THE efforts of three volunteers from across the district have been recognised with a national award.
Koroit man Brian Trotter and Tarrone couple Marlene and Wayne Johnson have received national volunteer awards.
The awards were presented by member for Wannon Dan Tehan at a function in Portland.
The trio were honoured for their long-term commitment to community service.
The written submission explaining the work of the Johnsons pointed to their work in providing foster care to the most vulnerable children in the community.
The couple have been foster carers for the past 18 years during which time they have experienced significant barriers, transported children long distances for contact with family members and stepped out of their comfort zone to provide the best outcomes for the children. In recommending the Johnsons for the award, the submission went on to say the couple have put the needs of the children above their own and have worked tirelessly to provide a safe and stable environment.
Brian Trotter was recognised for his outstanding contribution across several community organisations. He was instrumental in setting up the Koroit and district sub-fund through the South West Community Foundation.
This fund provides a potential revenue stream for groups and clubs in the town and comes from the money left over when the Koroit and District Health Services ceased.
Mr Trotter was chair of the health services and managed the transfer of the old hospital site to Moyne Health Services, ensuring the facility remained an important part of the Koroit community.
Mr Trotter is also an important and active member of the Port Fairy to Koroit Rail Trial friends group.
The criteria for the awards is that they are given out to members of the community who have selflessly worked without the purpose of personal material gain.
The guest speaker at the night was Gail Jaensch, herself a hard-working community member who has raised thousands of dollars for childhood cancer research.