COMMUNITY WINNERS: Melva Thompson and Raymond Hunt, both of Tuckurimba proudly display their Australia Day awards. Photo contributed.
COMMUNITY WINNERS: Melva Thompson and Raymond Hunt, both of Tuckurimba proudly display their Australia Day awards. Photo contributed. Contributed

Dual Australia Day honour

IT WOULDN'T be often that a tiny rural community picks up two Australia Day awards. That's what has happened Tuckurimba, just outside Coraki. Long-time resident of Baxter Lane, Ray Hunt, received a 'Services in Community' award from Lismore Mayor, Jenny Dowell and Melva Thompson, of nearby Delelvin Lane, accepted the 'Event of the Year' award from Richmond Valley Mayor, Col Sullivan, on behalf of the Coraki Art Prize Committee. Melva has been president of the committee for the past three years. Mr Hunt, fondly known to his neighbours as the 'Mayor' of Tuckurimba, has given over 50 years of community service in both the Lismore and Richmond Valley Local Government areas. Other winners in the Lower and Mid-Richmond area included Sports Person of the Year, Tegan Hancock of Evans Head, Youth of the Year winner, Christine Warren of Evans Head and Ron Doyle who won the Environmental Champion award for work in the Dirawong Reserve and Rileys Hill Dry Dock.



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