Hugh McKay was awarded an Order of Australia.

No we didn’t like the granting of a knighthood to Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Phillip announced on Australia Day on Monday, but here are some awards in our patch that we think very worthy indeed.

Professor Kerry Cox

Western Australian academic Professor Kerry Owen Cox was awarded an AO for services to tertiary education and university administration. The former vice chancellor and president of Perth’s Edith Cowan University and vice chancellor and president of Federation University at Ballarat, Professor Cox has been involved in sustainability and environmental education with roles including participation in the Sustainable Futures Leadership Academy in Austria in 2012, was for some years a member of the National Environmental Education Council, a member of the National Steering Committee for the Federal Turnaround Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education Project and is a member of the National Council on Education for Sustainability.

The late Professor John Raymond Freney was awarded a posthumous AO for services to conservation and the environment through research into greenhouse gas production, climate change and the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur.

Social researcher, commentator and author Hugh Mackay, whose most recent book The Art of Belonging, focuses on the importance of social connections in the relationship between people and their feelings of happiness within the built environment, was also awarded an AO. Mr Mackay was also for some years a consulting fellow for the St James Ethics Centre and served on its board from 1989-1995.

Former Mirvac managing director and Hooker chairman Greg Paramor was given an AO for service to the community through executive roles in fields including the real estate and property industries, cancer research, sport and the not-for-profit sector. Mr Paramor was national president of the Property Council of Australia in 1999, has been a member of the board of the Green Building Council of Australia, and an adjunct professor at the Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture, Bond University since 2012.

Awards in the Member of the Order general division

Dr David Coffey, founder and former managing director of engineering consultancy Coffey International – for services to engineering, particularly in the areas of environmental and geotechnical investigation, to business and to tertiary education. Among other achievements, Dr Coffey provided the funds to establish a Chair in Sustainable Agriculture at University of Sydney in 2008.

Founder of Doctors for the Environment and former president of the Conservation Council of South Australia, Professor David Shearman, awarded an AM for significant service to medicine in the fields of gastroenterology and environmental health, particularly the impact of global climate change.

Managing director of Thorp Architects and project architect for Parliament House in Canberra, Richard Graham Thorp was awarded an AM for services to architecture particularly through the development of major public projects and services to professional associations. Mr Thorp has worked for practices in Australia, the USA and Rome, was managing director of FJMT from 2002 to 2008, and is a life fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He has also been president of the Association of Consulting Architects, a member of the AIA’s National Continuing Professional Development Committee and is currently president of the Architects’ Registration Board of NSW.

MEDAL – OAM in general order of Australia

  • Chief executive of Bicycle Network [formerly Bicycle Victoria] Harry Barber, for services to the community as an advocate for better cycling infrastructure.
  • Inaugural Australian Institute of Landscape Architects member, Susan Campbell for service to conservation and the environment. Ms Campbell has been on the board of Greening Australia [Victoria], Conservation Volunteers Australia, and been involved with streetscape planning for Wangaratta and Wodonga.
  • Founder of the Urban Street Tree Evaluation program and 202020 Vision ambassador, Wesley Fleming, for services to the horticultural industry and landscape architecture.
  • Former national vice president Corporate and Social Responsibility for the Institute of Engineers Australia, Barry Tonkin, for service to engineering through professional bodies and service to the community.

Public Service Medal

  • Former chief economist and principal advisor at the Independent Pricing and Regulatory tribunal, Eric Groom for outstanding public service to regulatory economics and reform in New South Wales, to greenhouse gas abatement, and to consumer protection. Mr Groom established and administers the NSW Government’s Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme, which over the past decade has created certificates equating to a 145 million tonnes of emissions abatement.
  • Chief executive of Zero Waste South Australia, Vaughan Levitzke for outstanding public service in the area of waste management reform and policy, including a phase-out of non-biodegradable plastic bags and reducing the environmental impact of food waste.