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    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Friday, June 01, 2007


    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Friday, June 01, 2007


    Premier Peter Beattie today announced that the 2007 Queensland Greats included five extraordinary Queenslanders and one institution.

    “Being named a Queensland Great is one of our State’s most prestigious accolades and I am pleased to honour such a distinguished and highly regarded group of Queenslanders through this year’s awards,” Mr Beattie said.

    “This year’s Queensland Greats include some of Queensland’s most precious living legends whose lifetime achievements have helped to shape the Smart State as we know it today.”

    The 2007 Queensland Greats are: Mr Ashley Cooper, Ms Leneen Forde AC, Mr Doug Hall AM, Professor John Hay AC and Sir Leo Hielscher AC.

    Surf Life Saving Queensland was awarded the Queensland Greats institution award.

    “Their achievements cover a wide variety of fields and pursuits, and include an Australian tennis legend, Queensland’s first female Governor, and one of the State’s most iconic institutions that has helped keep our beaches safe for nearly a century.

    “I congratulate each of the Greats on their achievements and thank them for their contribution to Queensland.”

    The 2007 Queensland Greats were announced by the Premier at an official awards ceremony in Roma Street Parkland today (Friday 1 June).

    Since the awards began, a total of 37 Queenslanders have been named Queensland Greats. Past recipients include Sister Angela Mary Doyle AO, Mr Wayne Bennett OAM, Dr Evelyn Scott AO, Dr Richard Lewandowski, Mr Greg Norman and Professor Ian Frazer.

    Past Queensland Greats are honoured by the ‘walk of greats’ plaque display at Roma Street Parkland.

    The ceremony marked the beginning of Queensland Week, from 3-10 June, which will involve a week of celebrations around the State, including the free Big Queensland BBQ on Sunday 10 June at Roma Street Parkland featuring children’s group Hi-5.

    For more information on Queensland Week: visit or phone (07) 3405 5215.

    Friday June 1, 2007
    Media Contact: Premier’s Office 3224 4500


    Mr Ashley Cooper
    As winner of eight Grand Slam titles, Mr Ashley Cooper has achieved outstanding success on the international tennis circuit and made a significant contribution to the development of tennis in Queensland through providing support and mentoring to help guide youth through their tennis careers.

    A celebrated singles and doubles player, Mr Cooper’s career highlights include singles champion at the Australian Open (1957 & 1958), Wimbledon (1958), and the US Open (1958); and doubles champion with Mal Anderson at the French Open (1957), and doubles champion with Neal Fraser at the US Open (1957), Australian Open (1958) and French Open (1958). He was also a member of the Australian Davis Cup Team from 1956 to 1958.

    Mr Cooper was inducted into the Member Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1987; the Member International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1991; and in 1996 he was inducted into the Member Tennis Australia Hall of Fame. He has lived in Queensland with his wife Helen since 1958, and together they have four daughters and ten grandchildren.

    Ms Leneen Forde AC
    As Queensland’s first female Governor, Ms Leneen Forde AC has played a leading role in advancing the social and economic welfare of the people of Queensland, and has made significant contributions to enhancing the status and interests of women.

    Ms Forde is currently Vice President Scouts Australia; Board Member for Queensland Ballet Board; patron of Rosies, Karuna Hospice Service, National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame (Alice Springs), Alzheimer's Association of Australia (Darling Downs and South West Inc) and the Foundation for Survivors of Domestic Violence.

    She is former Governor of the State of Queensland; Queenslander of the Year (1991); Chair, Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Institutions; Senior Counsellor, Qld Law Society; Member, Solicitor Disciplinary Tribunal; Founding President, Queensland Women Lawyer's Association; Queensland Representative of the Australian Women Lawyer's Forum; Committee Member of the International Bar Association, Estate Division and former Chair of the Queensland Supreme Court Probate Rules Review Committee, and of the Social Security Tribunal. Former Chair of the Forde Foundation Advisory Board and National Chair, Defence Reserve Support Council.

    Former International President Zonta International; Board Member, Zonta International
    Foundation and First Convenor, Queensland Women's Consultative Council. Positions held on Boards of Queensland Small Business Corporation, the Australian Brain Foundation (Queensland Division), the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, and the Institute of Modern Art, and Trustee of the Una Prentice Foundation. Honorary Ambassador for the City of Brisbane and the Office of Economic Development before chairing the Office of Economic Development for the City of Brisbane. Former member of the Ethics Committee, Holy Spirit Hospital, Board of the Brisbane College of Theology, and Board of the Brisbane Institute.

