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Awarded for service to community advocacy and inclusion
Born: 22 February 1944
Entered on roll: 2021
Lorraine Walker has an outstanding ability to lead, support, mentor, and fundraise, and is well- known in the Huon and Kingborough areas through voluntary involvement with many community events and programs.
Living most of her life in the Huon Valley, Lorraine worked alongside family in the apple industry. In 1980 she established and operated small businesses providing women local access to affordable and smart attire, and vital tourist information for visitors to the Huon Valley.
Lorraine’s business acumen was recognised when she was a finalist in the Retarded Citizens Welfare Association (RCWA) Tasmanian Woman of the Year Quest 1985. Lorraine raised $17,000 in three months to support the RCWA’s organisational work. From this work, Lorraine was invited to join the National Board of Charities and spent years travelling Australia mentoring organisations and working collaboratively to support fundraising, governance and community development.
Conditions on the Huon Highway concerned Lorraine. In the 1980s Lorraine along with members of the Southern Outlet Action Committee organised a motorcade of log and apple trucks to assemble a blockade at Sandfly to express their concerns to Government regarding the condition the Huon highway. This dedication to highlighting road safety issues saw Lorraine invited to the official opening of Vince’s Saddle. Lorraine organised a toll gate, media-stars wheelbarrow race and BBQ at the opening. RCWA was the recipient of $8,000.00 funds raised.
In 1989, Lorraine joined Lifeline Hobart as Business Manager and established upmarket retail outlets in Hobart and Kingston. The outlets secured a consistent income stream for Lifelines counselling and befriending services, earning $94,000 in the first year. Lorraine coordinated Lifeline’s annual door knock appeal. In 1992 Lorraine established the first Lifeline Hobart Car Raffle, netting $19,000 for the organisation.
As Tasmania’s own Redline Southern Operations Manager, Lorraine managed the daily school bus services, organised charter tours, and hosted major National Tours including tour coach commentary for cruise ship passengers. Whilst retiring in 2007, Lorraine’s passion for our state saw her continuing to support tour operators and passengers from the cruise ships.
Lorraine is involved in Huon Valley and Kingborough community life and was awarded for her service and contribution to the Kingston Neighbourhood House in 2019.
Lorraine is a longstanding Rotarian (over 26 years), a Paul Harris Sapphire Fellow who has supported Rotary projects locally, nationally and internationally. She has held key positions at District level for a period of eight years, including Assistant District Governor, Membership and Retention Director, and Chair for Australian Rotary Health Research. Lorraine was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Huon Valley, founding member of Hobart City Central and a Past President of the Rotary Club of D’Entrecasteaux Channel of which she is currently a member. In 2002 The Rotary Club of Hobart presented Lorraine with a Pride of Workmanship award.