The Entrance electorate woman of the year

Member for The Entrance, David Mehan congratulated Local Woman of the Year, Ms Judy Townsend, at the prestigious award ceremony at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

Judy Townsend, NSW Woman of the Year The Entrance electorate with David Mehan MP.

15 March 2022


THE NSW Local Woman of the Year Award is an annual event that coincides with International Women’s Day.   This event recognises and celebrates the achievements of women and the contributions they make to their local communities.


Ms. Townsend, who is passionate about the environment and our community, has made a significant contribution to our region by improving pedestrian safety and beach access along busy Bateau Bay Road.


Ms. Townsend established the Bateau Bay Safe Path Project which is a community campaign to build the missing link in the Bateau Bay Coastal Track which now runs from Shelley Beach to Crackneck Lookout.


Mr. Mehan said “The project’s achievements, led by Ms Townsend, have been twofold. Firstly, the campaign has improved pedestrian safety along a popular stretch of road used daily for people who exercise and visitors accessing the beach. Secondly, the project promotes protection of the bush environment in a sustainable way that has encouraged locals to get involved and feel proud of their area.”


Ms. Townsend said "It was such an honour to represent the many volunteers who made the Bateau Bay Safe Path Project happen. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that a community pulled together to keep everyone safe on busy Bateau Bay Rd and it is such a joy to know it is so popular with locals and visitors.


“We are also delighted that our local Aboriginal midden is in the process of being registered by the Darkinjung Land Council knowing our new path prevents further degradation of this heritage site."


“We are so proud of Ms Townsend who has inspired this progress, and I am delighted I can honour her for her achievements on this occasion,” said David Mehan.

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