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Mayor Greene calls to honour Norm and Beryl Butters


Georges River Mayor Kevin Greene has paid tribute to Norm and Beryl Butters, at Monday night’s council meeting.

The couple who both passed away on Monday 10 August, were long-time residents of Oatley, and had devoted much of their lives to being active members of their local community and the broader St George area.

Mr and Mrs Butters were married on 30 June 1956. They moved to Mr Butters’ childhood suburb of Oatley, where the pair remained and together built strong connections to the community.

Mayor Greene said their commitment to the Oatley Senior Citizens Centre was one of their greatest achievements, enriching the lives of its members.

“In 1970, Norm was elected as the inaugural president of the Oatley Senior Citizens Centre. Beryl joined him on the committee and together they became the backbone of the organisation,” said Mayor Greene.

“They both took an active role in organising everyday activities at the Centre including line dancing, exercise, bingo, indoor bowls and bridge as well as special occasions such as bus trips, Christmas, Mothers’ Day and Melbourne Cup lunches.

“Norm summed up the daily value of their work like this: ‘We are keeping people in their homes because we have these activities’.

“Now is a fitting moment to pay tribute to this much-loved couple and to honour their lifelong contributions to the community.

“I suggest that there is no better tribute than to rename Oatley Senior Citizens Centre ‘The Norm and Beryl Butters Senior Citizens Centre’. This organisation has long played an important part in the St George area and it is a wonderful place to represent the legacy of Norm and Beryl Butters,” he said.

Among their other contributions to the local community, Mrs Butters was the secretary of the Parents and Citizens Committee at Oatley Primary School and Penshurst Girls High School as well as the Secretary of Oatley Brownies and Girl Guides. In 1970 she was one of the founding members of the Kogarah Historical Society, going on to become one of the longest standing members.

Also serving as the secretary of the Oatley Clock Committee, Mrs Butters helped organise the 150th anniversary of Oatley in 1983, including celebrations and fundraising for the construction of the iconic Oatley Town Clock.

Mr Butters also served as a representative of the Kogarah Local Citizens Bi-Centenary Celebrations Committee and was a prominent member of the Kogarah Residents and Ratepayers Group.

In recognition of their achievements, both were awarded Senior Citizens Premier’s Awards. Mrs Butters also received a Centenary Medal in 2003 and Kogarah Council’s Australia Day Award for Senior Citizen of the Year in 2007.

Image courtesy of the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader.

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