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SIX people with strong links to the Clarence Valley have been honoured in the Australia Day Honours List released today.

All Clarence Valley recipients have been outstanding contributors to their community, whether it be through sport, emergency services, conservation or surf life saving. Since 1975 more than 14,000 Australians have been recognised. The awards are assessed by local councils and recommendations are made to the Governor-General who makes the final approval. In 2006 five people in the Clarence Valley were announced as winners of the Order of Australia Medals (OAM), while Inspector Grant Anderson received the Australian Fire Service Medal.

Inspector Anderson, of Lanitza, received his honour for his dedication to the NSW Rural Fire Service, which continues after 20 years.

Ken Maughan, of South Grafton, was awarded an OAM for his long service to the community of Grafton, particularly through rowing and involvement with emergency services organisations.

"I don't know if I am the most worthy recipient," he said humbly.

Yet for the past 45 years he has been a coach, official and athlete for the Grafton Rowing Club as well as working for the NSW South Grafton Fire Brigade since 1955.

Dennis Milne, of Minnie Water, won for his service to conservation, the environment and to the community of Minnie Water. The former woodwork teacher has tirelessly grown more than 10,000 native trees, as well as supervising 'work for the dole' volunteers. Ken Crampton, who is new to the Maclean area, has been recognised for his services to emergency services and sporting groups in Queensland's St George community.

He was a member of the SES, the local Lions Club and has been involved in local netball, rugby and lawn bowls.

Former Grafton resident Olwyn Green was noted for her service to the community by recording and documenting military history, and for her assistance in the welfare of veterans and their families.

And finally Ann Aichroy, of Safety Beach, received an OAM for her service to the community of the Riverina Area through organisations supporting cancer awareness, patient assistance and palliative care.

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