By EMMA CORNFORD
When it was announced the Grafton Agricultural and Research Station at Trenayr may close after 102 years of operation, a few individuals took it upon themselves to keep the station open and save the 47 jobs on the line.
One of those people was Sue Doust, who yesterday won the 2004 Clarence Valley Citizen of the Year and the 2004 Copmanhurst Citizen of the Year awards.
Mrs Doust said she never expected to win an award for her work saving the ag station and also her contribution to other community organisations throughout the Clarence Valley.
"I never expected to have this hanging on the wall (and) when (Leone Roberts from the agricultural station committee) said she wanted to nominate me I thought 'you're kidding'," Mrs Doust said.
"I'm thrilled to get this but it's very unexpected and an honour and it's wonderful to receive be- cause you never really get these kind of thank yous from the community."
Mrs Doust said everyone who had been nominated for Australia Day awards had been equally deserving because of the invaluable work they put into the community and that the awards were a fitting tribute to the Australian way of lending a hand when needed.
"Australia is about seeing a job that needs doing and just doing it and these Australia Day awards are a wonderful way for the community to say thank you," she said.
"But this award doesn't inspire so much as it's really very humbling."
Mrs Doust has been involved in a number of community organisations, including the Country Women's Association, where she was the North Coast Group publicity officer and was also president of the Grafton branch of Timber Communities Australia.