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Association Professor Matthew Hill was awarded a Public Service Medal.

The Governor and Mr Howard welcomed many more Victorians to Government House this week, as the program of COVID-safe investiture ceremonies for the Order of Australia continued.


The Governor and Mr Howard welcomed many more Victorians to Government House this week, as the program of COVID-safe investiture ceremonies for the Order of Australia continued.

Laureate Professor Geoffrey Stevens of Parkville was invested as an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to education, to chemical engineering and environmental remediation, and as a mentor.  Professor Stevens has had a long and distinguished career at both at the University of Melbourne, and at universities around the world, including Tsinghua University in Japan and the University of Minnesota in the USA. 

Also honoured this week was Mr George Halvagis of Mentone, who was invested as a Member of the Order of Australian for his service to the community, particularly to people affected by crime.  He is an Ambassador for both Crime Stoppers Victoria, and Victims of Crime Victoria, and is a volunteer lecturer on dealing with victims of crime with the Detective Training Squad with Victoria Police for the last 10 years. 

Another Victorian being invested this week is Associate Professor Matthew Hill, who received a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to materials development for industry, and the Australian Defence Force.  Associate Professor Hill is an internationally recognised expert in the design, synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials, and his service to the scientific community, both nationally and internationally, and the to the improvement of Australian’s Defence capability, is recognised with this award. 

Among many other worthy awardees was Mr Lindsay Beer, invested in the Order of Australia for his service to the community through a range of organisations, include the Bali Children Foundation, the Victorian Water Ski Association, Life Education Victoria and Tasmania, and Variety Children’s Charity Victoria; and Mr Wayne Bowden of East Keilor, who was honoured for his service to music, particularly through brass bands.  He has been a musical director, conductor and player since the 1970s, with many brass bands including the Sunshine Brass Band, the Diamond Valley Brass Band, and the Melton Community band.

Author Kerry Greenwood was this week presented with her Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to literature as a writer.  Ms Greenwood is the author of the Miss Phryne Fisher Murder Mystery series, as well as 54 other published novels.  She has previously been awarded the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award for Crime Writing, and in 2002 was awarded the Davitt Award for Best Young Fiction Book. 

Ms Claire Spencer was also honoured this week with the Medal of the Order of Australia, for significant service to arts administration, and to the community. Ms Spencer has been the CEO of Arts Centre Melbourne since 2014, and prior to that was both the CFO and the COO at the Sydney Opera House. She has also been involved in various roles with both The Pinnacle Foundation and Chief Executive Women.

Captain Sands Skinner RAN was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service, for his distinguished contribution to the Afghan National Maintenance Strategy for the Afghan Air Force, ensuring the affordability of this service, and the viability of its modernisation program.

Visit this page to read about some of the other worthy recipients invested with their Honours this week, and if you know someone who should be recognised for their community work, visit this page for more information about the nomination process.