Service to the Heathcote community honoured

March 1, 2024 BY

Making a difference: Liz Murfitt, Kath Sartori and Bev Sharpe represented St Vincent’s de Paul, and were joined by Sherrie Coote, Peter Maine and Kate Ballantyne with Advance Heathcote Local Hero awards for service to the community. Photo: SANDRA JAMES

THE 2024 Local Hero awards were presented on Monday evening at the Advance Heathcote annual general Meeting.

The awards are presented to community members and organisations for their outstanding service to the Heathcote community.Outgoing Advance Heathcote president Peter Maine began the meeting with an outline of the role of the organisation.

“We listen to the voice of the Heathcote community and advocate for community needs,” he said.

“Working with council and understanding the processes, we are able to identify the projects needing to be prioritised.

“I would like to congratulate everyone for their efforts in working for the Heathcote community.”

After the address, Advance Heathcote committee members announced the awards for deserving local heroes.

The Heathcote St Vincent’s de Paul Society was presented with an award for providing emergency relief and assistance to the community.

It was accepted by the society’s two longest serving volunteers, Bev Sharpe and Kath Sartori.

Liz Murfitt who became involved with the Heathcote Historical Society 26 years ago was awarded for her successful efforts in curating and researching Heathcote history.

Also receiving a nod was Kate Ballantyne, who recently retired from her position as Heathcote Primary School principal after eight years in the top job.

Ms Ballantyne was awarded for educational services to the Heathcote community.

During her tenure, Ms Ballantyne and her staff made positive educational and social contributions to the students and staff.

Michele Witham received a local hero award for her work with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Program at Heathcote Primary and in hospitality.

Although unable to attend the meeting, Ms Witham was praised for the difference she has made to local children in delivering the SAKGP.

Steve and Suzie Shaddock were awarded for generous support to Heathcote Community groups.

The Shaddocks have run McIvor Meats for 33 years and during that time have donated thousands of sausages for community and sporting group barbecues.

Finally, Mr Maine, Advance Heathcote treasurer Sherrie Coote, and member Pat Armstrong were awarded for their service to Advance Heathcote and the Heathcote Community.

All three have been actively involved in three community plans during the past 10 years as well as numerous other projects and service on committees.