Australian theatre director receives AM honour

Phillip Della.
Phillip Della.

THEATRE director Andrew Ross was one of five locals awarded Queen’s Birthday honours on Monday.

The Glendalough resident and founding Black Swan State Theatre Company artistic director was yesterday appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the performing arts industry.

Ross has worked in the arts around Australia and in Indonesia, and is currently directing Opera Australia’s Bran Nue Dae.

Phillip Della, of Carine, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to nursing, midwifery and health care education.

Professor Della has been head of nursing, midwifery and paramedicine at Curtin University since 2008 and received a lifetime achievement honour at the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards last year.

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Former Good Samaritan Industries chairman and Rotary Club of East Perth president Rodney Benness, of Gwelup, received the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Trevor Arbuckle, formerly of Carine, received the Medal of the Order of Australia posthumously for his service to the community and youth.

Dr Arbuckle was part of the Freemasons, Royal Association of Justices of WA, was a former commanding officer in the Army Reserves and founded the Friends of Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

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