Local Hero Award Nominees 2018
Above: some of the twenty three nominated Local Heroes of Eurobodalla in 2018 - Mayor and Councillors Pollock, McGinlay, Mayne and Thompson far right of shot
Robin has spent decades helping her community as a leader in grief support and a volunteer helping people stay in their own homes. She volunteers for Council’s Community Care social support/good neighbour program and the Red Cross Telecross service. Robin also runs a depression support group in Batemans Bay.
Rudy has been a volunteer for Council’s Community Transport since 2013. He volunteers three days a week transporting vulnerable members of the community to medical appointments, shopping and social outings. Rudy also volunteers with the local men’s group on a weekly basis, transporting people to the group, staying to socialise and even baking cakes for them to enjoy.
Scott is a police officer who has been based in the Eurobodalla Shire for the past 24 years.After hours, he volunteers six to 10 hours each week training people of all ages and backgrounds in the art of boxing through the PCYC. Scott is known to travel to boxing
events to support his athletes.
Allison has worked for the Australian Red Cross as a youth worker for seven years in the Narooma office. She works with disengaged youth and has mentored many young people, helping them with their day-to-day struggles. Allison has worked in partnership with PCYC and Campbell Page youth workers to achieve positive outcomes.
Antoinette has volunteered for Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Community Care social support for more than seven years, the Cancer Council for 10 years, Moruya Museum and the Red Cross for 18 years each and the Salvation Army for seven years. Born and bred in Moruya, Antoinette works tirelessly for the community she loves.
Belinda is a mother of four, a wife, a business owner and a volunteer. She is an active member of the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber, which has included organising the Seaside Carnivale and Batemans Bay Paddle Challenge. Belinda has also volunteered her time as secretary for Women in Business in Batemans Bay.
Mike has been a member of the Moruya Surf Life Saving Club since 1985. He has been involved with the club as an instructor, assessor, a call-out patrol member, secretary and club president. Mike also started Special Nippers and was heavily involved with the expansion of the clubhouse.
Neil has been a passionate surf lifesaver for 37 years and is a dedicated surfboat sweep who works tirelessly for Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club. He is known to go above and beyond in everything that he does and often travels to support and train others. Through his business, Neil has also provided financial assistance to many local sporting groups, schools and charities.
Paul works tirelessly for the Durras community through his involvement in Landcare, the Rural Fire Service and the community association. Paul provides the Durras community with a strong and capable leader, has a hard work ethic and a ‘can do’ attitude, which makes working with him a pleasure.
Brad works tirelessly as Eurobodalla Health Service Community Consultation Committee chair, contributes to the Eurobodalla Shire Council Disability Advisory Committee and is also a Donate Life Community Partner. Brad is an organ transplant recipient and has two prosthetic limbs that he wears with pride.
David began volunteering with Council’s community transport in 2006 and has been extremely reliable, flexible and amenable for the past 12 years. He also volunteered with Illawarra Retirement Trust for more than seven years, driving residents from the village to various locations. David is very easy going and is always willing to help out.
Dee moved to Batemans Bay in 2004 and instantly became involved in the community. She is an active volunteer with many organisations including the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Lions, Snowy Hydro Helicopter, Women in Business and Meals on Wheels. Deidree has also been an active campaigner for the Batemans Bay Indoor Aquatic Centre.
Lynn has been involved with Landcare for more than 30 years in both hands-on and managerial capacities, and also volunteers her time with the Broulee Mossy Point Dunecare group. She is heavily involved with the Broulee Mossy Point Community Association and the Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim. Lynn is also a committee member of the Broulee Public School P&C.
Margaret is a selfless woman who is always thinking of others. She is known to go above and beyond for people in need and nothing is ever too much trouble. Margaret volunteers at St Vincent De Paul and assists with animal rescues when required and provides companionship, in the form of social dinners, to older women.
Megan is the secretary of Women in Business, Batemans Bay. She was also the president of the RSPCA Eurobodalla between 2011 and 2016 and organised many fundraising events. Megan has been involved with the Seaside Carnivale committee, and conducts puppy pre-school in the Batemans Bay area.
Joe volunteers much of his spare time to the Narooma Surf Life Saving Club – weekends, long weekends, Christmas and Easter breaks.He is a dedicated athlete himself and helps out with Narooma Nippers. Joe has also taken on the role of Captain of the Narooma SLSC for the past two years.
Lei Parker is the editor of The Beagle, a free online news service that promotes sports, health, education, arts and the environment in Eurobodalla. He has provided the community with an additional platform to voice their opinions. Lei also runs the South Coast Travel Guide website, which promotes local tourism businesses.
Lindsay is a life member of the Eurobodalla District Show Society and has served as treasurer for the past 13 years. He is also the treasurer of the Anglican Church Moruya Parish and the Broulee Mossy Point Community Association and secretary of the Moruya Showground Management Committee. Lindsay was a member of the Australian Defence Force and up until recently, was a full time carer for his mother.
Above: Lindsay Boyton - Local Hero for Eurobdalla 2018
Geoff has been a member of the Potato Point Rural Fire Service for many years and has served as captain for the past six years. He is part of the senior management group of Eurobodalla Rural Fire Service and plays an active role in hazard reduction and planning for bushfire campaigns in the southern district. Geoff is held in high regard in the Potato Point and Bodalla communities.
Ian is well known as the captain of the Bodalla Rural Fire Service. He has volunteered with the Rural Fire Service for 25 years and has dedicated a lot of time to the local community. Ian is known to volunteer at the Bodalla Driver Reviver during holiday periods and also helps out with Bodalla Public School fundraisers and sporting events.
Jacki has spent years fundraising for local community organisations such as Snowy Hydro Helicopter, Batemans Bay Indoor Aquatic Centre, Cure for Cancer, Black Dog Ride, Batemans Bay Hospital, the Rural Fire Service and many, many more. She has also been an active member of the local Lions Club holding various executive committee roles for the past 14 years.
Sue was the chair of the River of Art Festival from 2010 to 2017 and has dedicated hundreds of hours to the event. During this time, she expanded the River of Art Festival from being Moruya-based to a Shire-wide festival incorporating more than 100 events. Sue is passionate about supporting arts and artists in the Eurobodalla.
Vince has been a volunteer with Council’s community transport since 1999, driving clients at least one day a week. He is always willing to help in emergencies and loves helping people in need. Vince also spends his time volunteering for Illawarra Retirement Trust in Dalmeny and Moruya, Sailability and the Uniting Church in Narooma