Three Goulburn Valley residents have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day Awards, each receiving the Order of Australia (OAM) medal. They are: Charles Clemens Furphy (Corop) — For service to health care, and to the community of the Goulburn Valley.
Deputy chair Victorian Healthcare Association since 2008, executive committee member since 2008, policy committee member since 2011, independent director since 2011, Regional Heath Service board member 2007-2011.
Goulburn Valley Medicare Local board of directors member.
Goulburn Valley Health chairman 2001-2011, director 1996-2011, life governor.
Waranga Memorial Hospital former board member, 50th Anniversary Committee 2011 chairman.
Goulburn Valley Health Waranga Campus advisory committee chairman.
Waranga Aged Care Hostel Inc former chairman, fundraising committee chairman.
Corop Community Action Group president since 2006, member since 2003.
Gobarup Players founder and president since 1986.
Echuca Musical Theatre Company member since 1995, Life Member. Colbinabbin Choristers current member. Colbinabbin Community Choir founding member.
Parish Council Waranga Parish Uniting Church Parish Council chairperson since 2012, former secretary.
Colbinabbin Primary School Council secretary 1985-1990.
Laurence John Gleeson (Shepparton)— For service to the community of the Goulburn Valley.
City of Greater Shepparton Audit and Risk Management Committee member since 2001.
Goulburn Valley Regional Library Corporation Board member 2010-2014.
Independent chair Audit and Risk Management Committee, Community Chef P/L 2008-2012.
Independent chair Audit and Risk Management Committee, Regional Kitchen P/L, 2008-2012.
Shepparton Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia founding committee member since 2009.
Campaigned for prostate cancer drug Zytiga to be included on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; this occurred in July 2013.
Shepparton-East Timor Assistance Group member.
Goulburn Valley Region Water Corporation managing director 2007-2008.
Goulburn Valley Region Water Authority chief executive officer 1994-2007.
Shepparton Regional Water Board general manager 1984-1994.
Shepparton Urban Waterworks Trust secretary 1980-1984.
Institute of Water Administration president 1987-1988 and 1997-1998; treasurer 1984-1985 and 1985-1986; executive council member 1982-2008; honorary Life Member since 2008.
Water Services Association of Australia nonexecutive director 2007.
Jean Frances Miles (Kialla Lakes) — For service to the community, particularly through the Country Women’s Association.
Country Women’s Association of Victoria state judge handicraft and home industries since 2001; horticultural and agricultural shows regional judge since 1983; State Handicraft and Home Industries Committee member 2002-2003; Mooroopna Branch president 1999 also secretary. Country Women's Association Potters Branch foundation president and secretary 2004; member 50 years.
Kyabram Rotary Anns President 1993-1994; Korumburra Rotary Anns president 1986-1987; Paul Harris Fellowship recipient 2006.
Royal Horticulture Society of Victoria Judge since 1983.
Korumburra Horticulture Society president; founding secretary.
Kyabram Garden Club Foundation secretary, also president.
Melbourne City Council 2004 Eating the City invited cook. 200 and Over Club secretary 11 years. Victorian Department of Agriculture discussion groups member 30 years and contact secretary 30 years.
State Country Women’s Association Creative Arts Cooking Committee foundation member 2013-2015.