Tweed residents recognised for their services
THEY are worlds apart, but they share a name and the honour of receiving order of Australia medals.
Ian "Bunny" Rabbitts and Ian McKnight have been recognised for their services to the community.
Mr Rabbitts formed the first Dunecare group in Australia at Fingal Head and has worked tirelessly to preserve and restore the environment.
Mr McKnight is being recognised for a long and dynamic service to lawn bowls.
"To say I'm overwhelmed by the award would be an understatement," Mr Rabbitts said.
Asked why he has devoted so much time and energy to protecting the environment, his response was direct and simple.
"It had to be done," he told My Daily News.
Mr McKnight said he was taken aback by his OAM.
The former Daily News columnist said he got into lawn bowls because he was "hopeless" at golf.
"I was an abject failure at golf," he laughed.
The ambidextrous sportsman plays cricket with his left hand and bowls with his right.
"But swinging a golf stick with my left hand just doesn't work," he said.