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  • Jason Regan

Wudinna farewells local GP of 14 years

Australia Day 2022 was bittersweet for Wudinna locals as they celebrated a popular local couples contribution to their district while farewelling long-serving GP Dr Scott Lewis.

Dr Lewis has been the Wudinna Districts GP for the past 14 years and is a popular and respected member of the community. Dr Lewis resigned back in November last year and blamed a lack of support for rural health service providers for his decision.

A special gift from the community was organised by Council in the commissioning of a granite sculpture from our resident internationally acclaimed artist, Marijan Bekic. Marijan designed a piece that represented the communities appreciation in both a symbolic as well as physical sense.

The symbolism of the statue reflected Scott’s profession with wings which were symbol of his role as a life saver in emergency situations. The other was symbol of farming communities gratitude and being thankful for his contribution to the Community.

A letter box drop communique informing the community of the current status of health services in the district has been distributed throughout the Wudinna district this week.

This year the Wudinna Citizen of the Year Award went to a husband-and-wife team in Leon and Sue Fisher who have been active in the Wudinna district over the past 46 years and especially with the Wudinna Bowls Club where they are active members.

Community Event of the Year went to the Wudinna Show which has transformed itself in recent years to have a special appeal to more groups in the community, in particular young people. Looking forward to the next show in September 2022.

Business of the Year went to the Golden Wattle Roadhouse with Tania and her team and employee of the Year went to Sharyn Sharpe.

Special commendations were made to the Wudinna Medical Clinic for their work throughout the COVID Pandemic and to the recently established Wudinna Play Gym for their fantastic work as a start up community group providing children’s and parents health and wellbeing support.


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