Henry crowned 'Greatest Northerner'
AS Henry Taylor helped clean up the recently inundated Alpha State School yesterday, he couldn't help but get a feeling of deja vu.
Henry, who has lived in Alpha for almost 40 years, was last week crowned the Rockhampton district's Great Northerner in recognition of his tireless work during the floods last year.
Henry was awarded the title and a $1500 BCF voucher by Great Northern Brewing Co. as part of a statewide search for true-blue locals who have gone that extra mile for their community.
During the 2011 floods, Henry, who is the school's grounds and facilities officer, worked around the clock to save school resources and colleagues' property when the floods hit Alpha.
"It was the school holidays, so everyone was away," he said.
"I shifted a lot of stuff at the school and at the prinicpal's house."
Henry saved 80% of the school resources, as well his colleague's furniture, vehicles and animals from floodwaters.
Henry was nominated by his wife, Vera, who described him as her hero.
"He does so much for the community and his family," she said.
But Henry said he wasn't alone in his efforts.
"There were a lot of people that helped out," he said.
Apart from his work at the school, Henry is also president of the Alpha Swimming Club.
Always putting the community first, Henry said he was planning to put the BCF voucher towards a generator for the swimming club or inflatables for the school in preparation for future flooding.
Great Northern Brewing Co. and APN are proud to announce the following winners:
Rockhampton: Henry Taylor (Alpha)
Mackay: Peter (Stan) Ridland
Gladstone: Greg Kennedy