Friendly dinner with Kyogle Quota Club

It was a pleasure for Deborah and myself to attend Kyogle Quota Club’s Friendship Dinner last month at the Kyogle Bowling Club.

We found the night most enjoyable and were particularly interested in listening to the guest speaker Mr Simon Mahony, who is profoundly deaf and the 24th District Scholarship Winner for 2010, and his interpreter Bronwyn Watson.

Simon’s achievements to date are an inspiration to us all and I would like to thank Kyogle’s Quota Club president Carol and her members for inviting us to attend.

A fitting farewell

Last month I also joined hundreds of mourners bid farewell to young Private Nathan Bewes, who was tragically killed on duty in Afghanistan.

The heroic 23-year-old soldier was raised in Murwillumbah and attended Mount Saint Patrick College.

My heartfelt prayers and sincere sympathy are with Nathan’s parents Gary and Kaye, sister Stephanie and Nathan’s partner Alice Walsh.

Our community has lost a fine young man - a man who was doing what he loved and has given the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Positive feedback for brochures

It has been pleasing to receive the many favourable comments for the recent community information brochures my office published on Mental Health (May, 2010) and Roadside Safety (June, 2010).

The brochures are delivered to each household in my electorate. If you missed out on receiving your copy of either of the above issues, please feel free to call my office on 6621 3624 to have one sent out to you.

Kyogle kids up for KIC Awards

I must congratulate Kyogle’s Gwen Palmer for taking out the Bronwyn Donaghy Memorial Award at the recent Kids In Community Awards Night.

Nominated by Kyogle High School, Gwen is certainly a worthy recipient and it is fantastic to see her commitment and hard work recognized and appreciated.

The annual awards, which were held at Lismore Workers Club on June 30, are a way for the Northern Rivers-based not-for-profit organisation to raise awareness of the positive role young people play in our local communities.

Dignitaries honour local artistic creations

It was an honour to host 2GB’s Alan Jones, NSW Governor Marie Bashir, SCU’s chancellor John Dowd and other dignitaries at Parliament House in Sydney last month for the launch of an exhibition of work by Lismore’s Geoff Hannah and Digby Moran.

The exhibition featured 11 of Digby’s paintings and Geoff’s $1.4 million ‘Hannah Cabinet’. The latter took Geoff six years to make and features 140 drawers, all with hand cut dovetails, doors with precious stone and shell, offset by 23-carat gold leaf. Simply exquisite.

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