Dedicated community and environment advocate Roberta Conroy was among those recognised for honours on Australia Day.

Twelve Northern Beaches residents were recognised for Australia Day Awards this year. Speaking with the Northern Beaches Advocate on Sunday (04 February) in the wake of receiving her award, Roberta Conroy of Church Point said she was humbled by the recognition.

“I get involved because I want to do things to help the environment and the community. I am very grateful for the recognition, and it’s wonderful that many hours of community work are acknowledged. A funny side note though, is the thing I’m most proud of wasn’t mentioned in the award,” laughed Ms Conroy (main image).

The community project Ms Conroy was referring to was a stairway connecting Quarter Sessions Road and Captain Hunter Road at Church Point. The stairway, which opened in May 2019, provided a missing pedestrian link from the waterfront near The Pasadena to the top of the Bayview escarpment (images below).

Northern Beaches recipients on the Australia Day 2024 Honours List

Mr Michael Bushell of Manly
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
For significant service to sports administration through a range of roles, including the Australian Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, NSW Institute of Sport, Australian Sports Foundation, Swimming Australia, Australian Rugby Union, and the PGA Tour of Australasia.
Full award details.

Ms Roberta Louise Conroy of Church Point (main image)
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
For service to the community of the Northern Beaches of Sydney, including voluntary roles for the Bayview Church Point Residents’ Association, Northern Beaches Council, Katandra Bushland Sanctuary, and Eramboo World Studies Centre. Ms Conroy was awarded Pittwater Woman of the Year 2020.
Full award details.

Ms Diane Elfleet of Warriewood
Public Service Medal (PSM)
For outstanding public service to healthcare, in particular, the delivery of COVID-19 related services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms Elfleet was deployed into areas of great need, providing her expertise and skills in support of the Papua New Guinea community who desperately needed clinical personnel and resources.
Full award details.

Professor Anthony Walter Harris of Belrose
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
For significant service to mental health as a clinician and academic, including the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, Head of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney, and Chair of the Schizophrenia Research Council.
Full award details.

Ms Caroline Kelly of Avalon Beach
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
For significant service to the community through awareness and research funding for pancreatic cancer, including as Ambassador since 2008 of The Australian Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. Ms Kelly was awarded Pittwater Woman of the Year 2013.
Full award details.

Mr Arthur John McCarroll of Belrose
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
For service to community sport, particularly through surf lifesaving as a member of North Steyne Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) since 1966.
Full award details.

Mr Michael Joseph McMahon of Frenchs Forest
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
For service to sailing, including as a member of the Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club since 1967, Life Member of the NSW 16ft Skiff Association since 2011, and Life Member of the Australian Skiff Racing Association since 2019.
Full award details.

Ms Kate Munro of Fairlight
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
For service to youth through social welfare organisations, including as Chief Executive Officer at Youth Action since 2020. Ms Munro is also a long service member of North Steyne SLSC.
Full award details.

Mrs Judith Jane Perrin [H] of Terrey Hills
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM, Honorary)
For service to gymnastics, including as Head Coach at Ku-ring-ai YMCA Trampoline Club, and to the community, including as Chief Instructor at Northern Suburbs Dog Training Club, and member of NSW State Emergency Service Ku-ring-gai Unit since 2013.
Full award details.

Mr Warren Robert Riley of Fairlight
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
For service to swimming, including as a founder of the Warringah Masters Swimming Club since 1982, and to surf lifesaving, including as a member of Bronte SLSC since 1950.
Full award details.

Ms Emma Tan of North Narrabeen
Public Service Medal (PSM)
For outstanding public service to healthcare, in particular, the delivery of COVID-19 related services, including working alongside the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) at the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility in the Northern Territory, managing the quarantine of repatriated Australians.
Full award details.

Mr Benjamin Tory of Forestville
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
For service to the community through emergency response organisations, including St John Ambulance Australia (NSW), NSW State Emergency Service, NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW Community Fire Unit, on top of a full-time role as a paramedic and trainer with NSW Ambulance.
Full award details.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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