A BATHURST man has received the highest Scout service award in Australia.
Paul Hennessy, who has been involved in Scouting for nearly 50 years, has been awarded the Silver Kangaroo.
The award is given for eminent achievement and exceptional service to Scouts Australia by an adult member in an active leadership role, over a long period, in a number of roles at various levels within the organisation, or for a unique and highly valued contribution to the wellbeing of Scouting.
It was awarded to Mr Hennessy by Governor General David Hurley, who holds the position of Chief Scout of Australia, on the recommendation of Scouts Australia chief commissioner Philip Harrison.
It was awarded as part of The Scout Association's observance of World Scout Day, which marks the first Scout Camp held at Brownsea Island in the UK on August 1, 1907.
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Mr Hennessy has also been awarded the Stan Bales NSW Rover Scouts Service Award on the recommendation of NSW Scouts chief commissioner Neville Tomkins.
The Stan Bales Award is the highest service award for NSW Rovers (Scouts aged 18 to 25), recognising exceptional and continual service to the Rovers.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole, in presenting Mr Hennessy with a Community Service Award last year, said Mr Hennessy had helped the Scouting movement grow in the region through his strong work ethic, his integrity and his determination to lead by example.