Green Point resident, Ken Austin, has received an Order of Australia Medal in the 2019 Australia Day Honours.
Austin received his honour for services to the community and to Rotary.
Austin has been a member of the Rotary Club of Gosford North for 36 years, and has held numerous positons at the club.
Joining in 1983, he served as Secretary from 1986 through to 1997.
Austin also served as the club’s Sergeant from 1984 to 1985, a role he would reprise two more times, from 1996-97 and 2002-03.
He held the office of Vice President through 1988-1989 before being elected President in 89, a role he retained until 1990.
During his time with the club Austin also participated in many ventures for Rotary Australia, most notably the Nepal Dental Project in 1992, of which he was a founding member.
Austin also spent time as a volunteer at the Kokoda Hospital as a representative of Rotary Australia and Gosford North.
Over the years, Austin has also received many accolades through Rotary for his enduring commitment to the Gosford North club and his community.
He is one of just a few thousand Rotarians internationally to receive a Service Above Self Award, the organisation’s highest individual honour, which is only awarded to 150 Rotarians a year who demonstrate exemplary humanitarian service.
Document, Jan 21
Kaye Browning, Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat