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Mallee community legend.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5021 5987 Fax (03) 5023 3274

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

MALLEE COMMUNITY LEGEND

Woomelang Post Office proprietor Bev Wall’s Victorian Town Hero award is well-deserved.

Member for Mallee John Forrest and Member for Mildura Peter Crisp said her recognition would help give national focus on small towns and the “special” people fighting hard to ensure they had a future.

Bev won the Victorian Australia Day Award in Melbourne last night and will go on to the Australian of the Year Awards to be announced on January 25, 2009.

“We visited Woomelang in late September, about a week after the new store, managed by Janine Humpries and Tom Remlein, opened,” Mr Forrest said. We were impressed with the community energy. Bev’s post office is an important meeting place in the town, and much of her effort is devoted to the community.

“When the town’s former store closed suddenly about two months before, Bev’s post office carried dairy products and newspapers, the hotel had the vegetables and meat, and Tom and Janine had the bread at the hall.”

Mr Crisp said the Woomelang community had bought the building housing the new store some time ago.

“When the other store closed, there was urgent community effort to paint the building out, and install cool rooms and fridges and generally get things ready for the opening,” Mr Crisp said. The town’s plans don’t stop there. They want to develop a traveller’s rest fuel and food stop with large parking areas to capture passing traffic on the Sunraysia Highway.”

Mr Forrest said the store project was done with some state government funding, but the community would appreciate support with other projects to ensure the town continued to thrive.

“Bev’s award reflects the community effort and determination of Woomelang, so typical of many of my Mallee towns,” Mr Forrest said.

Mr Forrest can be contacted on 0428 500 186, and Mr Crisp on 0429 331 274.