Hon­oured for self­less work

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Lach­lan Mcivor lach­lan.mcivor@gat­ton­star.com.au

WITHOUT the hard work and sac­ri­fice of vol­un­teers, many re­gional com­mu­ni­ties would sim­ply fall apart.

Fif­teen of the Lock­yer Val­ley’s most ded­i­cated were recog­nised for their tire­less con­tri­bu­tions to their re­gion as a part of the 2017 Wright Com­mu­nity Con­tri­bu­tion Awards.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Wright Scott Buch­holz, along­side Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil Deputy Mayor Ja­son Cook, pre­sented the awards in a spe­cial cer­e­mony in Gat­ton on Thurs­day.

Mr Buch­holz praised the award win­ners as “un­sung heroes” of their com­mu­ni­ties, whether they had given count­less un­paid hours to or­gan­i­sa­tions in or­der to lend a help­ing hand or raised funds for cru­cial causes.

“I es­tab­lished th­ese awards as a way to recog­nise the lo­cal vol­un­teers who de­serve ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the Lock­yer Val­ley com­mu­nity,” Mr Buch­holz said.

“Life is short but our lo­cal vol­un­teers gen­er­ously give their time to the var­i­ous com­mu­nity and sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions that make the Lock­yer Val­ley such a won­der­ful place to live.”

Although those recog­nised weren’t in it for awards, Mr Buch­holz said it was vi­tal to shine a light on the in­cred­i­ble work they were do­ing.

“No one in this room who’s re­ceiv­ing an award to­day does what they do be­cause they seek the ac­co­lade,” he said.

“It’s all about ac­knowl­edg­ing those self­less peo­ple who make a com­mit­ment to help some­body else.

“Their gen­eros­ity is what cre­ates our com­mu­ni­ties into what they are and it feeds into the fab­ric of what makes our na­tion great.

“I think as a com­mu­nity we should ac­knowl­edge those peo­ple for what they do.”

The award win­ners had each been nom­i­nated by fel­low mem­bers of their com­mu­nity and

Mr Buch­holz hoped many more would be high­lighted for next year’s cer­e­mony.

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

LO­CAL LE­GENDS: A host of lo­cals, in­clud­ing many vol­un­teers at the Lock­yer Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, were recog­nised at the 2017 Wright Com­mu­nity Con­tri­bu­tion Awards.

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