The achievements of some of Queensland’s most inspirational citizens were recognised today.

Among the recipients, former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson.

Louise Starkey reports.


This morning 24 people gathered at Government House for the Australian Honours and Awards Investiture Ceremony.

Each award recognises a special contribution Australian citizens have made on a local, national or foreign stage.

Governor Penelope Wensley graciously congratulated each recipient for their contribution.

Former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson’s came first.

Even after his 44 years in the service the nomination for excellency and dedication came as a surprise.

Bob Atkinson, Former Police Commissioner: “This is really special today. I feel very grateful. I feel very privileged. I feel very honoured, but also this award really, it genuinely is a reflection of the 15,000 men and women in the Qld Police Service that I was privileged to represent as the Commissioner for 12 years.”

Ronald Neil Forte was the 14th recipient.

He received an award for his long term commitment and service to the Burleigh Heads Surf Life Saving Club.

Ronald Neil Forte, Burleigh Heads Surf Life Saving: “I’ve been a member of the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club since 1959. Quite a while ago. I was only 14 at the time. It’s a way of life.”

Governor Wensley recognised those from a wide range of services from charities and health, to armed services and the arts.

Governor Wensley highlights the importance of the Australian Honours system which recognises and says thank you to those who make a difference.

Each year these devoted individuals form a key part of the history and development that has made Queensland what it is today.

Louise Starkey, QUT News.