Across the country, hundreds of everyday heroes were acknowledged in Australia Day award ceremonies, shining a spotlight on their outstanding contribution made to their communities.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) recognised the great efforts of their staff and volunteers through official ceremonies in Townsville, Cairns, Rockhampton, Gympie, Brisbane, Beenleigh and Toowoomba.
More than 80 medallions and certificates were awarded to staff and volunteers for their distinguished service across a variety of areas including advancing the development of QFES capability and services and excellence in delivery of daily operations.
While many recipients were called out for their visible duties on the frontline, many were also nominated for their behind-the-scenes work.
Quiet achiever Jamie Adams, a volunteer community educator for the Black River Rural Fire Brigade north of Townsville, is one such example.
Jamie received his Australia Day Achievement Award for his attendance at the vast majority of incidents at Black River and large scale incidents in the wider Townsville area.
As lead volunteer educator for his brigade, Jamie is involved in community displays promoting positive emergency services messages with his dedication noted as being nothing short of exceptional.
Jamie was one of nine QFES recipients who received an Australia Day Achievement Award in Townsville.
QSuper was proud to support the Awards and to be on hand at each award ceremony, congratulating recipients and thanking them for their vital role in keeping Queenslanders safe.
Well done and congratulations to all our Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Australia Day Achievement Award recipients!
QSuper Trustee Bede King with QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll at the Brisbane awards ceremony.
Australia Day Achievement medallions were presented to 35 staff and volunteers across the Brisbane region.
QSuper’s Head of Member Services Phil McCarthy was proud to be a part of the awards ceremony in Rockhampton.
Townsville recognised their Australia Day Achievement Award winners on-site at the South Townsville Fire Station.