Introducing Warwick’s newest OAM recipient
AFTER a long and decorated career in the Rose City, Leslie Meiklejohn has been awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to the local government and community of Warwick.
A past deputy mayor of the Warwick Shire Council, president of Warwick and District Tourist Association, and inaugural president of the Warwick and District Fish Stocking Association, Mr Meiklejohn has spent his life in Warwick, devoting his time to the town he loves.
"I've seen a lot of change - I sometimes think I am getting old because I remember how places used to be," Mr Meiklejohn said.
"Warwick is a place that I don't want to leave, I think that it's a pleasant place to live."
Unaware of his nomination, Mr Meiklejohn was surprised by the Governor-General's email confirming the award, of which he said wouldn't have been possible without those he has worked with.
"It is very humbling; in all the things that I have done, I acknowledge that there was a lot of help," he said.
"I didn't achieve anything without their help.
"Humility is an essential part of life."
Help that he also attributes to his wife, Barbara who has stood at his side through his various positions.
"We'd go on family holidays and Barbara would often comment that I would have a number of our tourist brochures to drop off at all the places we would stop at," he said.
"That was the idea to promote the place, and I really think that it has done something for Warwick."
Through all his work, Mr Meiklejohn said the lasting impact he had with the Fish Stocking Association is one he is extremely proud of.
"We decided we could create and maintain a sustainable freshwater fishery, and that's what we were able to achieve," he said.
"There are now more than 60 impoundments across Queensland that participate in the program I helped create."
At 78, Mr Meiklejohn still hosts a Monday night segment on Rainbow FM Community Radio, broadcasting some of his favourite country hits and said he doesn't see himself slowing down anytime soon.
"That is something that I've been doing for 17 years now," he said.
"It's not the kind of music that most people like, but I like country music, not the hillbilly type though.
"I want to reach 80 and then look at 85 - I like to say I'm over the hill but I hope I'm not round the bend."