Hon Thomas George MP travelled to Tenterfield last Wednesday to present the Lismore Electorate – Woman of the Year Award to Mrs Julia Harpham.
Julia received the recognition for her work in not only revitalising the Mingoola community and saving the Mingoola School, but for her humanitarian work in providing the opportunity for four (4) African refugee families to have a life of peace, healing and happiness.
In presenting the Award, Mr George applauded the Mingoola community for their courage in undertaking a project that is being closely watched by many other struggling rural communities not only within Australia but also in America.
Mayor Peter Petty echoed the Local Member’s comments, congratulating Julia and all the Mingoola community. “The future looks very bright for the community, for the new families and for local industry”, he said.
Julia was very humble in accepting the Award, stressing that it was a partnership with husband Philip and the whole Mingoola community.
Earlier in the year, Julia and Philip were recognised for their efforts by the Tenterfield community in being named as the 2017 Citizens of the Year.
Julia and Philip will now travel to Sydney where Julia has been nominated for the Rex Airlines State Regional Woman of the Year Award which will be presented at a ceremony in Sydney on the morning of International Women’s Day, Wednesday 8 March 2017.
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Julia Harpham was named the 2017 Regional Women of the Year!! Read the Hon. Thomas George MP"s Media Release below.