Redlands Australia Day honourees celebrated at reception

Redland City Council has (this evening) held a reception bringing together locals recognised in the Australia Day 2015 Honours List.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the reception, hosted at Fiction Bar, Raby Bay Harbour, was an opportunity to highlight and thank inspirational people in the community who had received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) or become a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

“The reception was a wonderful chance to thank the five local residents who received Australia Day Honours – Myann Burrows OAM, Peter Drysdale AM, Meg O’Driscoll OAM, Beverley Giles OAM and Jeffrey Underhill OAM,” Cr Williams said.

“We also took the opportunity to recognise the honours given to Ross Wiseman AM for his outstanding local community work and Alexa Curtis, recent winner of the Redland City Australia Day Cultural Award.

“These people have all served their community to the best of their abilities, whether it be through nursing, volunteering, promoting cultural opportunities or helping those less fortunate living abroad.

“The Australia Day 2015 Honours List recipients embody the ideals that many Australians strive for – mateship, having a go and giving your best.

“They are all inspirational people and we are very proud of their association with Redland City.”

Those honoured include:

  • Myann Burrows OAM – recognised for services to the Redland community including many cultural groups and projects.
  • Peter Drysdale AM – recognised for significant services to the international community through the provision of low-cost housing for disadvantaged persons in Fiji.
  • Beverley Giles OAM – recognised for service to community health through dementia care and education training programs.
  • Meg O’Driscoll OAM – recognised for services to the community and to nursing.
  • Jeffrey Underhill OAM – recognised for service to the community and charitable organisations
  • Ross Wiseman AM – recognised for service to the community through the leadership and promotion of volunteer organisations.
  • Alexa Curtis – awarded the Redland City Cultural Award for 2015 for her achievements with singing.