Seven Greater Bendigo residents will be recognised in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List for their selfless contributions to the community.
Their service covers a diverse range of fields from welfare work to firefighting, law to media.
Meet the recipients here:
Hon. Professor Howard Nathan QC, AM
It is near impossible to overstate the achievements and contributions to the community of this Mia Mia resident.
So it is little wonder the former Supreme Court judge has received a prestigious civilian honour this Australia Day, with his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
“It’s bonza beaut,” he said of the honour.
One of the Honourable Nathan’s proudest achievements came before he even embarked on a career as a barrister, was made a Queen’s counsel in 1980 or appointed as judge to the Supreme Court in 1984. Find out more about his highlights here.
Ken Marchingo, AM
No, those letters after the Haven; Home Safe chief executive officer’s name aren’t there to mark the hour of the day.
Mr Marchingo is set to be appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, ‘for significant service to the community through social welfare programs and associations, particularly assistance for the homeless’.
It’s a ‘great thrill’ for a man who, back in the early eighties, got his introduction to the sector via what he felt to be one of the most loathed jobs in society. Find out more about his story here.
Graeme Pearce, OAM
A love of his community and helping others has led to more than 60 years of volunteer service for Mandurang resident Graeme Pearce.
And now his decades of efforts have been recognised with one of Australia’s most prestigious honours, the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
Mr Pearce is humble about his contributions to the Mandurang community, but the list is extensive. Learn more about his involvement here.
The Reverend Father Ted Harte, OAM
The Reverend Father Ted Harte knew when he celebrated his golden jubilee that people had appreciated his devotion to the priesthood.
But it was never more pronounced then when he received a letter in the mail to say he was to be awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the Catholic Church in Australia, and to the community.
“I’m very pleased with it,” Father Harte said.
Ian Glanville, OAM
But even as a child who spent much of his spare time drawing, he never thought he’d end up working as a cartoonist and on television for decades, work that would see him awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2018.
Bendigo born and bred, Mr Glanville’s television legacy was cemented when he created beloved children’s character Strawberry Scarecrow.
“It was new, it was fun, and everyone was excited about doing the right thing,” he said. Read more here.
Carmel Clemson and Russell Walker, OAMs
For two Gisborne area residents, this Australia Day marks formal recognition of their extensive contributions to the community with a prestigious civilian honour.
Carmel Clemson and Russell Walker have both been awarded Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their service to the Macedon Ranges and Victoria, respectively.
Russell Manning, Australian Fire Service Medal
A career in the environmental and emergency management fields spanning 38 years has seen Russell Manning awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal this Australia Day.
Mr Manning said he was honoured to receive the accolade, not just for himself but on behalf of the public land firefighting staff who do a “great job”.
Mr Manning grew up in the small town of Rainbow. His career has taken him across the state, with stints in Melbourne, Gippsland and the Mallee.
He was working in Bendigo as fire and emergency assistant manager when the Black Saturday fires struck. Read Mr Manning’s story here.
Adam Fennessy, Public Service Medal
Adam Fennessy has worked hard to be able to say he is championing equality.
The Public Service Medal he is to be awarded as part of this year’s Australia Day honours is a reflection of the years of work he has done in state government, particularly in support of gender equality, diversity and Aboriginal inclusion.
“For me, that’s about creating fairer, more equal societies,” Mr Fennessy said. Read his story here.
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