FOR Scenic Rim mayor John Brent it was not the honour of being awarded an Order of Australia medal that made him emotional - it was being able to receive it in front of his 93-year-old aunt.
Cr Brent was recognised for his four decades of service in local government - including 20 years as mayor of Boonah Shire and now the Scenic Rim Regional Council.
"It's such an amazing day - it's a day for all the Scenic Rim," he said.
"I've got my 93-year-old aunt with me here which means so much to me. I'm very proud of her.
"I lost my mother last year, she was nearly 100, so for my aunt to be here just means so much."
Cr Brent was elected as Boonah Shire Division 2 councillor in 1975 when he was just 26.
"A couple of older locals came up to me and said 'John we want you to run for council'. They'd already filled out all the paperwork and told me if I wanted to run all I had to do was sign."
Cr Brent said he started crying when he found out he had won the medal earlier this year.
He laughed as he said, "I was in the Qantas Club when I was told I had a letter from the Governor-General.
"I said 'Oh what is it now?' but I opened it and just burst out in tears in the middle of all these people.
"For me it's recognition of the people of the Scenic Rim. It's an amazing and beautiful area that I love very much."
Awarding Cr Brent's medal, Governor Paul de Jersey congratulated him and thanked him for the service to the community and local government.
- APN NEWSDESK
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