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ACHIEVERS IN THE ARTS RECEIVE AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS

The Australia Council congratulates members of the arts community whose outstanding contributions to the arts were acknowledged in the 2007 Australia Day Honours List.

The full list of awards includes a number of cultural philanthropists, arts mentors and administrators, playwrights, educators and composers from across Australia.

The arts and cultural award winners in the 2007 Australia Day honours list include:

Mrs Janet Holmes a Court AO – who received a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) for service to business, notably in music, theatre, and the visual arts, to construction, wine and cattle, and to the community.

Dr Neil Geoffrey Armfield – who received an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the arts, nationally and internationally, as a director of theatre, opera and film, and as a promoter of innovative Australian productions, including Indigenous drama.

Mr Guido Belgiorno-Nettis – who received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the arts in executive and philanthropic roles, and to the construction industry, through the management of big infrastructure projects.

Mrs Julie Dyson – who received an AM for service to the performing arts through Ausdance, to the promotion of contemporary dance, and to dance artists and educators.

Dr Anthony Gould – who received an AM for service to the arts as a music educator, particularly through the Victorian College of the Arts, to the promotion of jazz and improvised music, and as a pianist and composer.

Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Ashburn – who received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the visual arts, contemporary Australian art, education and the community.

Mr Anthony Bond – who received an OAM for service to the visual arts as a curator, and through stimulating debate and public understanding of contemporary international art.

Mr Carl Crossin – who received an OAM for service to music, particularly as a choral conductor and founding director of the Adelaide Chamber Singers.

Associate Professor Martin Jarvis – who received an OAM for service to the arts as the founder, artistic director and conductor of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, and to music education.

Mr Donald Spencer – who received an OAM for service to children’s music and television as a songwriter and performer, and through the establishment of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation.

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