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Posted on: 25 June, 2018

Alby Wooler and Lex Semple honoured in community park-naming ceremonies

Community champions Alby Wooler and Lex Semple have been honoured with naming ceremonies at two parkland’s in Yeppoon last week.

Community champions Alby Wooler and Lex Semple have been honoured with naming ceremonies at two parkland’s in Yeppoon last week.

The late Alby Wooler was an environmental advocate for the Capricorn Coast for over 20 years, while the late Lex Semple gave distinguished service to the community and to the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard in a variety of roles for over 23 years.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the two men were celebrated at the park-naming ceremonies, where family and friends attended to remember their dedication to the betterment of our local community.

“Mr Wooler and Mr Semple gave countless hours of their time to a number community initiatives and services, and Council is thrilled to officially name these parks after these two remarkable men,” Cr Ludwig said.

“Both park’s will hold a special significance for the community and those that knew them, which will continue to keep their memory alive for generations to come.”

Mr Wooler had a long list of achievements and won numerous state and national awards, but one of his greatest sources of pride was the founding of the Junior Landcare in the 1990's. Right up until his passing, Alby continued to work in leadership roles as a full time volunteer for Landcare, Junior Landcare and Envirolink, putting in an amazing minimum of 2000 hours of volunteer work every year.

The Landcare site at Fig Tree Creek was close to Mr Wooler’s heart, and is where he and his team transformed the area between Park and Morris St into a corridor of native plants and walkways.

A father to nine children, 19 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren, Mr Semple willingly and cheerfully gave many hours of his own time and effort to service the community and the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association and was honoured with an Emergency Services Medal in 2008.
The Lex Semple Memorial Santa Run Parade also features as part of the annual event, Carols by the Beach. For many years, Mr Semple, with his ‘reindeer sleigh’ and little helpers, brought joy and excitement to children and residents along the Capricorn Coast.

Alby Wooler Park is located on Park Rd, opposite the Yeppoon Central Shopping Centre and Lex Semple Park can be found on Barmaryee Rd, alongside the Yeppoon Rail Trail Corridor.

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