Mr ENTSCH: It’s a great pleasure to acknowledge six outstanding members of the Cairns and Far North Queensland community recently awarded Order of Australia medals in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
All six recipients are outstanding people, and their dedication and passion for their respective communities is without question.
The recipients include Cairns Hospital senior psychologist Denise Craig for services to people living with dementia and their support networks; former Mareeba shire mayor Tom Gilmore for his services to local government and to his community; Ireland’s of Cairns dealership principal Richard Ireland for his service to the Cairns community across a range of organisational roles; Tableland fruit and vegetable supplier and grocer Fariborz Rameshfar for his services to remote Far North Queensland communities; Mer Island elder and Torres Strait Regional Authority member Alo Tapim for his passionate service to the Torres Strait Islander community; and former Queensland MP, minister and Mulgrave shire councillor, and current Anglicare North Queensland director, Naomi Wilson for her service to the people and the parliament of Queensland.
I’ve had the privilege to see the outstanding work these six people have done over many years, and I can honestly say they are all very worthy recipients of this award.
On behalf of the people of Cairns and Far North Queensland, I say thank you and congratulations to all of those recipients.