Medals for worthy Gippslanders

Many Gippslanders live a life of service that makes the region a better place for all of us.

Every Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday Holiday, individuals from across our region are recognised by the Governor-General through Australian Honours and Awards.

Among today’s announcements, Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division have been awarded to:

Bill Doherty of Bunyip for service to Australian Rules Football, particularly the Nar Nar Goon Football Club and the West Gippsland Football League. Bill was also a football commentator on 3UL.

Dr David Hooke of Buln Buln East for service to nephrology, and to aviation medicine. Dr Hooke worked as a nephrologist at the Bairnsdale Regional Health Service between 1990 and 2019.

Sylvia Ridgeway of Koo Wee Rup for service to the local community through various organisations, including healths ervice and fire brigade Ladies Auxiliaries, the swimming club and more.

George and Joan Scott of Wonthaggi for service to the local community through many organisations, including the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club. Their other involvements are too numerous to mention, but include the Lions Club (George) and the netball association (Joan).

Harold Summers of Cowes for service to athletics, including as a competitor and coach at state and national levels.

Others to be recognised today are:

Kimberley Gee of Newborough – an Emergency Services Medal for her service to Life Saving Victoria through the Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

Kelly Rash of Traralgon – an Australian Fire Service Medal for more than 30 years service in the emergency management sector. Kelly has played an active role in major fire events in Victoria and has been deployed interstate.

Congratulations to this latest group of Gippslanders to join many others who have been honoured over the years.

Anyone can nominate any Australian for an award in the Order of Australia. If you know someone worthy, you can nominate them now at


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