South-West Minister Norm Marlborough today sent his congratulations to Mrs Claudine Beulah (Snookie) Manea, who has received an Order of Australia Medal for services to the community of Bunbury.
“It is fantastic that one of Bunbury’s tireless campaigners for the betterment of the city and surrounding region has been recognised as one of the nation’s great ambassadors,” Mr Marlborough said.
“I have known the Maneas for some time and admire Mrs Manea’s drive and ambition to make changes for the better.”
Mrs Manea has worked to preserve the Bunbury timber jetty since 1990; she has been an advocate for the arts, helping to establish the gallery in 1987, as well as contributing to the establishment of Bunbury Meals on Wheels in 1966.
“Snookie, as Mrs Manea is better known, has been a great advocate for Bunbury, and is the kind of person who has helped to make the city what it is today - a thriving community with a driving vision which has made it the capital of the South-West,” Mr Marlborough said.
“The people of Bunbury owe a great deal to Mrs Manea, whose personal sacrifice and quiet achievements have made an indelible mark on the community as one of its great matriarchs.”
Mrs Manea was Lady Mayoress for 15 years, an instigator of the Cemetery Board, and avid supporter of the South Bunbury Football Club for the past 37 years.
“A great advocate for the South-West, I wish Snookie all the best for her ongoing endeavours and congratulate her again on her OAM,” the Minister said.
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