Lo­cals on the hon­our roll

Fraser Coast’s new OAMs

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - BLAKE AN­TROBUS blake.an­trobus@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

MARGARET Wroe never ex­pected her years of com­mu­nity ser­vice would earn her one of Aus­tralia’s high­est honours.

The for­mer Mary­bor­ough coun­cil­lor was one of four Fraser Coast res­i­dents to be recog­nised in the Queen’s Birth­day Honours List.

But even af­ter all her years of ser­vice, Mrs Wroe ques­tioned whether she’d done enough to de­serve it.

“Most com­mu­ni­ties are the same, but Mary­bor­ough is full of amaz­ing peo­ple who spend their whole life vol­un­teer­ing,” Mrs Wroe said.

“Awards like this are about our whole com­mu­nity’s ef­fort.

“I feel quite humbled to re­ceive this award, my­self.”

Mrs Wroe joins Eli Wa­ters’ Jaimie de Salis, Pialba’s Elaine Gamer and Too­goom’s Rae­lene Hards in re­ceiv­ing an Or­der of Aus­tralia medal.

Her vol­un­teer­ing ef­forts stem back to the late 1950s, where she worked as the sec­re­tary for the so­cial club of the Mary­bor­ough Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion.

That first role spi­ralled Mrs Wroe into decades of work­ing in al­most all of the club’s de­part­ments, in­clud­ing a role as pres­i­dent.

Over the years, she served as a coun­cil­lor on the Mary­bor­ough City Coun­cil, have been in­volved with the lo­cal branch of the Queens­land Can­cer Coun­cil and with many his­tor­i­cal groups across the Her­itage City.

In Her­vey Bay, Elaine Gamer has al­ways been known as one of the main faces of the Fraser Coast branch of the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

Mrs Gamer, who has vol­un­teered with the Foun­da­tion for the past 39 years and served 29 years on the Queens­land board, said when she re­ceived her badge, she would be wear­ing it for all of Queens­land.

“I cer­tainly feel very hon­oured and humbled to re­ceive this award, but to me it’s the peo­ple of Queens­land and the me­dia that have sup­ported our func­tions through the years,” Ms Gamer said.

Over the years she has helped or­gan­ise lo­cal leukaemia sup­port groups and worked with branches across


south-east Queens­land.

Ms de Salis was recog­nised for her work with the Parkin­son’s Sup­port Group in Her­vey Bay, while Mrs Hards pro­vided ca­ter­ing sup­port for bil­leted emer­gency ser­vices dur­ing nu­mer­ous Blue Moun­tains bush­fire emer­gen­cies.

Pho­tos: Alis­tair Bright­man

HARD WORK RECOG­NISED: Elaine Gamer, OAM, has vol­un­teered for about 39 years with the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

Margaret Wroe, OAM, has been recog­nised for her tire­less work in the Mary­bor­ough com­mu­nity.

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