His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland with Bundaberg resident Eric Cullen who received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland with Bundaberg resident Eric Cullen who received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Mike Knott BUN250916CULLEN1

Bundy legend awarded OAM

ERIC Cullen is known to some as a bit of a legend in the Bundaberg region for his years of service to the community in teaching children how to swim.

Today, Mr Cullen's contributions were highlighted at an intimate ceremony at The Lakes Retirement Village, in which the Governor of Queensland personally attended to present his Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, made the special trip to Bundaberg after finding out Mr Cullen could not attend the official event in Brisbane.

At the small ceremony, attended by Mr Cullen's family and friends, the Governor highlighted the Bundaberg man's achievements.

"The award is for Mr Cullen's service to swimming, including through the lifesaving movement and many other community endeavours, service which dates back to the 1950s” Mr de Jersey said.

"Bundaberg is a memorable community largely because of people like you, Mr Cullen. People who magnificently go beyond the default position of others.”

ORDER OF AUSTRALIA: Enid and Eric Cullen with His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland.
ORDER OF AUSTRALIA: Enid and Eric Cullen with His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland. Mike Knott BUN250916CULLEN2

Mr Cullen's wife, Enid, said she was very proud to see her husband's achievements recognised.

"He has always been looking out for kids and wanting to further their interests,” she said.

"He has never been a champion swimmer himself but that didn't matter, his main goal was to teach children how to save their own lives in the water.”

Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey attended the ceremony and thanked the Governor for making the special trip to Bundaberg.

"We are very thankful that you have shown the importance of Mr Cullen's achievements, a true champion and very giving person of the Bundaberg community,” he said.

"It really warmed the hearts of his family.”

Mr Cullen was presented with the OAM for his work as patron, member, founder, president and delegate of numerous lifesaving clubs and swimming associations.

PROUD FAMILY: David Cullen, Enid Cullen, Eric Cullen (OAM), His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, James Cullen and Stephen Cullen (front). Drew Cullen, Liam Cullen, Sophie Cullen, Emily Cullen, Joanne Cullen and Karyn Cullen (back).
PROUD FAMILY: David Cullen, Enid Cullen, Eric Cullen (OAM), His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, James Cullen and Stephen Cullen (front). Drew Cullen, Liam Cullen, Sophie Cullen, Emily Cullen, Joanne Cullen and Karyn Cullen (back). Mike Knott BUN250916CULLEN7


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