Trio of Shire women travel to Canberra for awards ceremony

Last week was a special one for four local women who were presented with their Orders of Australia by the Governor-General of Australia David Hurley at Government House, Canberra.

The Rev Linda Chapman of Moruya, Deidre Landells and Laurelle Pacey of Narooma were among 50 people presented with awards on September 13, including actor Hugh Jackman. Elaine Heskett of Mossy Point received her award the day before.

On Friday, actor Hugh Jackman was one of four people presented with the highest level of the Order of Australia by Governor-General Hurley; his was for eminent service to the performing arts and to the global community, particularly as an advocate for the eradication of poverty.

AWARDS: Picture at right - the Governor-General of Australia David Hurley with Rev Linda Chapman of Moruya, Laurelle Pacey and Deidre Landells, of Narooma who received their awards on Friday. Picture at left - Elaine Heskett of Mossy Point who received her award on Thursday afternoon. She is pictured in Batemans Bay with her faithful dog Mr Darcy.

AWARDS: Picture at right - the Governor-General of Australia David Hurley with Rev Linda Chapman of Moruya, Laurelle Pacey and Deidre Landells, of Narooma who received their awards on Friday. Picture at left - Elaine Heskett of Mossy Point who received her award on Thursday afternoon. She is pictured in Batemans Bay with her faithful dog Mr Darcy.

Their appointment to the Order of Australia was announced in June in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Mr Hurley said at the investiture ceremony the Order of Australia awards recognise ordinary people who do extraordinary things for their local community and for Australia.

He said the best part of the Australian awards system is that everyone who received an award had been nominated by their peers.

He urged everyone to look around them and nominate someone who is doing extraordinary things, and he particularly wants to see more women represented at such ceremonies.

Rev Linda Chapman's OAM recognised her services to the Anglican Church and Community of Moruya, Deidre Landells' for service to the Narooma community through Legacy, public speaking, golf and nursing, and Laurelle Pacey's for service to the Narooma community through the School of Arts, Historical Society, Rotary and writing local history books. Elaine Heskett had received her OAM from Governor- General Hurley the previous afternoon for services to the community of Batemans Bay through advocacy for the vision impaired, Guide Dogs association, CWA and public speaking.

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