Our Australia Day Champions Pair Humbled to Receive Medals; FAIR DINKIM: Ken and Judith Awarded Order of Australia Medal Honours

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Byline: Laura Brodnik laura.brodnik@tweednews.com.au

THE true Australian spirit is alive in Order of Australia Medal recipients John aKena McDonald and Judith Terkelsen.

The Tweed residents have been recognised in the general division of the prestigious Australia Day awards.

Mr McDonald received recognition for his services to the cattle industry and his commitment to the Tweed River region.

aIt was very gratifying to see that I had been recognised, but it is a time for reflection and humility,a Mr McDonald said.

aYou are born into a great part of the world and it is an honour to be a part of this community.

aCattle are my first love and I have spent a lifetime with them.a

After being educated at Mt St Patrick College in Murwillumbah and attending Woodlawn College in Lismore, Mr McDonald returned to the home farm of Kendonvale to pursue a life on the land as a cattle breeder.

Mr McDonald was a member of the Royal Panel of Judges of the Australian Jersey Herd Society and officiated as a royal judge at the royal shows of Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.

He was a delegate at two world conferences and is a past president and life member of the Tweed-Richmond Jersey Breeders Association. Mr McDon- ald was the youngest of 35 members elected to the Tweed River Agricultural Society committee and was president for 12 years.

aAs president I welcomed many prominent guests, but the highlight was hosting Prince Charles during his visit to officially open the 1977 show,a Mr McDonald said. …