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Local Volunteers receive Premier's Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service

26 May 2017

Local Wattle Range residents Noel Boyle, Michael Kemp and Evelynne Bowden have each been awarded the 2017 Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

The Award acknowledges volunteers who have significantly contributed to the community through their ongoing commitments and dedication as volunteers, demonstrating leadership and promoting volunteering within the community.

To recognise these remarkable achievements the Mayor will be hosting a morning tea to present these certificates.

“Council is pleased to hear of the well-deserved recognition being given to these hard working volunteers” Mr Gandolfi said. “We thank them for their dedication, time, passion and enthusiasm for their services and we are proud of the contributions that they have made to our community.”

A brief summary about each winner is below:

Noel Boyle

Noel is passionate about Millicent has been a community volunteer for 60 years in an environmental, historical, author and CFS capacity.

A key member of the Lake McIntyre committee for many years, Noel volunteers countless hours every week.

He voluntarily planted numerous trees/shrubs at McArthur Park, tending to these plantings for many years and is a previous Birdcare member.

In the 1970’s Noel was a founding member of the South East Family History Group (SEFHG) and was president for 25 years. He volunteers Wednesdays and Saturdays. Noel is a past vice president of the Millicent National Trust Museum and a current committee member spending Friday afternoons for many years cleaning machinery. He also instigated the beautification at the Millicent Children’s Cemetery.

Noel has written historical books and assisted community groups, Kanawinka writing group, SEFHG & SA Police Historical Society with 4 more books.

Noel was an EFS-CFS volunteer from 1957 to 1987 with 28 years’ service as Lieutenant. He was in charge of Millicent communication during the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires.

He was made 2011 Millicent Citizen of the Year.

Michael Kemp

Mike started with the CFS on 28 January 1971 becoming the local Group Officer for the Wattle Range CFS group overseeing twenty two brigades in 1975 and remained in that position until 2015. He still remains a volunteer firefighter with the Millicent Brigade.

He was only 22 years of age and Captain of the Millicent Brigade when he took over the Group Officers role. He oversaw the local Group firefighting action through all major fires including the 1983 Ash Wednesday catastrophe.

Also been active in community volunteering spending significant amounts of time attending regional events in a volunteer firefighting role and is heavily involved in the Community through his local business.

Mike has also held Board position on the South Australian CFS Volunteers Association and has been awarded with the Australian Fire Service Medal.

He was also a finalist in the 2010 Bank SA Business awards category.

Evelynne Bowden

Penola resident Evelynne Bowden for over fifty years has been performing a wide range of community service.

Evelynne is very active in the research and promotion of history and people from the region. She is recognised as the key information source on these matters for the Penola and Coonawarra district. Her volunteering roles include local Scouting Leader, local Tennis and Golf club committee member and High School library assistant.

Evelynne has also been the Treasurer of the Penola Rose Society, Secretary of the Penola 150 year celebrations event and Secretary of the Penola Branch for the National Trust of South Australia for ten years.

As the Secretary of the Penola Local History Collection Committee, Evelynne was a very strong advocate in the centre establishment she spends at least 20 hours per week on this project. She is also the Secretary of the Penola John Riddoch Information Centre Committee and integral in the establishment of the content of the display which is a highlight of any visit to the Penola region.

For further information please contact:
Sarah Marzec – Community Development Officer
Email:                      council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:              (08) 8733 0900


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