Former Advertiser editor and fierce Macarthur ambassador Jeff McGill was shocked and surprised receive a NSW Community Service Award this morning.
Campbelltown MP Greg Warren surprised Mr McGill with the award during a visit to Campbelltown school St Patrick's College.
The awards recognise locals who have made a significant contribution to their community.
Mr McGill was taken by complete surprise when Mr Warren presented the award.
"It's a great honour, I'm very humbled," he said.
"I had absolutely no idea what was coming - it was very nice."
Mr McGill previously received a community service award from Campbelltown Council in 2015 after standing down as editor of the Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser.
The Leumeah resident highlighted two community endeavours he was most proud of.
"Two that jump to mind straight away that I was proudest to be a part of was the campaign to create a Dharawal National Park, which involved a lot of work behind the scenes with different politicians and the Premier of the time, Barry O'Farrell," he said.
"I feel great pride about that. It has given Macarthur an absolutely wonderful spot, and the amount of people who have been visiting lately has amazed me.
"The other one I've been very happy to be involved in over the years is the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur, which is a great hometown charity.
"I love working with groups like the local historical societies and the library and the school community.
"I've always liked being able to help where I can."
Mr McGill said he had a great love for Campbelltown and the broader Macarthur area.
"Not only is it my hometown, there's a couple of important things I love about the area," he said.
"Firstly, its diversity of community spirit.
"I've often used the line that we might not have ski fields or beaches or things like that, but we have an incredible human resource of an artistic, creative, giving community.
"I've seen over my time that whenever there's a good cause, our people just get behind it. Everyone has a big heart in the area and I love to support that."
Mr Warren praised Mr McGill's unwavering commitment to the community over several decades.
"Jeff spent more than 30 years working and contributing to local newspapers," he said.
"As the editor of the Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser, Jeff's passion for the local area was clear for everyone to see.
"He was always fighting for a better Campbelltown and made sure he held councillors and politicians - at both a state a federal level - accountable.
"He was always, and still is, eager to promote the plethora of good that occurs in our community too.
"Jeff's contribution to causes like the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer have been also been immeasurable.
"There is no doubt that the DNA of Campbelltown runs through Jeff's veins and this accolade really has been a long time coming.
"Well done Jeff, you are a worthy recipient of the NSW Community Service Award."