Searching for community stars

The Drake Tavern owner Brendan Theobold and bar manager Frank Harris are looking to reward community-minded people for their good deeds, in partnership with the Gazette.

Tough times bring out the best and worst in people – and it can be easy to be drawn into the negatives.

So The Drake Tavern and the Pakenham-Berwick Gazette have combined to put a more positive spin on events locally and showcase the good things that are happening in our community.

Starting now, each month they will identify the Drake Community Star, with the help of Drake patrons and Gazette readers.

They will be seeking nominations from the public for someone who has done a good deed, performed a random act of kindness, or gone above and beyond to help someone else.

The person deemed the most worthy each month with receive a $100 venue voucher for The Drake Tavern in Pakenham.

Owner Brendan Theobold came up with the concept in a bit of spread a bit of positive news.

“Times are pretty tough at the moment and it can be easy for people to dwell on the negatives,” he said.

“This is a chance to get a bit of good news out there and celebrate the many people who are doing good things.”

Star News Group editor Garry Howe was more than happy to jump on board and provide the vehicle to spread the good news.

He applauded The Drake initiative.

“Our job is to cover the news and it’s not always good,” Mr Howe said. “But we are always looking to report on positive things happening in the community as well, so getting on board with The Drake was a no-brainer.

“We can’t wait to hear the many wonderful things people are doing in the community.”

If you know someone worthy of being rewarded as The Drake Community Star, contact the Gazette team through email on, by mail to PO Box 9, Pakenham 3810 or message the Gazette on Facebook.

The winners will be announced in the Gazette each month.