Esperance local figure Ewin Stewart nominated

Decades recognised: Ewin Stewart has been nominated for a Regional Achievement and Community Award in the RAC Volunteering category. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Decades recognised: Ewin Stewart has been nominated for a Regional Achievement and Community Award in the RAC Volunteering category. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

An Esperance local has been recognised for his decades of volunteer efforts.

Ewin Stewart has been nominated for a Regional Achievement and Community Award in the RAC Volunteering category.

While he has achieved much in volunteering in many organisations, Mr Stewart said the Esperance Agricultural and Districts Show was the highlight.

“This is my 36th year, 21 of those years I was president and the rest I was vice president,” he said.

“The show is a big thing, its the biggest thing in town.

“It brings the town people to meet up with the farming community and see what goes on out there as well.”

Mr Stewart said he had plenty to do all the time and 90 per cent of the time he was working for the community.

“I'm supposed to be retired, but I think I'll retire from retirement” he said. 

Mr Stewart is the chairman of the Esperance Miniature Railway Society, having provided tens of thousands of rides on the train.

“We do around 10,000 riders per year,” he said.

“To see the smiles on the faces of the little kids, it makes your day.”

Mr Stewart began the Australia Day celebrations that occur in Esperance, which today draw between 3000 and 4000 people. 

The first Esperance Australia Day event was held in 1997, where Mr Stewart was the organiser.

He has served as the president of the Rotary Club of Esperance and continues to be a committed member of the organisation.

Mr Stewart has also served as president of the Esperance Organised Primary Producers.