Jenny Munro AM, President of Narooma & District Chamber of Commerce & Tourism writes: "What a wonderful tribute to the much loved Matt Deveson that he was the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. It is gratifying that he was able to accept the nomination and that his father, Ivan and widow, Jen will proudly receive the award from our Governor General on Matt’s behalf.
"Matt’s death is a tremendous loss to so many in Narooma and Eurobodalla. He was a man of integrity and commitment who spent his 15 years in our community working to make it better for everyone.
"For nearly all of those 15 years Matt was on the executive of the Narooma Chamber of Commerce, mostly as President or Vice President. He was part of the team that launched Narooma ‘how life should be’ and the narooma.org.au.
"He presided over the inaugural Narooma Oyster Festival and contributed to the high profile it has in Australia today.
"Matt sat on Eurobodalla Council committees and boards – Liquor Licensing, Eurobodalla Disaster Relief Fund, Tourism Advisory Board as well as supporting Red Cross.
"All of us in this wonderful community extend our love and gratitude to Jen and Matt’s family. He was one of a kind."