WELL-known Nana Glen farmer and tireless community worker Garry Dew has been honoured with a NSW Seniors Week Achievement Award.
Described yesterday by Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser as 'one of those blokes you have to take your hat off to', Garry received his award in Sydney on Monday from the NSW Minister for Ageing Paul Lynch
At the ceremony at the City Recital Hall, the Minister said the Award recipients were role models and 'people who have dedicated their own time, enthusiasm and resources for the greater good of others.'
Garry Dew's contribution to the community ranges from agriculture and education to conservation, health and heritage.
The retired teacher is a founding member and current vice-
president of Nana Glen Heartstart; a founding member of Nana Glen Landcare and president of the Orara Valley Landcare Management Committee.
As president of the Nana Glen Community Hall he oversaw the renovation of the Hall for its 2007 Centenary celebrations.
He is also vice president of the Nana Glen Equestrian Centre Management Committee and a hard-working supporter of the Orara Valley Anglican Parish, helping with fund-raising and maintenance activities for the church.
The long-time Chairman of the Orara Valley branch of the National Party and a NSW Farmers Association branch Chairman, Mr Dew is also a member of the council's Orara Valley Place Committee and the community working group trying to solve Coramba's benzene pollution problem.