Tuesday, 20 June 2023
Statements by Members
King's Birthday Honours
I would like to pay tribute to some remarkable individuals from my region who were recognised during this year in the King's Birthday Honours. Firstly I acknowledge Theo Bacalakis, who received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his invaluable work with St Johns Community Care and in the establishment of that organisation. The Cairns Greek Festival exemplifies his passion and dedication to our multicultural society.
Mayor Angela Toppin has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia after her tireless commitment to education through her many years as a principal of Cairns, Malanda and Mareeba State High Schools, and now in her ongoing services as the Mayor of the Mareeba Shire Council.
We've had recipients of the Australian Police Medal, with Senior Sergeant Jamie Horn and Sergeant David Raymond both receiving the award for their exemplary leadership and commitment to public service. Both officers have served for well over 30 years within the Far North Queensland police service.
Leading Seaman Jahlayla Weazel was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal. Her work in promoting diversity and inclusion in HMAS Supply is commendable and has made a significant impact on the Royal Australian Navy's Indigenous Engagement Plan. Once again, I congratulate them all for their well-deserved recognition in this year's King's Birthday Honours.