Posted March 27th, 2024

Seniors in the Myall Lakes have been recognised for their valuable contributions to the community, with Ted Bickford OAM receiving a Local Achievement Award as part of the 2024 NSW Seniors Festival.

Tanya Thompson, Member for Myall Lakes presented Mr Bickford with his award at the 2024 Myall Lakes Senior’s Concert in Forster this week.

“I congratulate Mr Bickford who has made our region a better place to live – thank you for your remarkable contributions,” Mrs Thompson said.

For nearly three decades, Mr Bickford has selflessly volunteered as the Graffiti Buster, tirelessly working alongside young volunteers to combat graffiti in the Myall Lakes region.

“Thanks to Ted’s dedication, our community, including our skate parks, remains graffiti-free,” continued Mrs Thompson.

Mr Bickford runs a graffiti hotline for reporting incidents and goes beyond just removal by educating local youth through school programs, effectively deterring future acts of graffiti vandalism.

Furthermore, Mr Bickford’s involvement with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Group demonstrates his commitment to community service. Serving as the organisation’s president for ten years and recently commemorating 25 years of service.

Mrs Thompson noted that Mr Bickford’s contributions have been instrumental in the group’s endeavours, “Ted is a passionate advocate and over the years has worked hard fundraising money for the organisation through balls, truck shows, Bunnings BBQ’s, King of the Krater Skate Competitions and bowls days.”

“Ted Bickford’s commitment to our community and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is truly commendable.

“Thank you for your ongoing hard work, Ted and congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.”

The Local Achievement Awards were among an array of events taking place across the state as part of the 2024 NSW Seniors Festival, which enables older people to engage with each other, their community, and services.

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