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Awarded for service to the community
Born: 3 October 1952
Entered on roll: 2019
Ann Millar has been dedicated to building and maintaining community in the Dunalley/Murdunna area, where devastating bushfires ravaged properties and lives in 2013.
After the 2013 fires, Ann was pivotal in community recovery and did what was needed. Ann provided local communications by going door to door, and she organised a database of residents in the Murdunna area.
Blackboards were erected at Connellys Marsh, Murdunna and Dunalley, on which information was written to keep locals informed. At one stage, Ann was writing on five blackboards, sometimes two or three times a week. Four blackboards are still operational and updated regularly.
Since the fires, Murdunna has had a monthly community barbecue, which initially Rotary organised. Ann and her husband, Graham, continue to organise the barbecue, which is highly valued and provides a chance to meet, connect, share stories and rebuild community.
The 2013 fires destroyed the Dunalley Community Hall. Ann was a member of the rebuild committee for the hall and is now on the managing committee. Often after functions, when food is left over, it is packed and then delivered by Ann to seniors and those who live alone.
Ann was pivotal in the establishment of the chaplaincy program at the Dunalley Primary School. Each year the committee provides a staff morning tea. Coordinated by Ann, the food provided also covers lunch and afternoon tea.
Ann was a valued member of St Martin’s Anglican Church and is a prominent organiser in the current campaign to save this historic church in Dunalley, as well as supporting those trying to save St Alban’s at Koonya, from being sold. Dunalley has an annual Spring and Autumn Flower Show, and over the past seven years, Ann has been the convenor.
Ann is passionate about collecting the history of Copping/Dunalley/Murdunna. She has inspired others and initiated a committee to collect the stories of older community members, which are recorded and later collated.
Ann is known as the “go-to” person for most in her community.