The Shoalhaven featured well in the Queen's Birthday honours list.
Phillip Brown from Milton, Sue Davies, Laurie McGinty and Clem McNamara from Nowra and Dr Mary Moran from Kangaroo Valley all have OAM after their names now, after receiving Order of Australia Medals.
And former local controller of the Kiama SES unit, David Leigh, received an ESM - an Emergency Service Medal.. "I was quite surprised, I really was, to be honest. It is a real honour, but it's something you can only do when you've got a great team you're working with and people do things that you ask and they willingly do it for you. It's a great organisation to be working for."