House debates

Monday, 8 February 2016

Statements by Members

Gilmore Electorate: Agricultural Shows

4:01 pm

Photo of Ann SudmalisAnn Sudmalis (Gilmore, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

There is nothing quite like a regional country show. I love helping to sell tickets on the gate, or working in the kitchen or sponsoring the youth talent quests. I take this opportunity to thank our amazing committee members for our five local shows, three held so far this year and two still to come. For Nowra show; thank you Wendy Woodward, Robyn Nelson, Faye Suffolk, Janice Hughes, Peter Cowman, Ron McKinnon, Kevin Carter, Jodie Bennett, Allan Garratt, Ringmaster John Bennett, the 60 other committee members and more than 200 volunteers. For the Milton show, we thank Roy Johnston, Mick Scott, Graham White, Diane L'Estrange, Ken Lesley, Mick Scott, the committee of 45 people and heaps of volunteers, and also the ladies auxiliary, coordinated by Elaine Gumley and Barbara Anderson. To the members of the Kangaroo Valley show, happening this weekend, thank you Harry Sharman, Suzanne Greer, Keith Wearne, Cathy Gorman, Maree Witton, Paul Williams, Lorraine Mairinger, Irene Dunn, Rodger Arnold, David Kent, Laurie Barton, Jan McGregor, and Johnny Smart.

From Kiama show we thank Michael Brennan, David Young, Greg Chittick, Ron Gregory, Vic East, Sue Granger-Holcombe, their committee members and local volunteers . For the Berry show, thank you Peter Hands, Jim Beiler, Bill Seelis, Peter Harris, Paul Evert and the ladies auxiliary and Marelle Wright, as well as the 75 committee members and the 389 volunteers who helped on the day. There is nothing like watching the showjumping and looking at the jams, the chutneys, the flowers—everything. Even if it is raining, you walk in four inches of mud but it is absolutely fabulous. I appreciate the opportunity to extol the virtues of the work these people do, showcasing agriculture in our region.