Community service award for sustainability

By Steph McNicol

Kilmore Racing Club duty manager Rose White received a Community Clubs Victoria award earlier this month for her efforts in environmental sustainability.

Ms White was presented the Outstanding Community Service Award by MP Sarah Connolly after showing dedication to improving the sustainability of Kilmore Racing Club.

Kilmore Racing Club employees, from left, Trackside venue manager Emily Milwain, board chairwoman Maxine Brain, duty manager and award winner Rose White and Kilmore Racing chief executive Ben Murphy at the Community Clubs Victoria awards night.

Ms White suggested the implementation of a recycling and waste management program, which meant switching to recyclable and biodegradable products and proposed the club change to recycled toilet paper and paper towel to reduce the de-forestation crisis.

She said receiving the award felt pretty surreal and she was proud of herself.

“I knew I was nominated for Young Employee of the Year and Best Environmental Initiative, but to be awarded a Community Service Award is pretty amazing,” Ms White said.

“I know that we aren’t in it for the awards, but sometimes the hard work feels like it has paid off when you are recognised by such an incredible organisation.”

Kilmore Racing Club operations manager Adrian McMahon said Ms White was intelligent, engaging and had the respect of her fellow staff and management.

“Rose took the bull by the horns and obtained pricing from four waste removal companies. She also researched methods to increase recycling output at both Kilmore and The Bendigo Club,” Mr McMahon said.

Ms White thanked Kilmore Racing Club for giving her the opportunity to contribute like she had.

“I have never worked for a business that has valued staff and their ideas as much as they do at Kilmore Racing Club,” she said.