Noosa Local Legend

On Australia Day, January 26th. 2012, Honorary Noosa Rotarian George Pearce was named a Noosa Local Legend in the Community Services Sector.

 
This is a wonderful honour that reflects upon a lifetime of selfless devotion and service to the community in all aspects of George’s long and colourful life.

Candidates for the honour were exemplary - 
• Terry Clarke Burrows and Sue Storey
• Gloria Bruzzone
• Norm and Laurel Peden
• Sue Stanley
• Debbie Schouten
• Joy Gilbert, and of course.....
• George Pearce.

Assessment Criteria is for an individual, group or organisation that has shown significant contribution towards developing a more socially cohesive community within the Sunshine Coast region.

Judges looked for a demonstrable achievement in:

• Cultural relations, volunteering, skills development, innovation and knowledge sharing while maintaining social interaction through families, neighbourhoods or organisations.

• Displaying exceptional leadership and participation within the community.

• Building community partnerships and fostering resource sharing between community groups.
 
• Encouraging local community independence.

• Planning for success including career development for the regions community services sector.

• Linking community to reducing our ‘environmental footprint’ e.g., recycling through community programs, projects or activities.

• Contributions being completed on a voluntary basis or exceeding the normal requirements of the nominee’s paid work.

• Participating in activities which result in the short and long term benefits for the community as well as promoting welfare and wellbeing within the region.
 
These days, we best know George for his involvement in the Noosa Heritage Society and the Tewantin Historical walks, especially on the June Noosa Long Weekend celebrations.

Tewantin has a rich history as the bustling commercial hub of the early timber industry with riverside mills supplying timber to paddle steamers from Brisbane.
Local resident, George Pearce guides walkers through the history of the Cobb and Co. gateway to the Gympie Goldfields. At end of walk, they enjoy complimentary refreshments at historic Parkyn’s Hut in Poinciana Avenue and peruse the collection of early photographs.

Participants meet at old swimming baths by the skate bowl site next to Noosa Harbour Town, Tewantin at 1.00pm.and should schedule two and half hours for this fascinating tour.

As well as being a Past President in 1977-78 and Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Noosa, George Pearce was nominated a Paul Harris Fellow in 1986. He was on our New Generations Committee in 200-2001 and was Club Historian in the year 1998-1999. George’s hobbies are woodworking (George designed, built and donated our rostrum) & local history and these days conducts the Tewantin walking tours as described earlier.George was married to Joan who recently passed away after a long illness. Together they have two Sons, Laurie and Alan. The Pearce family home is in Butler Street, Tewantin.

Congratulations George for this very deserved honour.