Kurt Fearnley, Kate Grenville, local heros among Queen’s Birthday honours recipients

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Swimming champion Dawn Fraser has been awarded the highest order - Companion of the Order of Australia alongside acclaimed film editor Jill Bilcock.

Across the country, an array of inspiring Australians have been recognised.

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret), and Lady Cosgrove, and the members of Council for the Order of Australia continue to encourage more nominations for women.

Fashion designer Jenny Kee, Paralympian gold medalist Kurt Fearnley and comedian and writer Tom Gleisner were also among those made an AO.

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Professor Suzanne Chambers from Griffith University's Menzies Health Institute Queensland, has been acknowledged for her work on how to best support people dealing with cancer.

He was elected as the first chairman to have come to the role via an election in which every member could vote in November 2015, having been the driving force behind the governance changes that enabled that to happen, and held this post until November 2017.

"When I opened the letter, the feeling was fantastic".

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As he geared up to win April's Commonwealth Games T54 marathon gold in his final race in green and gold, he ensured the spotlight was firmly on others living with disabilities - "the guys who don't have the stage". She has never been far from the spotlight, always willing to speak her mind and take a stand to highlight issues close to her heart.

Eileen was one of more than 30 local people to receive accolades in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

"I would like to cut it up into little pieces and give everyone a piece", she said.

She said athletes could not succeed without the help of family and she wanted to thank the mums and dads who did the hard yards for their kids. For many years she was the chair of ScreenWest, the state's film development agency. "I love living in Noosa, " she said.

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