BATH (Eastern Victoria) (10:21): I would like to acknowledge some of the significant contributions Victorians make to their community and just a few of those receiving Queen’s Birthday honours.
A warm congratulations to Gary ‘Pud’ Howard for his Order of Australia Medal for his services to the environment and conservation. A 50-year Field and Game Australia member, Pud has made a tireless contribution to the habitat restoration at Heart Morass wetlands—from a waste and salt land to beautiful wetlands flourishing with species. Congratulations, Pud.
Sarsfield resident Joanne Andrews has certainly been recognised for her contribution in coordinating and rebuilding her community post the Black Summer bushfires with an OAM—very much congratulations to her.
Mr Richard Elkington has been recognised for his service to community in a range of roles. I offer Richard congratulations and I expect, the next time I see him, to see him with an OAM-themed bow tie. I am looking forward to that.
Special congratulations to our own National Party family member the Honourable Jeanette Powell, who received an AM for services to the people and Parliament of Victoria and certainly to the community. She is a wonderful lady who has made a significant contribution over many years.
Also, congratulations to former science teacher Dr Margaret Rowe of Leongatha for her amazing work for the environment over many, many decades. I congratulate her on her OAM.