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Queenslanders receive Australia Day honours

Queenslanders receive Australia Day honours

FOUR Queenslanders are among Catholics recognised for their contribution to their communities in this year’s Australia Day honours list.

They were among 50 Catholics recognised nationally in the honours list.

Robin Murphy of Sinnamon Park, Brisbane, Bernadette Lane of Mermaid Beach, Valerie Rose of Junabee and Michael Cosgrove of Cooranga, North Queensland were appointed as Members of the Order of Australia.

They were recognised for their contributions in a range of activities from building and construction to community health and social welfare.

Mr Murphy, with a long history of volunteering with the St Vincent de Paul Society in Queenstown and Launceston, received his award for service to the building and construction industry and to the community.

Mrs Lane, a member of Marymount College Ladies Auxiliary since the 1970s, was honoured for service to social welfare and to the Burleigh Heads community.

Mrs Rose’s contributions to community health came through school counselling work at Toowoomba and Warwick.

A member of Warwick Hospital’s Combined Churches Pastoral Care Team, she has been a parishioner of St Mary’s Warwick for many years.

Mr Cosgrove was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community of the Darling Downs, and to local government.

Familiar names among Catholics across Australia in the honours list included former Federal minister and current Liberal Party federal president, Richard Alston, Mark Bouris and Therese Temby.

Mrs Temby was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for a long and distinguished contribution to Catholic education in WA including her role as state Catholic education director.

She was also chair of the National Catholic Education Commission from 2008 to 2013.

Mr Alston was also named an Officer of the Order of Australia.

He was recognised for distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, to international relations through diplomatic roles, to business development in diverse sectors, and to the community.

Mr Bouris, a supporter and fundraiser for the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Vincentian House since 1994, was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the finance industry, particularly the home loan mortgage sector, to education, and to charitable organisations.

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