Thomas George, The Nationals Member for Lismore, is proud to have a local artwork hanging on display in Parliament House.

"This wall hanging of 100 girls was made by 100 girl guides in the year that marks 100 years of guiding.

"Further, each of the Guides made the girls featured in the wall hanging in their own likeness, making it a completely unique piece of work.

"Recently I was approached by the North Pacific Coast Region (stretching from Tweed Heads to Forster) of the NSW Girl Guides to assist in having their Centenary wall hanging exhibited in Parliament House.

"I was more than happy to arrange this, as they are a well-loved organisation playing a large role in the development of young girls in Australia, and indeed in our area.

"In this, the centennial year of guiding, it is an enormous honour for the Guides to have their work on display in Parliament House.

"On Friday 3 December I was honoured to have the Assistant State Commissioner for Girls Guides, Ms Joanne Muller, came to Parliament House for an official unveiling of the wall hanging," Mr George said.

Ms Muller explained that the wall hanging was designed and prepared by Mrs Patricia (Trish) Templeton, a former Unit Leader and District Leader in Northern Rivers Division.

At their recent North Pacific Coast Region Centenary Camp in the October holidays the Senior Guides did the lettering, the Junior Guides sponge-painted the background and the Guides painted guide uniforms on the little calico dolls and gave them hair. The dolls were then glued to the canvas.

There are 100 Guides to represent the 100 years of Girl Guiding celebrated in the Year of the Girl Guide, 2010.

Mr George said it has been a big year for the creative efforts of people from the Lismore area, with a number of spectacular works exhibited in Parliament House.

"On Friday 9 July, the magnificent Hannah Cabinet by master craftsman Geoff Hannah, was unveiled by the NSW Governor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, with Alan Jones AO acting as Master of Ceremonies.

Further, the stunning works of renowned Indigenous artist Digby Moran were also presented at NSW Parliament on the same day.

The unveiling of all of these works at Parliament has made it a very special year for me in my capacity as the Member for Lismore;" Mr George said.

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