Eight residents have been awarded the Bega Valley Community Service Medallion for their dedication to local communities.
Colleen Elton of Lochiel was recognised for her work with Imlay Pre School, Pambula Public School, Eden Marine High School P&C establishing a new assembly hall, provided free tennis coaching for juniors, and hosted overseas exchange students. She has also worked tirelessly for Landcare, is passionate about social justice issues and women's rights and is a member of the Bega Valley Advocates for Timor Leste.
For over 20 years Olwen Morris has volunteered for multiple committees and organisations including the Mumbulla Foundation, U3a, Sapphire Coast Music Society, Wires, the Merimbula Imlay Historical Society, three local choirs, a writers group, and the Advocates for Social Justice.
She spent a year planning, researching and co-authoring the "People of the Lake - Stories of Merimbula" with Helen Swinbourne. More recently Olwen has jointly organised the inaugural Writers Book Festival, which was held in Merimbula.
Fay Frost and Marj Watson, of Tura Beach have tirelessly devoted hundreds of hours over a number of years knitting squares to make blankets for those in times of need, stress and/or distress.
They have donated numerous rugs to Bega and Canberra Oncology, Bega Valley nursing and retirement homes, the Salvation Army, Bega Hospital dialysis ward and even the Nepal Earthquake Blanket appeal and collectively, have produced over 200 blankets. Fay Frost also knits Trauma Teddies for young children in hospital.
Neville and Eileen Targett are valued members of the Tantawangalo/ Candelo Community who have maintained St John’s Church and managed the Tantawangalo Cemetery over many years. Christine Bimson, of Bermagui is respected for her commitment to locals and tourists through involvement with numerous community groups and events. Carolyn Cole, of Cobargo has dedicated time to the Anglican Church and garden, the Red Cross, Cobargo Show Society and local fire brigade.