From CEOs to those who contribute at a grassroots community level, several Sunshine Coast identities have been recognised in the 2024 Australia Day Honours list.
A local expert in policing and crime prevention is also among four Australians to receive one of the nation’s highest accolades. Professor Lorraine Mazerolle was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to education, to the social sciences as a criminologist and researcher, and to the development of innovative, evidence-based policing reforms. Prof Mazerolle, who is helping to tackle Queensland’s youth crime crisis, has held key roles at multiple universities, institutions and other groups for more than 20 years.
Across the region, residents have also been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) or received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
As CEO of The Events Centre Caloundra, Bronwyn Edinger received an AM for services to the performing arts.
The award recognises her leadership roles across the country, including Black Swan State Theatre Company, Merrigong Theatre Company, Arts on Tour NSW, Bell Shakespeare, City Recital Hall, Glen Street Theatre, and Perth Theatre Company, where she was the joint founder.
Ms Edinger has driven innovative sector improvements that increased access to high-quality national performing arts for regional communities.
“I’m very grateful to have received this award,” she says. “I come from a family who contributed to community, and I believe in the power of the arts to make a positive impact on individuals and society. It has been a privilege to contribute to maximising access to the arts for Australians and I look forward to increasing opportunities for people to engage with the arts on the Sunshine Coast.”
Julia Davison, of Noosa Heads, was appointed an AM for significant service to children, youth and the community.
She was the founding chief executive officer of Goodstart Early Learning and has been the director of the Cape York Girl Academy since 2015.
Nicole Cleary, of Peregian Springs, received an OAM for service to animal welfare. as manager of the Noosa Shelter for RSPCA Queensland since 1995.
Peregian Beach’s Dr Brian Hoepper received an OAM for service to education. He has held multiple roles with the Queensland History Teachers’ Association and held positions with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Education Queensland.
Councillor Winston Johnston received an OAM for service to local government and the community. He has been the councillor for Sunshine Coast Division 5 since 2020 and was councillor for Caloundra City Division 2 from 1982-1991.
Allen Reed received an OAM for service to the community of Maroochydore. He held key roles with the Maroochydore Residents’ Association, the Millwell Road Community Centre and has been a Justice of the Peace for more than 25 years.
Meanwhile, two locals received Meritorius Awards, for their roles with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. Pomona’s Paul Marden and Assistant Commissioner Gary McCormack, of Birtinya, each received an Australian Fire Service Medal.