Coasties Receive Australia Day Honours

Services to sport, veterans

25 January 2018

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The Coast's sports personalities and those looking after Veterans and their families feature in the Governor General's Australia Day Honours List.

Former Parramatta Eel, Neville Glover is one of six local Order of Australia recipients. Since retiring, Mr Glover has coached the Wyong Roos and served on the Tuggerah Lakes Committee for many years. He also served as a Senior Sergeant until last year, and now lives in Chain Valley Bay.

Wyoming resident Kevin Best has also been recognised for his services to sport on the Central Coast, though he's made his mark in Football. Mr Best has spent 44 years in the roles of player, coach, development coach, director of marketing, board member and President at Football clubs across the Coast, and has also been a local sport Historian since 2010.

Terrigal local Richard Cranna, current Vice-Chair of Legacy Australia, has been recognised for his service to War widows. Mr Cranna began serving as a Legatee in South Australia and NSW back in 1970, since returning from Vietnam. He has previously served as President of Legacy Brisbane Water.

While Mr Cranna has devoted his life to looking after the families of those who didn't return home, Long Jetty's Stephen Emerson has received his OA for giving support to those that did. Since 2002, Mr Emerson has been a member of the Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association of Australia. He's also been the director of the Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Veterans' Association of New South Wales since 2005, and helped found the Operation Life suicide prevention program.

Thomas Bagnat (PSM) has been recognised for his life in the NSW public service, which saw him serve as an Incident Controller for the RFS during many major fires including in the Blue Mountains in 2013. He was the inaugural chair of the Fire Management Advisory Committee. Mr Bagnat remains an active volunteer firie, while he also served as a director of the National Parks and Wildlife Service Metropolitan branch from 2013-16.

Leslie Dell rounds out the list of Coasties recognised on Australia Day 2018, the East Gosford resident recognised for his services to business, education and the community.




Meantime, at the Council level, Kate Broadhurst has picked up the local Citizen of the Year gong, after setting up a surf lifesaving program for young children.

While 2GO's own Creative Writer, Crystal Russom took out the Youth of the Year.

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