The Governor-General and Mrs Hurley have spent the last two days on the South Coast of New South Wales to present National Emergency Medals to volunteer firefighters, emergency services workers and front line responders.
The National Emergency Medal is an important part of the Australian Honours and Awards system.
The award of the medal is a way that we, as a nation, are able to recognise the committed and courageous efforts of frontline responders, volunteers and community supporters during nationally-significant emergencies.
At presentation ceremonies in Eden, Bega, Bermagui and Narooma, the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley thanked recipients for their service, acknowledged the support of their families and highlighted the remarkable contribution they made to their community during the 2019-20 bushfire emergency.
Similar ceremonies are being held in other fire affected communities across Australia. The Governor-General and Mrs Hurley look forward to attending ceremonies in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia and other parts of NSW in 2022.
Photos: Governor-General of Australia