Tathra volunteering stalwarts celebrated

MORE than 40 people attended Tuesday’s ceremony to recognise Tathra volunteering stalwarts Kevin Cole and Betty Koellner.

Two plaques were unveiled in Mr Cole and Ms Koellner’s honour on the barbecue facilities at Taylor Square, adjacent to the Tathra skate park.

Mr Cole and Ms Koellner helped instigate the square’s barbecues over 10 years ago.

Attendees on Tuesday included Bega Valley Shire Mayor Bill Taylor, Councillor Liz Seckold, the Pig and Whistle Fleet president Allen Collins and Tathra Lions president Peter Davis.

The two plaques include a message from Cr Taylor on behalf of council, who wrote “in appreciate of a life time of voluntary service to the people of the Tathra community”.

At the ceremony, Cr Taylor spoke of the tremendously important volunteer work done by Mr Cole and Ms Koellner for the Tathra community.

Cr Taylor said attendees were standing in Taylor Square, which is named after his grandfather John.

John and his father Reg Taylor had also worked hard for the for Tathra community, Cr Taylor said.

Other guest speakers included Janette Neilson, Vern McNeil and Noel Watson.

Ms Koellner said Mr Cole and herself had suggested there should be a barbecue area at Taylor Square, so to have their plaques on the area was a lovely  gesture.

Mr Cole went back in history and described the work of Daniel Gowing in promoting Tathra.

He said the wharf road should be renamed as the Daniel Gowing Wharf Road.

Mr Cole said he was proud of the improvements that he and Ms Koellner had done in Tathra.

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