Queen's Honours: John Benyon

One of the greatest supporters of the Kenthurst community, John Benyon was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the general division for his services to the community he loves.

Happy: John Benyon said he is happy with how his life is going. “As long as you live a truthful life, you leave the place better than you found it,” he said. Picture: Mike Sea

Happy: John Benyon said he is happy with how his life is going. “As long as you live a truthful life, you leave the place better than you found it,” he said. Picture: Mike Sea

A resident of more than 40 years, Mr Benyon thinks there is no better place to live.

"It's a safe neighbourhood and just a little bit off the beaten track," he said.

The 2006 The Hills Council Citizen of the Year has been a Rotary Club of Kenthurst member since 1975.

He initiated the Anzac Day ceremony in Kenthurst; is involved in the preservation and maintenance of heritage-listed buildings; and the John Benyon Rotary Park was named in his honour in 2012.

The great-grandfather of eight said to be awarded this honour was one of the highlights of his career.

As a firm believer in "proper" education, he's been a member of the community service committee for 15 years.

"I take people on probation and parole to do a bit of cleaning up and gardening at the Kenthurst Public School for their community services," Mr Benyon said.

"It's good because society is looking after itself this way."

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