Australia Day honours for Sally Wise and Jason Lawrence

TWO Derwent Valley residents have been named in this year’s Australia Day Honours List, with an OAM to be awarded to Molesworth’s Sally Wise and an Emergency Services Medal for Jason Lawrence, of Lachlan.

Mrs Wise will receive the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the hospitality and culinary sectors, and to the community, while Mr Lawrence will receive the Emergency Services Medal in recognition of his long service with the State Emergency Service at New Norfolk. Both will be invited to receive their medals at Government House later this year.

Mrs Wise is a well-known cook and author who has owned and operated the Sally Wise Cooking School since 2012. She has also been a tutor at the Agrarian Kitchen Cookery School and is a frequent guest on ABC Radio. Mrs Wise was Tasmania’s Senior Australian of the Year in 2019 and she served as a member of the Derwent Valley Autumn Festival organising committee in 2015-16.

A life-long local resident, Mr Lawrence joined the Derwent Valley State Emergency Service unit as a volunteer in 1991. He had previously also served as a member of the Bushy Park Fire Brigade. He was appointed as the Derwent Valley SES unit manager in 2005 and remains in that role. Mr Lawrence is a highly experienced SES member who has obtained considerable skills in the road crash rescue, general rescue, and storm and flood response.

Other people with local connections in the honours list include Pam Heiermann who volunteers with Ambulance Tasmania at New Norfolk (Ambulance Service Medal); former New Norfolk police officer Sally Cottrell (Australian Police Medal); and former Federal Member for Lyons, Max Burr (Medal of the Order of Australia).

Congratulations to all recipients.

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