January 26 is a day for Australia, and as the nation celebrated, some of our very own hard working residents were awarded with Australia Day Honours.
Dean Dolling of Port Broughton, Peter Solomon of Stirling North and John Sandland of Peterborough each received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) while Jennifer Treloar, of Wiawera Station, Olary, was awarded a Member (AM).
Dean Dolling, OAM.
Dean Dolling has lived in the Port Broughton region his entire life, and said it was a huge surprise to hear he had received an OAM.
“You do a lot of things but you never expect recognition, you do it to better the area for your community,” Mr Dolling said.
Mr Dolling became a councillor for the Port Broughton District Council in 1978.
He was serving In 1997 during a historic year for the region, when the Port Broughton District Council and the Bute District Council amalgamated, forming the District Council of Barunga West.
Mr Dolling then served as the Mayor of the new council from 2001 – 2014, and became the Deputy Mayor in 2014, a role he has held ever since. “My grandfather, father, uncle and brother were all involved in local council,” Mr Dolling said.
“People know they can approach me about anything.”
Some of Mr Dolling’s proudest achievements during his time on council include the establishment of the boat ramp and the medium strip in the town’s centre.
Mr Dolling ran a farm in the region for many years, which has now been overtaken by his sons.
“I still get out there in the busy seasons to help out,” he said.
Mr Dolling now lives on the Port Broughton foreshore, with a spectacular view of the jetty.
“I’ve enjoyed working with all the councillors and Chief Executives over these many years,” he said.
“It’s incredibly gratifying when you achieve something for your area.”
Peter Solomon, OAM
Stirling North’s Peter Solomon has been recognised with an Australia Day Honour Award, for his services to the local council and the Port Augusta community.
“Port Augusta is a resilient community, during my time in council the region went through a number of fairly horrendous downturns,” he said.
“A lot of work needed to be put in to turn things around, and I am honoured to have been a part of that.”
Over the years, Mr Solomon has been the Deputy Mayor, and twice served as councillor for Port Augusta.
Mr Solomon said the most valuable thing he was able to work on was the Port Augusta Social Strategy.
“That was the start of a recognition that we had to change things in Port Augusta to better include the Aboriginal community,” he said.
“We can all fix potholes and roads, but it is far better to build a community than run a corporation.
“It is embarrassing to receive this recognition, but I am glad to get it,” he said.
John Sandland, OAM.
John Sandland of Peterborough was awarded his OAM for his services to local government, and to the community of Peterborough.
“It was a great honour to find out I had received this award,” he said.
“For the last 60 years I have been involved in the different communities where we’ve lived. You just do these things, and you don’t expect recognition for them.”
Mr Sandland finished his schooling in Peterborough, and married a local girl. The pair retired to Peterborough around 10 years ago.
Since then he has been involved in the Sing Australia Choir as Leader, as well as treasurer for the local St. Vincent de Paul Society.
“All in all I’ve had a busy life, but I’ve enjoyed it,” he said.
“I have to thank my wife for supporting me, and the people who nominated me for this honour. I also have to thank the people in Canberra who thought I was worthy enough to receive this award.”