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Thursday 16 September 2021

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC CVO, Governor of Queensland, today presented Australian Honours and Awards to the following Queenslanders:

MR BENY ATERDIT BOL

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to youth, including in leadership and program development positions with Youth Off The Streets, as a member and senior office-holder in multiple African community organisations and multicultural community organisations in Queensland, as a member of State, national and multilateral reference and advisory groups in multicultural-related fields, and as an author and researcher.

PROFESSOR NARELLE LORRAINE HAWORTH

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to the road transport industry, and to accident research, through professorial and research roles with Queensland University of Technology, membership of national and state committees and advisory groups on road safety, and a range of book chapters, conference presentations, articles and academic papers in peer reviewed journals.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPA HAY CSC RAN

The Bar to the Conspicuous Service Cross

For outstanding achievement in the field of Maritime Planning and Operational Command, demonstrating strong leadership during Regional Presence Deployment 2020 which directly enhanced Australia's international reputation as a reliable regional security partner dedicated to the International Rules Based Global Order.

WARRANT OFFICER CLASS TWO LEIGH GARY HEDGER

Conspicuous Service Medal

For meritorious achievement as the Regimental Technical Adjutant of the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, and Mechanised Warrant Officer of the 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, demonstrating exceptional professionalism and unwavering dedication to duty which drove structural reform and contributed to the cultural optimisation of mechanised infantry battalions.

MR MATTHEW THOMAS HICKEY

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to music, through positions with The Ten Tenors and the Ipswich Arts Foundation, and through advisory and committee positions with the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, and to the law, as a course presenter for the Australian Bar Association, and as a presenter, advisory group member and mentor at Queensland University of Technology.

MRS RITA HILLIER

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community through the Anglican Church of Australia, and in particular All Saint’s Anglican Parish, Chermside, as manager of the Community Refugee Settlement Scheme, as Chair and Coordinator of WOMBAT, as a volunteer for the Grange Bookshop and as a volunteer for the Anglican Refugee Migrant Ministry.

MR JOHN CLELLAND HOCKNULL

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community, through volunteer roles in fundraising, development and corporate engagement in the Northern Territory, Papua New Guinea and Queensland, including for the Somerville House Foundation and Newstead House Trust, through advocacy for recognition of Patrol Officers in Papua New Guinea, and through founding the Clan Cleland Society.

MR JAMES HUGGETT

Public Service Medal

For outstanding public service to maritime safety in Queensland, as a senior manager with Maritime Safety Queensland, making a significant contribution to maritime safety and the environment through decisive leadership, innovation and insight in project, program and policy development in many areas of Maritime Safety Queensland’s business, including responses to maritime emergencies.

COLONEL JAMES GUTHRIE HUNTER

Conspicuous Service Cross

For outstanding achievement as the inaugural Director Force Structure Plan Directorate, orchestrating the delivery of the first quadrennial Defence capability assessment process, and demonstrating deep professional understanding and professionalism of the highest order.

MR BRENLEY MCMILLAN MILSOM

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community of the Gold Coast, through leadership in the Burleigh Heads Catholic Parish and through positions as a member, office bearer, and project director of the Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads and as a board member and project director for Northern Region, Rotary Australia World Community Service.