Anthony Brain, long term local marriage celebrant and lay preacher for the Uniting Church has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in this year’s Australia Day honours list.

Tony received his award for his services to the community of Coonabarabran over a long career of work and volunteerism in areas such as Meals on Wheels and the Coonabarabran Domestic Violence Committee

A full list of his achievements are below

Mr Anthony Neil BRAIN, Coonabarabran NSW 2357
For service to the community of Coonabarabran.
Lay Preacher, Coonabarabran Uniting Church, on an occasional basis.
Pastoral Carer/Volunteer, Cooinda Coonabarabran Limited, since circa 1990s; also conducts a combined church service with the local Catholic Priest.
Member/Treasurer, Anglicare Council, Anglican Diocese of Bathurst, 1991-2000.
Conducts the service for opening of Senior Citizens Week, since 1990.
Founding Member, Coonabarabran Domestic Violence Committee, since 1994.
President, Parents and Citizens Association, Coonabarabran High School, circa 1970s.
President, Parents and Citizens Association, Coonabarabran Public School, circa 1960s.
Former Volunteer/Inaugural Member, Meals on Wheels Coonabarabran.
Former Member, Coonabarabran Ambulance Board.
Former Member, Coonabarabran Hospital Board.
Civil Marriage Celebrant, since 1979.
Citizen of the Year, Rotary Club, 1976.
Citizen of the Year, Coonabarabran Shire Council, 2002.
Seniors Week Achievement Award, NSW State Government, 2005.
Senior Citizen of the Year, Warrumbungle Shire Council, 2014

Quietly spoken and unassuming, Tony well deserves this recognition and the community is grateful for his ongoing work. Well done Tony!

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