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Award winner Judy Townsend and Member for The Entrance David Mehan. Award winner Judy Townsend and Member for The Entrance David Mehan. Featured
12 March 2022 Posted by 


Judy's pathway to major award
ENVIROINMENT and community crusader Judy Townsend has been named NSW Women of the Year for The Entrance Electorate.
Ms Townsend was presented with her award at a prestigious award ceremony at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.
The NSW Local Woman of the Year Award is an annual event that coincides with International Women’s Day and it recognises and celebrates the achievements of women and the contributions they make to their local communities.
Member for The Entrance David Mehan said Ms Townsend was passionate about the environment and the community.
“She has made a significant contribution to our region by improving pedestrian safety and beach access along busy
Bateau Bay Road,” he said. 
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. 
“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.”
"It was such an honor to represent the many volunteers who made the Bateau Bay Safe Path Project happen,” Ms Townsend said
“It is a wonderful feeling knowing that a community pulled together to keep everyone safe on busy Bateau Bay Rd and to know it is so popular with locals and visitors.
“Also, 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." 


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