One hundred and fifty Queenslanders are being honoured this week at award ceremonies at Government House.

The recipients include lifesavers, mining experts, and everyday people.

Kirsty Jarrett reports.


The awards recognise Queenslanders who’ve gone above and beyond for the state and their communities.

Recipients were nominated by their peers and the Council for the Order of Australia.

The Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey said those at today’s ceremony are responsible for setting the tone of our society.

Paul de Jersey, Queensland Governer: “You each add richly to the fabric of our state.”

Kristy Ellis, three-time World Iron Woman champion, received an award for her contribution to surf life saving.

Kristy Ellis, Member Order of Australia: “It’s a wonderful honour, it has felt quite surreal right up until this morning.”

Many others were also humbled by the recognition.

Florence Watson, Order of Australia Medallist: “For services to the Indigenous community of Queensland, I’ve travelled the length and breadth of Queensland so it’s a great honour.”

One recipient has dedicated his life to the mining and resource industry.

Adjunct Professor Daniel Wood, University of Queensland: “Discovering ore bodies is never easy, but the easy ones have already been discovered, so the ones that are going to be discovered in the future are going to be much more difficult.’

He’s now focusing on resource replenishment.

While today’s recipients were honoured for their achievements in the community, tomorrow, the Governor will present awards to recognise acts of bravery.

Kirsty Jarrett, QUT News.