Locals recognised in honours list

FOUR members of the Manning and Great Lakes community have been recognised in the Australia Day honours list and awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM).

The recipients are;

Howard Croker from Oxley Island for service to the sport of rowing.

Lynette Mayo fromCundletown for service to the community of the Mid North Coast.

Dr Romney Newman from Forster for service to medicine as a physician and to the community.

Rodney O'Regan fromHillville for service to the welfare of veterans and their families, and to military history.

Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead said it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of these worthy recipients.

“The Australia Day honours are a public recognition of the services to the community and various other aspects that have been core part of the lives of the people receiving them,” Mr Bromhead said.

“As can be seen from their achievements, these wonderful people have had a diverse and active role to play in our community and their involvement has made this a better place to live.”

In 2011 Howard was the Australian Export Hero (Sports Manufacturing). During his rowing career Howard competed for NSW in pairs, fours and eights for national championships and won a number of state and national titles.

Lynette Mayo was an active member of the Mid North Coast Kidney Association from 1984 until the Association was disbanded. She organised the Hub Markets for over 10 years which were a monthly community market raising funds to support the Taree Dialysis Centre. Lynette has been asupporter of Manning Wallamba Family History Society for many years.

Dr Romney Newman has been in private practice in Taree since 1972 and in Forster since 1996. He is a Visiting Physician at Cape Hawke Hospital from 1996-2013 and was an Honorary Physician at Manning Base Hospital 1972-1996 and Director of Intensive Care, Coronary Care 1972-1996. He is a current Consultant at the Taree and Forster Aboriginal Medical Centres and was Leader, Kairos Prison Ministry Program in 2011 and regional committee member, mentor and volunteer since 2006.

Rodney O’Regan has been Director, Australian Light Horse Association since 2008. He organised and participated in multiple Light Horse re-enactments for various schools, organisations and events, including at Villers-Bretonneux 90th Anniversary in 2008 and at Beersheba for the 90th and 95th Anniversaries in 2007 and 2012.

Rodney was President, Manning Valley-Great Lakes Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Social and Welfare Club from 2005-2010.  He was a Senior Sergeant Patrol Commander for NSW Police until 1990 and founding Coordinator of Community Policing Program and supported the establishment of local Neighbourhood Watch schemes. He won the Commissioner's Valour Award in 1989