One of Victorias leading caravan industry identities, Tom Harding, has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours.
The industry veteran received his OAM for service to the community through historical and service organisations.
In addition to his many contributions to the caravan industry, Tom was recognised for his service to aged care, Lions, the Army Reserve and Victorian Athletics.
Toms OAM follows his induction last year by the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA) as an inaugural member of the Victorian Caravan Hall of Fame (Pictured below).
CIA Chief Executive Officer Rob Lucas said the OAM was a fitting tribute to Toms community work, not least to caravanning in Victoria.
The remarkable thing is that Tom is just as highly regarded in athletics, Lions, the Army Reserve and several aged care organisations as he is in the caravan industry, he said.
He is also well known as the founder of the Farina Restoration Group, a team of caravanners and campers restoring this pioneer town in outback South Australia.
Tom ran a successful caravan parts, accessory and repair workshop for 25 years, and over that time and since he has made a huge contribution to CIA Victoria.
Peter May, CTIAVic President presents Tom Harding with Hall of Fame Award.