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COAL Creek Community Park and Mu-
seum has been announced as a finalist
in the Keep Victoria Beautiful 2016
Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities
Awards in three categories.
The Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities
Awards encourage, motivate and celebrate sus-
tainability achievements of rural and regional
communities across Australia.
To be recognised in three categories with three
different projects demonstrates Coal Creek Com-
munity Park and Museum’s capacity to reach
beyond tourism, according to park coordinator
“The Tidy Towns name has always been syn-
onymous with community pride and as a finalist,
it demonstrates our commitment to cohesion and
above all community action,” she said.
“The awards encourage, motivate and celebrate
the sustainability achievements at a grassroots lev-
el and Coal Creek’s dedication to education.”
Coal Creek is a finalist in the following cat-
Community Government Partnerships - Coal
Creek Professional Development Local;
History Network Cultural Heritage -
of the Dawes Brothers: Our Communities An-
zac History; and
Environmental Sustainability - Interpretive
Self-guided History Tour.
Ms Ashley attributed much of the park’s suc-
cess to its committed volunteers, with Coal Creek
joining other finalist communities representing
an estimated 96,740 hours of community service
from more than 2700 volunteers.
Winners will be announced at an awards cer-
emony in Horsham on October 15.
“I am looking forward to celebrating with
all the finalists,” Keep Victoria Beautiful Board
chairman Dick Gross said.
“There were outstanding applications in all
categories for this famous awards program and
this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the
state’s amazing volunteers!”
By Sarah Vella
ON December 16, 2011 four people
came to the assistance of a Dumbalk
man, who was unconscious in his burn-
ing house. Those four people have been
commended for brave conduct and will
officially receive their awards at Govern-
ment House later in the year.
Toby Paul from Dumbalk, Sergeant Deryn Ri-
cardo, Alex Kuhne from Inverloch and Alexandra
Lloyd from Dumbalk North all assisted to rescue
Toby said on the night, he was at home with
his wife Sharelle putting together a bicycle for his
daughter for Christmas.
“A friend phoned to ask what we were burn-
ing, which was nothing, so we walked outside and
the town was full of smoke,” he said.
Toby said he realised there was a house was on
fire and heard a dog barking inside, so he rushed
in to get the animal out.
Alex, Deryn and Alexandra were already in-
side the house, which was filled with smoke, caus-
ing poor visibility.
“I had no idea there was a man in the house un-
til a girl with a torch (Alexandra) started scream-
ing there was a person on the couch,” Toby said.
“That’s when my attention turned to him and
getting him out of the house safely.”
Once Toby and Alex located the unconscious
man, they spent some time trying to wake him up.
He eventually got up and Toby and Alex helped
him out of the house.
Once the man had been helped from the house,
Toby made sure the dog was also safe.
“I knew the house was on fire, I just thought
going in there to get the dog out was something
Super man: Dumbalk’s Toby Paul has been commended for brave conduct, for the part he
played in rescuing a Dumbalk man and his dog from a burning house in 2011.
Everyday heroes rewarded
anyone would do,” he said.
“It is what I would hope my neighbours would
do for me. I knew the fire brigade was on its way
but I didn’t know how long it would be and it
could have been too late for the occupants.”
On receiving notice of his bravery award,
Toby said it was nice to be recognised for his ac-
“I thought it was all gone and forgotten until I
received the letter in the mail. At the time (of the
fire) I didn’t even think about it, I just did what I
thought I should do,” he said.
sure he would have died.”
Sergeant Deryn Ricardo said the actions of the
people involved in the rescue were impressive.
“People who receive these types of awards
often say with great humility, ‘I did what anyone
else would have done’, but this isn’t always the
case,” she said.
“My actions were a reflection of my training
and experience, but the actions of the young peo-
ple on the day, including Toby, were exemplary.
“They were calm and collected and worked
together to get the man and his dog out of the
house, saving their lives.”
Sgt Ricardo said they put themselves in harm’s
way to save someone else.
“And for that I can’t speak highly enough
of all three young people involved. Their ac-
tions and bravery deserve the recognition of this
award,” she said.
Tidy honours for Coal Creek
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