Queen’s Birthday Honours to 'diverse range of Territorians'


p2151-Gary-Nairn-1Chief Minister Adam Giles  congratulated the recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours for 2015 “for their service to Territorians in all walks of life, recognising their achievements and service”.
Mr Giles said: “I’m particularly pleased to see that the honours recipients come from right across the NT, demonstrating that outstanding service to others is occurring throughout our community.
“I am especially pleased to see the work of Gary Nairn (at left) acknowledged.
“He has an extremely strong commitment to the Territory where, as a surveyor, he participated in the of the Territory busiest construction booms during the 1990s,” Mr Giles says.
“Gary now brings considerable land management skills to our Planning Commission. The Territory is very fortunate to be able to have Gary’s skills.
“The fact that Territorians are being recognised for their commitment to water safety programs, in the case of Raymond Menhinnitt, to the management of one of our most iconic national parks, in the case of Scott Suridge, demonstrates just how unique our community is.
“We have some of the greatest natural assets but we also have our great human assets as well  – Territorians.
“I salute the Territorians that received recognition through the Queen’s Birthday Honours but also those in our community who are pursuing their passions and causes every day and making people’s lives better as a result.
“To all those people who spend their lives making our communities richer and better and better, I say thank you,” Mr Giles says.
Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the General Division
The Honourable Gary Nairn AO
For distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, to the communities of NSW and the NT, to the surveying and spatial sciences and to disability support groups.
Awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross Royal Australian Air Force
Air Vice-Marshal Kenneth Watson CSC
For outstanding devotion to duty as Commander Northern Command.
Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Mrs Judith Boland AM
p2245-Elliot-McAdam-1For significant service to secondary education in the NT, as a supporter of historical and heritage organisations and to the community.
Mr Elliot McAdam AM (at right)
For significant service to the community of Barkly and to the Legislative Assembly of the NT
Awarded the Public Service Medal, Northern Territory Public Service
Mr Scott Suridge PSM
For outstanding public service in the management of Australia’s national parks
Awarded the Australian Police Medal
Senior Sergeant Donald Eaton APM
For distinguished police service
Awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal
Mr Matthew Brookhouse
For distinguished contribution to the fire service in the NT
Mr Robert Cowan
For distinguished contribution to the fire service in the NT
Awarded the Emergency Services Medal
Mr Philip Merry PSM
For distinguished contribution to emergency services in the NT
Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Mr Raymond Menhinnitt OAM
For service to the community, particularly through swimming and water safety programs
Mrs Olga Radke OAM
For service to the community of Alice Springs
Mrs Lesley Reilly OAM
For service to the community through health care advocacy and support roles
Awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross Australian Army
Sergeant Bianca Mainella CSM
For meritorious achievement as the inaugural Sergeant Supervisor of the Customer Service Support Team of the Army Personnel Administration Centre – Northern Territory/Kimberly
Warrant Officer Class One Aaron Writer CSC
For meritorious achievement as Assistant Maintenance Manager of Joint Logistics Unit (North) in providing logistic support to Operations and Units in the Northern Region of Australia


  1. I know Lesley Reilly and know the terrific work she has done for breast cancer suffers through Bosom Buddies support group. Thoroughly deserved Lesley.
    I also had dealings with Elliott McAdam in another life with the NT Ombudsman. He is a rarity: a person who entered politics and displayed integrity. Well done Elliott.

  2. Congratulations to all recipients. The Territory is enhanced by you. A special tribute to Elliott McAdam – a worthy recognition of yourself and your fine family.

  3. Lovely effort, Leslie Reilly … so richly deserved. And Elliot McAdam … some remarkable achievements.

  4. Thanks to Peter Hoey for highlighting the case for overdue recognition of Elliott McAdam.


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