Avid community volunteer earns OAM

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From organising the Camden Show and the Cobbitty Village Markets to volunteering with the RFS - Edgar Gaunt has given his all to the Camden community.

Mr Gaunt's services to the community's of Camden and Cobbitty has now been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

He said he was shocked to learn that he would be a Queen's Birthday Honour recipient this year.

"I was a little bit surprised, but it's a nice feeling," he said.

"I've done a fair bit in the community over the past few years, so it feels good to get that recognition."

Mr Gaunt has been the RFS Camden West Brigade Deputy Captain since 2018.

Before joining Camden West Brigade, Mr Gaunt was a member of the Cobbitty RFS since 1990.

"I really enjoy helping the community, and with the RFS, it's not just about fighting fires," he said.

"It's the community support work too, like helping people prepare for tough times and supporting them through those tough times.

"I also enjoy working with the younger volunteers and helping them learn.

"I was a driving instructor for our RFS vehicles and I enjoy passing on that knowledge."

Mr Gaunt has also been a member of the Cobbitty Village Market Day committee since 2009. He was a volunteer with the Cobbitty Aids Leukaemia Foundation (CALF) and has been a Camden Show Society committee member since 2015, along with various other community groups and organisations.

He said being involved with community groups had become a passion.

"I'm a country person, and out here, we are all about helping our neighbours," he said.

"I like to do things in the community because I think it's important to look out for each other.

"I think it is a great thing to be able to do things for the community, particularly for those who are less fortunate."

Mr Gaunt said he loved living in Cobbitty.

"I think it's nice out here - we are far enough away from Sydney but still close enough to visit," he said.

"I get to look out my window and see lots of green trees and paddocks.

"We have a nice view."

Several Macarthur residents and community representatives received Queen's Birthday Honours today, including: