Congratulations to Judy Peters; now Judy Peters OAM!

Congratulations to Judy Peters; now Judy Peters OAM!

We are delighted that BUSHkids’ Governing Council Member and Chairperson of Friends of BUSHkids Bundaberg was awarded an Order of Australia medal in the Australia Day Honours.

Having been raised in Central Queensland Judy has been a long-time supporter of BUSHkids, devoting much of her spare time to the organisation despite her many commitments as a member of Bundaberg Regional Council. She has been member and chairperson of Friends of BUSHkids in Bundy from its inception and has worked tirelessly to support us not just in Bundy but across Central Queensland.

Following her retirement from Bundaberg Regional Council in 2020 after 26 years, Judy agreed to join the BUSHkids’ Governing Council, providing the organisation with her wealth of experience in local government, private enterprise and the not-for-profit sector.


“Judy has always been a massive asset to BUSHkids in Bundaberg,” said BUSHkids’ CEO Carlton Meyn. “It’s thanks to Judy and her team that we have such a strong presence in Bundaberg, Wide Bay and across central Queensland. We are delighted that Judy has been recognised for all her hard work over the years.”


From everyone at BUSHkids, congratulations Judy Peters OAM, a well-deserved honour for a wonderful, kind and generous person.


Wallabies bound into Bundy to help BUSHkids

Two Wallabies bounded into Bundy to help BUSHkids yesterday, but there was no need to call wildlife rescue!

Wallabies and Queensland Reds Rugby Union stars Tate McDermott and Filipo Daugunu were visiting Bundy as part of the 2021 ‘Reds to Regions’ tour which sees Reds players connect with the wider Queensland community during their pre-season training. Already stars of the Queensland Reds both and Filipo and Bundy born Tate were capped by the Wallabies last season.

To get the most out of the visit, BUSHkids took over Bundaberg PCYC for the morning so as many of our families as possible could take part in the day. Events included the players facilitating a game of Simon Say’s under the direction of our Bundaberg Occupational Therapist, an obstacle course, tug of war, wheelbarrow races and ball games run by the players. It wasn’t just fun and games however, these physical activities enabled our occupational therapist to monitor the kids’ motor skills.

Emma Cullum, BUSHkids team leader in Bundy, said the session with the Reds players had been a great opportunity for the kids and a real help to the BUSHkids’ therapy team.

“It’s given us a group opportunity to look at the kids’ development and see where they’re at and where they need support from our allied health team here in Bundaberg,” Emma said. “Also, with two sporting people that they can aspire to be like, to play with and be involved with, it’s great to have that happen locally.”

“Our thanks to our OT Ingrid Fourie and her husband for the work they did to make the event possible,” said BUSHkids CEO, Carlton Meyn. “I’d also like to thank Judy Peters for her support and all the media that attended. Maddie Fog and Emma Cullum our Team Leaders in Bundaberg did a great job on the day and of course our special thanks go to the Queensland Reds for supporting BUSHkids; especially Tate and Filipo for taking time out from their pre-season training to help us out. The kids really loved the day!”

Here is a gallery of photos from the day:

BUSHkids Bundaberg & Reds Event 2021

Media links from the day (updates pending):

Bundaberg Now story:


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