Two Parks Victoria Staff have been awarded Australia Day 2105 Honours.
Andy Gillham, Ranger in Charge, Fire and Emergency Operations, Central Gippsland – Australian Fire Service Medal
Andy has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for his contribution to reducing the risk and impact of bushfires on Victorian communities. Andy has provided more than 30 years of service in fire and emergency management, and has led operations as a level three incident controller. Andy is one of the South East region's most experienced fire planning officers. He has worked on countless fires in Victoria including the Alpine Fires 2002-03, Wilsons Promontory 2005, Great Divide Fire 2006-07, Black Saturday 2009 and the Gippsland Fires 2014.
Bushwalkers know Andy best as Latrobe Ranger-in-Charge and from many track maintenance activities he has organised in the Baw Baw National Park. Andy has been a great supporter of bushwalking and Bushwalking Victoria for many years. His interest and support of BTAC and its predecessor, BEC, has directly benefited all bushwalkers in the parks in which he has worked. So recognition of his contribution, even if not in activities that directly benefit bushwalking, is especially welcomed by the bushwalking community.
Cam Beardsell, Ranger, North East Melbourne District – Order of Australia Medal
Cam received an Order of Australia Medal for his service to conservation and the environment in Victoria. Cam has worked for Parks Victoria for the past 10 years and in the management of the environment for almost 40 years. Since the Black Saturday Fires in 2009, Cam's work has included the understanding and monitoring of the effects of the unprecedented fires on the flora in the Kinglake National Park.
Congratulations to Andy and Cam for their contributions to our community.