Bob Crosthwaite
Bob Crosthwaite

Caring veteran wins OAM

BYRON Bay RSL Sub-Branch vice president Bob Crosthwaite has been recognised for his outstanding work in the area of veterans’ welfare and aged care with an Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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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