WATER-WISE: Jenifer Simpson, awarded an OAM for water conservation.
WATER-WISE: Jenifer Simpson, awarded an OAM for water conservation. John Mccutcheon

Meet the OAM honours from your community

JENNIFER SIMPSON: Conservation and environment work (above)

WATER has been a prominent theme through most of Jenifer Simpson's adult life, from sailing the world as a young woman to educating the community about water efficiency in her later years.

Today, her 20-plus years of promoting water recycling has been rewarded with an Order of Australian Medal "for service to conservation and the environment".

The Twin Waters woman said she was "dumbstruck" by the honour.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," the 79-year-old said.

She said she hoped her award would give the cause of recycling water greater credibility. Her interest in water efficiency began when she lived at Booloumba Creek, between Kenilworth and Conondale.

Mrs Simpson and her husband retired to the Coast in 1977 and bred donkeys for 16 years. She said it taught her a lot about managing bureaucrats.

"When you're winning (the battle of wills) you find, with the donkeys and the engineers, their bottom lip starts to tremble a little," she laughed.

INSPIRING: Kevin Oxley.
INSPIRING: Kevin Oxley. Patrick Woods

KEVIN OXLEY: Service to visual and performing arts (left)

"WHAT do you do for a living?" a 28-year-old Kevin Oxley was asked.

"I am a printer, but I am going to be an artist," he replied.

It was enough to push him to do something about his dream.

"I thought 'here I am saying it again, either I become an artist or forget about it'," the Flaxton artist said. It has led him along a path which today sees him awarded an OAM for his services to visual and performing arts.

"There are many people deserving such an award, but I'm happy to receive some recognition," he said.

Mr Oxley has encouraged and guided many artists since establishing The Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop at Hawkesbury Agricultural College in 1978.

In his time on the Coast, he has been director of Art and Cultural Development at the Sunshine Coast Advancement Network; a drawing lecturer at Sunshine Coast University; president of Montville Village Association and has judged many art awards.

 

ROBERT KELLY: Service to aviation history (below)

JUNE Kelly couldn't be more proud of her late husband's Order of Australia Medal. She just wishes he were here to receive it.

Bob Kelly has been posthumously recognised for his service to military aviation history as a researcher, author and publisher.

"I feel immensely proud and a bit sorry he won't be here to accept it himself, but I think he knew his books were well received," Mrs Kelly said.

June and Bob Kelly.
June and Bob Kelly. Darryn Smith

The 87-year-old was an avid researcher, author and historian involved in documenting and recording military aviation history from 1984 to 2013.

He spent 30 years writing and publishing the five-volume book Allied Air Transport Operations in the Southwest Pacific during World War II.

A set of the books takes pride of place in Mrs Kelly's home.

MARJORIE VOSS: Service to women and youth

MARJORIE Voss has been awarded an OAM in recognition for her service to women, and to youth through the Guiding movement.

The Bongaree resident has a long history of involvement in various groups, starting with membership of Indooroopilly and St Lucia Parishes from 1960.

Mrs Voss joined the Bribie Island Parish in 2002 and is the serving president, she's also held roles as treasurer and secretary over the years.

Some of her various achievements include her work with Girl Guides Queensland since 2011, Pumicestone Trefoil Guild since 2002 and Trefoil Guild Indooroopilly from 1990 to 2002. Mrs Voss has been a management committee member with the National Council of Women of Queensland since 2006.

Stan Collard.
Stan Collard. CONTRIBUTED

STAN COLLARD: Service to politics (right)

STAN Collard has dedicated his life to helping people - either during his political career or in retirement.

But the Maleny born-and-bred man is modest about today's OAM honour for service to politics and to the community.

"It feels good to be honoured and recognised," he said.

"But there are a whole lot of people who helped me to get where I am."

MICHAEL HINSBEY: Service to aviation history (below)

THE purr of an engine in the hood of a restored aircraft is music to Michael Hinsbey's ears.

The Caloundra Queensland Air Museum volunteer has been recognised for his dedication to the preservation of aviation history with an Order of Australian Medal in today's Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The aviation enthusiast said he was surprised to even receive a nomination, let alone be awarded a gong.

"Yes I just can't quite believe it," he said.

"When I got the letter in the mail it was unreal."

Mr Hinsbey joined the Queensland Air Museum in 1988, when it was based in Brisbane.

In 2008 he was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation to Australian Volunteers from the Federal Government.

Mr Hinsbey is currently not as active with the club as he used to be, but said he had plenty of fond memories of his years with the organisation.

AVIATION ENTHUSIAST: Queensland Air Museum volunteer Michael Hinsbey receives an OAM for services to aviation history.
AVIATION ENTHUSIAST: Queensland Air Museum volunteer Michael Hinsbey receives an OAM for services to aviation history. Warren Lynam

FAMOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS

BARRY JONES

Former federal politician receives an AC for eminent service to the community as a leading intellectual in Australian public life, through contributions to scientific, heritage, musical, medical, political and public health organisations, and to the Australian Parliament.

JUDITH DURHAM

Lead singer of The Seekers, receives an AO for distinguished service to performing arts as an entertainer, through seminal contributions to Australian music, and as a supporter of a range of not-for-profit organisations

ATHOL GUY

Fellow member of The Seekers, receives an AO for distinguished service to performing arts as an entertainer, through seminal contributions to Australian music, and as a supporter of a range of not-for-profit organisations.

PHIL GOULD

Rugby league coach and former NSW State of Origin team coach, receives an AM for significant service to rugby league football as an administrator, commentator, coach and player, and to the community.

HETTY JOHNSTON

Founder of child protection group Bravehearts, receives an AM for significant service to the community through a range of organisations promoting the welfare and rights of children.

STEVE MONEGHETTI

Long distance runner receives an AM for significant service to athletics as a marathon runner, administrator and mentor to young athletes.

MIKE MUNRO

TV journalist receives an AM for significant service to journalism as a television current affairs reporter and presenter, and to the community as an ambassador for a range of charitable organisations.

RICHARD WILKINS

TV identity, receives an AM for significant service to the community through a range of charities, and to the entertainment industry.

DR HARRY COOPER

TV vet, receives an OAM for service to veterinary science and animal welfare, and as an author and presenter.

RAY WARREN

Rugby league broadcaster receives an OAM for service to the broadcast media industry as a sports commentator.

AWARDS

AC - Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

AO - Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

AM - Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

OAM - Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division.


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