Nine inspirational Qlders honoured this ‘Queensland Day’

Nine inspirational Queenslanders have been added to the list of Queensland Greats, for their heroic actions in helping to make the state, and often the world, a better place.

Now in it’s 20th year, the awards recognise and celebrate “extraordinary achievements” and “life-time contributions” by Queenslanders.

They are the highlight of Queensland Day, marking the day when the State of Queensland was proclaimed on June 6, 1859.


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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this year’s recipients all share a common trait, which she has described as “service to the community”.

“Every one of our Queensland Greats has worked to make other people’s lives better, some after overcoming incredible adversity themselves,” the Premier said.

“They display strength, courage, ingenuity, talent and determination – all of the things that continue to make Queensland what it is.”

Gold Coaster Betty Taylor is among the Queenslanders being honoured on the state’s birthday, for her work in setting up the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Prevention Centre.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe have also been recognised for their work as child safety advocates.

The husband and wife set up the Morcombe Foundation in memory of their son Daniel and it is now one of the most recognised child safety groups in the country.

The full list of 2020 Queensland Greats are:

  • Bruce Morcombe OAM and Denise Morcombe OAM
  • Associate Professor James Morton AM
  • Betty Taylor
  • Nancy Bates OAM
  • Angus Lane OAM
  • Father Mick Lowcock
  • PCYC Queensland
  • Richard (Darby) McCarthy OAM

As a lasting tribute, each Queensland Great is honoured with a commemorative plaque displayed at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane.

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