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Tumbarumba’s Catherine Gairn has been named the Local Woman of the Year for the electorate of Albury, as part of the 2017 NSW Women of the Year Awards.
The announcement was made by Albury MP Greg Aplin, who described Mrs Gairn as “a most deserving winner”.
“Cathy Gairn has been prominent in developing the economic and educational life of Tumbarumba,” Mr Aplin said.
“As vineyard business owner and director of Courabyra Wines, she has crafted some of Australia’s best sparkling wines, taking the Tumbarumba wine industry to national and international prominence.
“In 1998, she inaugurated the committee to establish Tumbafest and chaired the committee for six years as this became the major local tourism event.
“Through her involvement in the chamber of commerce she founded – and helped fund-raise for – the first trek to Kokoda by students of Tumbarumba High School, a tradition which continues.”
Mr Aplin said Cathy also instigated the Young Achiever Awards at Tumbarumba High School.
“She has served on the executive of the Tumbarumba Vignerons Association since its commencement and is currently vice-president and has also been a member of the New South Wales Wine Industry Association since 2013.
“This award reminds us of all the great things being done in our local area.
“People like Mrs Gairn don’t do this work with a view to earning recognition and awards, but it is good to share their stories as an inspiration to all.”
Mr Aplin said he was particularly pleased to be presenting the award at the Tumbatrek dinner in the company of many prominent members of the Tumbarumba and surrounding communities.

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