Rosemary Kennett named Numurkah Citizen of the Year

By James Bennett

Rosemary Kennett says she'll continue to volunteer for as long as she can.

Mrs Kennett's combined services for the Numurkah township earned her the title of Citizen of the Year on Sunday.

She volunteers for Meals on Wheels, has been part of the Numurkah District Development Committee and compiled a history book to complement the mural painted on the IGA wall of Numurkah soliders.

She said she was a "little humbled" about the award.

“It's nice to be recognised but that's not why I do it,” she said.

“I lived in Invergordon before retiring to Numurkah and I volunteered there.

“I don't plan to stop volunteering. I could stop and it sounds nice to sit around but I love volunteering.”

Numurkah Australia Day Committee MC Lou Hamon said Mrs Kennett arrived in Numurkah in 2002 and had made a significant impact on the town.

The Art, Culture or Environment Project of the Year was awarded to Numurkah Community Learning Centre, Community House and Garden House Warming.

Community House and Garden House Warming also won Event of the Year and Organisation of the Year went to Numurkah Community Learning Centre.

Mr Hamon said the Numurkah Community House was a revitalisation project taken on by three community-minded locals — Lauren Carlise, Nicole Wells and Jenna Simpson.

“Community House had not been used for a number of years,” he said.

“These three ladies made it from an eye-sore to an important community space for Numurkah.”

About 200 people attended the Australia Day celebrations at Newman Square.

Breakfast was served by community groups including Lions and Rotary.