Nundle celebrates the community this Australia Day

26 Jan 2020

The Nundle and District Community has strayed from tradition by not awarding a Citizen of the Year. Instead, they have recognised the achievements of an internationally decorated body builder, two invaluable community groups and a selfless individual who volunteers her time to a variety of organisations have been honoured in other award categories.

The committee has recognised that there are a great number of silent achievers who are too modest to accept a nomination, their personal satisfaction is their reward. The Nundle and District Community are instead taking the opportunity to recognise the three communities that make up the Nundle area; Nundle, Hanging Rock and Woolomin. Throughout the last 12 months, these communities have been faced with numerous challenges and they continue to come together to support one another in these trying times. For such small communities, their comradery and community spirit has not wavered; instead it has thrived and continues to prevail.

Councillor Charles Impey said: “When you hear about communities coming together, it makes you realise how lucky we are. All of the communities are to be commended in supporting one another during these challenging times”.

Mr Andrew Hill is the winner of the Sports Award for his success and dedication to body building. At 23 years old, he began competing in standard competition, and then moved to ‘I Compete Natural Competition’. In 1986 he competed in the Australia East Coast Titles where he won his division. Mr Hill retired in 1988 however; he came out of retirement in 2008. He continues to compete in the ‘I Compete Natural’ competitions where he placed second in the world at the 2019 World Championships.

The first of the Community Recognition awards goes to an inspirational lady who has always found time to volunteer and give time back to her community. Ms Carol Fiddes was secretary of the Nundle Public School Parents and Citizens Association for six years, and the treasurer for three. She has also managed the Nundle Public School canteen for four years. Ms Fiddes is the secretary of the Nundle District Lions Club and a member of the Nundle Branch of the Country Women’s Association of NSW. She volunteers at the Annual Nundle Art show, the Nundle Country Picnic, the Great Nundle Dog Race, Nundle Cattle Dog Trials, caters for various events within the region and recently helped cater for the Forestry NSW and Rural Fire Service members during the fires at Hanging Rock.

A key stakeholder in the Nundle, Hanging Rock and broader communities is the Nundle Branch of the Country Women’s Association of NSW. This branch plays an integral role in the social health and wellbeing of the community as they come together to provide support in times of need. This year the Nundle Branch of the Country Women’s Association is being recognised for their contribution to the community with a Community Recognition Award. The Nundle CWA with the support from members of the community rose to the occasion to provide upward of 100 lunches to the volunteer fire fighters who were fighting the recent Goddo’s Road Bushfire in the Nundle State Forest.

The Nundle Visitor Information Outlet Team is the third recipient of the Community Recognition Award. Its volunteers ensure it is one of the few communities with a facility of its type which opens 9am-4pm seven days a week.

A notable act from the last 12 months was the effort that the team made during the 2019 Goddo’s Road Bushfire that threatened both the communities of Hanging Rock and Nundle. The team stepped up to deliver key information to the community to ensure that they were aware of what services were in place to assist people during the fire threat. They were responsible for sourcing, printing and distributing a number of service brochures and fact sheets to the community in a timely manner.

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