YEARS OF SERVICE: President of the Warwick Chamber of Commerce Julia Keogh was honored to present Graham Buchner with this year's Business Excellence Platinum award for his continuing service in the community.
YEARS OF SERVICE: President of the Warwick Chamber of Commerce Julia Keogh was honored to present Graham Buchner with this year's Business Excellence Platinum award for his continuing service in the community. Nicole Zurcas

Good Samaritan backs project to help us impress visitors

KNOWN for his dedication to keeping the major roads in and out of Warwick clean and tidy, Graham Buchner is regularly seen collecting rubbish and stray trolleys, ensuring that Warwick looks good for locals and visitors to the city.

His latest venture is working with the Warwick Chamber of Commerce to further this aim, by redeveloping a new welcome billboard for the entrance to Warwick.

"It's all about making a good first impression of the town to make people want to stop and visit,” Mr Buchner said.

The sign is located on the highway past the Puma petrol station and was contributed by Mr Buchner years ago when he was on the chamber committee.

Current president Julia Keogh said Mr Buchner had been a driving force for the committee.

"Throughout his involvement on and off the committee, Graham has provided excellent mentorship and support,” she said.

His positive attitude and commitment to a number of clubs and committees was the reason he was awarded this year's Platinum Business Excellence Awards.

When told he was the recipient Mr Buchner's immediate response to Ms Keogh was "I'll be buggered”.

Ms Keogh said he was the epitome of a Warwick businessman.

"He is out every day cleaning the roads and streets of Warwick and tirelessly promoting the love he has for the town,” she said.

Wanting to share his pride in the community, Mr Buchner and the chamber committee hope to have two new images on the welcome billboards by the end of the year.

"We're looking for an image with the potential to get more people to the region,” he said.

"The current sign is very faded and needs an update.”

Throughout the year the chamber has been consulting with local businesses and communities to understand what the people of Warwick would like to showcase.

Ms Keogh said it was Mr Buchner's incredible patience to see a plan follow through, which has helped the committee in this process.



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