Decades of service in rural NSW recognised

Steven Trask
NSW's Colin Mann has been recognised for his dedicated commitment to aged care

Colin Mann doesn't expect recognition for his decades of community service but his son says he sure as hell deserves it.

Mr Mann, 78, has been recognised with the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his work setting up aged care facilities in the rural town of Tenterfield in northern NSW.

Son David said his father, known to locals and friends as "Col", is an amazing man who also ran an agricultural engineering business for many years.

"My dad has serviced the farming community for 50 years, often working 20 hours a day and falling asleep on the way home," David Mann said.

"He also raised funds for aged care homes in Tenterfield. He helped to raise millions of dollars for them. My dad is an amazing man."

In 1988 a committee led by Mr Mann began fundraising so locals could receive aged care in Tenterfield, rather than being separated from their families in out-of-town facilities.

Millrace Hostel was opened in 1991 after a successful fundraising drive and Haddington Nursing Home opened in 2003.

"He's very respected over a very wide area. He's also very humble. The family would like to thank whoever made the application for the OAM," son David said.

Mr Mann said it was "wonderful" to be recognised.

"I was chairman of the care home for 30 years, but it was a real community effort.

"Even though you're living in a little town, you've got to try and do these things."