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Local honours

Local honours

Queens birthday honours for Wimmera Locals

Wimmera recipient of Queen’s Birthday honours initially believed a notification of her award was a joke.

Beverly Hoffmann, a key figure in the foundation and development of netball in Dimboola, won recognition for her service to sport and the Dimboola community with a Medal of the Order of Australia, OAM.

Mrs Hoffmann, who considers promoting, developing and being heavily involved in community sport and general activities as a part of life, said she had been caught by surprise.

“I opened the letter and read it and thought ‘ah, this is a joke, who’s doing this?’ When my daughter came home I said ‘I’ve got a good practical joke for you’,” she said.

“My daughter said ‘what is it mum?’ I said ‘well read this letter’ and she said ‘I don’t think it’s a joke, I think it’s real’. Then I showed my son and he said ‘I think it’s real mum’.

“I couldn’t get over it because I’m simply me, nothing else.”

Mrs Hoffmann was one of five people in the region on Monday’s list.

Graeme Harris of Donald, for services to the Donald community, and May Ferrier of Birchip, for services to the Birchip community, Leo Watkins from Ararat and Karen McIntyre from Lake Bolac also received OAMs.

Mrs Hoffmann, despite a lifetime effort in promoting community sport, said she was unsure how she felt about her OAM.

“I feel a bit embarrassed about it. I’m proud to think someone thinks that I deserve to have something like that – because I would never in my wildest dreams. I used to read where people got these things, but myself, no way would I ever think I would get such an award. It is an honour.

“Really, I can’t believe it is me that is getting this award. It is only little old me, I’m just Bev Hoffmann.

“I’m just doing what I think I should be doing and think there’s nothing special thing about it.”

Mrs Hoffmann’s list of achievements accompanying her award suggest otherwise.

In sport she is or has been: Founding member of Dimboola Croquet Club, vice-president and member, since 2013; 1952 founding member and life member of Dimboola Netball Club; Dimboola Football Netball Club, Dimboola Football Netball Club life-member, 30 years; Wimmera Netball Association, life member; Dimboola Football Club Ladies Committee; founding member, Dimboola Basketball Association for Ladies; President, Wimmera Golf Association Seniors; president and secretary, Dimboola Golf Club Ladies Committee.

Community: Vice-president, Dimboola Probus Club; St Peter’s Anglican Church Dimboola member; treasurer, Young Members Department, Dimboola Anglican Church.

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Graeme Harris, Donald

Community and sport: Past president, Donald Football Club; Donald Chamber of Commerce and Industry member, 20 years; Donald 2000, founding member, 22 years; Donald Apex Club, life member; Donald Football Club, life member; Johnson Goodwin Aged Care Homes, board member, former board member; Donald Lions Club, former president.

May Ferrier, Birchip

Community: Wirrim Branch, Country Women’s Association of Victoria, member since 1983; Birchip Uniting Church guild member.

Ms Karen McINTYRE,

For service to the community of Lake Bolac.

Lake Bolac Development Association Inc

  • Founding President, since 2000.

Lake Bolac Information and Business Centre

  • President, Management Committee, since it was founded in 2004.
  • The centre also includes Bendigo Bank branch, Visitor Information Centre, the Library Service, Centrelink and Medicare.

Lake Bolac Library

  • Founding Member, since 2012.
  • Contributed $30,000 seed funding raised via the Lake Bolac Development Association.

Lake Bolac Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank

  • Founding Member.

Mininera District Netball Association

  • Member, Wanderers Australia Team, representing Australia and will tour South Africa, 2018, also awarded $750 through a Victorian Government Athlete Travel Grant.

Wickliffe-Lake Bolac Football Netball Club

  • A range of roles including: Coach, Captain, Court Supervisor, First Aid, League Media Officer and Western District Delegate, since 1977.
  • Member, Coach, Under 13s, 2007-2016.
  • Player, since 1977, C Grade Defender, 350th senior netball game, 2018.

Lake Bolac and District Historical Society

  • Treasurer, since 2011.
  • Committee Member, since 1994.
  • Established a History Walk, 2010.

McIntyre Agricultural Enterprises

  • Director, since 2009; Farm Manager, since 1993.

Wickliffe CFA

  • 25 years Service Medal, Fire Brigade, 2017.

Australian Young Farmers, Victoria

  • State President, 1991-1992.

Author and Editor, historical books about Lake Bolac and the area, including;

  • Author, Four courses for 100 years: The centenary of Lake Bolac Golf Club, 1917-2017, Lake Bolac Golf Club, 2017.
  • Editor and Co-author, Settlers on the shores: the family stories of Lake Bolac district settlers, Lake Bolac and District Historical Society, 2003.
  • Editor and Co-author, Legends of the lake: the pioneer histories of eight Lake Bolac families, Lake Bolac and District Historical Society, 1999.

Mr Leolyn Clem WATKINS, VIC

For service to the community of Ararat.

Stawell/Ararat Cross Country Club

  • Member, 1984-2012.
  • Sponsor, since 1988.
  • President, 1989-1991.
  • Secretary, 1994-1999, 2002-2004.
  • Competitor, 1984-1999.


  • Committee Member, Mount Cole Cemetery Trust, 1990-2013.
  • Gardener, Aradale Mental Asylum, 1975-1987.
  • Head Gardner, Aradale Mental Asylum, 1987-89
  • Member, Warrak Brigade, Country Fire Authority, 1961-2006.
  • Committee Member, Warrak Hall Committee, 25 years.
  • Committee Member, Warrak Recreation Reserve, 25 years.
  • Committee Member, Ararat Show Society Inc 1974-2016

Awards and recognition includes:

  • Life Member, Stawell/Ararat Cross Country Club, 1998.
  • Life Member, Warrak Brigade, Country Fire Authority, 1992.
  • Life Member, Ararat Show Society Inc, 1992.

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