THE collecting of messages of thanks for the century of service by two local doctors is nearing its end but there are still several more opportunities to contribute. Initiated by New Norfolk’s Anne Salt late last year, the “tribute books” are a community-based effort to acknowledge the service and support given to so many by now-retired GPs Micheil Sweet and Ralph Peters.
Both men retired in November 2019, after 60 years of local service by Dr Sweet and 51 years by Dr Peters. The men, who continue to live at New Norfolk, were both awarded the medal of the Order of Australia for their service to the community.
Mrs Salt said it was fitting for people to be able to show their appreciation for the two doctors and the many decades of care they had given. To this end, two books have been available at Craig Farrell MLC’s electorate office at 60 High St, New Norfolk, for anyone who would like to write a message for one or both doctors.
They remain there, apart from 2-4pm today (March 30) and 10am-noon on March 31 when Mrs Salt will set up a table outside the Guardian Pharmacy to collect further written contributions. The books have also spent time at the New Norfolk District Hospital, Derwent Valley Community House and New Norfolk Indoor Bowls.
Anyone who cannot make it into Mr Farrell’s office to sign the books can call Mrs Salt on 0419 213 232 or Mr Farrell’s office on 6212 2371 to discuss alternative ways of providing a message.