Five Lane Cove Locals Recognised in Queens Birthday Honours List

    Five Lane Cove/Greenwich residents have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list.


    Nicholas Richard COWDERY AM, QC Northwood NSW 2066 For distinguished service to the law, to the protection of human rights, to professional legal bodies, and to the community.

    Nicholas Cowdery was appointed the Director of Public Prosecutions for New South Wales in 1994, and ended his sixteen-year tenure in 2011. He has since written Getting Justice Wrong: myths, media and crime.  He was regularly seen on TV during his 16 year tenure due to the number of high profile cases handled by the DPP.  He was in the news last year after his appearance on the Kelli Lane documentary.

    Medal (OAM) in the General Division

    Peter William COUSENS Greenwich NSW 2065 For significant service to the performing arts, and to the community.

    Peter Cousens  is an Australian television veteran.  He has also worked in London’s West End.   In the 1980s he guest starred in a number of big Australian television productions, including The Sullivans, The Young Doctors, Sons and Daughters and The Restless Years. He then went on to take leading roles in Under Capricorn and Return to Eden.  Most recently Peter Cousens directed the film Where is Daniel?, chronicling the story of the murder of Daniel Morcombe.

    Adrienne Margaret CAHALAN Longueville NSW 2066 For service to sailing.

    Adrienne is one of the biggest female names in Sailing.  Adrienne is famous for her around-the-world sailing and has been nominated several times for World Yachtswoman of the Year and was Australian Yachtswoman of the Year for 2004–05. In 2005 she was part of the crew for the winning Wild Oats. She has participated in 20 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races, including being the navigator for four line honours winners.

    At one stage she held the record for the fastest woman to complete a circumnavigation (crew of “Cheyenne”) 58 days 9 hours 32 minutes 45 seconds.

    Adrienne’s love of the water saw her work as a maritime lawyer before becoming a full time yachtswoman.

    Doreen Helen TODD Lane Cove North NSW 2066 For service to women.


    Gail Marie LE BRANSKY Northwood NSW 2066 For outstanding public service in the delivery of transport services in New South Wales.

    Gail’s focus has been on equity and diversity issues in transport services across NSW. She is responsible for leading and delivering strategic policy and planning projects to improve the provision of inclusive and accessible transport in NSW; strategic policy on transport concessions, schemes and subsidies and frameworks to improve access to the transport system for the transport disadvantaged, including people with disability, older people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, youth and rural and remote communities.

    Gail chairs Transport for NSW’s Accessible Transport Advisory Committee and is NSW’s representative on the Australian Government’s Accessible Public Transport Jurisdictional Advisory Committee and the Australasian Rail Association’s Disability Policy Working Group.

    Well done to the recipients.

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