Thursday, February 1, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Former Mayor Awarded National Australia Day Honour

Mr Colin Meng OAM, an esteemed former businessman and former Mayor of Mackay, has been honoured with Australia's highest distinction, the Medal of the Order in the General Division (OAM), in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the community through various organisations. Prior to assuming the role of Mackay's Mayor in 2008, Meng forged a successful career in the automotive sales industry, establishing Meng Tyres and Mechanical in 1982. After nearly three decades in business, he transitioned to public service, selling his business in 2007 and subsequently becoming the first Mackay Regional Mayor following the consolidation of regional councils in 2008. He served in this capacity for four years until 2012.

Mr Meng's extensive involvement spans diverse roles, including serving as the foundation Board Member of RACQ CQ Rescue from 1993 to 2005, holding past presidencies at the Mackay Chamber of Commerce and the Mackay Golf Club, and a commendable seven-year tenure as chairman of the Mackay Region Area Consultative Committee. Notably, his enduring commitment to community service is evident in his longstanding roles on the Mackay Hospital and Health Service Board, culminating in his service until June 2016. His commitment to community service extends far beyond his political and business roles. As a dedicated member of The Rotary Club of West Mackay, he actively participates in initiatives aimed at making a positive impact on the local community. Alongside his wife Rhonda, Colin has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the Mackay Community Foundation, contributing to its mission of supporting various community projects and endeavours.

A respected figure in Mackay, Meng continues to play a pivotal role in the community, recently reaffirmed as Club Patron for the Mackay Road Runners after fifteen years of service. He formally announced the first race of the season last year, cutting the ribbon for the race in 2023. In recognition of his continuous efforts, Meng received the Doner Club Person of the Year trophy, and he continues to supply the Road Runners team with post-race refreshments, ensuring runners maintain hydration levels after the race.

Despite his past business and council leadership roles, Mr Meng remains an active and engaged member of the region. Widely known for his genuine interest in bettering the community and lending a helping hand to locals in need, his contributions have left a memorable mark on Mackay. His extraordinary and wide-ranging involvement in various community organisations has rightfully earned him the Australian Medal of the Order in the General Division in 2024. This prestigious recognition reflects his unwavering commitment, exceptional leadership skills, and continuous efforts in enhancing the Mackay Region.

Local OAM award winner Colin Meng. Photo credit: Bowls QLD

Colin Meng (left) at the Mackay Golf Club in 2019. Photo credit: Mackay Golf Club (Facebook)

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