Mr Crosthwaite has represented the Far North Coast on the State Council of the RSL’s NSW branch and is currently vice president.
He has been a member of the Byron Bay sub-branch since 1972, was president for eight years and has been vice president for 17.
Although Mr Crosthwaite now lives at Uralba, he still considers himself a Byron Bay local.
With a particular interest in the health and wellbeing of veterans and their families, he joined the board of the Ballina Ex-Services Home when he was just 41 and served as chairman for five years.
Mr Crosthwaite was heavily involved in setting up a new aged-care facility at Evans Head and the purchase and re-development of another nursing home at Byron Bay.
He celebrated his award with a family gathering on Monday.
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