Kelvin Trimper appointed Member of the Order of Australia
National Rose Society of Australia



Kelvin Trimper appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on Australia Day


Kelvin Trimper was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) with effect from 26 January 2018.
Kelvin has lived and worked in Northern Adelaide for 35 years. There are numerous instances of him assisting the community using his skills and experience and volunteering his time in many ways, over a long period of time. He developed an important and valuable sense of community as a result of being born and raised in the small rural town of Renmark in South Australia, where he learned, in many cases from example, how to help look after those less fortunate, those in need, and how to volunteer one’s time for the good of the community. Now over 60, that ethos stayed with him his whole life. Renmark is also where he developed a love for plants – both indigenous and exotic. Vegetables and roses became passions.
Kelvin has worked nationally with State and Local Governments, Business Leaders and Education and Community Service Providers during his career in urban development. He joined Delfin Limited in 1987 after spending twelve years in the Education Department in School Facilities delivery and Administration. He was instrumental in establishing Delfin Lend Lease’s leadership in the provision of education services, including those in the award winning Golden Grove development. He played a key role as Project Director in the winning and establishment of the highly awarded, mixed-use Mawson Lakes project in Adelaide and was involved with Mawson Lakes throughout its entire development.
A natural leader, Kelvin is an innovator and educator who believes in every individual, irrespective of culture, ability and status having the opportunity to realise their full potential. He enjoys working collaboratively and sharing ideas, knowledge and experience. He knows how to achieve results, even in challenging and hostile environments and believes that “if at first you don’t succeed, you should try again” if something is worth pursuing.
Kelvin is currently President of The World Federation of Rose Societies. Since 1999, he has lectured at many rose conventions all over the world. He is a past President of The National Rose Society of Australia and Rose Society of South Australia, who awarded him Life Membership in 2012. Kelvin received the Australian Rose Award in 2012 and T.A. Stewart Memorial Award in 2013 for services to the rose in Australia and New Zealand.
Kelvin is a Fellow of the University of South Australia, Fellow of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (SA Division) and was given the Australia Day Honour of City of Salisbury Citizen of the Year in 2012.
Established in 1993, Kelvin and Melanie’s home garden in South Australia is over one acre in size and contains 2,000 roses of all types.
Kelvin loves and supports his family, extended family and friends and is very loyal and committed to their success. His devotion to his children’s education saw both achieve University Degrees and have full-time employment. Kelvin also has the unwavering support of his wife, Melanie.
Finally, Kelvin is passionate about growing plants, especially roses, fruit trees and vegetables and enjoys good wine and food. Whatever knowledge he has – he is happy to share it.