Horsham's Tarni Eldridge could feature on White Pages cover

SHORTLISTED: Horsham PAWS vice-president and Horsham Dog Obedience Club secretary Tarni Eldridge with her pet dog Cassie. Mrs Eldridge has been nominated to be on the cover of the White Pages. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

SHORTLISTED: Horsham PAWS vice-president and Horsham Dog Obedience Club secretary Tarni Eldridge with her pet dog Cassie. Mrs Eldridge has been nominated to be on the cover of the White Pages. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

HORSHAM'S Tarni Eldridge could soon become a household name throughout the Ballarat region.

Mrs Eldridge has been shortlisted as a potential face for the cover of the Yellow Pages and White Pages.

This year's theme is Australian Stars Rising Above.

Horsham People for Animal Welfare and Support member Carolyn Stow nominated Mrs Eldridge as one of Australia's community stars.

Ms Stow said Mrs Eldridge helped formed Horsham PAWS and was vice-president.

"Obviously Tarni came to mind due to her contribution to Horsham PAWS, but also the Horsham Dog Obedience Club,'' she said.

"She has made a significant contribution to our community.''

Ms Stow said both groups had supported her nomination.

"We certainly have our fingers crossed for her,'' she said.

"People are rapt that she has been shortlisted.''

A panel of judges will now select a winner.

Mrs Eldridge said she had been interviewed ahead of being shortlisted.

She said she was proud of Horsham PAWS' efforts since she helped form the organisation in 2010.

"Since we started we've helped rehouse 279 dogs and 371 cats,'' she said.

"That's pretty phenomenal in itself.''

Mrs Eldridge said she was one of three founding members still on the committee, along with Lydia Ward and Carmen Munro.

She was 26 when Horsham PAWS first formed. Her youth was a factor in her nomination.

"I'm honoured and humbled by it,'' she said.

"It's also just that Horsham PAWS and the dog obedience club has been recognised as well.''

Ms Stow said the nomination was two-fold.

She said it recognised Mrs Eldridge's hard work but also brought the two groups to people's attention.

The two women were unsure when the winner would be announced.

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