Former RANSW Chair, Meg Larkin, honoured with Order of Australia31.01.2013
Meg Larkin, the former Chair of Regional Arts NSW has been named as a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List last weekend. She was honoured for her service to the arts, and for leadership and advocacy of regional organisations.
She served as Chair of Regional Arts NSW from 2000 to 2012, President of Regional Arts Australia (2005 – 09) and with the board of Arts North West since 1996, all of which she describes as a “labour of love”. The appointment of the Member of the Order of Australia is recognition of Meg’s efforts to provide access to the arts for regional people.
A resident of Tamworth, Meg currently serves on the board of the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music and New England Regional Art Museum at Armidale. In her former role as manager of cultural and community services Tamworth Regional Council she was actively involved in the design and development of Tamworth Regional Gallery and Library.
The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. It is awarded “for significant service as a leader and advocate of regional organisations”.
“While I am deeply honoured to have received such an acknowledgement,” Meg said, “I didn’t do any of it on my own: I have been surrounded and supported by so many wonderful and interesting people and they have been the thing that has kept me going.”
The CEO of Regional Arts NSW, Elizabeth Rogers, congratulated Meg. “This is a very well-deserved award and it’s wonderful to see regional leaders recognised for their efforts, particularly in the arts.”