Thursday, July 25, 2024

Redlands residents honoured for community contributions

Redland City Council has recognised three Redlands Coast residents who were named on this year’s Australia Day Honours List for their outstanding contributions to the community.

Dr Vicki Flenady of Coochiemudlo Island, James Niven of Birkdale and Redlands Coast bowls representative Joan Brotherton were formally acknowledged at Council’s February general meeting.

More than 1,000 Australians from various professions – including science and research, sport and the arts – were recognised on this year’s Australia Day Honours List.

The Redlands Coast recipients are:

Dr Vicki Flenady, Coochiemudlo Island

Dr Vicki Flenady was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medical research, particularly in the field of perinatal mortality.

She has held various roles with the International Stillbirth Alliance, the Mater Research Institute – University of Queensland, and the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand.

She has also served as a member of the Perinatal Sub-Committee with the Maternal Perinatal Quality Council since 2004 and has been Chair of the Perinatal Mortality Committee since 2008, both of which fall under the banner of Queensland Health.

Her work with the International Stillbirth Alliance has been extensive and dates back almost two decades.

She is a current board member with the organisation, chair of the Stillbirth Prevention Scientific Group, and co-chair of the Risk Factor and Classifications Systems Working Group.

Dr Flenady’s contributions to the field have extended to being involved as an author/co-author of national and state guidelines pertaining to stillbirth and neonatal death.

Her work has also been published in several journals.

James Niven, Birkdale

James Niven (pictured) received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the building and construction industry.

He is heavily involved in the Queensland chapter of the Australian Institute of Building – where he has served as a committee member since 1997 – and is the current chairman of the Events and Sponsorship Committee.

He previously served as treasurer, secretary and president.

His work with the Australian Institute of Building extends to the national body, where he has been the Budgeting Moderator for a judging panel since 2002 and previously served as a National Councillor and Acting Executive Director.

He is the current director of Janivco – a position he has held since 1989 – and was a Cost Planner with the organisation between 1989-2016.

His other roles within the industry include Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and Member of the Queensland Education and Mentoring Committee – National Women in Construction.

Joan Brotherton

Joan Brotherton (pictured) received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to lawn bowls.

She is involved in the sport on Redlands Coast and across Queensland.

Her roles with the Gateway District Ladies Bowls Association have included umpire coordinator, president, vice president, secretary, board member, match coordinator and delegate to Bowls Queensland.

She is the current umpire coordinator and secretary at Victoria Point Bowls and Recreation Club, where she previously served as president, ladies vice president and deputy chair.

Her other active roles in the sport include Bowls Queensland Umpire Committee member, bowls presenter and assessor, international technical officer, and Level 1 and 2 national umpire.

She is a former secretary and assistant secretary of Cleveland Bowls Club, bowls title holder in Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, and served as a bowls official at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

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