House debates

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Statements by Members

Cowper Electorate: Belcher, Ms Rosa

1:43 pm

Photo of Luke HartsuykerLuke Hartsuyker (Cowper, National Party) Share this | Hansard source

I rise in the House to honour Telegraph Point's oldest resident, Rosa Belcher, who turned 100 on 14 November. Rosa is a great Australian, who was born in Extremadura, Spain in 1918. She emigrated to Australia with husband, Ted, and son, Patrick, in 1950. To celebrate Rosa's 100th birthday, the Telegraph Point Community Association hosted a birthday party at the Telegraph Point School of Arts. I was delighted to attend. I would like to commend the association's president Sue Pike for organising the event, with the help of hall manager Ross Trevelyn and community members Kerry Armstrong and Ken Greenwood.

Rosa enjoyed a beautiful birthday cake decorated in the colours of the Spanish flag. The cake was made by community member Mary Cass. Happy birthday was sung in Spanish. Therese Glen-Holmes, the post office manager, and her staff were diligent in ensuring everyone signed the all-important birthday card. Rosa's family travelled from Sydney, and friends came from Brisbane and the Port Macquarie-Wauchope area. It was a delight to see how the Telegraph Point community cares for their oldest citizen. Rosa lives independently at 100, and this is possible because there is a caring community on hand. Happy birthday, Rosa!


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