MEL­LOR TAKE S OUT OAM

Bill Mel­lor is be­ing awarded the Or­der of Aus­tralia

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

CLEAN UP: Bill Mel­lor adds bags of rub­bish to the haul col­lected in Gayn­dah on Clean Up Aus­tralia Day.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

COM­MU­NITY: Bill Mel­lor has cham­pi­oned a num­ber of causes.

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