Terri becomes a casual honorary Aussie for a day
News source: The Courier Mail, 13 – 14 May 2006
By Stuart Sherwin
WITH her husband wearing his trademark khaki outfit, Terri Irwin chose jeans and sneakers to be awarded her Order of Australia yesterday.
She was nominated for her services to wildlife conservation and tourism through the Australia Zoo at Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast .
As an American citizen the award was honorary, but Mrs Irwin said it made her feel like a “true Aussie”.
She lined up with soldiers, charity workers, scientists and community leaders who were also being honoured at Government House.
“It feels fabulous to receive this honour from Australia , but very humbling to be among this group of incredible people,” she said.
Mrs Irwin's son Bob and daughter Bindi, who was dressed in a pink dress and tiara, watched the ceremony with their dad.
Others being honoured included Keith Payne, the last Aussie soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
The 72-year-old Vietnam vet was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia for his work with young cadets, schools and veterans groups.
Terry White, former deputy premier was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to pharmacy and the community.
Brent Livermore, a member of Australia 's gold medal-winning Athens Olympics hockey team, received the medal of the Order of Australia .