THE Manning's other Order of Australia Medal (OAM) recipient, Alana Parkins has an entire community eagerly awaiting her return from an overseas trip, ready to celebrate the achievement with her.
Alana, a Hallidays Point resident, was named on the Queen's Birthday honour roll for services to conservation and the environment, and to the community of Hallidays Point.
She has worked for more than a decade to spread the message about the importance of conservation and protecting the natural environment, in a range of capacities around the local area.
Alana has been a member of the management committee of Hallidays Point Landcare since 2002 and is co-founder of the organic garden at Hallidays Point Public School, as well as having been the coordinator of the popular Black Head Bazaar since 1996.
Over the years she has run a range of fundraising events for different charities and organisations, been on the advisory committee of the lower north coast sector of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, a member/carer for FAWNA and she also volunteers regularly for children's programs at Hallidays Point library - among other roles.
In the past Alana has been recognised for her significant contributions to the community, having been given the citizenship award for community service by Greater Taree City Council in 2007, while she also received a National Landcare Award in 2006, a NSW Coastcare Community Award in 2005 and a NSW Weedbuster Highly Commended Award from the NSW Department of Agriculture in 2003.
Alana's passion for the environment has been infectious around Hallidays Point and with the support of her husband, Norman the pair have seen the local landcare group grow significantly.
Hallidays Point Landcare member, Peter Ryall said the group was extremely proud of Alana.
"This OAM for Alana is richly deserved and on behalf of the Hallidays Point Landcare Group I congratulate Alana on the recognition by the Governor-General of her incredible work for our community over the past 20 years," Peter said.
"We are all extremely proud of her."
The group is already planning a big celebration for Alana when she returns home.
The Times hopes to catch up with Alana in the coming weeks.