    Doug Hall AM
    As director of the Queensland Art Gallery for two decades, Doug Hall expanded the Gallery’s international focus and developed a strong engagement with Asia, especially through the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. He conceived the idea for the Gallery of Modern Art and oversaw its development and opening in December 2006.

    He was director of the Queensland Art Gallery from 1987 until April 2007. Prior to this, he had been director of two regional galleries in Victoria. He has served on a range of State and Federal cultural organizations including Chairman of the Visual Arts/Crafts Board of the Australia Council and a member of the Australia Council; until recently he was a member of the Australia International Cultural Council; a member of the Council of Australian Art Museum Directors – and former Chairman; and a Council member of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation.

    He remains a member of the Asialink Council, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Australia-Thailand Institute. He has just been appointed to the Guggenheim Museum’s Asia Council [New York]

    In 1999 he was awarded the University of Queensland’s degree of Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa for his contribution to the visual arts in Queensland. In June 2001 he was awarded a member of the Order of Australia, and in 2006 was made a Chevalier dans l‘Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the Republic of France.

    Professor John Hay AC
    Since becoming the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Queensland in 1996, Professor John Hay AC has made a number of exceptional contributions to Queensland including the development of a series of major research institutes and centres which will greatly enhance Queensland’s long term future prosperity.

    Professor Hay was educated at Perth Modern School, the University of Western Australia and, on a Hackett Research Scholarship, at Cambridge University. He was a Professor of English and Deputy Chair of the Academic Board at the University of Western Australia, Dean of Arts and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Monash University, Vice-Chancellor at Deakin University and, from 1996, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Queensland.

    He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian College of Educators and the Queensland Academy of Arts and Science and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Western Australia, Deakin University and QUT. He has chaired or been a member of national and international boards on university learning and teaching, research, libraries, art galleries, philanthropy, performing arts, humanities and bio-sciences. He has published widely in English and Australia literature, comparative literature and education.

    In 2000, he was named an International Living Pedagogic by the Swedish Academy of Higher Education. In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal and in 2004 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). He is married to Barbara Hay, a retired Occupational Therapist and they have four children.

    Sir Leo Hielscher AC
    Sir Leo Hielscher AC has been acclaimed as one of the key figures responsible for transforming Queensland’s economy over the past 40 years in his positions as Under-Treasurer and Chair of Queensland Treasury Corporation.

    Sir Leo Hielscher has over fifty years experience in the areas of government, the banking and finance industry, domestic and global financial markets, superannuation industry and as an independent Company Director. He was the Under Treasurer of Queensland for 14 years (1974-1988) and before that, 10 years as Deputy Under Treasurer. He was then appointed Chairman of the Queensland Treasury Corporation Advisory Board in 1988. In
    1991, the Advisory Board became the Queensland Treasury Corporation Board and Sir Leo was appointed as its inaugural Chairman.

    Sir Leo is also the inaugural Chairman of Austsafe Ltd (an industry Superannuation fund); Chairman of the Independent Superannuation Preservation Fund, and the Queensland Health Reform Advisory Panel, a Commissioner of the Local Government Reform Commission and a Director of the American Australian Association Ltd. As a Company Director, Sir Leo has considerable experience at Board level and has been associated with a number of public and private sector Boards.

    Sir Leo was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship in 1973, a Knight Bachelor in 1987, an Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University in 1993, and a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) in the General Division in 2004.

    Surf Life Saving Queensland
    Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is Queensland’s peak beach safety and rescue authority, and is one of the largest volunteer-based community service organisations in Australia.

    SLSQ was established in 1930 and comprises 59 affiliated Clubs in six regions with over 28,000 members. SLSQ also includes 40 Supporters Clubs with more than 200,000 members and is affiliated with Surf Life Saving Australia and the International Life Saving Federation.

    SLSQ’s mission is to provide excellent beach safety and lifesaving services, water safety advocacy, education and sport.

    Since recording began in 1930, Queensland surf lifesavers have rescued over 100,000 people and each summer saves on average 3,000 lives.