Pre­sented medal at cer­e­mony

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Ford Danielle.Ford@sc­news.com.au

IT WAS back in Jan­uary Terry Welch was told he had been awarded an Or­der of Aus­tralia Medal, but it wasn’t un­til last month the Ku­luin res­i­dent was able to phys­i­cally hold the medal.

On May 22, Mr Welch was pre­sented with The Or­der of Aus­tralia in the gen­eral di­vi­sion medal by Queens­land Gov­er­nor Paul de Jersey dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Govern­ment House.

Not one for lav­ish events, Mr Welch said it was an ex­tremely well-done ser­vice.

“It was ob­vi­ously very of­fi­cial but it wasn’t over the top,” he said.

“It was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence to be a part of and I felt quite proud when I re­ceived my medal.”

Mr Welch was ap­pointed with the medal, as part of the Aus­tralia Day hon­ours this year, for his ser­vice to the Ma­roochy­dore com­mu­nity in a wide range of roles.

In the past he has been a part of the Alexan­dra Head­land Surf Life Sav­ing Club and is cur­rently an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ma­roochy­dore Ro­tary Club and the Maroochy Men’s Shed.

De­spite re­ceiv­ing the hon­our, Mr Welch said what makes him the proud­est is know­ing he has helped make the com­mu­nity a bet­ter place in some way.

“Grow­ing up I was al­ways taught that you should just get in and help out where you can,” he said.

“The only way to make a com­mu­nity bet­ter is to lend a hand and do the work to make it bet­ter.

“I guess I might have been recog­nised be­cause I tend to lead from the front and I do that be­cause some­one has to.

“If no one takes the lead on things noth­ing will get done.”


HON­OURED: Terry Welch re­cently at­tended a cer­e­mony at Govern­ment House were he was pre­sented with his Or­der of Aus­tralia Medal.

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