International Volunteers’ Day awards winners for long-term commitment, Alice Falla and Barbara Lynch with Federal Member for Hinkler Paul Neville.
International Volunteers’ Day awards winners for long-term commitment, Alice Falla and Barbara Lynch with Federal Member for Hinkler Paul Neville. Valerie Horton

Coast duo honoured with awards

INTERNATIONAL Volunteers Day took on a regional flavour as local heroes gained recognition for their service to the community.

Alice Falla and Barbara Lynch were honoured with national awards on Monday.

Alice has helped at Urangan Community Centre for the past 10 years, while Barbara has volunteered as a Justice of the Peace at the local court house for a decade.

For Alice, approaching 80 years old, volunteering was always a way to stay active.

She started at the centre in 2001 and began work in administration before a change of heart led to her coordinating the centre's catering from 2003.

Urangan Community Centre project officer Christel Schrank was thrilled that Alice received recognition and said everyone at the centre would share the joy.

"She is an inspiration for everybody," Ms Schrank said.

"She is so open to change which is hard to find in many people."

Barbara has served as Justice of the Peace for 60 years and was instrumental for forming the Hervey Bay branch of the Justices Association in 1998.

During her service she has shown reliability and spent many nights attending interviews for police or signing off on warrants.

Both ladies were nominated for their long-term commitment in the community service category and received their awards from Federal Member for Hinkler Paul Neville.