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27th of January 2015
Australia Day Honours for actor Roy Billing, the "unofficial Mayor of Parkes"
Who doesn't know the marvellous actors in the famous movie "The Dish", starring our 64-m Parkes Telescope ? Actor Roy Billing, the "unofficial Mayor of Parkes" was honored with the OAM on Australia Day as noted in the Parkes Champion Post. The photo, taken during the opening of the new Parkes Visitors Discovery Centre (24 Mar 2001) by CASS staff member John Sarkissian, shows - from left to right - Barry Turner, John Reynolds (then Parkes Officer-in-Charge), actor Roy Billing, Robert Wilson (Mayor of Parkes from 1981 to 2008), Geoff Garrett (then CSIRO CEO) and Ron Ekers (then ATNF Director).

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