Former radio personality and Mount Macedon resident David Mann has been made a member of the Order of Australia.
The AM award follows Mr Mann’s Order of Australian Medal that he received in 2006.
He has been recognised for his significant service to the community of Victoria through charitable organisations as well as his contribution to the business, marketing and promotions sectors.
“It’s an honour. After receiving an OAM in 2006. It was very unexpected,” he said.
Mr Mann currently sits on 10 boards and four committees for foundations, charities or trusts and is an ambassador for other groups.
“I have a very understanding wife,” he said. “If I am asked to join a board I decide if I can make a difference and get things done. I don’t want to just be a name on a piece of paper.”
In recent years, Mr Mann has served as chair of the Blue Ribbon Day committee, the director of the Queen Victoria Market Board and the chairman of the Mt Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve Committee of Management.
“Because I live at Mount Macedon, there is a real sense of achievement when it comes to the Memorial Cross,” he said. “I was a trustee when we had to rebuild it and to honour those who have served and are serving, that's something that is close to home.”
Mr Mann worked at 3AW from 1973 to 2016 as a radio personality, production manager, creative director and promotions and marketing manager.
His association with the media and entertainment industries goes hand in hand with his relationship with Entertainment Assist.
Entertainment Assist promotes and facilitates the enhancement of mental health and well-being in the Australian entertainment industry.
“That is another organisation that is both inspiring and emotionally draining,” he said. “It is assisting not only entertainers but anyone in the industry from truck drivers to audio technicians.
“It is a real cross section of entertainment industry that unfortunately needs assistance.”