John Millroy has been honoured with the 2013 Community Service Award Australia Day awards after many years of dedicating himself to work within the community
John Millroy has been honoured with the 2013 Community Service Award Australia Day awards after many years of dedicating himself to work within the community Trish Bowman

Tireless Capricorn Coast community worker is rewarded

CAPRICORN Coast resident John Millroy has been honoured with the 2013 Community Service Award for his relentless commitment to working for his community.

Mr Millroy said he was thrilled when he learnt he had been nominated for the prestigious award.

"I have always encouraged people to get involved in their community and this award certainly shows that the community appreciates the effort," Mr Millroy said.

"I have already been receiving calls of congratulations, which is very nice."

Mr Millroy was born in Rockhampton in 1941 and moved to Emerald for a job work position in 1960.

While in Emerald, Mr Millroy became involved with Rotary, the Show Society and the Jockey Club and became the founding president of the Owners Trainers and Licensees Association.

After moving to Yeppoon in 1986, Mr Millroy developed Club Estate, a 152 lot housing development.

He did this while he was being involved with Rockhampton Jockey Club for six years and Yeppoon Turf Club as president for 11 years.

He was awarded honorary life membership of Emerald Jockey Club, Rockhampton Jockey Club, CQ Amateur Racing Club and Yeppoon Turf Club.

In 2008, Mr Millroy was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to the racing industry, tourism and the community.

The award for tourism was for came from Mr Millroy's establishing of the Horse and Cart in Yeppoon, where he restored collected old horse drawn carriages he had collected around Queensland.and restored them himself.

Mr Millroy set up the display of 83 carriages in a 840sqm2 shed and had them open for public display for five years, which won him the tourism award every year of traded.

In 2009, Mr Millroy joined the Capricorn Coast Business Alliance and took up the challenge to raise funds to commission a feasibility study into a proposed northern access road from the Bruce Hwy north of Rockhampton across to the Yeppoon Byfield Rd.

In 2010, Mr Millroy became interested in the crash of a C47 aircraft at Canal Creek, 27km north of the Caves township, in 1943.27km north of the Caves township.

Mr Millroy said he was concerned nothing had ever been done to mark the tragic crash, which was listed as the second worst air disaster in Australia's history.

After raising funds, Mr Millroy and two of his friends erected a memorial on the site and held a service attended by Governor Ms Penelope Wensley AC and more than with over 400 people in attendance.

Mr Millroy continues his commitment to community work and is rallying to save and restore the Yeppoon Railway Station.

Add to Mr Millroy's list of credits his serving as a JP for 37 years and it is no surprise to the Capricorn Coast community why he was honoured in the Australia Day Awards.



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