It?s official, Peter is a champion
PETER Basra is a Community Champion.
The popular Coffs Harbour PostShop staff member is one of 12 people awarded an Australia Post Community Champions award for their services to charities or community groups.
The award is open to Australia Post employees who are also community volunteers.
Mr Basra, who has worked for Australia Post for 21 years, was nominated by his work colleagues for his commitment to helping members of the local community, and especially the 2500 strong Indian population of the Coffs Coast.
In a short ceremony at the Coffs Harbour Community Village on Tuesday, Australia Post's retail area manager, Michael Stewart, presented Mr Basra with a cheque for $1000 for the community group or charity of his choice as well as a commemorative lapel pin and a Coles Myer gift voucher.
"For the past six years Peter has volunteered his time helping other citizens complete their tax returns," Mr Stewart said.
"Peter also provides a vital service to the local Indian community by broadcasting local news and information in both Punjabi and Hindi every Monday evening on a community radio station."
Mr Basra volunteers at the Coffs Harbour Community Village where he helps residents to complete their tax returns through the Tax Help program. He has donated the prize money that he won as a Community Champion to fund the continuation of this program.
"When I found out that the Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre was in financial difficulties and Tax Help wouldn't be available in Coffs Harbour this year, I was disturbed and shocked," Mr Basra said.
"Now I am happy that I've made the difference with this $1000 donation and we can help the Coffs Harbour community."
In addition to six years at the community village and three years on community radio, Mr Basra was also a Multicultural Access volunteer for five years and was the Treasurer of Woolgoolga's Guru Nanak Sikh temple for two years.
A Justice of the Peace, he also helps people with their documents. He said completing his degree in Business Computing from Southern Cross University had provided extra impetus to share his knowledge and experience.
"We should all help each other and respect everyone, irrespective of their colour, creed or gender," Mr Basra said.