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Variety of national community commitment recognised with awards

June 17th, 2022

A range of Australians who have contributed across philanthropy, the not-for-profit sector and broader community service have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours’ list.

Prominent philanthropist Gina Fairfax was honoured with the nation’s highest civilian award – a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) - after a lifetime of giving. Last week, Gina was recognized for her work in her home state with Community Philanthropist of The Year Award at the annual Queensland Community Foundation’s philanthropy awards.

Former Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford also received an AC, that not only reflected his business career but his endowments to the University of Melbourne and his chairmanship of the University’s Believe philanthropic campaign.

One of the founding patrons of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal – and the former Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson – also received an AC.

Just over 43 per cent of the honours were for community service, and 45.9 per cent of the awards went to women. The overall list included 92 Australians who were recognized for their contribution in support of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor-General, David Hurley, said: “Recipients share some common traits – including selflessness, excellence and a commitment to service. They’re from different backgrounds, their stories are each unique, and each has served in different ways. This diversity is a strength and each has impacted their community and made it better.

“Collectively the recipients, whose achievements span community service, science and research, industry, sport, the arts and more, represent the very best of Australia.”

Philip Brass became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to business, to youth leadership and charitable organisations, and for philanthropic contributions. And Robert Salteri also received an AO for distinguished service to the transport, shipping and Defence industries, and to the community through philanthropic contributions.

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, currently the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Australia, received an AO for distinguished service to tertiary education and governance.

Anthony (Tony) Hasham, the former​​Life Education Australia chair - who has an AM - was awarded an AO for distinguished service to children's charitable organisations, and to community health through drug prevention education programs. The former CEO of The Mater Foundation in Queensland, Nigel Harris, was also recognised with an AM, for significant service to the not-for-profit sector, and to the community.

The Chair of The Big Issue, Sonya Clancy, received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), along with journalist and campaigner for gender equality and diversity Catherine Fox.

Wes Marne was also recognised with an AM for significant service to the Indigenous community of western Sydney. And Garry and Susan Rothwell AM, who co-founded The Rothwell Family Foundation, each received AMs.

Yvonne Weldon received an AM for significant service to the Indigenous community of NSW.

Barry Lambert also received an AM for significant service to cannabinoid medical research, to business, and to charitable organisations. The Lambert Initiative is a funding pledge to the University of Sydney to undertake long-term research into the medicinal potential of the cannabis plant. 

At Victoria University, the current and past directors of the University’s Sir Zelman Cowen Centre have been recognised - Professor Kathy Laster, who was the Centre director for six years, received an AM while her successor Nyadol Nyuon was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to human rights and refugee women.

West Australian Dorothy Smith also received an OAM for service to the community through philanthropic roles, along with Laurence Marshbaum for service to the Sydney community through philanthropic initiatives.

Anton Tagliaferro was recognised with an OAM for service to charitable organisations, and to the investment sector.

Gina Fairfax and her husband Tim are trustees and founders of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, which supports rural, regional and remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory to address the distinctive challenges associated with their geography. Tim, who has an AC, and Gina were made Life Members of Philanthropy Australia last year.

In a separate award announcement, the Australian Museum’s Amanda Farrar, Director, Public Affairs and Development, was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for her outstanding public service to arts and culture in NSW.

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