The Fleurieu Peninsula has three worthy people who have been bestowed Queen's Birthday Honours for 2020.
Margaret Dent from Victor Harbor, Peter Wadewitz from Willunga and Pip Forrester from McLaren Vale.
The Order of Australia recognises Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement.
Marg Dent was awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia), for service worthy of particular recognition.
"I am speechless. You never expect any award. The friends I have made over the years is a big enough reward," Marg said.
"Receiving this honour is the last thing you think about. Of course the award is fantastic, but it really is testament to the groups and people I have worked with."
Marg's service to the community includes many roles at the Zonta Club of Fleurieu Peninsula (vice president 1987-1989, secretary 2012-2014, director 1980-1982, 1999-2001, and 2010-2012, cleaning roster co-ordinator at Bradley's Place since 2000s, founding member since 1978).
Other roles include secretary of Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum currently, volunteer at Port Elliot Show Society, Side Saddle Association of South Australia former president, former judge, life member for more than 30 years and Riding for the Disabled South Australia life member, founding member and member at Victor Harbor Riding for the Disabled for 27 years.
"I have been truly blessed to have lived in the beautiful area of Victor Harbor for 60 years, so I am pleased if I have been able to contribute something back to the community in some way," Marg said.
"I am very grateful and humbled to receive this honour and thank all those people I have volunteered alongside. Thanks also to whoever it was who put my name forward, to my husband and family for their help and encouragement."
Peter Wadewitz of Willunga received and OAM for service to the organic recycling industry.
"This is an unbelievable honour. I am blown away. It is just fantastic. I have no idea who nominated me and it is something you never expect," Peter said.
"I just do what I do because I am so passionate about it. I have been involved in composting for 50 years.
"You have your head down and your tail up, because you believe in what you are doing.
"Composting is a circular economy, as you take it from plants, make it into compost and put into the soil to grow more plant matter."
Peter is managing director, BiobiN Technology since 1996, managing director Peats Soil and Garden Supplies since 1974, past board member Waste Management of Association of Australia, national chair of Australian Organics Recycling Association since 2017, state chair SA Branch currently and founding director since 2012.
Also Peter is past national and state (SA) chair and inaugural member, 1996, of Compost Australia.
Other involvements include board member of Master Landscapers of South Australia (current), board member of National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (2004), member of Barton Group's Export Task Force (2003), member of Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council Working Group - Australian Industries Sustainable Competitiveness (2002), member of Environment Industry Cluster Group (2001) and awards and recognition include: Environmentalist of the Year Award, SA Great, 2006 and Local Business Award, City of Onkaparinga, 1996 (development of the BiobiN).
Pip Forrester of McLaren Vale was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for significant service to the tourism and hospitality sectors and to the community.
Pip is renown throughout the southern vales and the state for her professionalism in business and hospitality.
"I'm thrilled to have received this award. Not in my wildest dreams did I think such a thing would happen to me. It is fabulous to be honoured for the work I've been very happily doing for the community and industry I've loved for many years," Pip said.
"This will spur me on to continue to do what I can to assist the industry and this region."
Pip said from an early age she loved food.
"My family loved to cook - conviviality around the dinner table was an important part of life. For me the hospitality industry is about that conviviality, but also the deliciousness of ingredients and the magic that occurs when you cook them," she said.
"That is particularly true when fresh local produce is prepared by talented cook/chefs for whom I have huge respect. However it is the role that food plays in connecting families, friends and colleagues that really excites me.
"One of the many lessons we have learnt from this COVID-19 pandemic has been how much we value food and meals with family and friends when times are tough."
Pip has enormous respect for people who work in and make a living from the hospitality industry. She said it was no easy task, but is rewarding and makes a big contribution to the quality of lives.
"I love being busy and involved, so engaging with industry and with projects is easy and in fact, necessary for my sanity," Pip said.
"I have no children and a very supportive partner, so I probably have more free time than some. In addition having spent a large chunk of my working life in hospitality, I'm practiced at working outside the normal 9 to 5 and five days a week time frames, which probably helps.
"Essentially I think I have been blessed with good energy levels and I enjoy what I do."
Pip is owner/manager and chef of McLaren Vale Food Company Inc since 2009, general manager of Chapel Hill Winery Gourmet Retreat (2004-2009), owner/manager Salopian Inn Restaurant (1988-2004), Willunga Farmers Market chair since 2014, Fleurieu Food Group Inc chair and treasurer since 2014 and inaugural chair from 2001-2007.
Other hospitality roles include Pip being a member of the Adelaide Central Market (2012-2014), inaugural chair of the Regional Food Group Chair Network (committee of chairs of the 11 state food groups) (2002-2006), Member of Premier's Food Council (2003-2006), Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board member since 2007, City of Onkaparinga Economic Development Forum chair (2016-2018), member since 2012.
Pip has been chair of McLaren Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism Association (mid-2000's-2011) and current member.
Other Tourism involvements include member of Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism Marketing Committee (2010-2018), member Food and Wine Tourism Working Party, SA Minister for Tourism (2007-2011), McLaren Vale and Districts War Memorial Hospital board member since 2018, past committee member, Fleurieu Art Prize Foundation Board chair (1996-2014) and board member (prior to 1996).
Awards and recognition include American Express Hall of Fame, 'for her contributions to the restaurant industry'.
Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie said Mayo was home to many recipients which was testament to their strong commitment to community service.
"Congratulations to Marg, Pip and Peter for their Queen Birthday Honours, this recognition is well deserved.
"We have one of the highest rates of volunteering in the nation and I commend all residents who give back to their community. So many of our clubs, organisations and institutions depend on the commitment and diligence of community-minded people," Ms Sharkie said.
Anyone can nominate any Australian within the general division and all eligible nominations are considered by the Council for the Order of Australia, which recommends awards for the Governor-General's approval.
If you know someone worthy, nominate them at www.gg.gov.au.
AM: Member of the Order of Australia, for service in a particular locality or field of activity, or to a particular group.
OAM: Medal of the Order of Australia, for service worthy of particular recognition.
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