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Living Legends celebrated

at Proclamation Day

Seven Living Legends were announced for 2017 at Sunday’s Proclamation Day ceremony, and joined the 209 names in the Living Legends Avenue on Bradwardine Road.


ayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the Living Legends project was introduced in 2015 as a bicentenary project. “Living Legends is a bicentenary legacy project to acknowledge outstanding members of our community for their dedication, determination, personality, work and contribution to the city,” he said. “Living Legends contribute to the wellbeing of Bathurst, bene�itting the entire community and generating goodwill and this year’s successful nominees re�lect these traits.” This year seven recipients joined the list of Living Legends and will be honoured with a tree and plaque on Bradwardine Road. The Living Legends was a cornerstone of the Proclamation Day activities on Sunday, as was an informative Welcome to Country by Dinawan Dyirribang who presented a possum skin coat to current mayor Graeme Hanger, the same coat originally worn by Gary Rush at the 2015 bicentennial celebrations. During Sunday’s proceedings, Dinawan explained the meaning behind the possum skin coat and went to great depths to explain the many motifs on it and the cultural signi�icance

they have to the local Wiradyuri community and also to the local history of the Wiradyuri in Bathurst.


Margaret Ashelford • is a craft and needlework teacher for more than 30 years • is a long standing co-ordinator of the junior needlework and craft entries for the Royal Bathurst Show. • is an active member of a range of community organisations including the Bathurst Eisteddfod • remains as the organist at Kelso’s Holy Trinity Church, a role she has held for 56 years James (Jim) Buchan • is actively involved in his local community for many years including being a member of the Freemantle Rural Fire Service since 1981, the scouting movement, a U3A tutor leading canoe trips, a member of the Evans Shire Heritage Committee • was Evans Shire Citizen of the Year in 2001. • has captured the history of Freemantle in a local publication Freemantle via Bathurst and shares his knowledge of the local community

leading tours of the area.

Frederick Collett • is a member of the National Servicemen’s Association and has held the position of Treasurer since 2006. • is a member of the RSL and Legacy. Among his roles, he has been a custodian of our city’s iconic Carillon since 2002. • has served as treasurer of Holy Trinity Kelso for 25 years. • is a member of the RAAF Association • has been a trustee of the Turondale Recreation ground for more than two decades. Wendy Jenkins • has a love and passion for teaching others music. • took up her �irst teaching position at Bathurst High in 1974. In the years since, almost 40 of her students have succeeded in working professionally in the music industry around the world. • formed and developed bands at schools in Millthorpe, Blayney, Orange, Lithgow, Mudgee and Bathurst. • still teaches privately and is a conductor of the Bathurst RSL Concert Band and the Carillon Show Band.

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Debbie Lynch-Benham • has dedicated 40 years to local organisations volunteering for groups including Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, Daffodil Cottage, Kelso Public and Kelso High P & Cs, the Carillon Theatrical Society and more. • has also been actively involved in the St John’s Ambulance Cadets and St John’s Ambulance, not only administering �irst aid at local events but mentoring and supporting students, running school programs, cadet camps and, �irst aid competitions alongside holding the executive position of Secretary. • has been the Daffodil Day Co-ordinator for 20 years. • all achieved as she raised three daughters as a single mum and as a carer for 10 years for her aging mother.

Norah Taylor • has long been an advocate of the city’s heritage. She was the initial chair of the Bathurst Action Committee to Secure Uni�ied Planning, which later became the Central Western Region of the National Trust in 1975. • when Miss Traill’s House was donated to the National Trust,

was Chair of the House Committee. • was elected in 1975 to Bathurst City Council, becoming only the second woman to serve on the Council. • has been active in supporting other women in their professional development, and in the early 1960s was instrumental in founding the �irst business and professional women’s group in Bathurst. Iain McPherson • has shown signi�icant educational leadership in our community as principal of Carenne and Kelso High School. • is currently the chairperson of the Bathurst and District Branch of the National Trust and has been instrumental in a Heritage Management Plan for Bathurst. • is a member of the Bathurst Heritage Reference Group and helped establish the Bathurst Heritage Action Group. • Iain’s involvement in recognising and protecting our heritage is well known and this year he has played a key role in the introduction of the local heritage awards, including the Chi�ley Award which sits alongside the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal.

EVANS ARTS COUNCIL SUPPORTING LOCAL ARTISANS Evans Arts Council is a non-profit organisation based in Bathurst, to support and nurture not just art, but a range of art and craft endeavours. Activities include: •Monthly art class

•Regular workshops in various crafts

•Annual Craft and Photography Show •Annual Art Show

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May 11 - 17, 2017


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