Rewards for service
By TOBY WALKER and LEIGH PRITCHARD
HARRY Lang has devoted his life to the cause of returned servicemen since returning from the war in 1946.
Mr Lang, who is 82, is one of three Clarence Valley people ? the others are education administrator Diane Lesley Goldrick, of South Grafton and leading Iluka Yamba Coastguard figure David Morgan ? to features in this year's Queens Birthday Honours List.
Mrs Goldrick, 53, wins a public service award while Mr Morgan has been given the Emergency Servioces Medal.
After five and a half years service in the infantry during the Second World War, Mr Lang returned to Sydney and post-war Australia.
He joined the RSL within a few days of arriving back in the country.
This October he will enter his 60th year as an active member.
Since the day he signed up, Mr Lang has fulfilled representative roles with the RSL in Melbourne, Dubbo and Moree, consulting on behalf of its members with all levels of government. He was made a life member in 2000.
After moving to Townsend in 1982, Mr Lang became the tireless champion of hundreds of war widows as part of Grafton's Legacy branch, twice serving as its president and acting as a representative of the NSW Legacy State Council.
His lifelong commitment to ex-servicemen and their families is something Mr Lang takes in his stride but that commitment has earned the 82-year-old a place on the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Mr Lang said he was proud if not a little surprised to be named alongside 530 other Australians awarded the honour for their contributions to Australian life.
Diane Lesley Goldrick, of South Grafton said she would accept her Public Service Medal today as recognition for the work her colleagues had put in 'behind the scenes'.
A Department of Education and Training regional administration manager Mrs Goldrick, 53, was named in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for outstanding service to the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour communities.
"I am very fortunate to have worked with a lot of committed and talented people both in education offices and in the public schools in our region," Mrs Goldrick said.
She said she oversaw and established administrative structures in the education offices in the region.
Mrs Goldrick started off in 1985 as a clerical assistant and has now worked for mor "I feel guilty accepting the award without giving recognition to the people behind the scenes," Mrs Goldrick said.
David Morgan joined the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard's Iluka Yamba Flotilla in 1994.
He has taken part in numerous offshore rescues, many involving difficult bar crossings in adverse weather conditions.
Since 1997, Mr Morgan has been the Iluka Yamba Marine Search and Rescue Co-ordinator, in control of every major rescue since.
That included the 18 hour search by 20 vessels and a rescue helicopter following the sinking of the trawler SUEM, in June, 2000.
Mr Morgan became Flotilla Commander in 1996 and is Commodore of the Northern New South Wales Squadron of the AVCGA and chairman of the Volunteer Marine Rescue Council of NSW.