NSW Seniors’ Festival Local Achievement Award recipients announced

Seven senior citizens who help to make their communities an inspiring place to live have been acknowledged with a NSW Seniors’ Festival Local Achievement Award.

Each senior received their accolade at a thank you morning tea, hosted by Parliamentary Secretary for Central Coast, Adam Crouch.

“I want to congratulate and thank each of the seven recipients for their lifelong contributions, remarkable skills and extensive knowledge which continues to benefit the Central Coast community,” he said.

“Each recipient of a Local Achievement Award was carefully selected from a list of high-calibre nominees, and highlights the diverse ways that seniors support their families and the wider community.”

The seven Local Achievement Award recipients are: Donald Anderson, who volunteers at a number of community events and as a Rural Fire Service member; Hazel Atkinson provides transport for elderly people to and from doctors’ appointments; Ray Crawley co-ordinates all Men’s Sheds on the Central Coast; Sydney Fabri helps other seniors “get online”; Eric Flood visits, supports and cares for widows and children of deceased Veterans; Jennifer Hartich performs a variety of acts of kindness towards animals, the environment and community members; and, John Quigley maintains gardens for less mobile seniors.

Minister for Seniors, Geoff Lee, said the festival and awards highlighted the important role that seniors played in the community.

“This annual festival is about celebrating the positive impact of older people on our families and society.

“NSW has an ageing population and our vision is to create a State where residents experience the benefits of living longer, while being able to contribute, be included and actively participate in their communities,” Dr Lee said.

Media release, Apr 23
Parliamentary Secretary for Central Coast, Adam Crouch