Fifteen Australians involved in Surf Life Saving were today recognised as part of the Australia Day honours announced by the Governor General in Canberra.
Volunteer surf lifesavers give up more than 1.3 million hours to patrol Australian beaches each year, but more than that, they contribute to local communities across the country through patrolling, training and educating our young people, community awareness, fundraising and so much more.
Surf Life Saving Australia CEO, Adam Weir, congratulated those associated with the movement both past and present, who were today honoured for their outstanding service.
“On behalf of Surf Life Saving Australia, I would like to acknowledge and congratulate all those associated with our movement who were today recognised and honoured for their outstanding community service as part of the Australia Day Honours,” said Weir
“Our organisation is richer for their involvement and contribution over the years, and we are very fortunate to have people of this quality associated with our movement.
“In particular, congratulations to Richard ‘Dick’ Bignold (NSW), Dennis Gee (NSW), Andrew Hoban (NSW), Michael McDonald (QLD), Mal Pratt (QLD) and John Restuccia (NSW) who have specifically been honoured for their long-standing service to Surf Life Saving.
“Beyond patrolling the coastline, our volunteers are actively working in the community to help promote the surf safety message to educate the next generation of surf lifesavers, carry out extended patrol services as well as fundraising so they can keep our surf clubs on the frontline.
“Our 314 Surf Life Saving Clubs across the country form a vital role within each local community and it’s the individuals within each club who are the cornerstone of our clubs.
“We are proud that so many of our volunteers were today recognised nationally, beyond out organisation for their outstanding community service,’ added Weir.
Congratulations to the below Surf Life Saving Australia Day recipients:
Australia Day Honours & details as per the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia website:
OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
The Honourable Edward Norman BAILLIEU, VIC
Emeritus Professor John BLOOMFIELD AM, WA
Member (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Emeritus Professor Thomas John BOULTON, NSW
Mr John Patrick MULLEN, NSW
Mr Vincent TREMAINE, SA
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Mr Richard Beresford BIGNOLD, NSW
Dr Ian Melvyn CHUNG, NSW
Mr Paul Matthew FREESTONE, VIC
Mr Dennis James GEE, NSW
Mr Andrew Paul HOBAN, NSW
Mr Michael Joseph McDONALD, QLD
Mr Richard Treacy MAILEY, NSW
Mr Mal PRATT, QLD
Mr John RESTUCCIA, NSW
Mr William George WARBURTON, NSW
Surf Life Saving Australia would also like to extend its congratulations to Mr John Patrick MULLEN, NSW, former Global CEO of DHL Express, on being made a Member (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA.