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.’’
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