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Baker inspired to 'hop in and do things' for community

This year's McIvor Community Award winner Grant Baker has a long history of community involvement.

BARBARA SUNGAILA December 4, 2013 4:33am

McIvor Community Award recipient Grant Baker is a familiar site on the Barrack Reserve wicket.

Grant Baker received a McIvor Community Award on Australia Day this year.

Heathcote born and bred, he is a past president of both the football and cricket clubs, and has served on both the golf and bowling club committees.

Mr Baker’s community involvement has also included time on the Holy Rosary school board, being a trustee of the Queens Meadow Caravan Park and the Barrack Reserve oval, as well as delivering meals on wheels and driving the community bus.

He is still curator of the turf pitch on Barrack Reserve and can regularly be seen behind the roller, keeping the wicket in pristine condition.

Mr Baker said the award meant a lot to him.

‘‘Being in a small town, I just always thought you get yourself involved in things and I never thought any more of it than that,’’ he said.

‘‘To get the recognition was something special, something I didn’t expect.

‘‘I just felt it’s a duty as a townsperson to do your bit for the community and that’s all that ever crossed my mindto hop in and do things.

‘‘I have had a long involvement in organisations in the town and I’ve been here all my life, of course, I’m now 70 so I just never thought too much about it, I just wanted to be involved and help out.

‘‘I was out at meetings sometimes five nights a week when I was younger.’’

Now is the time for individuals and community groups to make their nominations for the McIvor Community Awards for Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year.

Award criteria include: concern for the community; desire for prosperity with a share for all; participation in sport; cultural diversity; the importance of strong community values and excellence in a chosen profession or vocation.

All community groups and sporting clubs in town have an unsung hero in their midst — a person who helps run the club without any fuss and always has the club’s best interests at heart.

Nomination forms are available at Heathcote’s council office and close on January 10.

Winners will be announced before Australia Day and awards will be made at the Australia Day ceremony at Barrack Reserve on January 26.

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