MUNDARING resident Kelvin Portland says he is surprised and honoured to have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.
Mr Portland was awarded a Medal (OAM) in the General Division for his service to the community of the eastern Pilbara.
In his 33 years living in the region he served as a shire councillor at the Shire of East Pilbara, Lieutenant at the Newman Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, was a volunteer with the Mine Rescue Service at BHP Billiton, and was the head instructor at the Newman Tae Kwon Do Club.
In 2011 he was named the East Pilbara Senior Sports Person of the Year and was named East Pilbara Australian of the Year in 2004.
“The Shire of East Pilbara is the biggest shire in the world and being so remote, if you want to get something done you have to get off your arse and do it,” he said.
“I am really pleased during my time there I helped get the new airport off the ground and was able to help the town become more modern.”
Mr Portland was also recognised for his role as the Brigade Cadet Co-ordinator at the Mundaring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service.”
He thanked wife Cindy for her continual support.