Beautiful effort brings reward

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Maureen Davies’ commitment to keeping Alexandra and Clyde beautiful has been recognised at a national level.

The Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful (KACB) member has been made a life member of the national organisation, Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

KACB chairwoman Ann Wills said the award recognised “all the work Maureen has put in over the last 26 years”.

Mrs Davies joined KACB two years after it was formed, and had been involved in many projects and working bees, Mrs Will said.

The projects included monthly litter counts, litter collections, adopt-a-highway cleanups, best street/cul-de-sac and water-wise garden competitions, beautifying numerous areas and tree plantings.

Mrs Davies has also been involved with Alexandra Blossom Festival floats, upgrading the area at the Alexandra lookout, World Environment Day, Boundary Rd beautification and removal of car wrecks, monitoring various sites for the Central Otago District Council (CODC), producing pamphlets for the information centre and arranging KACB site signs.

At present, she oversees ordering, paying, monitoring and liaising with the CODC for the hanging baskets in Alexandra’s main street.

Mrs Davies was chairwoman of KACB from 2005-12 and also did stints as publicity officer, secretary and treasurer.

Her involvement with KACB and in the community had been “extremely valuable – whether it be initiating, facilitating and/or supporting projects”, Mrs Wills said.

She showed “genuine interest and enthusiasm”, encouraged members to pool their resources and “successfully achieved high standards and respect from the community and local bodies”, Mrs Wills said.

Mrs Davies had “always led by example”, and on behalf of KACB regularly liaised with various groups and individuals, Mrs Will said.

“She is held in very high regard and respected by all members who serve with her.”

During Mrs Davies’ time with KACB the group had been presented with Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s Beautiful Town Award (population under 8000) in 1999 and 2006. The group also received Trustpower heritage and environment awards for its work on Blackmore Park in 2000, the Kamaka Walkway in 2006 and Otago Central Rail Trail beautification in 2008.

“Many of these projects or applications have had hours of input on Maureen’s part .. Her consistent, enthusiastic and proud demeanour has certainly helped KACB achieve much in the Alexandra-Clyde areas of Central Otago over her years of service.”

Mrs Davies said she was “thrilled” with the award, but surprised to receive it.

“They kept it all from me.”