Olds Engineering - Peter Olds in the workshop.
Photo: ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN 10h1837b
Olds Engineering - Peter Olds in the workshop. Photo: ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN 10h1837b Alistair Brightman

Three Fraser Coast citizens have been awarded OAM’s

FOR services to Veterans’ welfare, engineering and the community, three Fraser Coast citizens have been awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

Don Duffus, Peter Olds and Betty Cairns were noted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Mr Duffus was recognised for his work with veterans and their families, and to the community.

He has spent the past 28 years as a volunteer firefighter and worked in Veterans’ welfare for 20 years.

Mr Duffus was humble yesterday when asked about his life’s work.

“It’s the highest civil award that can be bestowed upon someone,” he said.

“Someone must have thought I was doing something good.”

With six years in the military including a stint as a Sapper in South Vietnam, Mr Duffus said working with Veterans was a passion and not a job.

“I truly don’t look at my welfare work as work – it’s just a pleasure to have met and got to know so many of the nicest people in Queensland,” he said.

In Maryborough, Olds Engineering managing director Peter Olds was also recognised for his service to the community and engineering.

Along with other achievements, Mr Olds spend 30 years on the board of the St Stephens Hospital.

“I’ve been involved in a lot of things over the years,” he said.

“Getting the award was a bit of a shock – a bit surprising.

“There’s a lot of other people I know who I thought were more worthy of this award than me.”

“One of the people I thought was Lesley Cairns – blow me down she got one too.”

A close friend of Mr Olds, Betty Lesley Cairns was also noted on the Queen’s Honour Roll.

For her years of service to the Maryborough community Mrs Cairns was recognised.

“I’m feeling very honoured but I share this with every volunteer working to make our community great,” she said.

“It’s a warm feeling.”

Mrs Cairns has spend more than 20 years working with children and the Anglican Church.


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