Fifth generation islander, Graham Trethewey OAM has been awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the SA Division of the Liberal Party in recognition of more than 50 years service.
Apart from other varied commitments to Kangaroo Island for which he received an OAM, Graham has served the island at various branch levels including president and has worked on numerous committees, conventions and the like.
Attending with wife Prue and daughters, Lizzie and Alice, Graham received his award from the now Prime Minister, Scott Morrison at the recent Annual General Meeting of the Liberal Party at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
He was supported at the meeting of around 250 delegates by friends including the Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman, former Premier and Member for Finniss, Dean Brown, Mayo candidate, Georgina Downer and KI Liberal Party president, Sharon Lock.
“It was an occasion well befitting Graham’s service,” Mrs Lock said. “His service to the Liberal Party and the community is widely acknowledged and well regarded by Islanders from all walks of life.”
Graham is now 77 years old and is a retired farmer from the Dudley Peninsula. He was an elected member of the Dudley Council and later served on the inaugural Kangaroo Island Council in the 1990s.
“I’ve had a good life,” he said. “A sense of community and having a cohesive community is what I feel strongly about.
“I would like to acknowledge the support I have received from the broader Kangaroo Island community over the years.”
He joined the old Liberal and Country League, now the Liberal Party, as soon as he was old enough to vote and recalls that when Ted Chapman was preselected there was a huge upswing in membership with 400 in the KI Liberal Party branch.
He has also been heavily involved with the National Trust on Kangaroo Island, and was chairman of the Penneshaw branch of the Trust for more than 30 years.
He was also chairman of the KI National Parks and Wildlife Consultative Committee for more than 20 years.
In 2003, he was named Kangaroo Island Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day ceremony.
And then in 2004 he was awarded an OAM for services to the community of Kangaroo Island through local government, conservation and historical preservation activities and economic development projects for the community of the island.