June 15, 2021

Hunters Hill locals have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for their outstanding service to our community.

Gladesville vet Max Zuber and Hunters Hill resident Matt Fehon were among those on the 2021 list for achievements in their professional fields and community service.

Max Zuber’s citation was for significant service to veterinary science, to professional colleges and to education.

Max Zuber

He is well-known to many in Hunters Hill as a director and vet at Gladesville Veterinary Hospital, and has many other achievements through professional colleges, associations and councils, as well as his work as an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.

Max said he was honoured to be named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

“As a proud Australian, I’m very honoured to receive this award and recognition of my work over the last 52 years,” he said.

“It’s a long time to have been in this thing and I’m thankful that I still enjoy going to work every day.”

The hospital has a long association with the Hunters Hill community, through events such as Moocooboola and through animal service and wildlife rescue work with organisations such as Hunter’s Hill Council and WIRES.

Of his profession, Max said it was very much a people-related job as well as an animal-related one.

“I think we have a great community in the Gladesville and Hunters Hill area,” he said.

“I have seen generations of families come through with their pets.

“That’s a special thing.

“I have a love of animals.

“It’s great to be part of fixing them when they’re broken and when they’re unwell.

“That’s a very rewarding part of my job.”

Max has also had a great interest in veterinary education throughout his career.

Along with his wife of 50 years, Jeni, he has been involved in community service, including to farming communities through the Drive for Drought initiative, raising money for equipment and supplies for farmers affected by drought and bushfires.

For Matt Fehon, being named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) is a humbling experience.

“I’m honoured to receive the award; very grateful.,” he said.

The citation was for significant service to the community through a range of roles.

Matt Fehon

Matt has been involved with Hunters Hill and Lane Cove rugby clubs, Holy Name of Mary Parish Hunters Hill and mentoring Indigenous students at St Ignatius College Riverview.

He is also well-known to many in Hunters Hill for being part of the Beyond Bitumen car rally in support of mental health and wellbeing support organisation Beyond Blue.

“Community is a very important part of my life,” Matt said.

“I enjoy helping people.”


Click here to read Max Zuber’s Queen’s Birthday Honour citation

Click here to read Matt Fehon’s Queen’s Birthday Honour award citation


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