Members Statement: Queen’s Birthday Honours

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Industry and Employment) — Today I rise to congratulate two members of the Williamstown electorate who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours, both being awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

During her 99 years of life Ella Bambery has had a huge impact throughout Williamstown and Victoria. Her achievements begin with performing for servicemen and personnel at internment and prisoner-of-war camps and hospitals during World War II. In 1949 Ella joined the Williamstown Little Theatre, serving as a performer, committee member and treasurer until the 1980s. Ella has also been a volunteer and phone counsellor for 13 years and has volunteered with both the Southern Cross nursing home in Newport and Meals on Wheels. I think that this level of recognition is only fitting for someone who has devoted decades of her life to her community, as Ella has.

Terry Heazlewood has also received overdue recognition. Many universities and students within Australia and other countries, including New Zealand, Cambodia, China, and England, have benefited from Terry’s service to higher education. Years spent devoted to the tertiary sector, mainly in accounting, culminated in Terry being appointed the foundation professor of accounting at Charles Sturt University. Despite his incredible commitment to tertiary education, Terry has also found time to devote himself to charity, having been a member of the Lions Club for over 40 years and holding several positions.

I would like to congratulate Ella and Terry on the recognition they have received and the contributions they have made to the Williamstown electorate and Victoria.