House debates

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Statements by Members

Fairfax Electorate: Community Organisations

1:35 pm

Photo of Ted O'BrienTed O'Brien (Fairfax, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I had a great time recently at the Maroochydore Junior Rugby League Club, throwing a football around after donating a marquee to the club, in recognition of the important role they play in our community. Now, donating a marquee is only a small gesture, but it's one that I've been happy to make to organisations including Hoofbeats Sanctuary, the Buderim Lions Club, the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club, the Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club, the Coolum Crusaders Soccer Club and the Bli Bli United Football Club. Community organisations deserve all the support they get, whether they're a coast care group that protects the coastal environment, a community garden that passes on knowledge about sustainability or a men's shed that promotes good health and wellbeing. As we recover from COVID-19, it is these organisations that are providing the leadership on the ground at the local level, ensuring people are engaged, socially included and physically active. And so that's why I stand here today, Deputy Speaker O'Brien, to say thank you. To every coach, to every volunteer and to every executive of every club and association within Fairfax, on the sunny coast, thank you for the leadership you provide to make our community stronger, united and more resilient.