Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser presents Aunty Maree Tarplee with a Seniors Week award.
Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser presents Aunty Maree Tarplee with a Seniors Week award. Leigh Jensen

Seniors Week winners celebrate

TWO long-standing and inspiring Coffs Harbour residents have shared in Seniors Week awards.

Deserving nominees Helga Murphy and Maree Tarplee have been commended for their community work.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser made the presentation yesterday.

“The awards are given to seniors to acknowledge their substantial contribution to the well-being of older people in the Coffs Harbour local government area,” Mr Fraser said.

Helga Murphy has been a committed volunteer for the community visitors scheme since 2002 and has been involved with Coffs Harbour Meals on Wheels for 13 years.

“Helga has been described as reliable, kind and very committed,” her award nomination said.

Maree Tarplee has been actively involved in many committees including the Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Elders Group and the Coffs Harbour City Council’s Yandaarra Aboriginal Consultative Committee.

“Aunty Maree is an advocate for both Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people in particular for the needs of older people in our community,” her nomination said.

“Please join me in giving these ladies a round of applause,” Mr Fraser said.



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