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Elizabeth Coles & Rosemary Eva

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Elizabeth Coles (left) & Rosemary Eva (right) receive their Certificates of Appreciation from Leanne Tunny, President of the South Queensland & Northern NSW Region of the Australian Alpaca Association Ltd.

Rosemary Eva & Elizabeth (Liz) Coles joined the Australian Alpaca Association Ltd in 1996, (18 years ago). Rosemary & Liz were originally members of the South Queensland, Northern NSW Region (SQNNSW), they transferred to the Queensland region and a few years later moved back to the SQNNSW region.

The proficiency that Rosemary Eva and Liz Coles have gained as registered nurses and midwives, with high qualifications in administration has given them a tremendous foundation to base their alpaca enterprise on.

Rosemary Eva held executive appointments at several Victorian hospitals culminating in the position of deputy Director of Nursing at the Royal Melbourne hospital – a position she held for 12 years prior to her retirement in 1996. During this time Rosemary was also an integral part of teams involved in programs such as Quality Assurance, Infection Control, Peer Review and Disaster Planning.

Liz had a 25 year career in the Royal Australian Navy during which time she held numerous senior positions. Some highlights being the Director of Nursing of the RAN Nursing Service, being appointed the first female Commanding Officer in the Australian Defence Force and ultimately receiving the Conspicuous Service Cross for her work in the Head Quarters of the Australian Defence Force in undertaking the challenges of Equal Employment Opportunity across 21 areas of discrimination within the ADF.

With all of the above mentioned talents behind them, Rosemary and Liz are now full time breeders committed to the Alpaca Industry, running a boutique herd of black alpacas, they breed for quality fibre, confirmation and character. Rosemary & Liz take particular pride in assessing whether potential customers are equipped with the sufficient financial, physical and emotional tools required in order to become successful breeders and fleece growers prior to sales. They are well known in the industry and are thought of with high integrity.

Rosemary & Liz have achieved great success at shows in both State and National levels, their animals are highly sought after by other “black” breeders both within Australia and Overseas.

During the 18 years that Rosemary and Liz have been members of the Australian Alpaca Association Ltd, they have been actively involved in coordinating workshops and seminars within their regions with a particular focus on animal health and biosecurity.

Several articles written by both Rosemary Eva and Liz Coles on animal health and biosecurity have been published in National and Regional AAA Ltd magazines.

Liz held the position of Regional Education Officer for many years and also has been a member of the AAA Animal Health, Husbandry and Welfare reference panel for the past 10 years. Both roles are instrumental to the continuing development of the alpaca industry.

Being ardent supporters of new breeders and younger members in the industry Rosemary and Liz are enthusiastic mentors in the practices of animal husbandry, farm management and all aspects of showing and are always willing to give freely of their time.

For many years on countless occasions, Rosemary & Liz have contributed their time and skills in various capacities at regional shows – assisting as Stewards, Ring Stewarding and Inspection Stewards. In July 2014 Rosemary and Liz instigated the Inaugural Murwillumbah Show.
Rosemary was Convenor, supported by Liz. The show was very professional and supported by a large number of sponsors and AAA members from three Regions who made the show a huge success.

In regards to the exposure of alpacas to the general community, Longueville Park is the favoured home for “hug-a-paca” for many folk in Aged Care and Disabilty groups. The Lions Club, Rotary, Probus and school groups are all regular visitors to their property. The reason they do this is because – “The joy that the alpacas bring to these groups is a wonderful experience”.

Rosemary & Liz can always be relied upon to impart their knowledge and wisdom whenever there is a crisis involving alpacas.

Wendy Summerell

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Wendy Summerell receives her Certificate of Appreciation from Michelle Malt, President of the Australian Alpaca Association

Wendy Summerell (left) was presented with a certificate of appreciation by our National President Michelle Malt (right) at the regional meeting.  Wendy has served the region for many years and it is great to see her efforts recognised.

Wendy was an AAA member at the formation of the Queensland Region and although not on the regional committee herself, supported her husband Ross as Newsletter Editor who initiated the first regional newsletter.

