Three City of Melville residents recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List


Christopher  Wharton.
Three City of Melville residents recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List
Christopher Wharton.

THREE City of Melville residents were recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours List this year.

Christopher Wharton became a Member (AM) in the General Division for significant service to the print and television media in WA as a senior executive and to the community.

Mr Wharton, of Applecross, has been the chief executive of Seven West Media (WA) since 2011 and of West Australian Newspapers Limited since 2008.

He has served on the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA, is a board member of the West Coast Eagles Football Club and was a trustee of the Channel Seven Telethon Trust.

Mr Wharton has also been a member of the WA Olympic Team Appeal Committee since 2000.

He entered media as a copy boy straight out of school with John Fairfax and Sons, then worked as a journalist and in general management before being appointed chief executive of Community Newspaper Group in 1995.

“It’s great to be recognised for your professional contribution, but I get an enormous amount of satisfaction out of community work,” Mr Wharton said.

“To me, WA is the best place on earth and has been good to me and my family. I try to give back wherever and whenever I can.

“It’s tough in many parts of the economy at the moment and media is no exception.

“We are very conscious of our responsibilities to our shareholders, staff and the people of WA and our community involvement is a hallmark of what we do.”

Edna Richardson became a Member (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for her service to the families of veterans.

Mrs Richardson (86) catches public transport or a taxi from her Palmyra home to Hollywood Private Hospital, where she visits hospitalised war widows.

She joined the Hospital Visiting Team in 1996, a year after she joined the War Widow’s Guild of Australia WA branch.

Attadale’s Andrew Bennett was recognised for his service to the Australian rendering industry.

Mr Bennett helped establish the World Renderers Organisation in 1999 and led the group from 2003 to 2005.