and his father attempted to gain entry to the block but a locked entry barred their way. They quickly made a makeshift ladder, scaled a wall, and climbed onto the balcony of the first floor unit where the large dog was located.

Both men entered the unit to search for occupants. Not finding anyone, Mr Raymond took the large dog to safety while his father went to the smoke filled unit on the third floor.  He then re-joined his father and both men entered and searched the unit.

Once they established that there were no occupants in the burning building, both men returned downstairs.

Mr Larry John Guilfoyle

AUSTRALIAN CORRECTIONS MEDAL 

For service to Queensland Corrective Services in roles including Correctional Manager, Industries, Lotus Glen Correctional Centre, demonstrating dedication to prisoner rehabilitation, through skills development and enhanced employability strategies including through oversight of prisoners’ training and employment, management and mentoring of Trade Instructors at the Centre, and positive engagement with the local community.

The late Mr Paul Douglas Russell

(received by Mrs Margaret Russell)

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA 

For service to the community of the Atherton Tableland, through positions with fire and emergency services in Atherton, Nhulunbuy, Cairns and Babinda, through leadership and chaplaincy roles with Scouts Queensland, as Principal, Woodleigh College Herberton, through the Atherton Uniting Church as a committee chairman, Lay Helper and Elder, and through community organisations including Atherton Performing Arts.

Mr Scott Anthony Johnson

Mr Shane Antun Radanovic

GROUP BRAVERY CITATION

The recipients are recognised with the award of the Group Bravery Citation for their actions during the rescue of people from crocodile infested waters at Innisfail in Queensland on 2 March 2018.

During the morning of 2 March 2018, a distressed 16 year old woman jumped from the Geraldton Bridge into the Johnstone River, a well known crocodile habitat.  One young man, who had tried to dissuade the young woman from jumping, ran to the river bank and into the water, but he was quickly overwhelmed by the deep water and became fatigued.  Two men who were nearby, and who witnessed the young woman jump and the young man's efforts to save her, noticed the pair were in difficulty and quickly entered the water and swam out to them.  They then dragged the young man and woman back to the safety of the river bank and emergency services arrived.

Mr Graham Maifredi

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

For service to white water rafting, as a senior rafting guide and business owner, member and captain of the Australian team, founding member and inaugural president of the Australian Rafting Federation, and as a race and event director, safety director, committee member, instructor, judge and chief judge for the International Rafting Federation.

Dr John Edward Veron

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

For service to marine research, through research roles, including as Chief Scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, executive leadership of the Australian Coral Reef Society, and authorship of numerous articles, books and monographs in the field. 

Petty Officer Christopher Joseph Sanders

CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL

For meritorious achievement as the manager of the Communications and Information Systems Department in ADV Cape Inscription Starboard, flawlessly and professionally installing two new maritime Information Communications Technology platforms resulting in the maximum level of capability to the Royal Australian Navy in support of Operation RESOLUTE.