Legacy stalwart awarded OAM
WHEN you live in a small community such as Kyogle and there are things to be done, sometimes you just have to get in there and help, says Grahame Gooding.
And so that’s what he did for the 50 years he lived in Kyogle, before moving to Fernleigh six years ago.
Mr Gooding, 62, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in this year’s Australia Day honours list for his services to the community and to veterans, particularly Legacy.
At Kyogle, where Mr Gooding ran thefamily dairy farm and later cattle, he served on the Kyogle Hospital Board and redevelopment committee for 23 years, and was chairman of the board from 1977 until 1991.
He was part of the Kyogle show society for 30 years, with a stint as president, and a member of the showground trust for 12 years.
And he spent 22 years in total on the Kyogle Public School P&C, the school council and the centenary committee.
“It just seemed to happen – one thing led to another,” Mr Gooding said of his community service.
“We were happy in the community and we got involved in the community.
“The only thing we had to give back to our community was our time and effort, and I believe that, just as it is with children, time is the greatest gift you can give to that community.”
Mr Gooding is still currently active in Legacy, the organisation which helps war widows and their children.
He joined in the late 1970s and has racked up 32 years’ service.
Mr Gooding has served as chairman of Kyogle Legacy Division, president of Lismore Legacy Club, chairman of BallinaLegacy and is currently the director of the North Coast NSW Legacy Foundation.
The former National Serviceman, who toured Vietnam with the 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, is also a member of the Alstonville RSL Sub-branch.