Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke congratulated local volunteer Jone Pavelic for winning the NSW Government’s Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award.
Ms Cooke said Jone won the prestigious statewide award for her outstanding work at Temora Showground, a multi-use facility on Crown land that is central to the life of the community and the wider region.
“Jone has done a fantastic job as Chair of the Temora Showground Land Managers, even serving as the front-line point of contact for all bookings for the showground and its caravan park,” Ms Cooke said.
“I also congratulate Debbie Coddington who was shortlisted as Secretary of the Bectric Hall Committee after sourcing grants to build a camp kitchen and restore the roof so the historic 1904 hall could be opened up to campers.”
The 2022 Community Achievement Awards for Regional NSW and the ACT recognise Crown land managers who make outstanding contributions managing Crown reserves.
The Department of Planning and Environment – Crown Lands sponsored three awards which were announced on 25 November:
- 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 and racecourses to parks, recreational trails, caravan parks, public halls, Scouts halls and Girl Guides halls.
“Crown land managers include volunteers and organisations who do great work improving and maintaining reserves for their communities,” Mr Anderson said.
“There are over 34,000 Crown reserves in NSW with many at the centre of community life supporting recreation, culture and local economies.”