On November 3, 2018, the Government of Japan announced the conferment of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Silver Rays, upon Ms Madeleine Rennie, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to strengthening the relations of Japan and Australia and promoting mutual understanding. The Order is awarded by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.
Since 1985, Ms Rennie has participated in the sister city exchange between Belmont and Adachi Ward in Tokyo as a Belmont Sister Cities Association member, also serving as the association’s president, and making great contribution to the development of the exchange over many years. Ms Rennie has also contributed greatly to people-to-people exchange between Australia and Japan, offering advice and guidance to various groups such as sister city exchange groups, business delegations, and other civic groups.The Consulate-General of Japan offers its congratulations and sincere appreciation to Ms Rennie for her exceptional efforts and achievements. Her many contributions will continue to benefit the ties of both countries profoundly for many years to come.