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Queen's Birthday 2018 Honours | Regional NSW Heroes

On the 11 June, the Governor General announced a number of appointments and awards for the Queen’s Birthday Honours, including a number of regional NSW heroes. Regional Arts NSW congratulates these recipients and thanks them for their tireless work for the regional arts and cultural sector in NSW.

Mr Peter John Casey AM

Oakdale’s Peter Casey was recognised for his 40 years of service to the performing arts through contributions to musical theatre as a conductor and musical director. As well as being the musical director for many well known productions, Peter was Musical Director for the 1998 acclaimed arena production The Main Event, and has composed and orchestrated several musical productions, operas and recordings in Singapore and Korea.

Ms Deborah Margaret Ely AM

North Nowra resident Deborah Ely was recognised for her significant service to the visual arts through leadership roles with art galleries, and to children’s art education programs. Deborah is the CEO of the Bundanon Trust, and has previously acted as the founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Director of the Australian Centre for Photography, Visual Arts Director of Watershed Media Centre, and an Arts NSW Visual Arts and Crafts Manager.

Ms Sheena Margaret Boughen OAM

Barragga Bay’s Sheena Boughen was recognised for her service to the performing arts through administrative and executive roles. Sheena Boughen is a Life Member of Four Winds, and formerly the pro-bono CEO and Chair. Her tireless work established Four Winds as the nationally recognised arts organisation it is today, and this work was formally recognised by Creative Partnerships with the National Arts Leadership Award for 2017.

Ms Leigh Teresa Vaughan OAM

Forster’s Leigh Vaughan was recognised for her service to the arts and music education, to local government, and to the community. Leigh is the Chair of Arts Mid North Coast, Foudner of Sinfonia Mid North Coast, inaugural Chair of the Great Lakes Art Network, Founding Director of the Great Lakes Singers and Company of Voices, and the Founding Chair of the Conservatorium Mid North Council.

Mr Robert Scott Knight OAM

Wagga Wagag’s Robert Knight was recognised for his service to the library and information sciences sector, particularly in the Riverina. Robert has been the Riverina Regional Library Executive Director since 2005, and has previously been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the LIbrary Council of NSW, a Life Membership of NSW Public LIbraries Association, and a recipient of the Albert Mainerd Scholarship, NSW Local Government and Shires Association. He is the Vice-President and President-elect of the Australian Library and Information Association.