Unsung HeroesRevealing the Remarkable in Seemingly Ordinary People
Coral Mahony is one of those no-nonsense, practical, hard-working, sensible, dependable and thoughtful country women who so often fly under the radar. As she puts it, she'd rather make the cups of tea or sell the raffle tickets than be in the spotlight. But just listing her current activities is enough to exhaust most ordinary folk.
At the moment she is a committee member on the Narrogin Financial Counselling Service and the Shire of Narrogin's Australia Day and Awards Committee; Treasurer of the Narrogin Poultry Society; Social and Outings Officer for the Narrogin Probus Club; a volunteer carer for CATS (Country Assisted Transport Service); and Volunteers Coordinator at the Dryandra Country Visitor Centre, responsible for writing newsletters, organising rosters and arranging familiarisation tours.
In her younger days Coral was a keen netball player who turned her skills to coaching and then filled several administrative roles in the sport. Her tireless efforts were recognised with a swag of awards including life membership of the Flames Netball Club; Upper Great Southern Netball Association; Narrogin & Districts Netball Association; and the West Australian Netball Association. She also received the Australian Sports Commission Medal.
In 1998, Coral was made Australian Citizen of the Year by the former Shire of Narrogin but she didn't rest on her laurels and, over two decades later, is still as busy as ever.
This year (2020) Coral continues to coordinate the Beanies 'n' Blankets project whereby beanies and blankets are knitted and given to patients undergoing cancer treatment at Fiona Stanley and Narrogin hospitals.
The latest "bee in her bonnet" is to get kerbside numbering of residences throughout Narrogin repainted in order to assist emergency services to find locations quickly.
Coral is always ready to help with fundraising and is exceptionally good at rounding up other "volunteers" when jobs need doing but most of all, she has always been proactive in offering help to anyone who needs a hand.
Revealing the remarkable in seemly ordinary people
Portrait painted by Graham Smith 2020.
Text compiled by Jan Smith from notes provided with the nomination in 2020.