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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Bega Valley Medallions

Bega Valley Medallions are awarded to people who have served within the Bega Valley community for an extended period of time.

This year we had 14 outstanding members of the community awarded medallions, 12 of which were able to attend our Australia Day ceremony.

Absent but awarded were: Ruth Gilmore, formerly of Bermagui, for her dedicated and selfless volunteer and church work in the communities of Bermagui, Cobargo and Quaama, over the 20 years she lived in Bermagui, including the building and management the OK Shed at the All Saints Anglican Church and the revival of the Bermagui Playschool.

Carolyn McColl of Pambula Beach for her more than 20 years of volunteer service as Board Director/Chair of Bega Valley Meals-on-Wheels and various senior volunteer positions with NSW Meals-on-Wheels.

Above: Robert Smith of Wallaga Lake for his volunteer and mentoring services to BlazeAid since 2011, which includes assisting communities in and around Cobargo following the Black Summer bushfires and assisting disaster-affected communities in eight other areas across Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

Above: Donna Flood of Bega for her volunteer service following the Black Summer bushfires, particularly in managing the Bega Showground Evacuation Centre kitchen and coordinating the feeding of thousands of bushfire-affected residents, visitors and emergency service workers.

Above: John Stylianou of Bega for his volunteer support to a range of local sporting and community groups, including continued sponsorship of squash teams and tournaments, and growing the shire’s reputation as a major national and international squash tournament destination. He is also actively involved with the Tathra Mountain Bike Club, Bega Bowling Club, Tulgeen, the Bega Chamber of Commerce, recovery efforts following the Black Summer bushfires, and supports AFL, rugby union, cricket, swimming, surf lifesaving (George Bass) and university scholarships.

Above: David Allen of Cobargo for his leadership during and after the Black Summer bushfires, particularly his actions and support in the community recovery process since the bushfires.

Above: Robin Wykes of Eden for her tireless and selfless volunteer work in the canteen for a range of sporting clubs, including Eden Tigers Rugby League, and for organising numerous community events over many years.

Above: Amanda Shane of Bega for her volunteer efforts with the Tathra Rural Fire Service and Marine Rescue Merimbula.


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