Lifestyle

Owen shocked by Order Medal

Owen’s nomination was a joint exercise involving his three main areas of interest.
Owen’s nomination was a joint exercise involving his three main areas of interest.

FINDING out he was being considered for Queens Birthday honours came as a "rude shock" to community volunteer Owen Rushton.

The quietly-spoken Bowraville primary school teacher said he was stunned when first notified of the nomination but felt truly humble when the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division was finally confirmed.

"It wasn't exactly something that happens to you every day and it's always been something I saw happen to other people," he said.

"At first it was all a bit of a mystery and the hardest part was keeping the news confidential but I'm getting used to the idea now."

Owen's nomination was a joint exercise involving his three main areas of interest.

"A fair chunk of my time goes to promoting the Macksville Gift and I hope there's recognition for working as a classroom teacher, especially the last 10 years with PSSA sport.

"However, I'm proud to support the rescue association which has had success in recent years with the purchase of two new vessels and the completion of premises.

"My thanks to all in the community who have made a contribution in any way."

Personal Profile

Mr Owen William Rushton of Macksville.

For service to the community of Nambucca, particularly through Marine Rescue New South Wales.

  • Unit Commander/Captain, Marine Rescue Nambucca Heads Unit, Marine Rescue New South Wales, since 1998; Member, since 1996.
  • Former Chair, Marine Committee, New South Wales Volunteer Rescue Association; Member, since 1989.
  • Assistant Principal, Bowraville Central School; Teacher, since 1995.
  • Zone Representative, Nambucca District, New South Wales Primary Schools Sports Association, since 1999; Treasurer, since 2003.

Topics:  order of australia queen's birthday



The future of drones in our skies

Aerial view of Hardy Reef, home to the Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef.These images were taken on 20 June 2017 by a drone to assess if the Heart Reef has been bleached.

Is privacy coming at a cost of an aerial perspective?

What activities will you do this weekend?

Curryfest 2014, Woolgoolga: The curry stands overflowed with willing customers. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate

Events galore on the coast this weekend.

Large hailstones and damaging winds likely: BoM warning

storm approaches Coffs Harbour..12 DEC 2016

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning

Local Partners

Kia Stinger road test: Is beauty deeper than the metal?

This is no standard Kia, the Stinger is honed by a bloke who not long ago was the guru of BMW's go-fast M division.

Customers rage over baked beans change

Heinz Baked Beanz 420g is selling for $2.09 on Farmers Direct.Source:Supplied

Kraft Heinz announces changes to baked beans

Shock Rocky killing: Years of chaos until new 'Croc Father' emerges

EXPERT OPINION: Koorana Crocodile Farm owner John Lever explains the flow-on effect after the death of Rockhampton's King Croc. Pictured, he feeds one of his bigger crocs. Photo Chris Ison

Local expert says brutal shooting was 'no chance meeting'

L'Oreal heiress and world's richest woman dead at 94

French businesswoman Liliane Bettencourt, the heiress of cosmetics giant L'Oreal and daughter of the company's founder, has died. Bettencourt was also considered the richest woman in the world.

L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt was worth $49 billion.

‘Double whammy’ influenza, hayfever strikes

Flu cases are on the rise this winter.

Hayfever season and flu season have overlapped this year

Mum slammed for sex talk with 12-year-old son

The post that sparked the debate on Mumsnet.

Parents on forums can be the worst sometimes

Object of desire: 2018 Kia Stinger launched

The mid-range Kia Stinger Si will officially reach showrooms on October 1.

First drive of this year's most anticipated car.