Pearce, who has also had a lengthy association with the Brisbane Lions and the Bulls Masters, was awarded an OAM in the list announced today.

Several individuals with close ties to cricket were also recognised nationally and within Queensland.

The late Tim Mulherin MP, was recognised for his significant service to the people and Parliament of Queensland. He was a strong proponent for cricket in his home of Mackay and played an important role in the on-going development of Harrup Park and Great Barrier Reef Arena.

Stadiums Queensland CEO Todd Harris was acknowledged with a Public Service Medal in appreciation of his "outstanding public service in Queensland's sporting and major events, particularly through the COVID-19 pandemic", with the Gabba and Metricon Stadium sucessfully hosting cricket matches through the pandemic.

Rockhampton Grammar School Principal Dr Phillip Moulds, who receives an OAM, has also played an important role in assisting the development of cricket in Central Queensland.

The conferral of an OAM to Pearce highlights his lengthy association with cricket, initially as a friend and colleage of the late Peter Burge, who was widely regarded as one of Queensland's finest homegrown batsman.

Following Burge's death in 2001, Pearce created the Burge XI in his honour, with the group raising funds through the Australian Sports Foundation to contribute to the development of facilities at Queensland Cricket headquarters at Allan Border Field and other related philanthropic endeavours.

Queensland Cricket Chair Chris Simpson paid tribute to all those honoured today.

"On a personal note, I'm delighted for John, who has been generous and unstinting with his advice and support within the cricket community over a number of years,'' he said.

"We gratefully acknowledge the efforts of all those acknowledged within the Queen's Birthday Honours list who have been a positive influence on cricket in the State."

Queensland Cricket and Brisbane Heat CEO Terry Svenson said the efforts of Stadiums Queensland to work alongside Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia over the past two seasons had been signficant.

"We thank Todd and everyone at SQ who worked with us to successfully deliver competitions and matches at their venues. It was an enormous team effort and we're very pleased that Todd has been recognised for his role in achieving that for cricket."

"The family and friends of Tim Mulherin know how passionate he was about delivering positive outcomes for Mackay and we were privileged to work alongside him in creating the environment that has enabled the region to host major cricket events over the past few years," he said.

Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
The late The Honourable Timothy Sean MULHERIN

For significant service to the people and Parliament of Queensland.

Public Service Medal (PSM)

Mr Todd Anthony HARRIS, QLD

For outstanding public service in Queensland's sporting and major events, particularly through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division

Mr John Marshall PEARCE, QLD

For service to sport, and to philanthropy.

Dr Phillip MOULDS, QLD

For service to secondary education.