Fire and Environment Program Officer Jill Read was recently awarded an Australian Fire Service Medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday honours. Jill is based at Parks Victoria’s Halls Gap office. Jill Read has been recognised for reforming fire management in the Wimmera, providing benefits for the protection of life and property without compromising the protection of natural and cultural values in parks and forests.
Jill has been with Parks Victoria for 25 years and in that time has developed a new approach to planned burning using her extensive knowledge and experience in fire management and ecological systems. Her success has resulted from her knowledge, passion excellent collaborative skills and ability to harness specialist input.
Jill is the first female in public land and fire management in Victoria to be recognised with this honour. The Australian Fire Service Medal recognises distinguished service by members of Australian fire services and is awarded by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the responsible Commonwealth, state and territory ministers.
When asked how she felt about receiving an Australian Fire Service Medal, Jill said she felt pride. “As an employee of Parks Victoria I have worked with a broad range of people over the years from Victoria and interstate in the field of fire ecology, and it is very gratifying to see the work that we have been doing and my contribution to it recognised in this way. It has also been humbling to receive many messages and kind words from people after receiving the award.”
Congratulations Jill, Gil and Don from FOGGS.