Gold Coasters Recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours Posted on June 12, 2017

Regional Development Australia Gold Coast would like to congratulate the Gold Coasters acknowledged in the Queen's Birthday Honours for 2017 announced today.

Professor Ian O'Connor, AC, leads the Gold Coast recipients. Prof O'Connor is the Vice Chancellor and President at Griffith University and was acknowledged for eminent service to tertiary education, particularly to the strategic development of national and international university initiative, and to the community through engagement in social policy, child welfare and juvenile justice research.

He received the Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Gold Coasters acknowledged for distinguished and conspicuous service include:


  • Mrs Gwynneth May Bridge, AM (Runaway Bay) - For significant service to the community through leadership in the early childhood care and education sector
  • The Reverend Kenneth John Anderson, OAM (Nerang) - For service to the Uniting Church in Australia
  • Mr Paul Broughton, OAM (Southport) - For service to rugby league, and to the community
  • Mr Brian Raymond Gent, OAM (Biggera Waters) - For service to the community of the Gold Coast
  • Mr Desmond John Lacy, OAM (Oxenford) - For service to multinational law enforcement relations and cooperation
  • Mrs Dianne Eunice Loddon, OAM (Gilston) - For service to education, and to the community
  • Mr Daryl Maxwell Sanderson, OAM (Runaway Bay) - For service to the community of the Gold Coast
  • Mr William Ian Townsend, OAM (Mudgeeraba) - For service to the international community, particularly to peacekeeping
  • Dr Roger Thomas Welch, OAM (Southport) - For service to ophthalmology.





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