Fremantle resident Peter Newman was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his service to science education and his contributions to urban design, transport sustainability and the community.
Professor Newman has worked as the director of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute since its inception in Pakenham Street in 2008, as well as being a member of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment, a member of the Expert Commission for Cities and Climate Change and a former member of the Global Research Network on Human Settlements Advisory Board.
He has also published more than 200 academic papers and 12 books.
Also honoured was East Fremantle’s Leonie Reid, who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to people living with a disability.
Mrs Reid has been the chief executive of the personal advocacy service at the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, an advocate for the National Insurance Scheme for Adults with Disabilities, a co-ordinator and fundraiser at World Youth Day in Sydney 2008 and a co-ordinator of a single mother’s program at the Trinity Learning Centre.
Mrs Reid has also been a volunteer for 21 years.
The Australia Day Honours list is a means of recognising Australians who have made a difference to the community or their chosen field.