First posted: 26 January 2019

John Maloney receives Lismore Australia Day award

Lismore ringer John Maloney received an award for Services in Community (Individual) in Lismore's Australia Day awards for 2019.

John Maloney and his Australia Day award

The citation for John's award reads:

John has been a bell ringer at St Carthage's Cathedral for the past 35 years and has been part of the St Andrew's church bell ringing team for more than two decades.

He has also volunteered in community radio broadcasting for 35 years and this dedication was evident during the March 2017 flood when John stayed at the station for three days, working throughout the night to let people know what was happening.

In 2014, John founded the Facebook group 'The good old days of Lismore' which allows its 14,000-plus members to share photos and enjoy discussions about the history of Lismore. Due to its overwhelming success, he also started 'The good old days of Casino' Facebook group which now has more than 6,500 members.

These online groups have brought much joy to thousands of people and their popularity has led to the organisation of a 'Good old days' band concert.

Congratulations John!

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