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Thursday 23 September 2021

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

Senior Sergeant Desmond Hearn

Sergeant David Ives

Detective Senior Sergeant Adrian Sala

Senior Constable Karen Wakefield

Sergeant Matthew Wakerley

Sergeant Lyle Wiss

Group Bravery Citation

The recipients are recognised with the award of the Group Bravery Citation for their actions during an incident with a man at Coombabah in Queensland on 7 December 1999.

In the early hours of 7 December 1999, seven Queensland Police Officers attended a domestic situation where they encountered a distressed man threatening to self-harm and cause injury to others by igniting fuel in a car next to a unit complex. Whilst an officer negotiated with the man for several hours, other officers were able to evacuate the surrounding area. When the distressed man learnt that the area had been evacuated he became further agitated and drove away from the complex. As three officers pursued the vehicle, other officers deployed road spikes and the man's vehicle was disabled. As officers approached the vehicle, the man attempted to ignite the fuel inside the car. An officer used a baton to break the front driver's window, another broke the front passenger side window and climbed into the vehicle and assisted other officers to restrain the offender who lit a match and threw it towards the open container of fuel. The fuel failed to ignite and several officers worked to restrain the offender sufficiently to remove him from the fume-filled vehicle.

Mr Frank Tudball

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to tennis, as patron, president, vice-president, member and life member of the Miami Tennis Club

Dr Philip Vardy

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to sailing, as vice-president of Para World Sailing, technical delegate for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Organising Committee, founding editor of World Disabled Sailor, national chairman and national coordinator of Sailability Australia, co-founder of Sailability New South Wales, and numerous other roles within the sailing community.    

Ms Alice Walters

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community through choral music, as co-founder, fundraising organiser and musical director of the FaSoLaTi Community Choir, musical director of the Gold Coast Little Theatre and Sing Australia, and through various other roles within the choral community.

Sergeant Megan Ward

Australian Police Medal

For service to the Queensland Police Service in operational policing, distinguishing herself in the realm of mental health, developing and implementing robust mental health responses, particularly as Police Negotiator and District Negotiator Coordinator and in driving the launch of the District Mental Health Co-responder project, supporting QPS staff in their mental health as a volunteer Peer Support Officer, and as an advocate for improvement in mental health services.  

Mrs Rhonda Weston

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to aged persons' education, and to the community of Toowoomba, through state, national and international leadership roles for the University of the Third Age and as president and newsletter editor for U3A Toowoomba, and through volunteer roles for the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre, Wellcamp Airport, and local rose societies.

Mr Martin White

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community of Bribie Island, as founder and director of the Bribie Island Orchestra, a member of the Rotary Club of Bribie Island, and as course co-ordinator of music appreciation and astronomy for the Unversity of the Third Age.

Mr Lorin Nicholson

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to people who are blind or have low vision, as creator of the Inspired by Lorin vision impairment simulation app, Ambassador for the Eye Surgeons’ Foundation, fundraiser for Vision Australia, and as a motivational speaker and corporate mentor trainer.

Mr Adam Whitehouse

Bravery Medal

Mr Adam Whitehouse displayed considerable bravery during the rescue of two boys at Tin Can Bay in Queensland on 12 February 2017. In the afternoon Mr Whitehouse became aware that two young boys were struggling in deep water and an outgoing tide after being separated from their inflatable tube.

He entered the water and swam towards the boys.  On reaching them they clung to him as he tread water in the strong currents.

Mr Whitehouse began to tire with the effort of keeping both boys afloat.  He was swamped by water several times and one of the boys became unresponsive.

On realising the distress Mr Whitehouse and the boys were in, a nearby yachtsman navigated his small tinny over to the trio.  Both boys were lifted into the tinny and CPR was commenced on the unresponsive boy.

Due to exhaustion, Mr Whitehouse was unable to get into the vessel and slipped into the water and began to float away before the yatchsman grabbed him from underwater.He then secured Mr Whitehouse to the boat and took the group towards the shore.

Members of the public continued to perform CPR on the unresponsive boy until paramedics arrived.  Sadly the young boy was unable to be resuscitated.

Mrs Sandra Doumany

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community of the Gold Coast, as president and in other executive positions at the Rotary Club of Hope Island, as District Governor and a member of several committees in Rotary District 9640, and as a member and office-holder of the Liberal Party of Australia and the Liberal National Party. 

Dr John Youngman

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to medicine, and to medical administration, as the inaugural Commissioner for  the Queensland Health Quality and Complaints Commission, in senior clinical, leadership and executive administration roles with Queensland Health and related entities, and as a medical practitioner.