Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association president (RACCA), Kevin O'Shea, was recognised for his service to industry in the Queen's Birthday 2019 honours list yesterday.

O'Shea has been appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the refrigeration and airconditioning industry.

He has been RACCA president since 1999, and president of NSW since 1991. O'Shea has been chair of the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) since 2014.

O'Shea described his service to industry as a privilege.

"The refrigeration and air conditioning industry is a great industry and I am very happy to have spent my whole working life, from a 15 year-old apprentice to now working in this trade,” he said.

More than 1,000 outstanding Australians were recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List this year.

"It doesn't matter who you are, where you are from or whether you're known to millions or just a few," his Excellency General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, said yesterday.

"Over the last five years, it has been the greatest honour and privilege to recognise and celebrate over 80,000 recipients through the Honours and Awards System.”

Other Australians acknowledged this year include actor Hugh Jackman and former prime minister, Kevin Rudd.

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