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Friday 17 September 2021

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

Awardee/s

Citation/s

MRS CORNELIA BABBAGE

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For service to the multicultural community of the Gold Coast, including as Chief Executive Officer of Multicultural Families Organisation, and in leadership and officeholder positions with the Domestic Violence Centre at the Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre, the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast, and the Gold Coast Multicultural Network.

WARRANT OFFICER RUSSELL LEONARD BECK CSC

Medal of the Order of Australia in the Military Division

 

For meritorious service and operational excellence in aviation maintenance and safety reform for the Royal Australian Air Force, displaying exceptional dedication, leadership, drive and moral courage in several demanding appointments, improving productivity, culture and systems.

CONSTABLE CECELIA ANN JARVIS

Commendation for Brave Conduct

 

Constable Cecelia Jarvis is commended for brave conduct for her actions during an incident with a distressed person at Eimeo in Queensland on the 23rd of February 2019.

On that morning, Constable Jarvis and another officer were on duty at Mackay Northern Beaches police station when they attended a residence in response to a call that a distressed woman had locked herself inside the house, poured fuel on herself, and was threatening to ignite it.

On arrival, Constable Jarvis called several times for the distressed woman to open the door.  Eventually the woman unlocked the door but didn't open it.  Constable Jarvis and the other officer entered the house and located the woman now in the garage, next to a jerry can of fuel, and fumbling with a cigarette lighter.

The other officer quickly opened windows to ventilate the fume-filled garage, before going to the police vehicle to alert other agencies, grabbing a fire extinguisher, and returning to the garage.

Meanwhile the distressed woman refused to heed Constable Jarvis' instructions to hand over the cigarette lighter, instead pouring more fuel over herself and trying to spark the lighter.  Constable Jarvis lunged towards the woman and, after a struggle, was able to remove the lighter from the woman.

The woman was restrained by both officers, removed from the garage, and later taken to Mackay hospital.

For her actions, Constable Cecelia Jarvis is commended for brave conduct.

MISS SUSAN DIANNE JOHNSON

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For service to the community, as a volunteer for St Luke’s Anglican Church, Ekibin, and the St Luke’s Theatre Society, and as a member of the Holland Park Lions Club, and to tenpin bowling, as a volunteer for the Tenpin Bowling Association of Queensland and the Pan Pacific Masters Games.

MR TONY JAMES JOHNSTONE

Australian Fire Service Medal

 

For distinguished service to Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, and to the community, as an active, operational firefighter, a leader of a range of multi-disciplinary teams in operational, policy and procurement settings, and through advice and leadership delivering command and coordination during times of devastating disasters such as bushfires, floods and cyclones.

MR TIMOTHY JOHN KEELER

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For significant service to the community through a range of roles, including for District 9630 Rotary International, the Rotary Clubs of Logan and Hamilton North, community youth, safety, sports and arts organisations, and to education, through Faith Lutheran College, Redlands, a range of other schools, and related groups and associations.

PROFESSOR CLAIRE LOUISE JACKSON

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For significant service to primary health reform, and to general practice medicine, through leadership, clinical, administrative and academic roles with the University of Queensland, the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, the National Health and Medical Research Council, and roles with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, professional associations and the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SARAH JANE KELLY

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For service to tertiary education, through academic, leadership, research and advisory roles, including at the University of Queensland and Loughborough University (United Kingdom), and to sports administration, through governance and sports marketing roles with organisations including the Brisbane Lions AFL Club, Tourism and Events Queensland, Events Management Queensland, and the Queensland Minister’s Sport Advisory Council.

MR RICHARD EDWARD KENNY

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For service to rifle and pistol shooting, through roles including Captain and President of the Brisbane Mariners Rifle Club, president of the Queensland Rifle Association, and Chief Range Officer of the Service Pistol Club of Queensland, and to veterans, as a founding member of the 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Association.

WARRANT OFFICER RICKI PAUL KIELY

Member of the Order of Australia in the Military Division

 

For exceptional service in combat aircraft sustainment, Defence Aviation Safety Regulations development and implementation, and maintenance management in the Royal Australian Air Force, driving productivity and developing quality outcomes.

MR BRIAN JAMES BOULTON

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For significant service to the law, and to the judiciary, particularly to District Courts, as Judge of the District Court of Queensland and as Acting Judge of the District Court of New South Wales.

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT ANDREW LUKE WILLERSDORF

Conspicuous Service Cross

 

For outstanding achievement in capability development of the C-27J Spartan at Number 35 Squadron for the Royal Australian Air Force, demonstrating superior engineering prowess, extensive aircraft technical knowledge, and conspicuous drive to deliver improved air mobility effects safely and efficiently in challenging and austere flying environments.

MR VICTOR GREGORY KNOWLES

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For service to music, in roles including music director and instructor of the Victoria Navy Band and the Defence Force School of Music, and to the community of Mudgeeraba, through the Lions Club of Mudgeeraba and as a music teacher and founder of the Hinterland Community Band.

MR TERRENCE HUGH MCCOSKER

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For service to primary industry, through founding and leadership roles in enterprises and organisations including Resource Consulting Services, Carbon Link Limited, and Beef Australia, through research and management positions with Mount Bundey Station and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries, and through production of over 40 publications and papers.