THE Hunter’s humble heroes have been awarded the country’s most prestigious honours for their contributions to the community – Queen's Birthday honours.
Here is the honours list for 2018:
OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Kurt Fearnley OAM, Newcastle
For distinguished service to people with a disability, as a supporter of, and fundraiser for, Indigenous athletics and charitable organisations, and as a Paralympic athlete.
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Dr Bernard Curran, Hamilton
For significant service to tertiary education, particularly through higher learning opportunities for young people in rural areas. Read his story here.
Phyllis Davis, Charlestown
For significant service to nursing through clinical, administrative and international advisory roles, and to nurse education.
Iain Riggs, Branxton
For significant service to oenology as a winemaker, to the development of the Australian wine industry, and to the promotion of the Hunter region. Read the full story here.
Juliana Waugh, New Lambton Heights
For significant service to the community through advocacy roles to improve the safety and education for people who interact and work with horses. Read her story here.
MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Margaret Albury, Cessnock
For service to the community of Cessnock. Read the full story here.
Dr Alan Bray, Woodville
For service to medicine, particularly to vascular surgery. Read his story here.
The late Freda Collison, Gresford
For service to the community of Gresford.
Fran Corner, Tanilba Bay
For service to the community of Port Stephens.
Lesley Gent, Elermore Vale
For service to veterans and their families.
Iris Gillingham, Sandgate
For service to the community of Sandgate.
Douglas Holmes, Boolaroo
For service to community health.
William Howey, Scone
For service to veterinary science.
Graham Hudson, Woodville
For service to cricket, and to the community of the Hunter.
Scott Levi, Gosford
For service to the broadcast media industry, and to the community. Read his story here.
Jacqueline Newton, Cardiff Heights
For service to the community through charitable foundations.
Dr Kim Ostinga, Newcastle
For service to medicine, particularly to orthopaedics. Read more here.
John Powell, Newcastle
For service to the community through a range of roles.
Marcia Seymour-Dane, Hawks Nest
For service to women through a range of organisations.
Wilma Simmons, Lambton
For service to the community through a range of roles
Catherine Tate, New Lambton
For service to the community of Newcastle. Read more here.
Ian Wheatley, Tea Gardens
For service to pharmaceutical science.
Dr Johannes Nell, Corlette
For service to local government, and to the community of Port Stephens.
Reverend Deacon Gregory M Kerr, Macquarie Hills
For service to youth through a range of roles.
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