Joshua Le Bars, pictured with his daughter Panama-Pearl, in a last photograph before he drowned after saving two family members on the Gold Coast in 2006.
Joshua Le Bars, pictured with his daughter Panama-Pearl, in a last photograph before he drowned after saving two family members on the Gold Coast in 2006. The Northern Star

No word yet on bravery award

IT has been a year since Nimbin man Joshua Le Bars was nominated for a bravery medal, but his family is still waiting for a reply.

Joshua, 24, died on the Gold Coast in 2006 after flinging himself into the surf to rescue his 13-year-old sister and his partner's 10-year-old son when a sandbank collapsed under them.

The family, community and The Northern Star were part of a campaign to secure a bravery medal for Joshua.

His father, Paul Le Bars, said he felt he was getting the run-around from Government House in regards to his son's nomination.

“We were told that under the provisions of the legislation it would take about 18 months to two years for Joshua to get a medal and we are just waiting,” Mr Le Bars said.

“For me and others in the community it would give us a bit of closure, and if anybody deserves a medal for bravery, it was my son.”

The original letter from the Le Bars family was sent in June last year.

“I think it is a long time to get any response at all,” Mr Le Bars said.

“I'm still waiting for some kind of correspondence and I feel like we are being forgotten.”

A Government House spokesman said they were aware the nomination for Joshua existed and it was still in the process of being approved.

“We only have two meetings a year where nominations are put forward, and the next meeting is in November,” the spokesman said.

“But there is no guarantee this nomination will be addressed at that meeting.”



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