Carolyn Osmond named Moree Plains Shire Senior Citizen of the Year

Living treasure Carolyn Osmond has been named Moree Plains Shire Senior Citizen of the Year.

Carolyn was a former city girl lured to north-western New South Wales by her love of animals, horse sports and nature.

She and her late husband, Bruce, managed various properties including Ballarang at Weemelah, near Mungindi.

The Osmonds were involved in the community organisations including schools, pony club, tennis club and St Jude’s Church.

Carolyn would often host special church events as well as the regular Sunday tennis days which were enjoyed by many.

Carolyn was sorely missed when she moved to Moree in 1981 to begin her nursery business.

Inheriting her father’s love of gardening, Carolyn has inspired generations of gardeners from Moree Plains and beyond.

Living treasure Carolyn Osmond.

A founding member of the Moree Garden Club, Carolyn has been a judge and a prize donor at local shows and garden competitions.

Carolyn shared her expertise at Fairview Nursing Home, in its early days, by regularly visiting residents to have a chat about gardening.

As an original member of the Main Street Committee, Carolyn was very involved with town beautification in the 1990s.

For at least 12 years, Carolyn has served as an active member of the Moree Plains Urban Advisory Committee.

For more than 21 years Carolyn has been an extremely passionate and loyal member of Tourism Moree and was one of the first to received Life Membership, having been an original board member.

Carolyn continues to be an active supportive member and a wonderful ambassador for not only Tourism but the whole of Moree Plains, where she is considered an ageless Moree Icon.

The Senior Citizen of the Year is presented annually as part of the New South Wales Seniors’ Festival. New South Wales’ Seniors Week celebrates the valuable contribution seniors make to the community.

Moree Mayor Mark Johnson, himself a keen gardener, congratulated all nominees –

Nell Jones, Lewis Macey, Paula Duncan and Carolyn Osmond.

“It is such an honour to be able to recognise the people in our community who selflessly go about helping others, increasing our community connection through their passion, all the while adding to why we call the Moree Plains, home,” Cr Johnson said.

“Our seniors continue to go above and beyond to help others, while creating lasting change.”

Media Release: Wednesday, March 30, 2022