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Vamvas family says goodbye to Finley

Having served their local community diligently for many years, Peter and Lee Vamvas have been given a fitting send off.

November 16, 2012 4:16am

Finley Golf Club president Andrew Harding with Lee and Peter Vamvas.


The long-time locals left Finley for Perth in Western Australia on Monday.

The family moved to the Southern Riverina in 1971 and have been active in a number of community events and organisations.

Peter came to Finley as CEO of Finley Hospital, a role he held until 1999.

During that time, he was instrumental in obtaining government funding for the establishment and construction of Berriquin Nursing Home, and later for the move of Ulupna Lodge from Coree St to the present site alongside the nursing home.

He also held the position of CEO at Tocumwal Hospital in conjunction with his position in Finley.

Peter said he enjoyed his career in health and aged care, ‘‘being with people through highs and lows’’.

However, occasionally, in times of crisis, he said it was ‘‘difficult’’.

Along with Lee, Peter played a prominent role in the administration of Finley Golf Club.

For the many years of dedication, having taken on the position of president for approximately three years and treasurer for about 15 years, Peter was awarded Life Membership of the Club in 2010.

His involvement continued in many other ways, including the opening and closing of the club.

Finley Chamber of Commerce also benefited from Peter’s expertise while he held the position of president.

He was also involved with the Berrigan Shire during two centenary celebrations – marking the settlement of Finley and the naming of Finley.

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