Felicity Cahill receives community service award

MP Janelle Saffin, award recipient Felicity Cahill and NSW Shadow Minister Greg Warren in Drake on Wednesday morning.
MP Janelle Saffin, award recipient Felicity Cahill and NSW Shadow Minister Greg Warren in Drake on Wednesday morning.

Drake's Felicity Cahill has been presented with a NSW Government Community Service Award, acknowledging her tireless volunteer service for her beloved local community.

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin stopped by Drake to present the award to Ms Cahill during a two-day tour of her electorate on Tuesday and Wednesday with parliamentary colleague Greg Warren, NSW Shadow Minister for Local Government, Veterans and Western Sydney.

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"Felicity Cahill is a long-time resident of Drake and is often referred to as the 'secretary of everything'," Ms Saffin said in her nomination of Ms Cahill for the honour.

"Among the many hats she wears to contribute to her community, Felicity is involved in the Drake Rural Fire Service, the Drake Village Resource Centre, the Drake Progress Association and the West of the Range Landcare group. She is also a community advocate with the Knitting Nannas.

"As last year's Long Gully Road bushfire heavily impacted Drake and surrounds, Felicity was central to supporting the community through the Drake RFS and the DVRC. This was an outstanding contribution to the Drake community in its time of need and beyond.

"She helped collect donations of essentials, fought fires, got the power turned back on, saved local wildlife and connected people in Drake with services they needed to recover from what was a catastrophic bushfire.

"The Community Service Award from the NSW Government is a great opportunity to recognise Felicity for her endless efforts to support Drake, not only during the bushfire but all year round.

"I am honoured to recommend her for this award."

While in Drake, the two MPs were briefed by Drake School of Arts and Progress Association president Roger Turner on evacuation centre/sports hall and water bore projects for the village.

They then headed to Tenterfield for meetings with representatives from Fire & Rescue personnel, Tenterfied High School, council, the business chamber, RSL Sub-branch and Make It Tenterfield.