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Party members receive top honours on Australia Day

Australia Day is an important occasion when we stop to say thank you to the many thousands of Aussies who contribute so much to this great nation.

With the calibre of our Party’s membership base, it’s hardly surprising that a number of our members took out top Australia Day honours – not least a previous Member of Parliament! 

Receiving an Order of Australia Medal (OAM), our former Member for the Murray-Darling, John Williams, has been acknowledged for his service to the Parliament of New South Wales, and to the community of Broken Hill. John was a community champion long before becoming a MP and has continued his strong, active citizenship since his retirement from the role.

Lowensdale member Julianne Whyte also received an OAM for service to community health, in particular palliative care. In 2009, she set up the Amaranth Foundation, which provides support for people coping with advanced chronic and terminal illness. Though its main base is in Corowa, the foundation has expanded to include an office in Wagga Wagga, with a Melbourne branch also on the cards.

An OAM was also bestowed upon Moree gold member Lee Estens for service to her local community. Throughout the years, Mrs Estens has been involved in numerous charities and organisations, most notably the children’s charity Variety, for which she has raised more than $1 million during her 16 years of participation in the annual Variety Bash.

Josephine Peter from Broken Hill, a very strong Nationals supporter, is the NSW Local Hero of the Year, with seven decades of volunteer work that began in 1940 when at seven years of age she knitted her first pair of socks for Australian troops in the Second World War. In total, Josephine made 450 pairs of socks, thus starting a lifetime of dedication to others.

Other Party members including Dr George Anthony Simpson (for service to medicine, and to the community of Wauchope), Garry Connelly (for service to the community of Coolah), Dorothy Every (for service to the community through a range of organisations) and Revered Dr Graham Whelan (for service to veterans and their families, and to the community of Coffs Harbour) were also among those honoured this Australia Day. Do you have a local member we should be acknowledging? Please let us know on


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