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Born: 5 July 1955
Entered on roll: 2011
Born on 5 July 1955, Karen Hall is a passionate and inspiring woman who displays courage and determination in assisting a range of community groups in North-East Tasmania. Karen is a wife, mother, grandmother and significant employer, volunteer, mentor and sportsperson within the Dorset region.
Karen, with her husband Ken, operate a successful family timber harvesting business, are farmers, and Karen owns and operates a hairdressing salon in Scottsdale. In 2004, they purchased the North Eastern Advertiser, the local 100 year old community newspaper and printing business, saving it from closing.
Although a predominately male industry, Karen has embraced their 30 years in the timber industry with passion and pride. She has been a lobbyist and promoter through many means – the Women’s Timber Support Group, Forest Industries Trauma Support Group, Tasmanian Forestry Week, is a board member of Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association and is a founding and current active member of the North-East Tasmanian Branch of Timber Communities Australia. Twice she has been a finalist in the Trevor Cederman Memorial Award, which honours the unsung heroes of forestry. Karen has strongly promoted the importance of women working within the forestry industries and has created avenues to support them.
Karen has an impressive history of community involvement spanning over 30 years. Her past and present voluntary roles have included Child Health Association, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Tasmanian Breastfeeding Association, Scottsdale Football Clubs and Business and Professional Women. She is currently President of the North-East Tasmania Chamber of Commerce and an active participant in the Scottsdale Show and Christmas parade.
An accomplished sportswoman, Karen is a Life Member of Scottsdale Netball Club, a past board member of the North-East Netball Association and has represented them for many years in Masters Games throughout Australia.
Her tireless fundraising efforts have benefited many worthwhile causes and she has touched the lives of many people.