Lismore photographer, Northern Rivers disability advocate and Ocean Shores-based Emeritus Professor recognised in Queen's Birthday honours list

The Queen

The Queen

Former Northern Star photographer, the late Darcy McFadden, has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours list, receiving an OAM for his service to the community of Lismore.

Mr McFadden, who passed away last year aged 90, worked with the newspaper for more than 50 years and covered events including the 1954 flood and the Terania Creek logging protests in the 70s. He was also heavily involved with The Lismore Lions Club.

Also named on the Queen's Birthday honour roll was Wollongbar's John McCaffrey, who was awarded an OAM for service to people with disability. Mr McCaffrey is a committee member of Lord's Taverners Northern NSW and has been chairman of the All Abilities Sports committee since 2009.

Other locals recognised were the late Donald Ellison, formerly of Ballina, for service to horticulture, and Carol Bonamy, of McLeans Ridges for service to the community of the Lismore region. Mrs Bonamy helps make quilts for sick children, palliative care patients and mental health units at Lismore and Byron Hospitals, and has also been a volunteer with several other organisations including Meals on Wheels.

Emeritus Professor Baden Offord of Ocean Shores, was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to tertiary education in the field of human rights, social justice, and cultural diversity.