Queen's Birthday Honour for drowning prevention advocate
Norm Farmer ESM, has been awarded the Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for services to the lifesaving community in Australia and internationally and water safety initiatives in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
In a career spanning more than 55 years, Mr Farmer started out volunteering at his local lifesaving clubs on Port Phillip Bay, which led to many years working in lifesaving development throughout Victoria for both Surf Life Saving and Royal Life Saving in the areas of governance, planning, technical and lifesaving sport, and he eventually went on to manage the Royal Life Saving National Lifesaving Team.
More recently, through his work as vice-president at the International Life Saving Federation and Executive Director of Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth, Mr Farmer has been instrumental in developing a regional plan and in supporting the development of lifesaving organisations in low- and middle-income countries.
Royal Life Saving Society CEO, Justin Scarr, said “My heartfelt congratulations to Norm on receiving this award. He has made a hugely significant and longstanding contribution to the mission of reducing drowning both at home and abroad. His commitment to promoting lifesaving skills at community, state and national levels through volunteering and professional stewardship has been exemplary – a legacy which continues within the international drowning prevention community.”
Mr Farmer said “It is a great honour to receive this award. To me, it doesn’t just recognise my personal contribution, but the contribution and efforts of lifesavers in general to build better communities. Drowning and injury through aquatic activities is a global issue – collaboration and information sharing is the key to making a real difference.”