Heroic career earns Brill an AM
Tasmania's Brand Ambassador David Brill was among 31 Tasmanians from many walks of life included in the 2017 Australia Day Honours List.
The Governor, Professor Kate Warner, received the State's highest honour for 2017 when she was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).
Professor Warner, who was sworn in as Governor in December 2014, was recognised for her service to Tasmanians and her contribution to the legal community.
The award read: "For eminent service to the people of Tasmania through leading contributions to the legal community, particularly to law reform, to higher education as an academic, researcher and publisher, and as a supporter of the arts, and environmental and social justice initiatives."
Emeritus Professor William Richard Mulford and Christopher Wright QC were appointed Officers of the Order of Australia (AO).
Professor Mulford, of Sandy Bay, was honoured for "distinguished service to academic administration and management, as a researcher into educational leadership and school effectiveness, and through executive roles with professional associations."
The award to Mr Wright, of Sandy Bay, read: "For distinguished service to the judiciary and the Supreme Court of Tasmania, to the law as Solicitor-General, and through senior roles with tribunal and review boards at both state and Federal level."
Celebrated front-line cameraman David Brill, who has been a Tasmanian Brand Ambassador since 2008, was one of five Tasmanians to be made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Mr Brill told the ABC that his award was good recognition of the heroes behind lenses who risk their lives to expose the atrocities of conflict.
“Anyone can film guns going off but what’s important is what those guns are doing to people,” Mr Brill said.
He praised colleagues who continued to work in unglamorous, dangerous and demanding places.
“Providing good journalism is more important than it’s ever been,” Mr Brill said.
“They are the real heroes.”
Members of the Order (AM)
Gillian Mary Biscoe (Sandy Bay) services in public health.
David Christopher Brill (West Hobart) service to the broadcast media and the community.
Stephen Charles Copping (Howrah) service to motor sports.
Robert Michael Legge (Avoca) service to the community through the Red Cross.
Adjunct Professor Robert Morris-Nunn (West Hobart) service to architecture and education.
Medal of the Order (OAM)
Joyce Frances Abblitt (West Ridgeley) service to community health.
Esma Beryl Coombe (Glenorchy) service to veterans and their families.
Robyn Elizabeth Dilger (Whitemark) service to the community of Flinders Island.
James Llewellyn Jones (Punchbowl) service to veterans and their families.
Diane Lesley Kelly (Hawley Beach) service to the community of north-west Tasmania.
Barry Roland Ling (West Pine) service to athletics.
Robert John McManus (Acton Park) service to the community through social welfare organisations.
Linda Marian Madill (Launceston) service to the community of Launceston.
Brent Aris Palfreyman (Margate) service to cricket.
Squadron Leader Alan William Robertson CSM RFD (Retd) (West Moonah) service to veterans and the community.
Shirley May Robson (Oatlands) service to the community.
Mavis Joan Rowlands (Burnie) service to conservation, to youth and to the community.
Australian Police Medal
Senior Sergeant Danny Hilton Russell; Sergeant Lee-Anne Maree Walters.
Australian Fire Service Medal
Leo Thomas Berechree (Irishtown); David Russell Bonney (Gunns Plains); Jeremy Jeffrey Smith (Hobart).
Ambulance Service Medal
Monica Charlotte Baker (Hobart); Kaye Caroline Fox (Nubeena), John Leonard Campbell (Singleton, WA).
Emergency Services Medal
Christopher Malcolm Fagg (Rocky Cape); Mhairi Jane Revie (Kings Meadow); Andrew Charles Taylor (Low Head).
Image courtesy of the ABC
8 February 2017, Edition 180