Timber leader recognised

THE managing director of Koondrook's 130-year-old sawmill, Paul Madden has been honoured for his service to primary industry and to the community of the Riverina.

HONOURED. Arbuthnot Sawmills managing director, Paul Madden, OAM.

HONOURED. Arbuthnot Sawmills managing director, Paul Madden, OAM.

Mr Madden has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen's birthday honours list.

He has been Arbuthnot Sawmills' managing director and company secretary since 1984 and chairman of the board of directors since 2010.

The sawmill business prides itself on sustainable ongoing harvesting of red gum timber from district forests in both Victoria and New South Wales.

Mr Madden has also had a long association with timber industry.

He has been a director of FPA and Timber New South Wales since 2011 a red gum industry representative on the Victorian Association of Forest Industries since 1989, secretary of Timber Communities Australia 1990-2004 and president of Redgum Forest to Furniture Group, 1998-2008.

Mr Madden was a participant in the New South Wales National Resource Commission Inquiry, 2004-2009, the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Redgum Forest Study, 2004-2009 and member of the Mid-Murray Forest Management Plan, 1990-2000.

Mr Madden has also been prominent in his community.

He has been a Lions Club of Murrabit and District since 1994, served as president in 2000-2001 and was secretary, 1999-2000.

He has been president of Murrabit Golf Club since 2014, was president of Murrabit Tennis Club, 1988-1990 and Murrabit Football Club social club president 1980-1985 and treasurer, 1980-1985.

Other roles have included being a member of the Gunbower Island Community Reference Group since 2010, the Koondrook Development Committee since 1990 and was a graduate of the inaugural Loddon Murray Leadership Program in 1998.

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