Boyanup news man’s medal is a good story

Zach RelphSouth Western Times

Julian Sanders admits it is difficult to be the story, rather than reporting on it.

The long-time Boyanup resident has been covering news for community newsletter, the Boyanup Post, since it was founded 37 years ago and has spent the past 26 years as editor.

For his commitment to providing Boyanup with a monthly publication – which he writes, takes photographs for and prints – Mr Sanders has been made a Member of the Order of Australia.

The 87-year-old said while he believed he should not be put within the same company as fellow recipients, he was honoured to be acknowledged.

“I’m flattered,” Mr Sanders said.

“A community paper is a big fabric of a local town. It’s a good way for everyone to keep informed.

“It’s a colossal award to win. To be recognised by your country is a great honour.”

Mr Sanders was also a Capel shire councillor for nine years and is a life member of the Boyanup Bush Fire Brigade and Boyanup Memorial Park Committee.

The dedicated community man is also a founding member of the Boyanup Hall Advisory Committee, a Boyanup Anglican Church warden and Boyanup Lions Club member.

Mr Sanders said he was humbled to receive the award, but it would not have been possible with out the love and support of his wife, Valerie.

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