RECOGNISED: Sports commentator, journalist and Valla Beach resident Debbie Spillane is a recipient of the 2016 Medal of the Order of Australia.
RECOGNISED: Sports commentator, journalist and Valla Beach resident Debbie Spillane is a recipient of the 2016 Medal of the Order of Australia. David Barwell

Local residents recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

THREE local residents have been recognised for their tireless service to community and industry.

Nambucca Heads resident Edna Stride, Valla Beach resident Debbie Spillane and Urunga resident Audrey Smith were today awarded Queens Birthday Honours.

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove described the recipients as "role models who gave without thought of personal gain".

"We are a stronger, safer and more caring nation because of them," Mr Cosgrove said.

Member of the Order of Australia - Edna Stride (Nambucca Heads)

For service to the community of the Nambucca Valley including:

War Widows Guild of Australia Macksville branch president and coordinator.

Illawong Retirement Village president and director.

Riverside Gardens Retirement Village Auxiliary and Nambucca Heads Senior Citizens Centre member.

Australian Red Cross and Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club patron.

Nambucca Heads branch of Rotary Australia president (1999-2000) and member (since 1990).

Chair of the Nambucca Shire Community Services.

Nambucca Historical Society vice president and member.

Gordon Park Rainforest Committee vice president.

Member of a range of community committees and associations including the: Nambucca Heads Entertainment Centre, U3A Nambucca Valley Association, Public Halls Association, Nambucca Heads High School Stadium, Macksville Recreation Centre, Nambucca Valley Tourist Association, Nambucca Valley Sports Foundation.

Nambucca Heads Public School P&C president.

Deputy Mayor, Nambucca Shire Council, for 12 years and councillor, 1985-2004.

Macksville College of TAFE chairperson.

Awards and recognition includes: North Coast NSW Outstanding Contribution to Regional Tourism by an Individual, 2001.

 

Medal of the Order of Australia - Debbie Spillane (Valla Beach)

For significant service to media as a sports commentator and journalist, and as a role model for women in broadcasting. Service includes:

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

ABC NewsRadio sports presenter (since 2015).

Grandstand Sport host (2012-2015).

NewsRadio broadcasting team member (2002 - 2012)

'Hens FC' host since 2012.

Triple J's Hard Coffee co-host (1992 - 1995).

Regular television panellist, 'Live and Sweaty', (1991 - 1995).

Reporter at the Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh, 1986; Olympic Games, Los Angeles, 1984.

Sports commentator (since 1984).

Media manager at Canterbury Bulldogs; Sydney Kings; West Sydney Razorbacks.

Sports columnist at the Sun Herald newspaper and the Rugby League Week magazine.

Radio host - 2GB; 2DayFM, Triple M.

Author, 'Where Do You Think You're Going Lady - The Adventures of a Sports Mad Redhead', Allen & Unwin, 2007.

 

Medal of the Order of Australia - Audrey Smith (Urunga)

For service to aged persons through volunteer roles. Service includes:

Founder of the Urunga Revellers - a volunteer female performing group that has toured New South Wales nursing homes.

Dance teacher, concert and performance organiser. Also art teacher.

Visitor and volunteer at the Stella Maris Aged Care Facility. Donates artwork as prizes at their bridge day competitions.

President and secretary of the Urunga Golf and Sports Club.

President of the New Brighton Golf Club Ladies Auxiliary.

 

See Wednesday's Advocate for more



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