House debates

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Constituency Statements

Grimmett, Mr Stewart, Women in Agri-tech Pitch Competition: 2020 Winners, Page Electorate: National Rugby League Players

10:27 am

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I'd like to recognise Stewart Grimmett, who has recently retired after 40 years of teaching at Woodenbong Central School. Stewart arrived in Woodenbong in May 1980 and, indeed, lived at the pub for six months whilst the teachers' flats were being built. Over the years, Stewart had many offers of promotion to work in many other areas around the state, but he never wanted to leave Woodenbong. He loved the school and he loved the community and very much made it his home. Stewart and his wife, Susan, had three daughters—Jacinta, Caitlin and Melissa. Melissa has sadly passed. Jacinta has graduated with a teaching degree, and Caitlin is a psychology graduate. Thank you, Stewart. You loved Woodenbong, and Woodenbong loves you, mate. Happy retirement!

I'd like to recognise Clara Tolman, Annie Tolman and Zoe Fairfull, who recently won the 2020 Women in Agri-tech Pitch Competition. Clara, Annie and Zoe attend Alstonville High School and won the national competition with their idea for an app called 'Youth in Agriculture: Australia's Future'. The app would connect young people to articles, information and mentors in agricultural careers. It would identify students' interests and suggest workshops and conferences to help them find job opportunities. Clara, Annie and Zoe won $2,000 in cash prizes for Alstonville High. They are going to put this towards purchasing a new steer. Congratulations and well done on this fantastic idea.

With the NRL finals starting on the weekend, I'd like to take this opportunity to recognise all the current players and coaches who are from my region. Brian Kelly of Lismore and the Grafton boys Tyrone Roberts and Anthony Don all play for the Gold Coast Titans. The 'Don', who was a Grafton Ghost, is now the Titans' all-time leading try scorer, with 85 career tries. Casino Cougars junior Cody Walker plays for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. James Roberts also plays for the Rabbitohs, and I wish them both good luck in the finals.

Twenty-one-year-old Daine Laurie from Iluka made his debut for the Penrith Panthers this year—a wonderful achievement. Nick Meaney now plays for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Nick played for the Ballina Seagulls and attended St John's College Woodlawn in Lismore. Matt King from Casino is currently an assistant coach with the Roosters—an exceptional player who represented Australia. I'd also like to recognise Mitch Aubusson from Ballina, who became the most capped Sydney Rooster of all time during the season. Thank you to all the families, coaches and clubs that have helped these players reach the NRL, and congratulations to the players who represent our region at the highest level.