Queen’s Birthday Honours: Outstanding Gold Coasters recognised

More than 1000 Australians have been recognised for their contributions across a diverse range of areas, as part of The Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List, with a number of Gold Coasters among them.

Professor Suzanne Chambers from Griffith University’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland, has been acknowledged for her work on how to best support people dealing with cancer.

Professor Chambers has received the award of Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO).


“I feel very humbled and honoured to receive this award in recognition of my contribution to psycho-oncology,” Professor Chambers said in a statement.

“I hope this award recognises the burden that families and people with prostate cancer carry, as well as the need for researchers to continue with the work they do in this area.”

Springbrook resident Alan Richards is among six Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel who have been recognised for their dedication to community safety, with an Australian Fire Service Medial (AFSM).

For more than 20 years, Mr Richards has given service to his brigade and the Gold Coast Rural Fire Brigade Group with the award to recognise his outstanding commitment to the development of training and operational capabilities within the RFS.

Some of the Gold Coast and Tweed residents who have added an “OAM” (Medal of the Order of Australia) to their name are volunteer art teacher Christine Moran, 2001 Chiropractor of the Year Dennis Richards, former RSL president John Brookes and long-time volunteer Edna Gorton.