John Hannaford, Dennis Martin, Gwyneth Austen and John Murray.
John Hannaford, Dennis Martin, Gwyneth Austen and John Murray. Rachel Vercoe

Community-minded servants recognised

THEIR faces are well known within the local community for being selfless hard workers and fittingly they all share a place on the Queens Birthday honours list.

Amongst the 891 awards announced this week, a small number are dedicated community members from the Coffs Coast.

Dennis Martin from Coffs Harbour has received OAM for his many years of community service.

Dennis has served as the general manager of the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport since 2008, member of the airport redevelopment committee from 1994 to 2008, member of the North Coast Regional Tourist Board from 1985 to 1996 and president, secretary and member of the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour at different stages since 1984.

Dr John William Kramer from Woolgoolga was also awarded an OAM for his services to medicine as a general practitioner.

Dr Kramer has been a visiting medical officer at the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital and Baringa Private Hospital since 1981, a general practitioner at the refugee clinic at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus from 2006 to 2018, a visiting practitioner to schools in Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga from 1995 - 2016 and a general practitioner in Woolgoolga since 1981.

He has also been part of a variety of professional organisations from a board member at the National Rural Faculty - where he is currently the chairman - a North Coast Region representative board member and honorary member of the Woolgoolga Rotary club.

Gwyneth Austen from Red Rock was awarded an OAM for her services to the community which include founding member and secretary of the village's Preservation Association since 1985, trustee for the Red Rock Reserve from 1998 - 2004, secretary of the board for Lifeline North Coast, secretary, elder and lay preacher of the Woolgoolga Uniting Church and a founding member of the Woolgoolga Men's Shed in 2007.

John Hannaford from Woolgoolga was awarded an OAM for his service to the parliament of NSW through a range of senior ministerial roles, to law reform and the community.

John Murray from Woolgoolga, meanwhile, has been involved with Marine Rescue NSW since joining as a volunteer in 2002.

Mr Murray is a former Unit Commander of Marine Rescue NSW Woolgoolga and has recently been appointed as the Regional Operations Manager - Northern Rivers following four years as the Regional Controller - Mid North Coast and Regional Training Officer for an additional two years.

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