The Wee Waa community is mourning the loss of one of its greatest advocates and champions – Ann-Maree Galagher, who sadly died on Sunday.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a committee in town that Ann-Maree didn’t generously volunteer her time towards.

Ann-Maree didn’t just show up to meetings; she made a real and long-lasting impact, helping to make our region a better place to live, do business and visit.

From her unwavering service on the Wee Waa and District Chamber of Commerce to the popular Christmas Mardi Gras night and joining forces with farmers to fight for fair water rights, if the people of Wee Waa needed help – Ann-Maree was always there, ready to go into battle.

A Wee Waarian through-and-through, Ann-Maree lobbied hard to attract and retain services to ensure our community didn’t miss out and had the chance to flourish.

She was instrumental in organising town events and parties. And was the life of the party too. Always smiling and keen for a friendly chat, laugh and joke.

Ann-Maree established a successful career in agri-business with the ANZ bank, while continuing to contribute to causes and care for her much-loved family.

The many achievements of the Galagher children have been featured in the pages of the Wee Waa News over the years, and they’re a reflection of their wonderful parents.

Ann-Maree’s death leaves a gaping hole in the Wee Waa community, but the town’s thoughts and sympathies are now with Ann-Maree’s husband John, children Maddie, Caitlyn and Angus, and her extended family.

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