Volunteer of the year John Eggleston is presented with his award by Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger.
Volunteer of the year John Eggleston is presented with his award by Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger.

John scores gold as volunteer

PULLING weeds and planting trees comes naturally to Hervey Bay’s environmental warrior John Eggleston.

Mr Eggleston has been doing volunteer work almost since the day he arrived in Hervey Bay in 1988 – and now all that hard work has been recognised with a Golden Gnome award – the Community Environment Program Volunteer of the Year award for sharing his time and knowledge with the community.

“My first project in Hervey Bay, besides cleaning up my yard, was with the flying fox colony at Tooan Tooan Creek,” he said.

“I joined the Wildlife Preservation Society and helped revegetate the colony and get rid of the weeds infesting the site.”

Mr Eggleston has also helped to improve the Arkarra Lagoons at Dundowran, forming a community environment group to rejuvenate the former sand quarry, turning it into a major drawcard for the Fraser Coast community.

“The project is not completed but we have achieved a lot,” he said.

John also helps manage the Community Environment Program nursery at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens.

If you would like more information, or would like to join a CEP group, contact the council’s Community Environment Program officer Marc Russell on 4197 4644.



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