At the recent National Trust of South Australia AGM, long-time member of the Burra Branch and local resident Paul Marsson was presented with the prestigious ‘distinguished service award’.
Mr Marsson was nominated for this award by fellow members of the Burra Branch.
To be eligible for the award, the nominee must have played a leading role in a significant National Trust project or activity.
He/she must have served in an official capacity continuously for a least 10 years on a National Trust Committee, and provided at least 10 years of dedicated and continual voluntary work to support the work and activities organised by a branch or committee.
Mr Marsson has been a member of the National Trust for 10 years.
He has served on the committee of the Burra Branch of the Trust, and was also regional councillor for the Mid-North region for two years.
He has also had a significant involvement with the Burra Passport Committee, and liaison with the Burra Visitor Centre.
Fittingly, Mr Marsson was also a member of the group who played a part in seeing Burra achieve National Heritage Listing.
He has been recognised for his commitment to the trust on a local level, receiving the ‘local hero award’, presented by the Burra Tourism and Business Association.
In 2009, the Burra branch received a Commonwealth Government Maintenance Grant and Mr Marsson was a driving force behind this project.
For those who have visited the Redruth Gaol, much of the preservation of this building can be attributed to Mr Marsson’s work.
He has used his building skills and knowledge to assist in improving many heritage properties in the Burra area.
He has also been involved with many fire engine rallies, and willingly supervised the ‘Work for the Dole’ program in Burra.
Mr Marsson has given countless voluntary hours to the National Trust, all for the betterment of Burra and its heritage.
Without his substantial contribution, the sites would not be in the condition they are today.
He is supported by his wife Catherine, who has also been involved with the branch over several years. Mr Marsson has, and still is, made extraordinary contributions to the work of the Trust at Burra, and is most deserving of this award.