Epping OAM recipient Robert James Erskine has dedicated his award to the Hunters Hill community.
A proud Erskine received his OAM for Service To The Community of Hunters Hill as President of Hunters Hill Food and Wine Festival since 2012 and President Rotary Club of Gladesville and member since 1980.
His citation from the Governor General’s Office also notes that Mr Erskine has been a Member of Hunters Hill Moocooboola Festival from 1987 to 1997 and Vice Chair of the, Gladesville Sesqui-Centenary Committee in 1986.
He described the Queen’s Birthday honour as unexpected.
“I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve I’ve been involved with in Hunters Hill and I’ve enjoyed being a member of Rotary for 37 years,” he said.
“The Hunters Hill Municipality is a very special community and sympathetic to everything we do and very supportive.
“The people on the committees I’ve worked with have been great, they really have and I wouldnÕt have received this award without their help.
“The Hunters Hill Municipality is a real community village and I’d like to think that this honour is for this great community as well as for myself.”
At the Moocooboola Festival, Rob Erskine was involved in many activities, particularly setting up the Rotary Club stall.
“At Rotary we put all the money we raise back into the community and we are honoured to give Gladesville’s Giant Steps School a donation each year as well as helping people in need overseas,” he said.
Rob Erskine said there have been many special and remarkable moments during his association with Hunters Hill but one stands out.
“One of the most remarkable was the Sesqui-Centenary and the official opening at Westminster Oval, which was organised in partnership with the local council as well.”
The new OAM from Epping has previously been recognised as Club Person of the Year on numerous occasions and has contributed to the health and safety of young citizens as Chairman of the Zone Driver Awareness Program (2002-2005) and as a founding Member of the Ryde/Hunters Hill Life Education Program in 1988 to 1992 and as a Member from 2000 to 2004.
“The Zone Driver Awareness Program started as a Rotary Club initiative with Year 11 students to teach safe driving skills by showing them what damage can be done with a motor vehicle,” he said.
“I was the Riverside Area Chairman and I strongly believe the Program has worked to make young drivers more aware but sadly, the number of young drivers involved in accidents across New South Wales is still too high.”
In his academic achievements Rob Erskine has served as President, Parents and Friends and Committee, at Arden Anglican School from 1989 to 1992 and from 2004 to 2006.
He has also been a Member of The Kings School Father’s Association from 1991 to 1994.
“This Queens Birthday honour may have been given to me but it was not achieved with the support of my family and my two children and the whole committees I serve on and have served on,” he said.
Robert Erskine OAM is pictured outside the Hunters Hill Town Hall on Thursday.