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Tuesday 21 September 2021

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

Colonel Andrew Abbott AM

 

Commendation for Distinguished Service

For distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations as the Combined Joint Director of Operations and Chief of Staff for the Train, Advise, Assist Command - South, while deployed on Operation HIGHROAD, greatly enhancing the reputation of the Australian Defence Force through leadership, operational skill and dedication to duty.

Professor Alan Mackay-Sim

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to tertiary education, and to biomedical science, particularly adult stem cell research, through academic, research, leadership and advisory positions at Griffith University, including involvement in the establishment of NeuroBank and the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research, and serving as Director of the Centre, and as Australian of the Year 2017.

Mr John Kotzas

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to the performing arts as an administrator and artistic director, in positions from Education Officer to Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and in advisory, leadership and committee roles for a range of performing arts entities including as inaugural Managing Director of the Brisbane Festival.

Dr Erica McWilliam

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to education, and to pedagogy and gender equity, through academic and leadership roles at Queensland University of Technology, the National Institute of Education (Singapore) and professional associations, as a teacher and resident writer and scholar at several Queensland schools, and as an education consultant in Queensland, Victoria and overseas.

Mr Vincent Melbin

Bravery Medal

Mr Vincent Melbin displayed considerable bravery during the rescue of a man from the Brisbane River in Queensland on 15 March 2019. At 2:50am Mr Melbin and a companion were walking on the Goodwill Bridge over the Brisbane River when they saw a man about to jump from the bridge.

They attempted to talk to the man, however he jumped off the bridge into the water 15 metres below. When he surfaced he was barely able to keep his head above the water.

Mr Melbin removed his shoes and shirt and jumped into the water, whilst his companion called 000.

Mr Melbin grabbed hold of the now unconscious man and supported him as he swam towards a nearby jetty. Unable to climb up onto the jetty, Mr Melbin managed to keep afloat and continued to struggle to keep the man's head above the water.

Police arrived and threw a rope into the water. Mr Melbin secured the rope around the man who was then pulled out of the river and onto the jetty where first aid was applied until paramedics arrived.

Exhausted, Mr Melbin was helped from the water.

Mr Wayne Kratzmann

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to the visual and performing arts, and to education, as a director, founding member and benefactor of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, and as a member and benefactor of arts entities including the Australiana Fund, the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art Foundation, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Conservatorium, and the University of Queensland.

Mr Philip Bacon

Officer of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For distinguished service to the arts, to social and cultural organisations, and through support for young artists, as a philanthropist and in senior roles in major arts organisations including the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art Foundation, Opera Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and the Brisbane Festival, and in high-level trustee and advisory roles in other arts-related organisations.

Flight Sergeant Lorraine Morley

Conspicuous Service Medal

Flight Sergeant Morley is an extraordinarily gifted and selfless senior non-commissioned officer who consistently demonstrated professional excellence in complex and highly challenging circumstances. Her demonstrated mastery and focused dedication drove the successful transformation of the Air Warfare Centre's administrative governance framework and service delivery, and underpinned critical elements of the Air Warfare Instructors Course. Her conspicuous drive for excellence in professional standards and training outcomes have been outstanding.

Mr Adam Ka-Ho Lo

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to mental health, through professional, academic and community roles as an occupational therapist, and to the multicultural community of Queensland, through organisations including the National Ethnic Multicultural Broadcasters Association, the Ethnic Broadcasting Association of Queensland, the Queensland Multicultural Youth Broadcasters Network, and the Chinese Ethnic Broadcasting Association of Queensland, and as an Honorary Aide-de-Camp to His Excellency the Governor.

Constable Drew Harold

Mr Bruce Holla

Mr Craig McPhillips

Group Bravery Citation

Just before noon on 25 September 2018, two police officers attended a call for assistance after a small boat had capsized in the Mary River in Maryborough, throwing two adults and three children into the water that is known to be a habitat of bull sharks and the occasional crocodile. The boat was floating in the middle of the river and slowly sinking. The adults and children were clinging on to the boat and the three children were wearing life jackets. One police officer and two other people entered the water and swam about 50 metres out to the boat.  The police officer and one of the men held onto the children and together with the other rescuer and the two adults worked to swim the boat back to shallow water. The children were passed to others who assisted them ashore,followed by the adults. Emergency services soon arrived and provided assistance.

Mrs Cynthia Munro

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to veterans and their families, through leadership and community roles in the Returned and Services League of Australia, including the Currumbin Palm Beach Sub-Branch, the Gold Coast District Women's Auxiliary, and the Currumbin Palm Beach Returned and Services League of Australia Memorial Club, and the Palm Beach Currumbin Lioness Club, and as a committee member for the Girl in a Million Quest for the Queensland Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia.

Private Warwick Naggs

Conspicuous Service Medal

For meritorious achievement as Acting Troop Leader Surveillance Troop, 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry).

Private Naggs displayed superior dedication, leadership and application of skill as the Multi-Spectral Surveillance Troop Leader. Despite his rank and experience, Corporal Naggs developed outstanding ground surveillance radar and Unmanned Aerial System training and operating procedures. His expert management of training, equipment, airworthiness and operating procedures ensured the development of the capability across the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, the Army, and the Joint Force; directly contributing to success on exercise and operations.

Mrs Beryl Neilsen

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community through charitable organisations, particularly as the founder, director and trustee of the John and Beryl Neilsen Winchester Foundation to support the education of children in remote and isolated areas, and as a sponsor and supporter of the annual conference of the Isolated Children’s and Parents’ Association

Chief Superintendent Brian Huxley

Australian Police Medal

For service to the Queensland Police Service, making significant contributions to policing, enhancing frontline practices, and demonstrating service delivery excellence in senior roles including Senior Sergeant Metro North Regional Operations Unit, senior investigator to the Thoroughbred Racing Inquiry, leader of Task Force Argos, Operations Commander Forensic Services Branch, and Venue Commander during the 2016 G20 meeting.     

Mr Kerry O’Brien

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to the law, and to the judiciary in Queensland, as Chief Judge, Judge Administrator, Judge, and committee member and chair in the District Court of Queensland, as President of the Children’s Court of Queensland, Acting Supreme Court Justice, and Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions.

Lieutenant Colonel Meegan Olding

Commendation for Distinguished Service

For distinguished performance of duties in warlike conditions, as the Acting Chief Strategy and Plans Division, Coalition Joint Plans in the Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters of Operation Inherent Resolve, demonstrating outstanding planning ability, resilience and distinguished performance of duties.

Dr Barry O’Loughlin

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to medicine, and to medical administration, particularly to surgery, through positions including Executive Director, Surgical and Perioperative Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and through Council, Board and Committee roles and as a fellow and examiner in general surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Mr Ewan Palmer

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community of Rockhampton, through leadership roles with the Rockhampton Salvation Army, Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, and the Australian Cattle Industry Park, and to rugby union, in roles as President, senior coach, and Committee member for organisations including the Pioneers Rugby Club and Rockhampton Rugby Referees Association.

Mrs Carol Paterson

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to horse sports, through leadership and representative roles for Pony Club Australia and as Vice-President, judge, instructor, coach, and team manager for Pony Club Association Queensland, judge for Equestrian Australia, founding member and chief instructor for the Texas Pony Club, and Secretary and coordinator for the Texas Show Society.

Mr Linsey Pollak

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the performing arts, and to music, as an instrument maker, inventor, composer, TEDx speaker, YouTube content creator, member of numerous bands, and involvement in community music projects including founding the North Perth Ethnic Music Centre, and co-founding, organising, facilitating and performing in many other projects and festivals.