Walls Of Acclaim Gains A New Community Champion

The City of Logan Wall of Acclaim is on Democracy Way in Logan Central, and a new name has joined the company of community service champions, veterans, celebrities, and sports stars.

Moya McKeon OAM passed away in February 2021 and has received the posthumous honour in recognition of her lifelong service to the community of Beenleigh.

Ms McKeon was among the founders of Quota International Beenleigh in 1973 and as a committee member, and later as president, worked tirelessly to improve the lives of countless people in Beenleigh and beyond.

Ms McKeon was instrumental in the development of the Beenleigh & 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, 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.”

Ms McKeon’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.

“I first met Moya in the late 2000’s when I was introduced by Heather Christensen OAM through Quota Beenleigh and she quickly became a guiding hand for me and many others, she was the matriarch of Quota,” Cr Murphy said.

“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.

“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 was a true testament of her vision.

“I went into the role with Junior Quota and Moya was always around to help and she had this ability to always get the best out of everyone she worked with.

“Moya was a confidant, and we would have cups of tea at her place looking out over Beenleigh and always talk about the division and how we could improve the area.”

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.”

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