Twenty-two Hunter residents have been honoured in Australia Day awards, following their contribution to the community in a variety of spheres.
The list of OAM recipients includes Dianne Skaines from Valentine for her work with the SES, Eddy Bergsma of Fingal Bay for surf lifesaving and Dr Rodney Starr of Medowie for veterinary science.
Residents awarded the title of Member of the Order of Australia include Clifford Beazley from Raymond Terrace for work in marine transport and Peter Dundas-Smith of Nelson Bay for fisheries research.
The Hunter’s Order of Australia medal (OAM) recipients were:
Barbara Barry of Shoal Bay (children’s charities);
Eddy Bergsma of Fingal Bay (surf lifesaving);
Maitland mayor Peter Blackmore (local government);
Robyn Cotterell-Jones of Newcastle, (victims of crime);
Joan Coulton of Booragul (community work);
Professor James Denham, of Tingira Heights (medicine);
the late Charles Eason of Newcastle (clubs and lawn bowls);
Ross Gilmour of The Junction (chaplaincy),
Geoffrey Hindmarsh of New Lambton (community service);
Heather King of Nelson Bay (veterans service);
Philip Mosgrove of Adamstown Heights (surf lifesaving);
Dr John Paradice of Scone (medicine and community service);
Janet Sharp of Bobs Farm (disability work);
Dianne Skaines of Valentine (SES);
Kevin Smith of Marks Point (netball);
Dr Rodney Starr of Medowie (veterinary science);
Allan Thompson of Floraville (NSW Police).
Hunter residents awarded the title of Member of the Order of Australia (AM) were:
Ken Clifford of Merewether Heights (regional sport);
Clifford Beazley of Raymond Terrace (marine transport);
Peter Dundas-Smith of Nelson Bay (fisheries research);
Alan Hewitt of Hamilton (church service);
Kevin McConkey, of Newcastle, (education, psychology).
— Amanda Douglas (@ADouglasNBN) January 25, 2016