Mulwala’s Daryl Davey has been named 2018 Local Achiever Award for Mulwala and district, equivalent to the town’s Citizen of the Year award.
In 1986, the year in which he arrived in Mulwala, Daryl began his 30-years-to-date community service, initially with the Lions of Club of Yarrawonga then concurrently with local government, mainly with Corowa Shire Council.
The 70-year-old received the award - equivalent to the former town Citizen of the Year - at the Federation Council’s Australia Day celebrations at Rowers Park Corowa last Friday.
“I’m honoured to accept the award,” he told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “I feel privileged - for one, I was nominated and - second, being accepted as Local Achiever Award recipient.
“I’ve been a volunteer since I came to Mulwala 32 years ago. I enjoy volunteering and making a contribution to my community.
“It’s always been my belief if we bandied together, we can make a difference.”
In 1986, Daryl joined the Lions Club of Yarrawonga. During his time, to 2016, he served as Lions president in two stints.
Projects in which Daryl were involved included the rotunda in Purtle Park, cutting and delivering wood for needy people in Mulwala and Yarrawonga during winter months and raising funds for various organisations including those of an emergency service nature.
The Lions Club conduct the Wool Show at the annual Yarrawonga Mulwala’s Agriculture Show and for 15 years, Daryl was chairman of the wool show.
For nine years, Daryl served as a councillor on the Corowa Shire Council and then some nine months as a Local Representative Committee member to the Administrator of the new Federation Council.
For the last term of four years as a Corowa Shire Councillor, Daryl was the sole Mulwala-based councillor.
This may well have been the first time ever, certainly for at least the last 40 years. In fact, for one term in the 1980s, there were three councillors from Mulwala.
For those final four years, it was a major role for just one town councillor, with Daryl being a member of a staggering 16 committees.
Included in those 16 committees were Lonsdale Reserve Committee Mulwala, Mulwala Streetscape, the Audit Committee, Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism, Liquor Accord Committee, Small Grants Committee and Strategic Development Committee.
Unknown to most people, Daryl suffered a serious medical condition in 2016 requiring hospitalisation in Melbourne. But he pursued his councillor role with continued determination, as well as his Lions’ involvement.
A dedicated, hard working and effective councillor, Daryl was actively involved in his pursuit of many projects for Mulwala, including the Mulwala Canal, Melbourne Streetscape and Mulwala Foreshore Master Plan.
He was pleased with the results, and also the expansion of Mulwala Business Park for new businesses and employment.
The year 1986 was huge and challenging for Daryl. He started duty at Australian Munitions as maintenance fitter. Sadly, in that year, Daryl’s wife, Heather, aged 35 years, passed away with cancer, leaving Daryl as the sole parent of Fiona and Shane.
In 2006, he retired from the munitions factory to undertake a developer role for his subdivision in Mulwala, called ‘Waterwood Estate’, while still serving the community of Mulwala and district, with the whole shire’s interests at heart.