Officially recognised for their work with veterans and their families, David Phillips and Rosie Sawyer.

Amongst the list of 1,400 awards announced in the Australia Day 2019 Honours List was Twin Towns Board Director, Lieutenant Colonel David Phillips (Retd) and his partner, Rosemary Sawyer.

The Australia Day 2019 Honours List recognises the contributions and service by outstanding individuals from across Australia and in many fields.

David and Rosie were both awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in recognition of their outstanding dedication and service to veterans and their families.

David said they were both thrilled to have been recognised with an OAM, but found it, “A humbling experience”.

“These awards could not have been achieved without the assistance of so many people over the past twelve years, initially at St George’s Holiday House at Rainbow Bay and more recently, the development of The Garland and St George’s Defence Holiday Suites.

“The advice, support and contributions provided to us by the Board and management of Twin Towns, the RSL Sub-Branch, the Currumbin Coolangatta Tweed Rotary Club, the Service Personnel Anglican Help Society, as well as many individual friends and community members, has been invaluable.

“It has enabled us to establish outstanding facilities for veterans and their families to enjoy, including holiday accommodation and rehabilitation in the beautiful and peaceful beachside destination of Rainbow Bay.”

Board Chairman Michael Fraser also extended his congratulations to David and Rosie on behalf of the Board, management and staff at Twin Towns.