June 11, 2018
Three notable South Burnett residents received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced on Monday.
Well-known retired local educator, Wakka Wakka elder and Vietnam veteran Eric Law, from Murgon, was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Eric is a former director of Nurunderi TAFE College and for many years worked at St Joseph’s Catholic School in Murgon.
He is also a member of The Ration Shed committee.
Eric grew up in Cherbourg and is a familiar face at events in the town, including serving as master of ceremonies at Anzac Day commemorations, and escorting groups through The Ration Shed museum.
He received his award for significant service to the Indigenous community, and to education and housing initiatives.
Kinbombi grazier John Cotter also received an AM, for significant service to the resources sector, particularly the natural gas industry, through executive positions and advisory roles.
In 2012, Mr Cotter was appointed to head the State Government’s Gasfields Commission which was established to restore confidence in the CSG industry, especially among rural landholders.
In 2013, he was appointed to an independent committee set up by the State Government to address conflicts between farmers and resources companies over land access.
Mr Cotter is a fourth-generation cattle producer.
Wondai resident Roy Radunz received an Order of Australia Medal for services to country racing and to the Wondai community.
Roy served as President and Secretary of the South Burnett Race club for a total of 50 years, as is now the Race Club’s patron.
In 2016, Roy and his wife Glenis were made Life Members of the Wondai AP&I Association for their work with the Wondai Show.
Roy was also a respected stock and station agent in the South Burnett for more than 30 years.
He has volunteered over the years at many local events, including the Wondai Garden Expo, and has served on many local associations, including the Wondai Neighbourhood Watch Committee.
South Burnett residents who took part in the local leg of the 2016 Burrumbuttock Hay Run to western Queensland will be pleased to know that the hay run founder also received an honour in the Queen’s Birthday list.
Mr Brendan Farrell, from Burrumbuttock in NSW, received an OAM for service to primary industry.