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Awarded for service to Environment, Local Government, Planning, Engineering and Architecture
Born: 17 August 1935
Entered on roll: 2015
Wendy Andrew came to Tasmania in 1991 for a ‘quiet life’. Instead, she rapidly joined community activities.
Wendy served on the Tasmanian Canine Council’s Retrieving and Field Trial Committee, became a Life Member of the Gundog Club of Tasmania, and is well-known for caring for natural and cultural heritage.
Wendy’s voluntary work has included managing a Work for the Dole project rehabilitating bushland in the Clarence Plains Rivulet Recreation Area, a project managing the conservation of historic graves in Rokeby, including that of Tasmania’s first Chaplain, Reverend Robert Knopwood, helping to produce educational kits about the local environment and history for schools, and giving talks about heritage and the environment.
In 2000, Wendy researched the history of Rokeby and designed signage and brochures for the Old Rokeby Historic Trail for Landcare. This inspired Wendy to write the book Footprints: The People and Places of Early Clarence Plains and Rokeby in 2008. She hoped that readers would develop a greater sense of understanding and appreciation of the beauty of the Clarence Plains area.
Wendy’s involvement in the Tranmere-Clarence Plains Land and Coastcare group saw her awarded the Centenary Medal for Services to Southern Tasmania in 2001, the Tasmanian Individual Landcarer Award in 2007 and, with her husband Bruce, the Tasmanian Pride of Australia Medal Environment category in 2012.
The Clarence City Council honoured Wendy by naming the entrance to the Glebe Hill Bushland Reserve after her.
Wendy is a member of Clarence City Council’s History Advisory Committee and the Clarence Plains Community Network. Wendy is also helping to develop the Clarence Plains Environmental Management Plan to investigate the social, cultural and environmental values of the area and future improvement.
The Planning Institute of Australia elected Wendy as an Honorary Fellow in 2013 for her contribution to better planning outcomes.