Locals Shortlisted for Crown Lands Award

Two local volunteers are being recognised in this year’s NSW Government-sponsored Community Achievement Awards for their contributions while managing Crown Reserves in the community.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke congratulated Debbie Coddington and Jone Pavelic on being named finalists for the Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award.

“The depth of community spirit in the electorate is being recognised with two nominations for local Crown Land Managers who make outstanding contributions to our communities,” Ms Cooke said.

“Debbie has done amazing work as Secretary of the Bectric Hall committee, applying for grants to build a camp kitchen and restoring the roof to allow our historic 1904 hall to open up to campers,”

“While Jone has done fantastic work as Chair of Temora Showground Land Manager which is an important community facility, leading the charge by being the point of contact for all bookings for the caravan park.”

The Department of Planning and Environment – Crown Lands is sponsoring three of  the 2022 Community Achievement Awards for Regional NSW and the ACT:

  • Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award for volunteers
  • Crown Land Management Excellence Award for organisations; and
  • Council Crown Land Management Excellence Award for local councils.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said Crown reserves include everything from showgrounds, racecourses, surf lifesaving clubs and parks to sporting venues, coastal foreshores, caravan parks, recreational trails and public halls.

“Crown land managers do a remarkable job maintaining and improving reserves for current and future generations,” Mr Anderson said.

“NSW has 34,000 Crown reserves that are critical for supporting recreation, culture and the economies of local communities across our state.”

Final award winners will be announced at a presentation dinner in the Blue Mountains on 25 November. For more information, visit Community Achievement Awards or phone 1300 735 445.

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