Former Berwick Secondary College teacher Mr Robert Taylor has been admitted to the general division of the Order Of Australia in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Mr Taylor received the honour for his 60 year contribution to the Scouting movement and for his dedication in helping the community.
Mr Taylor began his Scouting career as an eight year old in the Cub Scouts, going on to become leader of the Upper Beaconsfield Scouts in 1985 and eventually becoming Chief Commissioner of Scouts Victoria in 2008.
Mr Taylor’s willingness to help others in the community was displayed when he wasn’t afraid to lend a hand during the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. He helped fight the flames that were encroaching on the home of another former Berwick Secondary College teacher, Mr Rob Hansen. Furthermore, he played a key role in the redevelopment of the Upper Beaconsfield cricket ground, after it was turned into a makeshift tip in the aftermath of the Ash Wednesday bushfires. He is also a life member of the Upper Beaconsfield Cricket Club and the West Gippsland Cricket Association where he has been Chairman for the past 20 years.