Drag queen, plumber, principal and farmer among Australia Day honourees

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A philanthropic drag queen, molecular biologist, plumber and environmental conservationist are among those being recognised for their contributions to their country and communities.

A philanthropic drag queen, a molecular biologist, a plumber and an environmental conservationist who rescues orangutans in Borneo are just some of the people to receive Australia Day honours across regional New South Wales today.The awards will be presented at ceremonies across Australia on SundayThe annual awards ceremony aims to identify those who make a difference through an outstanding contribution to their local communities and across the nation.

Tommy Jeffs has been recognised with an Order of Australia Medal for raising more than $1 million for charity by hosting dozens of events, often as his drag alter-ego, 'Tallulah'."It's what I've always done since I was 15 years of age and wherever I've worked, I've just tried to work with the community."

Mr Jeffs said sharing was in his blood, having come from a large family with nine brothers and three sisters who grew up at Canowindra in the state's central west."If you leave a good mark on this world that's what it's all about, isn't it? You can go out of this world and people will say, 'he's a good bloke'."


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