Three Caboolture residents have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Three Caboolture residents have been recognised for their community contributions the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

In this Honours List General Division of the Order of Australia:     379 are males & 186 females.

The Order of Australia

The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent means of recognising Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement.  Anyone can nominate any Australian within the general division, and all nominations are considered by the Council for the Order of Australia, which recommends awards for the Governor-General’s approval.  Recipients of these honours are entitled to use the appropriate letters after their names.

There are four levels of award. These awards are made on the Council for the Order of Australia’s recommendation and with the Governor-General’s approval:

-    AC: Companion of the Order of Australia, for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large
-    AO: Officer of the Order of Australia, for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large
-    AM: Member of the Order of Australia, for service in a particular locality or field of activity, or to a particular group
-    OAM: Medal of the Order of Australia, for service worthy of particular recognition

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Caboolture Area Training and Support officer Richard Lohse has been Australian Fire Service Medal.

“(He) has earned the prestigious honour for his commitment to enhancing community resilience through the delivery of training and community education activities,” QFES commissioner Katarina Carroll said.

Lawn bowls devotee Robert Fraser has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service to the game.

And Christine Bryden was named a Member in the Order of Australia for significant service to community health through support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.


Dr Gary John BACON AM (Gen Div)
Ferny Grove QLD 4055
For significant service to the forestry industry through a range of roles, to education, to professional associations, and to the community


Mrs Christine Eva BRYDEN PSM AM (Gen Div)

For significant service to community health through support for people with Alzheimers Disease and other dementias, and as a leading advocate and author.  

Almost 20 years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Christine Bryden has defied all odds and stumped medical professionals by defying the disease and living a normal successful life.

After being diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 46 in 1995, the mother-of-three was devastated by her terminal prognosis. She was told she would need full-time care within five years and would be dead before she turned 60.

And yet two decades later, Ms Bryden has reshaped medical thinking about the disease, writing two books, completing a post-graduate diploma and even entering into a new relationship with her partner - all while her brain continues to deteriorate. 


Mr Brian William DAY OAM (Gen Div)
Maleny Qld 4552
For service to the community through social welfare advocacy roles

MALENY resident Brian Day, 66, has been a man on a mission for most of his life.

The gay activist has dedicated his life to serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and what he describes as their shift from "the edges of society".

Mr Day said having been honoured with an Order of Australia Medal this year "means that society has now come out to meet us and expanded by incorporating our knowledge".

He has been honoured with an OAM for his service to the community through social welfare advocacy roles.

His many roles include being at the forefront of the AIDS campaign in the 1980s, as the vice-president and spokesman for the Queensland AIDS Committee and as a volunteer and organiser of a regional support group for men with AIDS on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Day explained that having previously worked in palliative care, it seemed a natural transition for him to assist those impacted by AIDS - something which he did for about 25 years.

He was also a founding member of the Brisbane branch of CAMP (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) in 1971, a member of the Gay Activists Alliance in the 1970s, and founding member of Camp Club, first LGBTI social club in Brisbane, in the 1970s.

More recently Mr Day has been involved in organising the International Day Against Homophobia event (IDAHO) at the Maleny Community Centre, and was last year awarded the Sunshine Coast Pride Festival's local hero award.

He is also involved with the Aging in Diversity Action Group, which aims to educate the aged-care industry about the needs of the LGBT community.

"I hope it is inspirational for young gays and lesbians. I hope that if they see that a gay or lesbian can achieve such an honour on their own terms, that it can be an inspiration for some of them," Mr Day said about his OAM.

Mr Day, who has lived in Maleny since 1988, made special note that he has been in a committed relationship with his partner since 1983, proving that stereotypes can be inaccurate and long-term, loving relationships in the LGBT community are possible.


Mr Robert Henry FRASER OAM (Gen Div)
For service to lawn bowls


Mr Christopher John LANCASTER OAM (Gen Div)
For service to the community of the Sunshine Coast.

CHRISTOPHER Lancaster said he was humbled by being named on the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his service to the Sunshine Coast community, but he "accepted it on behalf of all Lifeline's volunteers".

The Bli Bli resident sat on the management team of Lifeline Community Care Queensland for 14 years until 2010-12 of which he was the general manager of Lifeline Sunshine Coast and two as state manager of community recovery operations.

"I'm surprised but I humbly accept it (the honour) but want to pay tribute to the staff and hundreds of volunteers that give their time devotedly to Lifeline," he said.

"All those volunteers that don't get paid, they are the unsung heroes, so I sort of accept it on their behalf."

During Mr Lancaster's time with Lifeline he oversaw 138 staff and 580 volunteers, 20 Lifeline retail stores and 18 community service programs.

He initiated the establishment of the Family Relationship Centre in Maroochydore and oversaw the popular Doing Dad's Proud Father's Day events at Cotton Tree that ran for more than a decade.

In 2012, Mr Lancaster received the National Emergency Medal for his contribution to the community recovery operations following Cyclone Yasi at Cardwell, North Queensland, and the Brisbane and Queensland floods of 2010/11.

More recently, he has been volunteering as a justice of the peace for the last eight years and serves regularly in that valuable capacity at the Maroochydore Court.

Over the past six years he has also been a trainer and assessor for the Queensland Justices Association, training prospective justices of the peace and commissioners for declarations.

His list of accomplishments continues as, since his retirement from Lifeline in 2010, Mr Lancaster has also been actively involved in assisting with a medical clinic in the northern islands of Vanuatu which provides the only primary health care service to 166,000 residents of the surrounding area.

He has provided training to medical and emergency staff at both the Medical Santo Clinic and the Northern Provincial Hospital, as well as to the Luganville Police Force and other community groups in suicide prevention and intervention, psychological first aid, basic counselling skills, and child safety and protection.

Speaking about his OAM, Mr Lancaster said: "It came as a surprise.

"I'm semi-retired and it's just a lovely thing to have."


Mr Richard Eric LOHSE (Fire Service Medal)

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