Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (09:47:17): I rise today to congratulate five citizens of the Mornington electorate who were recognised for their service to the community in the Queen’s Birthday honours.
Mr Ken Rowe was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the communities of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula over many years in a number of capacities.
Dr James Lucas was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his service as one of our leading paediatric dental specialists and for his service to professional organisations.
I am also delighted that three people I know well were recognised in this year’s list, all three being awarded the OAM.
Ms Helen Gordon was recognised for her service to community health and to physiotherapy;
Lieutenant Colonel Alan McDonald, a Korean War veteran and a former councillor colleague of mine at the old Shire of Mornington, was recognised for his significant service to veterans;
and Mr Alex Anderson, who also served his country, was recognised for his considerable contribution over many years to Legacy and to Rotary and particularly as a bail justice, frequently called from his bed in the middle of the night to provide that vital service.
All are worthy recipients, and I congratulate them on behalf of the community of Mornington.