Queen’s Birthday Honours list includes 25 unsung heroes from eastern suburbs

12th June , 2017

They’re the unsung heroes of the eastern suburbs.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list includes 24 locals, many whom keep a low profile, for making the local and wider community a better place.

Surry Hills fashion designer Collette Dinnigan was made Companion of the Order (AC) for her distinguished service to the clothing manufacturing industry, and as a supporter and promoter of Australian wool and to women as a role model.

Popular head of emergency, professor Gordian Fulde, of Dover Heights, received the same recognition for his distinguished service to emergency medicine as a clinician and administrator, to medical education and to the community as an advocate for a range of public health issues.

Sony Music Australia CEO Denis Handlin, of Darlinghurst,was made Officer of the Order (AO) for his distinguished service to the Australian recording industry, through leadership and mentoring roles, as a supporter of young artists, and to charitable organisations.

Collette Dinnigan said it was an “amazing honour” to be made an Officer of the Order of Australia in Monday’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The Surry-Hills based fashion icon was honoured for her service to the clothing manufacturing industry as an internationally renowned fashion designer and entrepreneur, as a supporter and promoter of Australian wool and to women as a role model.

“To be honoured by the Australian community is very special,” she said.

“I never set out to be a role model–I’ve just tried to support anyone who ever needed it at the time.

“There are so many other unsung heroes out there that sometimes I wonder if I’m even deserving of such an accolade.”

Dinnigan opened her first store on William St in Paddington in 1992 and has since grown her business to 150 stores worldwide.

“It wasn’t about having a big fashion retail empire at the time,” she said.

“I just thought, wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a small retail space but the business just grew from there. I never started it thinking it would grow into 150 stores worldwide.”

Her advice to others: “Just follow your dreams.”

“It’s so important that you never give up and that you follow your instincts and remain passionate about what you do.”

Arts administrator Michael Lynch, of Bronte,was also made AO for his service to arts administration, to leadership of international cultural institutions and nationally recognised art organisations, and through contributions to Australian public life.

Former Foreign Investment Review Board chairman Brian Wilson, of Bellevue Hill, was made AO for his service to the financial and banking sectors through public policy advisory roles in the areas of foreign investment, taxation and superannuation reform, and to higher education administration.

Bondi Junction-based professor, Jeremy Wilson, was made AO for his service to medicine as a pancreatologist, to medical administration and clinical governance, to education as an academic, researcher and mentor, and to professional associations.

The appointed Member of the Order (AM) included SBS CEO and managing director Michael Ebeid, of Darlinghurst, and Endemol Shine Australia CEO Mark Fennessy, of Tamarama, for their service to the broadcast media.

Katalin Gross, of Potts Point, was also made AM for service to the Australian fashion industry and to the community through support for a range of charitable organisations.

Also Kerzner International regional director Anna Guillan, of Double Bay, for her service to the tourism industry, and to the community through support for social welfare and health organisations.

Mary Ann Kelly, of Paddington, for her service to education, policy development and advocacy in schools, and to student and staff equity in the university sector.

Charles Kirk, of Surry Hills, for his service to the performing arts as a costume and set designer for theatre, dance, opera and film productions.

Dr Ivan Lorentz, of Double Bay, for his service to medicine as a neurologist and to pioneering treatment methods for neurological disorders.

Richard Scheinberg, of Bellevue Hill, for his service to the community through philanthropic support for educational, youth, medical, cultural relations and social welfare groups.

Andrew Wells, of Darlinghurst, for his service to academic librarianship, the development of innovative information delivery technologies, and to professional councils.

Susannah Fullerton, of Paddington, received an Medal of the Order (OAM) award for her service to literature as an author, lecturer and historian.

Also awarded an OAM was Robert Gescheit, of Dover Heights, for his service to the eastern Sydney community.

Daniel Goulburn, of Bellevue Hill, for his service to the community through health, education and sporting groups.

Patricia Harry, of Woolloomooloo, for her service to the visual arts and Darling Point’s Roger Perry for his service to veterans and their families.

Rosemary Samios, of Double Bay, for her service to the state’s Scottish community and finally Vaucluse’s Peter Zadelis for service to the community.

RABBI Mendel Kastel is on a mission to help eradicate homelessness from the eastern suburbs.

The Bondi local received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the community through social welfare bodies, and to youth.

“It’s nice knowing that the work you’re doing is being recognised,” he said. “Hopefully it will help us continue the work and help more people.”

Rabbi Kastel (pictured) has been the chief executive officer of Jewish House since 2008 which offers accommodation, counselling services and basic essentials for people in crisis.

He also founded Point Zero Youth Services in 1997 and sat on the board of Waverley Youth Services for 15 years, among many other services.

“The reward is more seeing a smile on a person’s face when we’re able to improve their life,” Rabbi Kastel said.

He said Australia should not have a homelessness problem like the current one.

MICHAEL Crouch has received the highest accolade on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list but he’s not taking the full credit.

The Point Piper businessman said it was a tribute to the people who helped him along the way.

Mr Crouch (left) was made Companion of the Order of Australia for his eminent service to the community through philanthropic contributions to youth, cultural, medical research and health care organisations.

And also to business in the areas of manufacturing and international trade and as a supporter of innovation and higher education.

In 1962, Mr Crouch acquired Zip Industries which makes and markets Australian boiling water systems.

“It’s a tribute to the men and women that helped build the company from humble beginnings to lead the world in product and technology,” he said.

“We started off with a dozen, we finished up with nearly 700 people.

“It’s that company that enabled my family and I to go out and do whatever we have done in the community.”

Among his many achievements and services, Mr Crouch said he was particularly proud of his involvement with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

“The award is the only award I think that really helps empower young people, it gives them self-confidence, it teaches them to take responsibility, give within the community and teaches them self-sufficiency,” he said.

Mr Crouch also has helped several important committees, institutes, foundations, trusts, funds and services.

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