OAM recipient proud of community
AN Order of Australia medal is one of the highest honours to be bestowed on an individual, and one Inglewood farmer is enjoying his successful nomination.
RACQ president and part-time farmer Richard Pietsch has been recognised for his extensive involvement in local government, transport, agricultural and church organisations and said he was honoured to be nominated for the medal.
“I feel very humbled that people I have been involved with over the years saw fit to nominate me for such an award,” he said.
Inglewood’s former deputy mayor said he was notified of his nomination several months ago but couldn’t pinpoint who had thrown his name into the mix.
“I received a letter from the person in charge of the awards saying I had been nominated, and if I were successful would I accept,” he said.
Mr Pietsch joked that he would, of course, have no problem in accepting the prestigious award.
Throughout his life Mr Pietsch has been involved in a large number of organisations, including the Lutheran church, Inglewood Shire Council, and many agricultural societies.
Mr Pietsch is no stranger to prestigious awards, having been awarded the Australia Day Citizen Award in 2009, and says his dedication to the community is an inherited quality.
“It has been a family thing and something I got from my mother and father,” he said.
“I’m privileged to live in a wonderful community.
“Inglewood is a great place.”
Mr Pietsch juggles his time between his corporate responsibilities in Brisbane and his rural lifestyle in Inglewood.
Until now he has been unable to disclose his successful nomination to family and friends, but said he was sure the news would be appreciated most by his wife Marie and sons James and David.
“I think my family will be very pleased because they have had to miss out on some things because commitments have taken me away from them at times,” Mr Pietsch said.
Mr Pietsch will be formally presented with his medal by the Governor-General in Canberra later this year.