On 10 June 2019, the Queen's Birthday Honours List was announced and on it were several people from the Victorian water sector. The ages of this year's cited individuals range from 18 to 99 across over 1000 names.

Robert Skinner is a familiar face across the work of DELWP and the Water and Catchments Group (WCG) and he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (OAM), a recognition for his contributions to sustainable water management over many decades across charity, academia and international associations. Among the long list of boards Rob has been involved in are as Chair of WaterAid and WaterAid International, Chair of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Deputy-Chair of Yarra Valley Water since 2016, and as Managing Director of Melbourne Water for 2005-2011.

Most recently, Mr Skinner has been Chair of the Resilient Cities and Towns Reference Group. He is the Lead Chair of the Victorian Government’s Metropolitan and Regional Integrated Water Management Forums and Chair of the Werribee IWM Forum (PDF, 5.1 MB). He also chaired the People and Culture Committee of the Victorian Environmental Protection Authority for five years from 2012-2017.

Two members of the Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI) were also recognised with Public Service Medals for their contributions. The ARI is a vital part of WCG’s research program.

Mr Peter Menkhorst, Waterbirds and Wetlands Senior Zoologist at ARI, is a widely recognised expert on Australian mammals and birds and has made significant and enduring contributions to research, management, policy and public awareness relating to the conservation of biodiversity in Australia, particularly in Victoria.

Dr Lindy Lumsden's work as Principal Research Scientist in Wildlife Ecology has been instrumental in the understanding and preservation of threatened fauna. Her research is providing important new insights into how to help these species survive and flourish in native forests in the face of increased bushfire risk and other habitat threats.