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Civic reception held for outstanding volunteers

5 June 2019

At a reception held in National Volunteer Week, Wattle Range Council recognised the outstanding achievements of the Lake McIntyre Management Committee, both past and present, and Kalangadoo volunteer firefighter Mariska Hawke.

Both Mariska and the members of the Lake McIntyre committee had recently been awarded the Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

Over 50 people attended the function held in the Millicent Gallery celebrating the presentation of the Premier’s Certificates by Wattle Range Mayor, Des Noll.

“The Premier’s certificate is a prestigious South Australian award that recognises and rewards excellence and significant achievements of both community groups and individuals,” Mayor Noll explains.

“We are extremely appreciative of the contribution volunteers make to our communities across the Wattle Range region, these individuals have been highlighted to us as being particularly passionate in their pursuits,” he said.

The devotion and environmental awareness of the members of the Lake McIntyre Management Committee has kept this site in a pristine condition. The lake, which was originally a quarry, is now an attractive waterway, home to an array flora and fauna. It now attracts visitors both young and old, and environmentalists from across the world.

“Lake McIntyre is a scenic and peaceful site created and maintained by the tireless work of these dedicated volunteers over many decades. It is visited at least twice everyday by the volunteers, who undertake the many tasks required to ensure the spot is maintained not only for visitors, but also its countless wildlife inhabitants.”

In appreciation of their efforts Mayor Noll presented the members of the Lake McIntyre Management Committee with a mayoral donation of $500 to assist with ongoing maintenance costs.

Mariska Hawke first joined the volunteer Country Fire Service with her husband, Garry in 2015. She is now captain of her brigade, the first female brigade captain in Kalangadoo and the only one in the Wattle Range Council district. Mariska is well known for her contribution to the Kalangadoo community through her involvement with the CFS but also roles with the local Bowling Club and Farmers Markets.

Mayor Noll praised Mrs Hawke for her positive leadership: “It is people like Mariska who are strong leaders and positive role models that others look up to. She is an inspiration for other women around her and she encourages her peers to take on similar roles.”

The Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service is an annual program that recognises the exceptional contributions of South Australian volunteers. For information contact Council’s Community Development Officer on 8733 0900 or email council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au.  

 Volunteer Reception Foster Web Volunteer Reception Foster Volunteer Reception Lake McIntyre Committee web
Brian Foster speaks on behalf of the
Lake McIntyre Management Committee.
Lake McIntyre Management Committee
member Sheila Boyle accepts a donation
from Mayor Des Noll.
Past and present members of the 
Lake McIntyre Management Committee
honoured at the civic reception.
 Volunteer Reception Hawke  Volunteer Reception Mariska & Mayor  Volunteer Reception 2 web
 Mariska Hawke addresses the crowd at the
civic reception honouring her contribution
to the community.
 Mariska Hawke accepts her Premier's Certificate
from Mayor Des Noll.
 The gathering celebrates the volunteer service of
Mariska Hawke and the past and present members
of the Lake McInytre Management Committee.

Note: To download photographs click on the image.



For further information please contact:

Mayor Des Noll
Email:                       council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:               (08) 8733 0900 or 0428 515 967


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