Shire stal­warts awarded

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Dum­b­leyung Shire Pres­i­dent Gor­don Davidson said he’s been very lucky to have the op­por­tu­nity to serve his com­mu­nity over the past 26 years.

He was given the Em­i­nent Ser­vice award by the West­ern Aus­tralian Lo­cal Govern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion dur­ing a lo­cal govern­ment func­tion last week and was thanked for his work in Dum­b­leyung.

Coun­cil­lor Jacki Ball was also awarded for her long and loyal ser­vice to lo­cal govern­ment, as she has served the Dum­b­leyung Shire for the past 10 years.

Cr Davidson said one of his proud­est mo­ments as a coun­cil­lor was when he man­aged to stop the State Govern­ment from clos­ing down Dum­b­leyung Po­lice Sta­tion and Dum­b­leyung Hospi­tal in 2007.

“I have to ap­ply a lot of po­lit­i­cal pres­sures and con­vince the State Govern­ment that the Dum­b­leyung peo­ple are en­ti­tled to the same ser­vice like ev­ery­one else,” he said.

An­other mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence was when he wit­nessed the Dum­b­leyung com­mu­nity as they gath­ered to­gether to re­cover from a dev­as­tat­ing fire in 2004.

“It was a tes­ta­ment to our com­mu­nity’s spirit,” he said. “Through the tragedy we were able to work to­gether as a com­mu­nity and over­come ad­ver­sity.”

Cr Davidson ini­tially joined the Shire in 1991 through his Land­care work as he un­der­took a project to re­solve the drainage and salin­ity is­sues around the dis­trict.

Dum­b­leyung Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Matthew Gil­fel­lon has been work­ing along­side Cr Davidson for the past three years and said he was a well-re­spected mem­ber of the com­mu­nity.

Cr Davidson plans to re­tire with his wife in the near fu­ture and travel around the coun­try.

WALGA pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie pre­sents awards to Dum­b­leyung Shire coun­cil­lor Jacki Ball and pres­i­dent Gor­don Davidson.

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