MELLOR TAKE S OUT OAM
Bill Mellor is being awarded the Order of Australia
GAYNDAH Shire Council’s last mayor, Bill Mellor, can now add the Order of Australia Medal to his list of accomplishments.
“It’s an honour all right,” Mr Mellor said.
“I don’t know who nominated me, it’s all very secretive. I don’t do this for recognition but to benefit the community.”
Mr Mellor was the last mayor of Gayndah Shire from 2004 to 2008, prior to amalgamation.
“I like that, it’s something that can’t be taken away from me, it’s an honour I can never lose,” Mr Mellor said.
“I saw that council needed a bit of honesty at the time so I threw my hat in the ring.
“I took an old saying from cricket and adapted it to council while I was there.
“Put the ratepayers first, council second and council staff third.”
Mr Mellor said the Burnett had a knack for producing OAM recipients.
“We’ve had a few of them over the years, like Dr Henry Ung and Elvia Slack,” Mr Mellor said.
“There are a lot of good people here who do a lot of good work for the community behind the scenes which benefits the wider community.
“It’s just a matter of nominating those worthy people.”
Bill Mellor’s family first came to Gayndah in 1954 before he returned to stay in 1973, remaining in Gayndah ever since.
“It’s our home,” Mr Mellor said.
“Everything about it I love, we could sell up and move to the coast if we wanted but this is where we are settled with good friends and we call it home.”
Mr Mellor says gaining the new OAM title won’t have an impact on how he conducts himself within the community.
“It won’t change me at all,” Mr Mellor said.
Mr Mellor is proud of the community groups and what they achieve throughout the year.
“I’m in the Masonic Lodge and Lions club where we do a quarterly clean around town, it’s nothing major, but it helps keep the district clean and tidy for everyone,” Mr Mellor said.
“I don’t know who nominated me but I do want to say again that there are plenty of people who, I think, deserve this too.
“But you can't get it unless you are nominated, I encourage people to get nominating.”
There are a lot of good people here who do a lot of good work for the community. — Bill Mellor
CLEAN UP: Bill Mellor adds bags of rubbish to the haul collected in Gayndah on Clean Up Australia Day.
LEST WE FORGET: The Gayndah War Memorial circa 1950. Designed and built in 1921 by Ernest Gunderson. Listed on the Queensland Heritage Register on October 21, 1992.
COMMUNITY: Bill Mellor has championed a number of causes.