Queen's Birthday Honours: Tenterfield's Kim Rhodes awarded Order of Australia Medal for dedication to the community

Kim Rhodes OAM. Photo by Melinda Campbell.

Kim Rhodes OAM. Photo by Melinda Campbell.

A chef by trade, Kim Rhodes knows that organisation is the key to a successful event.

It's a good skill to have, especially for someone who's on a number of Tenterfield community committees.

Mrs Rhodes has just been given an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours and said she's incredibly humbled to be chosen.

"I am lucky to have had an extremely supportive family and a great circle of friends whom have supported me along the way.

"I think for me I enjoy working with other people that are like-minded and want to see the town go ahead and improve, so that's a really big priority," she said.

"Nothing would happen without volunteers in Tenterfield. Nothing at all.

"My dad when I grew up was involved in a lot of things and my brother and I saw that from him, I think that's why I went down those tracks."


Mrs Rhodes has given a lot of her time to the Tenterfield Show Society as an entertainment coordinator, a public officer and a secretary.

"We have an amazing committee whom all work hard to make each section of the show work," she said.

"We all have our own interests and that works really well pulling such a big community event together each year."

Tenterfield Autumn Festival committee Bronywn Petrie, Kate Lee, Kim Rhodes and Kerri Hampton.

Tenterfield Autumn Festival committee Bronywn Petrie, Kate Lee, Kim Rhodes and Kerri Hampton.

She's worked as a community liaison officer at Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Primary School since 2017 and has operated the Courtyard Cafe. She credits an earlier role as Main Streets coordinator for really involving her with lots of Tenterfield organisations.

It's a wonder she has any free time.

She's also involved with the Tenterfield Community College, this year was secretary for her local Lions Club, is a member of the Tenterfield Autumn Festival Committee and the Tenterfield National Party. She's currently getting ready for the Tenterfield Beat of the Bush/Winter School event later this month.

This year, the small town celebrates 150 years and she's working with the organising committee to ensure this is also a great event for Tenterfield Shire.

Lions Club members Kim Rhodes and Rod Stanford.

Lions Club members Kim Rhodes and Rod Stanford.

The Lions Club is a community commitment she cherishes.

"Lions for me ticks a lot of boxes in that we work as a community group to assist assist our community and other Lions Australia projects. As a member of Lions I get to work with and spend time with an amazing group of people who tend to all have similar goals in life.

"I really love the fact that I get to work with so many amazing people with different skills, it's such a diverse group of people but we work together so well and that's why I volunteer.

"I have no idea who nominated me but I was really humbled by the thought someone would think enough of me and see me working in the community."

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