Local in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Rex Worrell from Shoalhaven HeadsWHEN Rex Worrell retired to Shoalhaven Heads in 1981, he was advised to walk for his health.As he was strolling the local beach, he bumped onto a ranger carrying stakes to rope off an area for little terns.“I asked did he need any help and it kind of started from there,” Mr Worrell said.Today Mr Worrell has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honour roll for his dedication to working with the South Coast Shorebird Recovery program with National Parks and Wildlife.“It’s been a real pleasure working with birds.“It’s a lovely job to do,” he said.Mr Worrell has also worked with migratory birds from Alaska and New Zealand.“One that we have looked after is the endangered pied oyster catcher,” he said.In the 14 years he has followed one particular pair, they have only had seven fledglings.The species has a particular problem with foxes, ravens and humans.“The enjoyment you get out of seeing a bird fledge is phenomenal,” he said.Mr Worrell said he couldn’t have done any of it without the support of his wife Marjorie.June is turning out to be a big month for the couple as they will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on the 28th.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.