A STRONG contingent of Camperdown and district groups and individuals were honoured this week as part of the Federal Government’s Sports and Volunteer Awards.
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan made the presentations at a ceremony in Maryborough on Tuesday.
The Camperdown Courthouse Information and Arts Ambassadors organisation took out a Group Volunteers Award.
The ‘ambassadors’ include 70 volunteers who Mr Tehan praised for their “dedication, enthusiasm and commitment”.
“Their skills, life experiences, local knowledge and anecdotes combine to value-add to the visitor experience,” Mr Tehan said.
“Congratulations to this group on their most worthwhile contribution to exploring Camperdown.”
Derrinallum P12 College was presented with a Young Volunteer Group Award for its Duke of Edinburgh Program, which sees participating students volunteer their time with the Derrinallum Progress Association to help distribute the town’s newsletter to over 400 households, as well as their efforts to help revegetate Mount Elephant.
Mr Tehan also presented Environment Awards to the Mount Elephant Community Management Committee.
Since purchasing the iconic landmark in 2000, the committee has carried out restorative works and developed a visitor centre.
“The committee of volunteers has taken a community dream and turned it into a reality,” Mr Tehan said.
“I note that the centre opened a couple of weeks ago and I congratulate the committee on its hard work and on the continued success of this project.”
Camperdown’s Betty Henderson was presented with an individual Volunteer Award for giving 18 years of service to Lifeline.
Mrs Henderson has been the Camperdown Lifeline Store co-ordinator for the past seven years.
“Betty is always available at short notice and works during all the festivals and community events,” Mr Tehan said.
“She volunteers up to five days per week and is known for her ‘can do’ approach.”
Other district award recipients included the Lake Cobden Project Team which was presented with an Environment Award, while individual Volunteer Awards were presented to Noorat’s Eve Black and Cobden’s Kelvin White.
Mr Tehan said it was the sixth year the awards had been staged in the Wannon electorate.
“It’s a highlight of my year,” he said.
“We have so many wonderful people in our community who volunteer many hours to support our local communities.
“It’s great to be able to stop and recognise them.”