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National Disability Services Congratulates Australia Day Honours Recipients

30 January 2014

NDS congratulates Honours recipients

National Disability Services congratulates the recipients of Australia Day 2014 Honours. This year's list has more than 25 citizens whose work with either NDS or an NDS member organisation was recognised in their award.

NDS President and Northern Territory Chair, Vicki O'Halloran AM, was recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to people with disability and to the community. Vicki is the Chief Executive Officer of Somerville Community Services in the Northern Territory.

Richard Dent OAM, former chair of NDS Victoria, was recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia.

In a local Australia Day celebration, former NDS NSW Chair, Neil Preston OAM, was named Wollongong Citizen of the Year, acknowledging his dedication to improving the support for people with disability in the Illawarra.

Champion swimmer Jacqueline Freney is this year's Young Australian of the Year. Jacqueline won an amazing eight gold medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Australia Day 2014 also marked the third anniversary of the Every Australian Counts campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We have a lot to celebrate with the commencement of the roll-out of the NDIS in July 2013. We also acknowledge the significant work ahead to ensure that the NDIS operates well and is a reality for all Australians who need it.


Contact Information:
Ken Baker, NDS Chief Executive, Ph 02 6283 3203,

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