TWO PEOPLE from Denmark have received awards in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Local GP Dr Hector Faulkner received the OAM, and former NBL player Luc Longley was awarded an AM.
Dr Faulkner graduated from the University of WA in 1981 and began work as a GP in Denmark in 1995.
In addition to running his general practice he has worked tirelessly during the past 24 years to improve health services and community care in the Denmark and Walpole communities, to ensure that facilities are upgraded and built to cater for the increasing and aging population, and elements of the community challenged by drugs and alcohol.
Denmark has the highest mean age in the state, which requires more doctors and facilities, and Dr Faulkner had significant input into the identification and design of community needs, for a new hospital and expanded general medical facilities. He has also given much time to teaching medical students, and still travels extensively to encourage improved delivery where gaps in professional services and support arise.
Denmark has been lucky that Hector Faulkner came, stayed and that his enthusiasm and passion for caring for both individuals and the community at large has never waived.
He is respected and admired, and always goes the extra yard for the community he lives in and still finds time to discuss surfing, AFL or junior soccer.
Three-time Olympian Luc Longley was awarded an AM for his contributions to basketball.
Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates said that Mr Longley had had a stellar career as the first Australian to play in the NBA, forging a path in basketball that many others have since followed.
Upon his return to Australia he assisted coaching the Australian Olympic basket-ball team.