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I rise to salute the citizens of Calare named in this year's Queen's Birthday honours list. Adjunct Professor David Goldney has been named a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to tertiary education in the field of environmental science and to conservation through resource management committees. Adjunct Professor Goldney started his career as a lecturer in 1972 at what we now know as Charles Sturt University. He rose to become an associate professor and then foundation head of the Environmental Studies Unit. He went on to receive an honorary doctorate and then to be made adjunct professor. He has contributed to numerous areas of resource management, including as a scientific member for the Lower Macquarie-Castlereagh vegetation management committee. He has also been a lay preacher in the Uniting Church since 1958, has worked as an adviser and voluntary consultant with the Rahamim Ecology Centre and is the principal consulting ecologist with Cenwest Environmental Services. He is truly a worthy member in the Order of Australia.

Anthony Wells of Bathurst has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to cricket. Tony started his cricked coaching and administration career in 1970. He's been a coach of the Bathurst junior cricket association since it was formed four decades ago. A life member, he also performed a range of executive and administrative roles over three decades. He's coached locally at the CMA cricket club and then at the Rugby Union Cricket Club, where he served as juniors coordinator for 20 years. Congratulations to Tony Wells.

Shane Kearney of Kelso has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal. He has been with Fire and Rescue New South Wales for 29 years, and throughout his career he has played a critical role in building the capability of the Kelso fire brigade. He has led the brigade into the modern era of preparing and responding to fires, natural disasters, hazardous material incidents and motor vehicle accidents. He has consistently promoted brigade members to compete in firefighter championships, encouraging them to hone their skills and build teamwork and camaraderie. All of these commitments have been made on top of Shane's responsibilities to his family, so congratulations to Shane.

Eva Matiszik of Robin Hill has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the community of Bathurst. She has been a pioneer in Bathurst accommodation sector, and has been involved in the establishment of numerous businesses, including the Bathurst Explorers Motel, the Abercrombie Motor Inn and the Panorama Motel, as well Evie's boutique and Noble Hardware store. Over the decades, she has been involved in many community activities, including the P&C committees of Bathurst Public School and Bathurst High School.

I'd also like to congratulate Sister Patricia Powell of Bathurst, who has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the Catholic Church and also her community. She has an extensive history of community service.

I would like to congratulate all Queen's Birthday 2018 honours recipients and thank them for their service.