Australia Day accolades for John Barlow

WELL EARNED RECOGNITION: John Barlow OAM with his wife Carol. Photo: JEFF GEDDES

WELL EARNED RECOGNITION: John Barlow OAM with his wife Carol. Photo: JEFF GEDDES

ANYONE who knows Lithgow’s John Barlow will hardly be surprised that he has been recognised on the Australia Day Honours List.

The only wonder is why it hasn’t happened much earlier.

John was named as a recipient of the OAM — the Order of Australia Medal — in the honours list announced overnight.

It is a fitting national recognition of his community services over many years, beginning with his arrival in Lithgow as assistant manager of the Commonwealth Bank branch.

If there is a cause that requires supporters John Barlow is among the first to put his hand up.

Much of the community service has been though his involvement with Lithgow Lions who will today be enjoying the reflected glory.

He has filled various roles in Lions Lithgow and Lions International dating back to 1977.

This has included the duties of chairman of the Lions International Drug Awareness Program from 2008 to 2014.

In 2013 he was awarded the James McLardie Award by the Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation for his outstanding services to the community.

He has been a staunch worker for ex service personnel interests with Lithgow RSL sub-branch since 1984 and has held executive positions including president and treasurer on several occasions.

His list of awards in many fields of community service, including Volunteer in Policing and in the Army Reserve, goes on and on.

He will attend an investiture at Government House with others on the honours list later this year.

For John Barlow it has been a life well lived in helping others.

Today when you visit the Australia Day Lions Club barbecue in Queen Elizabeth Park say g’day to John Barlow OAM.

He’ll probably be unable to stay away despite having resigned recently after years of involvement with the hard working club.