Tireless community worker honoured

Moya McKeon OAM, who passed away in 2021, has been honoured for her community service.

A lady who spent a lifetime supporting and helping her community is the latest person to join the City of Logan Wall of Acclaim.

Moya McKeon OAM who died in February 2021, has posthumously joined the company of other community service champions, veterans, celebrities and sports stars honoured by the Wall.

Moya was recognized for her lifelong service to the community of Beenleigh including being one of the founders of Quota International Beenleigh in 1973.

As a committee member, and later as president, Moya worked tirelessly to improve the lives of countless people in Beenleigh and beyond.

She was instrumental in the development of the Beenleigh and Districts Senior Citizens Centre and the Beenleigh PCYC. She also helped start the Beenleigh Netball Association in 1977 and advocated for the construction of its Coral Street netball courts, which are still in use.

City of Logan Mayor Darren Power, who unveiled the new Wall of Acclaim plaque in late January, said Ms McKeon’s dedication to the Beenleigh community was second to none.

“Induction to the City of Logan Wall of Acclaim is an honour reserved for those who have achieved truly great things for our city and community,” Cr Power said.

“Moya McKeon was one of our city’s greatest champions and is so very deserving of her place among our heroes.”

Moya’s friend and former Quotarian, Division 12 Councillor Karen Murphy, nominated her for the honour.

Cr Murphy said Ms McKeon was passionate about helping the Beenleigh community thrive.

“Moya lived a life that was full of giving to help others. Along the way she touched thousands of people’s lives and made this world a better place,” Cr Murphy said.

“Moya did more than just start things that were needed.

“She made sure that there was a solid governance structure in place to continue each of these projects, ensured that funding was available, and the right succession plan was in place before she would step away.

“This is a true testament of her vision.” Cr Murphy said the Quota Beenleigh Eisteddfod, which Ms McKeon coordinated for 21 years, would be her enduring legacy.

“Encouraging the talents of youth was a major thrill for her,” Cr Murphy said.

“Many young students grew up being better able to achieve their dreams for seeing the kind and friendly face of Moya each year.”

The City of Logan Wall of Acclaim is on Democracy Way in Logan Central. The profiles of the City of Logan Wall of Acclaim inductees are also listed on the Logan City Council website.

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