LOCK man Jamie Siviour has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours for generous service to his community.
Mr Siviour has been chairman of the Lock Community Health and Welfare Centre Advisory Committee and a member of Port Lincoln’s Health Advisory Council since 2000; volunteers with the Murdinga CFS Brigade; has been a delegate on the Cleve Lutheran Parish Management Committee since 2005; is part of the Murdinga and Lock silo committees and has been a Justice of the Peace since 2006.
He has also been a part of or held a committee role for Lock Community Events Committee, the Lock Lutheran Congregation, Murdinga Agricultural Bureau as well as local and state youth groups and sporting organisations and this year received Elliston District Council’s Citizen of the Year award.
Out of all of his community work, Mr Siviour said it was his work with Lock’s health and welfare committee which he was most passionate about.
As Lock does not have a hospital and only has a doctor in town one day a week, Mr Siviour said the committee was making a real effort to keep the community healthy.
“Because we don’t have a hospital and we only have a doctor one day a week, we have been trying to keep the community healthy so they don’t have to travel to other areas,” he said.
Mr Siviour has been on a number of committees within the Lock and wider communities, and said to receive the medal was “very exciting and humbling.”
He said it was a real honour that people thought enough of him to nominate him.
“However, it is a little bit embarrassing, because there are other people who do just a much as I do,” he said.
Being an active community member has always been an interest of Mr Siviour’s and he said in a small community like Lock, it was important.
“If people don’t do it, it doesn’t happen,” he said.
Mr Siviour will be presented with his medal at Government House in September.