Barrie Winzar has been named this year’s Goornong Citizen of the Year.By Elaine Cooney
Barrie Winzar was recognised for his extensive community work when he was named Goornong’s Citizen of the Year on the weekend.
‘‘I’m feeling very humble but I’m a bit past it,’’ he said.
‘‘It was in recognition for my past services.’’
He recently left the Goornong area and moved to White Hills to more easily care for his wife Bev.
Mr Winzar grew up in Fosterville and Goornong and moved back during his latter years.
He left Goornong in 1956 when he finished teaching college and national service, with a stint of teaching at Elmore Primary School.
He then went on to become principal at Stratford in East Gippsland.
With a keen interest in multicultural affairs, he taught English to foreigners.
His love of languages led him to spend two years teaching in the South Pacific.
Mr Winzar and his family moved to Kyabram in 1973 where he took up the post of principal and in 1976 moved back to Goornong and became principal of a primary school in White Hills.
Mr and Mrs Winzar and their three children, Reta, Terry and Tina, lived on a family farm in Goornong, although Mr Winzar did not have much time to help due to his full-time career.
He retired in 1993 and threw himself into volunteering in community activities, becoming secretary of Goornong Fire Brigade and spending time improving Goornong and Fosterville.
One project was the restoration of a bridge between Axedale and Barnadown which was on the edge of four former shires.
He said it had been neglected for a number of years until it was finally closed.
Mr Winzar believed it was essential infrastructure as it was the only river crossing between Axedale and Barnadown which might need to be crossed during an emergency such as a fire and for commercial traffic.
After many years lobbying local and state government, the bridge was reinstated by a joint effort between Campaspe Shire and City of Greater Bendigo with support from the CFA.
He also set up an environmental review committee to regulate the Fosterville Goldmine.
‘‘We wanted to make sure that the community and the environment was forefront in their consideration,’’ he said.
Every year he holds a party for former Fosterville residents and plays in a family band called Winzar Boys, whose members write their own songs.
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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