Australia Day 2015 – Special Announcement
His Excellency, the Governor General of Australian has bestowed upon our associations founder and President, Mr. Peter Joseph Cannon, the Order of Australia.
This award recognises the genuine commitment that Peter has made towards providing a voice for the Volunteer Firefighters in NSW.
Congratulations Peter and thank you for your dedication.
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Mr Peter Joseph CANNON, ‘Yeronga’, Peak Hill NSW 2869 For service to the community through fire and emergency services organisations.
Group Captain, Parkes Group 5, New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS), includes Peak Hill, Mickibri and Waratah Brigades, since 2001; Captain, Waratah Brigade, 1995-2003; Member, since 1966; Member, Tomingley Brigade, 1966-1979; Bush Fire Management Committee; Volunteer Representative, Mid Lachlan Valley Team – Forbes; Member, Executive Committee/Sub-Committee – Forbes. Volunteer Member, Parkes Senior Management Committee. President, Volunteer Fire Fighters Association, since 2004; Foundation Steering Committee Member, 2004.
Executive Councillor, Region 5 Central West, New South Wales Farmers Association, 2004- 2013; Member, Grains Committee, 2010-2013. President, Peak Hill Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural Association, 2000-2002. Past Chairman, Wheat Grower’s Action Group, 2008-2009.
Philosophy underlying the Order of Australia
The purpose of the Order of Australia is to recognise, by National honour, those who have made outstanding contributions that benefit their communities, and Australia.
The second purpose of the Order of Australia is that it serves to define, encourage and reinforce community standards, national aspirations and ideals by acknowledging actions and achievement and thereby identifying role models at all levels and in all spheres of the community.