3 June 2022

Local Hero Awardee Dr Jenny Munro a shining light in the Eurobodalla

| Katrina Condie
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Eurobodalla Mayor Mathew Hatcher presents Dr Jenny Munro AM award

Eurobodalla Mayor Mathew Hatcher presents Dr Jenny Munro AM with the 2022 Eurobodalla Local Hero Award. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council.

After being named Eurobodalla’s 2022 Local Hero Award, former Narooma GP Dr Jenny Munro AM said she’d had a wonderful career and, since retiring, has enjoyed community work without the professional barriers.

“I thought once my career was over this was an opportunity to put back into the community,” she said.

“I haven’t done anything I haven’t loved. I just want to stay well enough to keep on doing it.”

The Narooma Chamber of Commerce president, community volunteer and philanthropist was named Eurobodalla’s 2022 Local Hero at a ceremony at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens.

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The award honours people in the community who regularly go above and beyond during National Volunteer Week.

Dr Munro’s dedication to service didn’t slow when she retired from medicine after working in the Narooma community since the 1970s.

As chamber president, she has organised multiple events that celebrate community spirit, bringing people together after bushfires and lockdowns and honouring local achievements.

Her Lighthouse Foundation provides scholarships for local students to study medicine and her support for Indigenous students is notable.

There were 14 nominees for the Local Hero Award and this year, in addition to the winner, Norm Moore, Kathryn Maxwell and Peter Ryan received highly commended awards.

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Mr Moore was posthumously commended for his work in passionately researching, compiling and presenting Moruya’s rich history for decades.

Ms Maxwell was commended for her commitment to transitioning Eurobodalla to a low carbon economy and building climate resilience through the South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance.

Mr Ryan was recognised for his dedication to rugby union in Batemans Bay for the past 30 years and his tireless work as a volunteer during the fires.

Eurobodalla Mayor Mathew Hatcher – himself named Local Hero in 2020 – praised all the nominees.

“It warms me so much to be among people in this community who put their hands up constantly. Your nomination today is a testament to all the work you do for the Shire and the people in it,” he said.

“We’ll continue to work together to leave a legacy of optimism for the generations to come.”

Mayor Hatcher also paid tribute to and thanked the freshly minted members of council’s advisory committees, who were invited to attend the event.

They will volunteer their time to represent the community’s views to council in the areas of Aboriginal culture, disability inclusion, coastal and environmental management, heritage and public art, and those who provide independent oversight of council processes through the audit, risk and improvement committee.

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