Hundreds of people gathered at Government House this week to celebrate the investiture of 185 Victorians into the Order of Australia.
The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria, presented the Queen’s Birthday Honours and Awards to recipients who travelled from all corners of the State to attend two investiture ceremonies.
The Governor thanked the recipients for their contribution to their communities in a range of fields including the military, education, medical research, conservation, regional communities, international relations and youth.
“By hearing about your achievements, others will realise the difference that they too can make, whether by striving well beyond the normal expectations of their vocational lives, or by giving selflessly within their local communities,” the Governor said at today’s ceremony.
“It is genuinely a pleasure to say ‘thank you’.”
The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent means of recognising outstanding achievement and contribution in the Australian honours system. It rewards people who have made a significant difference to their community, their country or at an international level.
A total of about 900 people, including recipients and their family and friends, gathered at Government House across the two investiture ceremonies.
Among the 92 recipients at today’s ceremony were:
• Mr Alan Stockdale AO, for distinguished service to the people and Parliament of Victoria as Treasurer, particularly through the implementation of fiscal policy and microeconomic reforms.
• Ms Kate Ceberano AM, for significant service to the performing arts, particularly music, as a singer, songwriter and entertainer, and to charitable organisations.
On Wednesday, the recipients included:
• The Hon Richard Alston AO, for distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, to international relations through diplomatic roles, to business development in diverse sectors, and to the community.
• Mr John Bertrand AO, for distinguished service to sports administration, particularly to swimming and sailing, to child welfare, to higher education, and as a mentor of young sportspersons.
• Mr Neale Daniher AM, for significant service to community health through support for people with Motor Neurone Disease and their families, and to Australian rules football.