The Australian Government today recognised two prominent local residents, Mr Stan Goulding and Ms Lyn Felsch, for their significant contribution to improving the lives of senior Australians.

Australian Government Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, and Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, presented Mr Goulding and Ms Felsch with a plaque during a morning tea at Lismore Workers Club.

The Community Service Award is presented by the Minister for Ageing to individuals who provide outstanding service to older Australians, or to older Australians who provide outstanding community service.

They may be community members, volunteers, carers, aged-care workers or administrators.

Mrs Elliot said Mr Goulding and Ms Felsch were worthy recipients of the award due to their long and continued volunteer service to the local community.

Mr Goulding has been a volunteer driver with Northern Rivers Community Transport for more than 18 years.

He also has the honour of being the longest serving volunteer for the organisation.

During this time Mr Goulding has assisted many elderly people and people with disabilities in getting to their medical appointments.

Mr Goulding has single-handedly made a difference to the lives of thousands of people.

Ms Felsch has been a volunteer for the past five years since her retirement.

In 2005 she joined the Lismore Branch of the Red Cross, where she now holds the position of president.

Ms Felsch was instrumental in organising volunteers from the Red Cross to participate in the Anzac Day march this year.

In addition, Ms Felsch volunteers in running the Lismore Tea Rooms and donating her time in assisting donors at the local Blood Bank.

“The award is an Australian Government initiative which is designed to recognise the contribution of people whose efforts might otherwise go unremarked,” Mrs Elliot said.

“We value the contribution of senior Australians and the role they have played in shaping our country.

“Mr Goulding is a man who has spent the last 18 years providing an extremely valuable service to those living in the area by being a driver at the Northern Rivers Community Transport and helping those less mobile get out and about.

“Mr Goulding’s commitment in helping elderly people and people with disabilities remain independent and still remain in their local community is greatly appreciated.

“Ms Felsch is an active member of Lismore Red Cross and her drive has seen her encourage others to volunteer their time to the Red Cross.

“Ms Felsch’s dedication has seen her organising volunteers for the Anzac Day march as well providing assistance at the Blood Bank.

In welcoming Mrs Elliot, the Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, said she was pleased to see local residents recognised for their hard work and effort.

“Mr Goulding and Ms Felsch have both made an outstanding contribution to the lives of our local community in Lismore and the Northern Rivers.” Ms Saffin said.

“Both Mr Goulding and Ms Felsch are an absolute asset to our community. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate them on their tremendous achievement. I would like to thank them on behalf of the community, for all the work they do,” Ms Saffin said.