30 Tasmanians share honours
Expatriate Tasmanian scientist, Graham Farquhar, AO, was named Senior Australian of the Year, while 29 other Tasmanians were honoured in the 2018 Australia Day Awards.
The highest awards, Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), went to the State's Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Alan Blow, and to eminent medical researcher and author, Dr Neville John King, who has Huntington's disease.
Six Tasmanians were awarded AMs and 10 received AOMs.
Dr Farquhar, 70, has dedicated his career to planning ways to feed the world's rapidly expanding population by developing more water-efficient and salt-resistant crops.
Last year, Dr Farquhar, who works from the Australian National University in Canberra, became the first Australian to win the Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest private award for global achievement.
Quantum scientist at Sydney's University of NSW, Professor Michelle Simmons, was named 2018 Australian of the Year.
In her acceptance speech, Professor Simmons encouraged girls to pursue careers in science and technology.
Scott Rankin, a theatre director and co-founder of the Big hART charity, which promotes social justice, was Tasmania's Australian of the Year nomination.
Tasmania's 2018 award winners were:
Officer (AO) in the General Division (two Tasmanian recipients)
Alan Michael BLOW - For distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law, particularly as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, to legal education and professional standards, and to the community.
Neville John KING - For distinguished service to medicine and medical education, particularly in the field of cognitive and behaviour therapy, as an academic, researcher and author, and to professional associations.
Members (AM) in the General Division (six Tasmanian recipients)
Gary Ian BAKER - For significant service to the energy-generation and supply market in Tasmania, to health and aged-care organisations, and to the community.
Colin Ross CHILVERS, Launceston - For significant service to medicine in the field of anaesthesia as a clinician, to medical education in Tasmania, and to professional societies.
Johannes Hendrik DRIELSMA - For significant service to the commercial forestry industry, to sustainable management practices and certification programs, and to professional bodies.
Jason J. GARRETT, London Lakes - For significant service to fly fishing through representational and business roles, to the tourism sector in Tasmania, and to professional associations.
Shane Elizabeth GOULD, Bicheno - For significant service to swimming at the elite level, as a gold medallist at the Munich Olympic Games, and to water safety programs in developing countries.
Marcus Welby SKINNER - For significant service to medicine in the field of anaesthesiology and perioperative medicine as a clinician, and to professional societies.
Order of Australia Medals (OAM) in the General division (10 Tasmanian recipients)
Sandra Adrienne ATKINS - For service to equestrian sports.
Margaret Josephine BIRD, Lindisfarne - For service to the aged, and to the community of Tasmania.
Sheryl Ann BURNIE, Youngtown - For service to softball in Tasmania.
Daniel Yuen-Lee CHAN, Sandy Bay - For service to the Chinese community of Tasmania.
Richard John CHUGG, Relbia - For service to the community through a range of organisations.
Mandy Caroline FORTEATH, Trevallyn - For service to people with breast cancer.
Percy Charles JACQUES, Otago - For service to children, and to youth, through social welfare organisations.
Ralph Leslie PETERS, New Norfolk - For service to medicine, and to the community of the Derwent Valley.
Merle Irene WELLS, Stanley - For service to social welfare organisations in Tasmania.
Glen Francis WOOLLEY, Cambridge - For service to the Crown, and to the community of Tasmania.
Public Service Medal (two Tasmanian recipients)
Geoffrey Ian ATKINSON, West Hobart - For outstanding public service in the role of State Manager of AusIndustry's Tasmanian Office.
Gail Heather WARD, West Moonah - For outstanding public service to breast cancer screening for women in Tasmania.
Australian Police Medal (two Tasmanian recipients)
Commander Glenn Andrew KEATING
Sergeant Sonja Louise WILSON
Australian Fire Service Medal (three Tasmanian recipients)
Ian Stuart BOUNDS
Dennyse May GROVES, Legana
Stephen John WEBSTER, Penguin
Emergency Service Medal (two Tasmanian recipients)
Christopher Carl DRAFFIN, St Helens
Nigel Winton KING, Kingston Beach
Australian Corrections Medal (one Tasmanian recipient)
John Frederick HAY
Image courtesy of The Canberra Times
8 February 2018, Edition 191