The Wee Waa community is about to lose two of its most popular members, with the news that Michelle and Ben King are moving to Tamworth.
The couple are both Senior Constables in NSW Police, Michelle based at Wee Waa and Ben at Narrabri.
Michelle is moving to Tamworth to take up the position of youth liaison officer for the Oxley police district (which includes Narrabri Shire) while Ben will be part of the region enforcement squad for the wider Western Region.
They initially moved to Wee Waa in November 2007, shortly after getting married, with Ben being posted to Wee Waa and Michelle at Narrabri.
Prior to that Ben had been based at Tamworth and Quirindi and Michelle at The Rocks in Sydney.
They swapped those postings after about six years.
But their contribution to the community goes far beyond their professional lives, having being heavily involved in many local groups.
Perhaps the best-known one is the Wee Waa Show Society, where Mrs King has been the head poultry steward since 2016.
“It hadn’t been running for about seven or eight years before we got it running again,” she said.
“We ran it again last year and it has been going really well. Unfortunately it has had to be cancelled this year as [the society] couldn’t find anyone to replace me but Scott Carrett is going to get it running again next year.
“It was very well received in the community and we got a lot of donations and sponsors.
“It was very well supported in Wee Waa and the Narrabri Poultry Club came over and did really well as well.”
The show society aside, the Kings have been involved in everything from the Wee Waa Pony Camp to maintenance at the showground to the Namoi Christian Fellowship and the Wee Waa Swimming Club.
Their daughters Indianna and Abigail are students at Namoi Valley Christian School and Mrs King has also volunteered at the Wee Waa Public School breakfast club run by Reverend Bernard Gabbott of the Anglican Church.
Mr King has been involved in charity work, including raising more than $84,000 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service over two years with the likes of the historical police horse rides.
He also played for the Wee Waa Panthers rugby league side, while the couple were involved when netball restarted in the town.
They are sad to be leaving a town they have loved living in.
“It’s a bit bittersweet,” Mrs King said.