Wednesday, 10 June 2020
Statements by Members
Nicholls Electorate: Queen's Birthday Honours
Today I wish to congratulate the recipients of Queen's Birthday Honours from my electorate of Nicholls. Seven wonderful people have contributed to their communities, including Mr Robert Brown OAM of Yarroweyah, for services to veterans and their families, and Mr Neville Howell OAM of Nagambie, for services to rowing. Neville is a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Olympic bronze medallist. He has six King's titles for Victoria and many world championships titles. Mr Arthur Knee OAM was honoured for services to the community of Tatura, particularly the establishment of the Tatura and District Historical Society and the establishment of the Tatura Museum. His wife, Lurline Knee, was also honoured for her service to the community of Tatura, through services to the Rodney Arts Society and the Tatura and District Historical Society. Lurline and Arthur co-authored the book Marched In, which records the internees and the POWs held in the camps in Tatura in the Second World War. The late Mr John 'Jack' Muir OAM of Tatura was honoured for his services to the community through a range of roles. Jack, at 94, passed away recently. He was a member of the CMF, the Tatura Lions, the Freemasons, the Tatura Apex and the Tatura RSL. There's also Mrs Marjorie Porter OAM, who was honoured for her service to the community of Numurkah. She was incredible in organising Meals on Wheels, the Numurkah Annual Show, the Numurkah Pony Club, the Ladies Probus and the Girl Guides. Mrs Lena Vicary OAM was honoured for service to the community of Echuca, for her voluntary work with Meals on Wheels, Echuca Hospital and pastoral care at Southern Cross aged-care home.