Australian Women in Agriculture Australia Day Accolades

Australian Women in Agriculture 2020 Australia Day Accolades

A number of Australian Women in Agriculture members and associates have been honoured for their service to agriculture, community and leadership in the 2020 Australia Day Awards.

Thank you to Australian Women in Agriculture Life Member, Elaine Paton AO for compiling the list of those women, associated with AWiA whom have been honoured:

  • AWiA members Georgie Somerset AM (Qld), Alana Johnson AM (Vic) and Yvonne Jennings OAM (Vic.)
  • Women who are associated with AWiA and are important to our story including Dr Anne Astin AM (Vic), Jenny Mitchell OAM (Vic) and Lexie Young OAM (Tasmania).

We congratulate these women and the many others recognised for their contribution to Australia and our rural communities.

The full award profile and citation for Georgie, Alana, Yvonne, Ann, Henny and Lexie, is featured below, along with some facts around the representation of women in the 2020 Australia Day Awards.

On 26 January 2020, the Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), announced 1099 awards in the 2020 Australia Day Honours List.

Included in the list are:

  • 837 recipients of awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia (5 AC, 59 AO, 224 AM and 549 OAM)
  • 26 recipients of awards in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (1 AO, 13 AM and 12 OAM); and
  • 236 meritorious awards.

The List includes the highest ever percentage of women recipients in the General Division of the Order of Australia – 41.6 per cent.

Biographical notes for each recipient in the Australia Day 2020 Honours List can be found at https://www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awardsaustralian-honours-lists/australia-day-2020-honours-list

Alternatively, please see below for the citations for the women associated with Australian Women in Agriculture.

AWiA Members:

   

(L- R): Alana Johnson AM, Georgie Somerset AM & Yvonne Jennings OAM

Alana Johnson AM from Benalla, Victoria awarded the Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Ms Alana Therese JOHNSON, Benalla VIC 3672

For significant service to women through leadership and advisory roles.

Read more about Alana Johnson AM.

 Mrs Georgina Jane SOMERSET, Durong QLD 4610

For significant service to primary industry, to women, and to the community.

Read more about Georgie Somerset AM.

 Ms Yvonne McKERROW JENNINGS, Lake Boga VIC 3584

For service to the community of the Swan Hill region.

Read more about Yvonne Jennings OAM.

 

AWIA Friends & Associates:

 

(L – R) Dr Anne Astin AM and Lexie Young OAM.

Dr Anne Marie ASTIN PSM, Endeavour Hills VIC 3802

For significant service to the dairy industry, and to food safety regulations.

Read more about Dr Anne Astin AM.

Mrs Lexie Eileen YOUNG, Deloraine TAS 7304

For service to the community of Deloraine.

Read more about Lexie Young OAM.

Ms Susan Jennifer (Jenny) MITCHELL, Newport VIC 3015

For service to refugees, and to the community.

Read more about Jenny Mitchell OAM.

AWIA congratulate all our members, friends and associates recognised in the 2020 Australia Day Awards.