Sister city service earns Papua New Guinea honour

FORMER Orange City Council director of enterprise services Stephen Sykes was humbled to receive the Logohu Medal (LM) in the Papua New Guinea Independence Honours List.

The equivalent of the Order of Australia Medal, the Logohu Medal was presented to Mr Sykes by PNG governor general Sir Michael Ogio at Government House.

“I found out about it over a month ago and was fortunate enough to be able to go over there and accept the award from the PNG government and the PNG governor general. It’s really very humbling,” Mr Sykes said.

“It’s nice to have the recognition.”


Mr Sykes has been working to build the sister city relationship with PNG centre Mount Hagen for the last 26 years.

Through council’s sister city program, Orange City Council has performed a wealth of work with Mount Hagen, as both Mr Sykes and Andrew Wannan served to help improve infrastructure and town planning for the village.

“It’s been a long term project for council and we’ve been able to develop significant outcomes,” he said.

“I was part of the first trip over the Mount Hagen with councillor (Chris) Gryllis, the mayor was Tim Sullivan at the time.”

The Logohu Medal (LM) is awarded for exemplary service in a profession, career, or industry group, or to the general PNG community, over a period of at least five years.

Councillor Gryllis was also rewarded for his service to the region with the Logohu Medal.

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