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Australia Day Awards – Team Koala

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Jenny Hayes, President Team Koala Inc.

It has been a great honour to be chosen as 2018 Tweed Shire Australia Day Volunteer of the Year.

I would like to thank the committee and the Tweed Shire Councillors for this award.

I accepted it on behalf of not just myself, and the wonderful members of Team Koala, but also the thousands upon thousands of people that have helped us in many ways.

Thank you so much.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for this award. It was fantastic to see so many wonderful people and organisations in the Tweed Shire and we are very blessed by having so many community minded people here.

Congratulations also to the new Australian citizens and I extend a warm welcome to you. I was lucky enough to be born in the Tweed Valley, and one of the great strengths of the campaign to save the Tweed Coast Koala population was how enthusiastically both newcomers and long timers have joined together to fight for our Tweed Koalas. It has been very inspiring. As a girl, the Koalas were so numerous you could easily play ” spot the koala” on a road trip. Now we are down to critical numbers.

On this beautiful Australia Day , celebrated all over the Tweed Shire, thank you to everyone who have been helping save, the most iconic Australian animal of them all, our beautiful defenceless  “Koala.”

 


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