Honours for top leaders

Michael Bleus has been a pilot with the RFDS for more than four decades, and chief pilot for the past 20 years.

In that time, he has clocked more than 17,500 flying hours and been involved in bringing new aircraft from Switzerland to WA.

He is also credited with developing a database detailing more than 700 WA airstrips.

East Fremantle resident Alastair Mackendrick was honoured for his service to medicine and to community health in rural and remote areas.

Dr Mackendrick is a former co-ordinator of ear, nose and throat surgical visits to the Kimberley between 1986 and 2012.

He is also credited with creating the Kimberley Ear Health Manual, in partnership with the Health Department.

Dr Mackendrick has been a consultant and visiting specialist at hospitals in the southern suburbs since 1985.

North Fremantle resident Rodney Evans was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to road transport and to the community.

Mr Evans spent more than three decades with the RAC Australia, was chairman of the Asia-Pacific arm of the Alliance International de Tourism and served on a number of transport-based advisory committees.

He said he felt honoured by the recognition.

‘It’s difficult when you think about all the things that have happened,’ he said.

‘I’ve always felt like if there was a chance for me to contribute, I would.

‘That’s how I found myself on a lot of different committees along the way.’