We were delighted to hear that our very own Neicey Robertson and Bob Mounsey were recipients of Australian Government Volunteer Awards presented by Dan Tehan MP at a ceremony and reception in Ararat on 22nd November (see photo).

Neicey Robertson - A stalwart of the Cobden community, ‘Neicey’ Robertson is a hardworking, long standing staff member at Cobden Technical School. There are few things in life that are as constant as the dedication that Denise (Neicey) ROBERTSON shows to her role as Canteen Manager at Cobden Technical School. She is known for her empathy and accountability in her interactions with staff and students alike. Neicey regularly goes above and beyond the expectations of her role description. She is generous in the loving preparation of food she provides, not only on a day to day basis in the school canteen, but for staff events and catering for official functions. As the needs of the school community change, Neicey adapts seamlessly without a fuss. It is rare to have a person in a school that is as universally respected and loved as Neicey.
Bob Mounsey - As a grandparent and retiree, Bob MOUNSEY goes above and beyond in his volunteer service to the Cobden Technical School community each and every day of the week as gardener and groundskeeper. Bob is a highly respected member of the Cobden community. Visitors to our school regularly ask how we maintain our grounds and garden beds to such a high standard. Without the dedication, energy and attention to detail that Bob provides, it would not be possible.

Bob MOUNSEY dedicates countless hours to maintain and improve the school grounds for the benefit of the Cobden Tech school community. The school grounds are always immaculate when we return from school holidays, after spring pruning or following a storm.

On the Sunday of the St Patrick’s Day bushfires, Bob was the first person on site. He was clearing fallen tree branches and debris as a result of the unseasonably hot and strong northerly winds.

As a result of Bob’s care and dedication to detail, our beautifully maintained gardens and grounds uplift the spirits of all those lucky people who learn, work and visit Cobden Technical School.