Congratulations to the Illawarra's Medal of the Order of Australia recipients.
Sex, drugs and disease have been at the forefront of Michael Fernandez's mind for more than 20 years. This Australia Day, the Primbee local will receive the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the community through public health programs.
When your community service spans more than 40 years and includes roles in the army and emergency services, it's hard to pick a single highlight. For Thirroul's Philip McNamara, being responsible for the Defence Force counter-terrorist support at the Sydney Olympics is one of them, as is a leading role at the SES.
It's known affectionately at Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club as "Barrie's bible". The hand-written book records all the officials, bronze medallions, awards, club presentations and beach, state and world records in the club's history, back to 1907. It has been a labour of love for Barrie Stanford, who has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division.
Gerringong resident Malcolm Weir admitted to being blown away when he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. Mr Weir received the award for services to the community of Gerringong, and especially for his role with the Gerringong Rural Fire Service, where he was brigade captain for 25 years, from 1969 to 1994.
As a young man growing up on a farm in Latvia, Dr Artis Medenis could never have dreamed he would someday be bestowed one of Australia's greatest honours. The 92-year-old Gerringong man has today been awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to veterinary science and the community.
Peter Woods, Dr Allan Beavis, David Tattersall and Warwick Hansen, Wendy Woodward and Reverend Harry Herbert.
Radio presenter Marty Haynes and transplant recipient Jessica Sparks have been recognised with Wollongong City Council Australia Day awards. Haynes, who hosts a breakfast show on i98FM, was named Wollongong's Citizen of the Year, honoured for his tireless fund-raising work.
It's Ita. Former copy girl, journalist, famous lisper, editor-extraordinaire. The woman who, as editor of the Australian Women's Weekly, liked to catch the bus to work because bus trips were an excellent time to read and touch up nail polish.