Echuca's Noel Maughan, Alan Eley and Peter Martin were recognised in the 2014 Australia Day honours, presented with Order of Australia medals.January 27, 2014 4:49am
Stunned, surprised, honoured and humbled were some of the words used by three outstanding men who received the Medal of the Order of Australia.
Noel Maughan, Alan Eley and Peter Martin were recognised in the 2014 Australia Day honours.
Mr Maughan was recognised for service to the Parliament of Victoria, to agriculture and to rural health, while Mr Eley was recognised for service to the community of Echuca and Mr Martin for service to veterans and their families, and to the community of Echuca.
‘‘I’m not sure what I’ve done but I think it’s an honour,’’ Mr Eley told the Riv.
The 84-year-old said he enjoys helping people in their time of need, which had been achievable through his work with the CFA.
He said it went beyond ‘‘putting water on a fire’’.
It was about volunteering and helping others, he said.
Mr Maughan has done everything from dairy farming and working in a piggery to serving as a Member for Rodney and chairing a number of organisations, many in the health sector.
‘‘We need to use the skills, talents and abilities we have to build a better community,’’ he said.
‘‘While you’re still able to contribute something, you should do so.’’
He said he had gained great satisfaction from his community work, which spanned more than 50 years.
Mr Martin has worked with veterans to enhance their welfare and wellbeing.
A support centre for veterans was officially opened in 2009 and has helped more than 2000 veterans with things such as pension applications, entitlements, housing and support, as well as monthly bus trips.
‘‘Echuca is an area where a lot of people retire to and that’s when veterans need our help,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s extremely rewarding when we see the results.’’
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
Popular Tatura hairdresser Gabrielle Dodd and her English beau Daniel Coombs were married at Sacred Heart Church on Friday.
Moama overcame a late surge from Deniliquin Rams to win by 22 points in round three of the Murray Football League.
Rochester boxing coach Chris Trewin and his team of dedicated trainers have been hitting the bag for more than six months and the results are beginning to show.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
Jerilderie's born and bred Madeleine Harris has been recognised for her banking and finance career
Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
Strathmerton clinched a win in the high-scoring game against Mathoura on the weekend in the PDFL North West competition.
Deniliquin swimming dynamo Stephen Dalzell has finished 13th overall in his preferred event at the Australian Age Championships.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative has set a date for a special meeting to vote on a new capital structure.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.