Top honour for Brian Vickery
EVEN after a lifetime of helping others, Kingscliff's Brian Vickery never considered himself Order of Australia material.
Mr Vickery, 63, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, was today named a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia for the Queen's Birthday list.
Originally from Murwil- lumbah, Mr Vickery was called to the national service in 1966 while working as a postal clerk in his home town.
He joined the Australian Army in 1968 and served with the 9th Battalion RAR from 1968 to the mid 1970s, during which he conducted a year-long tour of South Vietnam.
After returning to the Tweed he lived in Banora Point before finally relocating to Kingscliff.
He then established the New South Wales branch of The Royal Australian Regiment Association of the 9th Battalion in 1987, serving as its president until 1998.
In 1992 he became president of the national association, a position he still holds.
Mr Vickery also helped re-establish Kingscliff RSL sub-branch and is the current vice president.
He was also mentioned for his commitment to the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club.
“I was a member of the club before I joined the army so I re-signed when I returned,” he said.
Since his return, Mr Vickery has served on the board of directors and is the current vice-chairman.