Cootamundra Local Wins Nrma Helping People Awards

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12th November 2009, 06:33pm - Views: 555
Cootamundra Local Wins NRMA Helping People Awards

The volunteer efforts of Cootamundra resident Graham Pinney have shone out from almost 450 nominations to win the prestigious Environmental Volunteer Award for this year's NRMA Helping People Awards.

NRMA's Helping People Awards annually recognise the efforts of hardworking volunteers from NSW and the ACT who volunteer for a charity or not-for-profit organisation.

NRMA Motoring & Services Director Graham Blight said Graham won the Environmental Award for his commitment to the Muttama Creek Regeneration Group and his many long hours of volunteer work dedicated to preserving this important conservation site.

"Graham enthusiastically engages the whole community in restoring Muttama Creek to its former glory by organising regular cleanup days for the area and arranging native plantings in the water and on the creek's banks," Mr Blight said.

"Graham has also worked with Cootamundra Shire Council to have extensive earthworks done to allow native vegetation to develop.

"A truly special aspect of Graham's volunteer work is his involvement with local schools to educate students about Muttama Creek and the importance of caring for their environment.

"It is important for students to see that their help can make a positive difference to the environment they live in and Graham regularly involves them with plantings and water testing around the site.

"Graham Pinney represents the special kind of person that the NRMA is proud to recognise and reward through its annual Helping People Awards."

As winner of the 2009 NRMA Helping People Environmental Volunteer Award, Graham will get to enjoy the Northern Territory in all its natural glory with a five night package for two at the Travelodge Mirambeena Resort in Darwin including flights.

Graham's $5000 donation will go towards further developing the work and resources of the Muttama Creek Regeneration Group.

Graham and the other three deserving winners of the Senior, Young and Community Volunteer Awards attended a special presentation ceremony at the NRMA's Head Office in Sydney today to receive their awards.

Contact Kimberly Rigby 0439 133 215
*Photos available on request

SOURCE: NRMA Motoring & Services

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