Elliston's Callaghan earns Order of Australia Medal

An Elliston councillor, a long serving Kimba ambulance officer and a Port Lincoln State Emergency Service volunteer are among this year's Australia Day honours.

Kym Callaghan is among the more than 370 people to receive the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) as part of the 2021 Australia Day honours.

Also honoured on Australia Day are Annie Clements from Kimba as a recipient of the Ambulance Service Medal and Richard Davison will be awarded the Emergency Services Medal.

Mr Callaghan has been named as a OAM recipient in recognition of his service to local government and the Elliston community.

He has served the community as an elected member on Elliston District Council since 2010 and had served as deputy chairperson in 2014 and was chairperson from 2014 to 2018.

Other contributions include as a presiding member of the Mid West Health Advisory Council for five years and was involved in the establishment of the Elliston Men's Shed.

For Mr Callaghan, one of his most proudest achievements had been helping to establish the Wirangu Reconciliation Monument which acknowledged the deaths of Aboriginal people in the Massacre at Waterloo Bay in May, 1849.

The project earned the council a Promoting Indigenous Recognition award at the National Local Government Awards in 2018.

Mr Callaghan said he did not put his hand up to take on things like this to earn recognition.

"The award's not only for me, it's for everyone who stood up to make sure it was acknowledged," he said.

On being awarded the OAM, Mr Callaghan said he thought it was "great, a bit of a shock."

Mrs Clements has volunteered with the SA Ambulance Service at Kimba since 1990 and had assisted as an ambulance officer and team leader, helping to ensure any issues are resolved and training is provided to team members.

In the past 18 years she had also served as volunteer team leader, actively recruiting residents of Kimba and surrounds to be ambulance volunteers, and as peer support officer providing leadership and support across the West Coast.

Her volunteer efforts have included providing more than 100 hours per week, sometimes on an almost 24/7 basis, covering any team short falls.

Mrs Clements said she had gained great satisfaction from "being an ambo" and was "gobsmacked" to learn she had earned the Ambulance Service Medal.

"It really was my top priority to make sure the (Kimba SA Ambulance Service) kept going and could continue to serve the community," she said.

"I just felt it was a real privilege to be involved in the SA Ambulance Service and be an ambulance officer."

SAAS Executive Director of Country Operations Julia Waddington-Powell congratulated Mrs Clements, as well as Chief Executive Officer David Place for their achievements.

"Throughout their many years of service, each has exemplified the values of ourorganisation and worked tirelessly in their roles," she said.

Mr Davison started volunteering with the Port Lincoln SES in 2008, later appointed training coordinator in 2009 and is currently senior marine skipper.

He is an active member of Marine Rescue at Port Lincoln, and was recently provided support to the Tumby Bay Unit.

Since 2013 Mr Davison has been the elected Eyre District Work Health and Safety representative for the SA SES Volunteer's Association and was also elected as the north representative.

Mr Davison said volunteering was a chance to put back into the community and once he got started in his duties he found the value in what he did.

"My more recent duties have more to do with unit care, volunteer representation, work and safety and making sure marine capacity is maintained and improved," he said.

"This is not necessarily something you do for recognition but when you get recognition for it, it feels good."

Mr Davison said he would continue with the SES, working behind the scenes, supporting the next generation of volunteers and passing on his local knowledge.

Anyone can nominate any Australian for an award in the Order of Australia. If you know someone worthy, nominate them now at www.gg.gov.au.

This story Honours for Eyre Peninsula trio first appeared on Port Lincoln Times.