KEVIN JONES believes he had no choice but to become entrenched in community life after working for 31 years in the NSW Police Force.
Whether it was setting up a much-needed youth centre and SES unit in Wilcannia, east of Broken Hill, or taking on the role of secretary and treasurer of the Maclean and District Agricultural Society, Mr Jones has left his mark on every community he’s lived in.
Today Mr Jones was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the community through a range of sporting, agricultural and veterans’ organisations.
From his home in Townsend, east of Maclean, Mr Jones said he was honoured to receive the award.
Over the years Mr Jones has had friends and colleagues who have been awarded the Order of Australia, but said it never occ-urred to him that he too would one day have the letters OAM after his name.
“I just didn’t think I’d ever get it, so it’s a great honour for me to accept it,” he said.
But when you look at the long list of titles and roles Mr Jones has held across NSW, it becomes apparent he is a deserving recipient of the award.
His achievements include United Cricket Club president for five years, Maclean Ex-Services Club president since 2003, Byron Bay Services Club director from 1998 to 2001, foundation member and president of the Byron Bay Lions Club in 1995, foundation member and patrol commander of the Wilcannia Rescue Squad, and anactive member of the bird club of the Maclean and District Agricultural Society.