Craft and car cruises

THERE'S two places you're likely to find Margaret Wortley - either working away in her craft shed or driving the Naracoorte Red Cross car.

The local is a familiar face in the community and was a deserving recipient of the Australia Day citizen of the year award.

"I didn't think I did that much but apparently the powers to be thought I did," she said modestly.

"I was overwhelmed. It's wonderful really. It won't come around again so I may as well enjoy it.

"Everything I do I enjoy doing. I don't like talking about it too much but it is very nice to be recognised by the town's people.

"I have had some wonderful comments."

Originally an Edenhope girl, Mrs Wortley moved to Naracoorte 35 years ago when she married the late Hal Wortley.

She is passionate about craft and likes to keep her hands busy with various projects on the go all the time.

That's where "Marg's Shed" comes in - something she has had for about 14 years.

"When I moved up here I said to my husband 'I'm going to line the shed for crafts'...he said 'You won't need the whole shed' and I said 'Watch me'.

"I love sewing and always have. Everyone knows they'll find me in my shed."

Mrs Wortley knits jumpers to sell at the Visitor Information Centre and sews curtains for Naracoorte Furnishings, among other things.

If she's not in her shed she's out doing something for the local Red Cross, an organisation she has been involved with for about 15 years.

"The car, which is used for the transport-deprived to get to and from appointments, lives at my house," she said.

"It's for anyone who can't get anywhere they need to go...it goes to Mount Gambier and Adelaide.

"It's a very, very busy car...it did 100,000km last year."

Mrs Wortley's duties include contacting clients with their appointment details, reminding drivers of their rostered duties, collecting and banking clients' contributions, helping with PATS forms for clients, driving to Mount Gambier and Adelaide and taking clients to local appointments.

Last year she was recognised with a Red Cross Transport Service national award.

Furthermore, she volunteered her time during last week's heatwave working with the Red Cross Telecross REDi service to support the elderly, disadvantaged and isolated during the extremely hot weather.

Another place Mrs Wortley can be found is cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

"I do some cooking for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and occasionally for the Church of England and Uniting Church," she said.

"When I have a bake up I share it around."

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