When the South Queensland & Northern NSW Region was formed, Wendy was a foundation member and held the position of Regional Secretary consistently for a period of 12 years from 97/98 to 08/09 and also held the position of Vice President for 2 years for the period 09/10 to 10/11.

Wendy and Ross proudly opened The Cove Alpaca Shop at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast and helped to introduce the general public to alpacas and the beauty of alpaca fibre by selling garments, scarves, hats and other related products.

While on their way to their shop one day in September, 1995, Wendy and Ross were involved in a terrible car accident which put them both in hospital resulting in life changing circumstances.  When other people would have given up, Wendy did not, and as soon as she was physically mobile again, put great enthusiasm into building up Starwood Stud.

Wendy was a very successful exhibitor, supporter and often convenor of local shows and attended the Brisbane Royal Show regularly and has been awarded several Supreme Champions.  Wendy was very keen to exhibit alpacas at AAA National Shows and attended as many as she possibly could.

In her role as Regional Secretary, Wendy would travel for many kilometres and hours to attend regional meetings in far reaches of our large region.  She did this to be fair to all members wherever they resided and to make everyone in SQNNSW Region feel welcome. She was instrumental in recruiting members to the committee and worked hard to help them contribute positively.

Wendy convened the Gold Coast show for many years and was the fleece steward at the Royal Queensland show until recent times. Wendy helped with the planning of the first judging at Grafton Show and her knowledge in convening such events was always sought.  Not only did Wendy help with the organisation of such events, she also clocked up several hundreds of kilometres using her (sometimes very new) vehicles to tow the heavy regional trailer laden with gates to Toowoomba, Ipswich and Gold Coast Shows and back again.  She also was a willing worker with setting up the pens at these shows.  A great feat for such a slightly built lady.

Wendy has always been very skilful in wording interesting articles detailing the history, practical management of alpacas and the future of the industry in different media to promote regional events.  She could be counted on to submit reports about events held with entertaining and sometimes humorous accounts of what took place, and never failed to thank others who helped make the event possible.

In her role as Secretary, Wendy kept meticulous minutes and correspondence and maybe she should have considered a career in journalism but fortunately for the members of the AAA she has devoted 19 years of her skills to contributing to the Australian Alpaca Association at both a regional and national level.

Maxine Daley

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Maxine is congratulated by fellow long serving regional members of Australian Alpaca Association Ltd
From left: Wendy Summerell, Rosemary Eva, Maxine Daley & Liz Coles

Maxine has made a significant contribution to the Australian Alpaca Association at both a regional and national level, her membership spans 16 years.

Maxine Daley was a AAA member prior to the formation of the Queensland Region and then a foundation member of the South Queensland & Northern NSW region since its inception in 1995. During that year she assisted with the inaugural alpaca judging at Beaudesert Show.

In 1997 Maxine was responsible for the Membership Drive and in 1998 she was Chair of the Show Subcommittee. From 2000 – 2008 she was an active member of the regional committee. Then from 2009 – 2011 she held the position of Treasurer and she has also held the position of Equipment Officer for the committee.

Maxine and her family have always been heavily involved in the farming and promotion of alpacas. In the earlier years, the family farm was frequently made available for education visits by community clubs such as Probus, Lions, Spinners & Weavers and various Retirement homes.

Prior to the region having sufficient funds to operate independently, Maxine purchased alpaca products and supplied display equipment for industry promotional purposes at a large number of agricultural shows such as Beaudesert Parade of 1000 Hooves, Australia Day Picnic In The Park, Brisbane Pet & Animal Expo, AgEd and various schools.

Maxine Daley of Parrakoola Park Stud was frequently a successful exhibitor and support of local shows with both fleece and animals. She regularly offered her services as Steward at various shows and was the Convenor of the Gold Coast Show for many years.

Maxine could always be counted on to assist when a guest speaker was required at an alpaca breeder workshop and various community groups.

Although Maxine resigned from her role as Treasuer of the region in July 2011, her assistance is still sought and offered when and as required.

Maxine has always been a fabulous ambassador for the Australian Alpaca Association; she has strongly promoted alpacas and the alpaca industry. Maxine has been one of the 'quiet achievers' for the Region, her dedication has extended over many years.