Len and Marlene Orr received a certificate of appreciation from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for their volunteer work in upgrading and maintaining Bullarto Hall last Friday.
Bullarto Hall was built by Thomas Orr in 1906 as a meeting place for residents. It was sold to the community in 1910.
The management of the hall has been undertaken by generations of the Orr family ever since. Len and Marlene Orr have been the president and secretary of Bullarto Hall for 40 years and have worked tirelessly to fundraise for its upkeep through means such as the Bullarto Tractor Pull, which they started 25 years ago.
Len Orr said he was “overwhelmed” with the recognition and thanked the committee’s members and other volunteers for supporting the hall.
Grampians program manager at DELWP, Grant Hull, said the committee management model of delegating crown land reserves to community members to manage on behalf of the crown had been in place for more than 100 years and the certificates of appreciation were about recognising these “amazing services to the community”.
"In Victoria, around 1,500 Crown land reserves are managed by nearly 1,200 community-based Committees of Management, comprised of more than 8,000 volunteers,” he said. “There are 270 Committees of Management in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Grampians Region. DELWP recognises the very significant contribution our volunteer committees make to the management of public land across the region.”