Re­ward for ef­fort

Ray Phillips and John Leen have been awarded life mem­ber­ship of Gee­long Field & Game.

Field and Game - - FGA BRANCH NEWS -

The branch stal­warts were pre­sented with their life mem­ber­ships by Field & Game Aus­tralia chair­man Rob Tre­ble dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Con­newarre Wet­land Cen­tre.

Ray Phillips was recog­nised for his ded­i­ca­tion span­ning more than 20 years, in­clud­ing terms as pres­i­dent and trea­surer.

Ray em­braced the con­cept of a wet­land ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre and clu­b­room at Con­newarre and with his back­ground in build­ing, he be­came a vi­tal part of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee. Dur­ing con­struc­tion, he spent four days a week on-site for six months, liv­ing up to his rep­u­ta­tion as a self­less con­trib­u­tor who em­bod­ies what it is to be a ded­i­cated FGA mem­ber.

John Leen first joined Gee­long FGA in 1971 along with his brother Tony, who is also a life mem­ber.

John has con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the on­go­ing con­ser­va­tion ef­fort of Gee­long FGA in­clud­ing the re­de­vel­op­ment of Hospi­tal Swamp and has vol­un­teered his own heavy earth­mov­ing equip­ment for projects such as reveg­e­tat­ing the north­ern edge of Reedy Swamp, re­vised in­let and out­let chan­nels, and con­struct­ing emer­gency fire ac­cess tracks.

Since join­ing Gee­long FGA John has been in­volved in ev­ery con­ser­va­tion project and has made a stel­lar con­tri­bu­tion to wet­land habi­tat and wa­ter­fowl in the re­gion.

John was a wor­thy win­ner of the 2013 Dr Hugh Martin Award.

John Leen re­ceives his Gee­long branch life mem­ber­ship from FGA chair­man Rob Tre­ble

Gee­long FGA life mem­bers Ray Phillips and John Leen

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