Immediate Past President, Helen Thyne, was inducted into The Kate and Gustav Weindorfer Honours List in November 2020.
The following citation, written by Glen Hayhurst, expresses our admiration for Helen as a conservationist, bushwalker, mountaineer, administrator and leader.
Helen has always had a deep interest in outdoors adventure and the natural environment. She has been a very active member of the Launceston Walking Club and has taken on a range of roles including trip leader, Walks Secretary, Treasurer, President and representative on the Federation of Tasmanian Bushwalking Clubs. For her outstanding service to the club over a long period of time she was awarded life membership in 1984. She has climbed over 120 of Tasmania’s mountains known as the Abels. She is currently the club patron.
At an early stage Helen recognised that it was important to ensure that the natural areas that she was visiting on her bushwalking trips were adequately protected from the threat of inappropriate development. Consequently, she eagerly accepted a position on the Tasmanian World Heritage Area Consultative Committee as bushwalking representative in 1992. In this role she demonstrated a tenacious determination to seek the best deal for traditional users of the WHA and to ensure that protections weren’t weakened.
Helen has been an extremely active member of the Friends of Cradle Valley since its inception. During that time she has served for six years as Vice-President and a total of eight years as President. She has energetically and competently led the group in its fight to maintain the values that make Cradle Valley such a special place.
Helen is highly deserving of her inclusion in The Kate and Gustav Weindorfer Honours List by the Friends of Cradle Valley.