The Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List

The Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List

The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), has approved awards announced today in The Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List. This year’s List recognises 565 Australians who made a diverse range of contributions and service across all fields, including professional endeavours, community work, Australia’s Defence Force and Emergency Services.

Members of the Uniting Church, Synod of NSW and the ACT, have been recognised for a broad contribution to their communities. The Synod is blessed to have so many outstanding people willing to dedicate themselves to their community.

“To all recipients, I offer my deepest congratulations, admiration and respect for your contribution to our nation,” the Governor-General said. “We are fortunate as a community to have so many outstanding people willing to dedicate themselves to the betterment of our nation and it is only fitting that they have today been recognised through the Australian Honours system.

“On behalf of all Australians, I thank them for their contributions. We are a stronger, safer and more caring nation because of them.”


(Those appointed)


  • Mrs Suzanne Margaret (Aunty Sue) BLACKLOCK

For significant service to the Indigenous community through advocacy roles for improved child welfare, kinship care and cultural identity. Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress member “for many years”. (Aboriginal and Islander members of the Uniting Church in Australia)

  • Mr John Henry PLANNER

For significant service to engineering in the area of bulk solids handling, and to the environment through research into dust emission from coal terminals and rail transport. Uniting Church in Australia: A range of roles with youth and children’s ministry, and sport and leisure ministry in Uniting Churches in Denistone East, Epping and West Epping, since 1960. (Also: Inaugural Chair, Lent Event Committee, West Epping Uniting Church, 2005-2012)

  • Dr Betty Lorraine WEULE

For significant service to social welfare, through the development of financial counselling services in New South Wales. Counsellor and Manager, Credit Line Financial Counselling Services, Wesley Mission, 1980 – 2001 and Founder, 1980 and Founder, Wesley Community Legal Service, 1996.

(Those awarded)


  • Mr Brian GILLETT

For service to youth, and to the community of the Illawarra. Corrimal Region Uniting Church, Senior Member, since 1983. Hosts English classes for newly arrived immigrants, since 2012. Member, Church Property Committee, current.

  • Doris GOLDER

The 90-year-old is widely known for her rare wool art. Over the span of 14 years, Doris created more than 30 life-like, intricate, wool art portraits of some of Australia’s most well-known subjects (including politicians, sporting identities and media personalities). Some of her portraits are displayed in Parliament House in Canberra.

  • Mr Gordon Ronald HUGHES

For service to local government, and to the community of Charlestown. Past Chairman, Charlestown Uniting Church Council, 1980-2004 and member, 1978-2006. Past Elder, Charlestown Presbyterian Church, (until Church union in 1977) and Session Clerk, 1972-1977.

  • Mrs Doreen Norma RASH

For service to veterans and their families, and to the community. Volunteer, Outreach Shop, Ulladulla Uniting Church, 1990s until 2013.

  • Mr John Clifford RUSSELL

For service to the community of Campbelltown. Executive roles with Campbelltown Uniting Church and its outreach programs “for over 30 years”, including as Chair, Cottage Family Care Centre; Chair, Stepping Stone Accommodation; Founder, Hurley House; Member, Management Committee, Focus on Families; Honorary Treasurer and Board Member, Campbelltown UnitingCare, since 2002.













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