Joyce treats the police
Victorian Police members assigned to the Yarrawonga checkpoint have been blessed with a cooperative community and a number of people providing them with treats.
One particular visitor was local resident and well-known cook Joyce Torpy who has been providing police members with home baked delights daily.
Joyce has lived in Yarrawonga for majority of her life, spending 45 years cooking at the Yarrawonga Hospital. In recognition to her fantastic service to the community over the decades, it was decided to name the kitchen after her.
Joyce said she decides to bake goodies for the officers as she realised the toll it would take on them being away from home for as long as they are.
“When the NSW Police were on the Mulwala side last year, I felt that they’re away from family and missing the feeling of home so I thought I would start cooking goodies,” Joyce said.
“This time around I thought the same thing as they are doing a good job away from home and baking was also something for me to do during lockdown.
“Each day I would take whatever I felt like baking for that day down to the officers. It’s just a pastime for me and I thought if it brightens someone’s day, why not do it.”
A post to the Eyewatch – Melbourne Police Service Area social media read: “The police officers felt extremely welcomed by the Yarrawonga community and it’s the actions of Joyce and many other local residents who bring smiles to the officers faces.
“Well done Joyce and keep baking.”