Mel­bourne bus in­dus­try leg­end Col Dyson has been hon­oured with the Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia

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Mel­bourne bus in­dus­try leg­end Col Dyson (OAM) has been hon­oured with the Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia re­cently.

He was ac­knowl­edged for his ded­i­ca­tion and work in the trans­port in­dus­try and within the com­mu­nity of Bun­doora.

The se­nior di­rec­tor of Dyson Group, based in Mel­bourne’s north- eastern sub­urbs, says the hon­our goes to ev­ery­one who has helped build Dyson Group into what it is to­day.

“This is a medal that I’ve won with the help of others, there’s no doubt about it,” he says.

“We have been in busi­ness for 65 years and all of our 800 em­ploy­ees have con­trib­uted.

“These sorts of awards shouldn’t go to any­one in­di­vid­u­ally,” he adds.

Dyson was orig­i­nally nom­i­nated by his daugh­ter Margie Hill in 2015.

“I first found out when they sent me a let­ter about three weeks ago, but I was sworn to se­crecy!”

He will re­ceive the medal in per­son dur­ing an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony later this year in front of his tremen­dously proud fam­ily and friends.

The Dyson Group of Com­pa­nies is a fam­ily owned bus and coach trans­porta­tion busi­ness serv­ing met­ro­pol­i­tan Mel­bourne, re­gional Vic­to­ria and south­ern New South Wales with route bus and char­tered coach ser­vices.

The com­pany was founded in 1952 by Lau­rence Collins ‘ Pop’ Dyson af­ter he pur­chased three old buses.

Now into a fourth gen­er­a­tion, the Dyson Group has grown to com­prise a fleet of al­most 400 buses and coaches and 800 em­ploy­ees. The op­er­a­tion cel­e­brated 65 years of ser­vice on June 1 this year.

“We have been in busi­ness for 65 years and all of our 800 em­ploy­ees have con­trib­uted”

Above: Col Dyson ( OAM) has been awarded the Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia

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