Community workers honoured

AUSTRALIA Day provides a great opportunity to acknowledge the great contributions made by members of our community. At Tynwald Park on Thursday, a number of the Derwent Valley’s quiet achievers received certificates recognising individual and group contribution to the community. Mayor Martyn Evans presented certificates of appreciation to:

June Purkiss: A New Norfolk resident for more than 75 years, well known and respected as the “singing voice” of the Derwent Valley for most of that time. For the last 28 years she has led the singing of the national anthem and hymns at the Anzac Day observances at the New Norfolk Cenotaph as well as featuring regularly at the Derwent Valley Carols by Candelight.


Sheila Smith: Has given freely of her time to support many community organisations over a long period in New Norfolk and Maydena, currently serving as secretary of the New Norfolk RSL Auxiliary, New Norfolk Hospital Auxiliary, Corumbene Nursing Home Auxiliary and the New Norfolk Golden Years Club.

Sarah Dingley: An enthusiastic volunteer at the Lachlan Community Hall and described as a beacon of positivity in that district. She loves ballroom dancing, is passionate about the environment and animals, and supports Clean Up Australia Day.

New Norfolk Historical Information Centre Committee: For its organising of the Lachlan Macquarie Bicentenary Celebration. The committee established a steering group to plan the commemoration of the visit to New Norfolk by Governor Macquarie in November 1811.

Derwent Valley Child and Family Centre Local Enabling Group: For the site celebration and free family fun day at Ellis Dean Reserve, commemorating two years of work by the group towards the establishment of a child and family centre in New Norfolk.

Molesworth Cricket Club: Established more than a century ago, with many generations of local families having played at the club. Now part of the Southern Cricket Association, the club is believed to have been the first to field three teams in the former Derwent Valley Cricket Association.

New Norfolk Rowing Club senior squad: Recognising the success of three members representing Australia at the 2011 world rowing championships – Anthony Edwards (gold medallist), Kerry Hore (silver) and Kate Hornsey (bronze) – which is believed to be unmatched by any other rowing club in the country.

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