High profile Australians and quiet achievers from Media and the Arts were amongst those recognised in today’s Australia Day Honours list.
Today‘s Lisa Wilkinson was honoured for significant service to the print and broadcast media as a journalist and presenter, and to a range of youth and women’s health groups.
“Mentoring young women is something that has given me my greatest joy,” she told The Guardian.
Seven News presenter Melissa Doyle was honoured for significant service to the community through representational roles with a range of charitable groups, and to the broadcast media.
Former Daytime TV host Mike Walsh was recognised for significant service to the entertainment industry, and to the performing arts through support for young actors, theatre restoration and production.
Molly star Sam Johnson was recognised for service to cancer research support organisations, and to the performing arts.
Singer and former Young Talent Time star Tina Arena was honoured for her significant service to the music industry, and for her support to not-for-profit charities, including the support group for wounded soldiers, Soldier On.
“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame was pretty phenomenal. But this Order of Australia is another thing. It’s another level. That one’s got me pretty speechless,” she said.
Former children’s TV presenter Patsy Biscoe was recognised for significant service to the performing arts, and to the television industry, as a children’s entertainer, and to the community of the Barossa Valley.
“The concerts you did with Humphrey or with Fat Cat on stage with kids, and there would be thousands of kids, were just gorgeous,” she told ABC. “I look back with enormous fondness, the children had a ball, the parents were there smiling, they were really happy, exciting occasions.”
Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Brian James Mallon, Managing Director, Channel 7 Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1989-1997.
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Mr Richard Alan Ackland Presenter, Media Watch, ABC TV, 1998-1999, for significant service to the print and television media industries, particularly through reporting on legal issues, and as a publisher.
Harvey Broadbent Producer and Executive Producer, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1977-1999 for significant service to the literary arts as an author and publisher, to the television industry as a producer, and to tertiary education.
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Actor Vincent Ball for service to the performing arts.
Racecaller Gregory Mark Miles for service to horse racing as a radio and television caller and presenter.
SBS Translator Ms Zanne Jappe Mallett for service to the Scandinavian community, and to multicultural media.