John Collins makes King’s Birthday Honours List

John Collins with Janine Healy
John Collins with Janine Healy

Kerry-raised ex-Powderfinger bass guitarist John Collins was one of the 737 Australians recognised on the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours list granted on June 10. 

Collins grew up in the town of Kerry and attended Brisbane Grammar School where he met his fellow bandmates to form the trio of Powderfinger in late 1988.

The King’s Birthday Honours lists recognise and celebrate the achievements of Australians across community service, science and research, industry, sport, the arts, and more fields, including awards in the Order of Australia (General and Military Divisions), meritorious awards and recognition for conspicuous service. 

Collins was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the arts through music, and to the community. 

He is a vocal advocate for live music in Australia where he has been involved in the management of two Brisbane live music venues, The Triffid and Fortitude Music Hall.

Collins has also campaigned with the Queensland Government to work with venues to ensure the industry is sustainable, through the launch of the ‘Play Fair’ campaign in 2021. 

The 2024 honours list also recognised scientists, educators, judges, researchers, administrators, journalists, health professionals, chefs, volunteer firefighters, conservationists and business leaders, announced by Governor-General David Hurley on Sunday night. 

Mr Hurley said the honours announced shone a light on their efforts and the impact they make to the community. 

“Some names are well-known, but the vast majority are not — they are people who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a difference in our community,” he said.

“On behalf of all Australians, I thank recipients for their service and congratulate them on their recognition.”

Many of the honours have recognised people for their service to their local communities. 

Award recipients will attend ceremonies at Government House in their respective state or territory in the coming months.

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