ORDER OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL FINALLY IN HANDS:
Presented medal at ceremony
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.