A north Queensland sugarcane farmer was recognised as the inaugural Distinguished Past Student.

Clive Rogers OAM, a long-time resident (38 years) of the Mirani Shire in NQ attended the QAHS&C in 1952–53 completing a Junior Certificate course.

Clive ranks highly in his achievements and community contributions with 28 years serving on the Mirani Shire Council including 12 years as mayor.

He has also served on 10 committees and organisations at State and National level, leading and contributing to natural resource management through the State Land Care Management Co-ordination
Committee and a Community Rainforest Re-Habilitation Program in the Mackay and Whitsunday areas
for a total of 31 years.

Clive was honoured with a Rotary Citizens Award for his work as chairman of fund raising, construction and management of the “Nanyima Aged Care facility from 1991–2001”.

And, as Clive was not busy enough, he was also a director of Anglicare North Queensland, in addition to other positions within the Anglican Church organisation in North Queensland at the time the award was presented.

He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the Queens Birthday Honours list in 2005 for services to local government, natural resource management and the community of Mirani Shire.