Lawrie Boyd is a proud member - and volunteer of more than 50 years - of the Kilmore Cricket and Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, which is believed to be the oldest committee of management in Victoria.

Kilmore Cricket and Recreation ReserveAs part of National Volunteer Week (8 to 14 May 2017), the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) held a special event yesterday at the Kilmore Cricket and Recreation Reserve to recognise Lawrie’s contribution to the community.

The Kilmore Cricket and Recreation Reserve was first gazetted on 22 March 1858, with the first trustees being appointed on 13 October 1859.

The site has played host to several different activities during its 160 years including community festivals, athletics, sports events, football, wrestling and cricket dating back to 1850.

The club has recently completed 50 years in the Seymour District Cricket Association, and have been the association’s most successful club in that period having won 12 A Grade Premierships.

DELWP’s Acting Regional Manager Land, Planning and Approvals, Therese Davis, said: “We will also be recognising other Committees of Management and their volunteers in the coming weeks to acknowledge the vital ongoing work they undertake and the support they provide to public lands officers.”

Kilmore Cricket and Recreation Reserve“Committees of Management perform a valuable service to the community by managing Crown land reserves for the benefit of the public,” Ms Davis said.

“DELWP works closely with more than 244 local Committees of Management across the north east region, who manage Crown land reserves including sporting facilities, caravan parks, camping sites and various other public areas.”

Other committees and volunteers being recognised include:

  • Shirley Saywell, Euroa Arboretum - For continued environmental work involving the propagation of many native Australian plants.
  • Chiltern Racecourse Reserve - The whole committee for their negotiation of licences with local users groups.
  • Porepunkah Bridge Caravan Park - The whole committee for their continued work to improve facilities and amenities within the caravan park area.

For more information, or to find out more about becoming a volunteer on a Committee of Management, please visit:  www2.delwp.vic.gov.au/boards-and-governance/on-board/committees-of-management