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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    108 Queenslanders recognised in Queen's Birthday 2017 Honours List

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, June 12, 2017

    108 Queenslanders recognised in Queen's Birthday 2017 Honours List

     

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today praised the 108 Queenslanders recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List.

    Ms Palaszczuk said the Queen’s Honours List was an opportunity to recognise and congratulate outstanding Australians who have made a real difference in our communities.

    “These 108 great Queensland men and women are from all walks of life, but they all share the same outstanding quality – they have all worked tirelessly in their respective fields to enrich our community,” the Premier said.

    “From extraordinary commitment to their profession, or dedication to community service, we are proud of them for always striving to make Queensland and Australia a better place to live and for giving back to our communities.”

    The Premier acknowledged the diversity of recipients who come from a range of fields including business, medicine, law, primary industries, philanthropy, education and the arts.

    “I’m sure that all Queenslanders will join me in congratulating each and every one of the 108 recipients,” she said.

    “These Queenslanders are leaders making life better in our communities and, in many cases, around the world.

    “Some are well known to the public, but others are quiet achievers who work untiringly at a grassroots level to help others.”

    Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University Professor Ian O’Connor was among the group of 108 Queenslanders recognised with an honour – made a companion to the Order of Australia.

    “Congratulations to Professor O’Connor who has been recognised for his eminent service and leadership in the tertiary education sector as Vice Chancellor of one of our State’s largest and most innovative universities,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “I would like to congratulate former State Minister Anne Warner and Micah Projects CEO Karyn Walsh who have been honoured as Member (AM). Anne has been recognised for her service to the people and Parliament and as an advocate for women the criminal justice system. Karyn’s honour recognises her work supporting people who are homeless and her work in mental health support.”

    Member of the Premier’s Business Advisory Council, Mrs Keri Craig-Lee, was among the recipients who received a Medal (OAM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the clothing manufacturing sector, to business, and to the community.

    “It is tremendous that one of Brisbane’s most iconic business women and talented designers has been recognised with an honour,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    Barcoo Shire Council Mayor Bruce Scott also received a Medal (OAM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to local government and his community.

    “Bruce was instrumental in driving the high-speed internet to the region after a decade-long campaign and it’s great to see this community champion recognised,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    A full list of the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List is available on the Governor-General’s website at www.gg.gov.au