Australia Day Honours List esteem for local four

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Branco Bratich, Padbury, Medal of the Order of Australia

Service to karate:

Mr Bratich has been a key figure in karate in Australia for nearly 40 years. He is the founder and chief instructor of Yoseikan-Ryu karate established in 1978. He spent periods of eight and three years as national coach, as well as being the national junior coach from 1989 to 1998. He served as national vice- president of the Australian Karate Federation 1993-2005.


Robin Bromley, Hillarys, Medal of the Order of Australia

Service to nutrition in schools:

Mrs Bromley was instrumental in developing WA’s school canteen system. She helped establish the Federation of Canteens in Schools in 1992, becoming a life member in 2014. She is co-founder of the WA School Canteen Association and was its executive officer from the mid 90s until 2014. The association offers the Robin Bromley Visionary Grant each year to help deserving canteens. Robin


Ron de Gruchy, Sorrento, Medal of the Order of Australia

Service to superannuation industry, seniors and Joondalup:

Mr de Gruchy is one of the City of Joondalup’s most active community members. He won the City’s Australia Day Citizenship Award in 2015. He is the president of the WA Self-Funded Retirees Association and the founder and chair of the WA Senior Consultative Forum since 2008. He is the secretary of the National Superannuation Committee and president of the Supperannuated Commonwealth Officers Association (WA). 471


Jeffery Howe, Yanchep, Emergency Services Medal

Mr Howe has had significant involvement with Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) in Western Australia for more than 20 years. He serves as commander of both the VMR Association of WA and Two Rocks VMR Group. With a 30-year background in telecommunications, he was the technical advisor for a new radio repeater network, which vastly improved coverage and safety for recreational boaters. jh