Aus­tralia Day spir­its fly high in Warra

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

NOT many peo­ple give up their free time to tend to burial plots but, for Stephen and Anne Wun­sch, car­ing for the Warra ceme­tery is just one way they keep com­mu­nity spirit alive.

The cou­ple was hon­oured with the West­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil (WDRC) Cit­i­zen of the Year Award for Jandowae and District at the Warra Aus­tralia Day Cel­e­bra­tion yes­ter­day.

Coun­cil­lor Donna Ashurt pre­sented the award and said Mr and Mrs Wun­sch were cho­sen be­cause of their tire­less ef­forts to pre­serve the Warra ceme­tery.

“They work very very hard on the ceme­tery ... and keep it look­ing lovely all the time, it’s a big job and they keep it im­mac­u­late,” Cr Ashurt said.

“They also par­tic­i­pate in sports and com­mu­nity groups and events run by the church.”

“They’re very ac­tive across the whole of the district.”

Mr and Mrs Wun­sch were heav­ily in­volved in the con­struc­tion of the Memo­rial Bell Tower and donate much of their spare time to the Warra Rac­ing Club.

Mrs Wun­sch said while she felt hon­oured to re­ceive the award, the sat­is­fac­tion she felt from help­ing the com­mu­nity was a re­ward in it­self.

“The award, to me, means com­mu­nity. It’s nice to be recog­nised for our ef­forts but it is the col­lec­tive con­tri­bu­tion of many peo­ple that make this com­mu­nity a spe­cial place to live” she said.

Mr Wun­sch said he was pas­sion­ate about liv­ing in the district and keep­ing com­mu­nity spirit alive.

“We take a lot of plea­sure from work­ing with the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Small towns are strug­gling and it is im­por­tant to try and keep them alive ... it takes some time and ef­fort but it’s re­warded.”

PHOTO: JU­LIA BAKER

WARRA WIN­NERS: Cit­i­zens of the Year Steve and Ann Wun­sch re­ceived their award for serv­ing the Jandowae district.

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