It's an honour
TWEED people are among the hundreds honoured on Australia Day this year.
Kingscliff nurse Karen Watson, who is currently overseas on holiday, was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to nursing as an administrator, educator and practitioner.
Miss Watson, who hails from South Australia, has a long history in the industry and was named nurse of the year in 1997.
Also honoured was former Murwillumbah man Bob Kearney, who was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to fisheries.
He first fished the Tweed River as a three-year- old, and now advises a number of countries on sustainable management of fish resources.
Mullumbimby's Ian Evans was also awarded a medal of the Order of Australia for service to the preservation of the architectural heritage of Australia.
The researcher, writer and publisher on architectural heritage has established a website that has provided information, email assistance and free advice to people since 1997.
And our sporting heroes were not forgotten either.
Athens gold medallists Nathan Eglington (hockey), Petria Thomas (swimming) and Sara Carrigan (cycling) were all awarded a medal of the Order of Australia, along with all the other first-time gold medallists.
Around the country there were also awards for tennis great Fred Stolle, former cricketer Mark Waugh, former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett and the father of actress Nicole Kidman.
In all, more than 700 people including actors, politicians, philanthropists and sporting greats were honoured.