More than a dozen Gold Coasters are among those recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Over one thousand Australians are being honoured for their various contributions to the community.
Hugh Jackman, Jonathan Thurston, Ita Buttrose, Kevin Rudd, Eric Bana and Cameron Smith are just some of the names on the list this year.
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Mr Jackman says he’s especially emotional and humbled by the recognition for his contributions to the performing arts and the global community.
“I am an immensely proud Australian, and am so grateful for the opportunities I have received by being raised there,” he said.
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd dedicated his award to ‘our indigenous brothers and sisters’.
“These first Australians are the oldest continuing civilisations on earth, and for those of us who have arrived in recent centuries, it is a privilege to share this vast and ancient continent with them,” he said in a statement.
From the Gold Coast, Claude ‘The Mower Man’ Harvey has been recognised for his work with ‘Bravehearts’, and raising over $1 million to help at risk children.
Beverley Walsh – the first female to join the surf life saving movement on the Gold Coast, 50 years ago – was recognised for her commitment to championing the sport.
And Brad Farmer, a former Greenpeace activist, received his Member of the Order of Australia for services to surfing, conservation and communities.
This year’s list has also awarded the highest percentage of women in the history of the annual event.
To check out the full list, click here.