House debates

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Statements by Members

Dobell Electorate: Christmas Card Competition

1:33 pm

Photo of Emma McBrideEmma McBride (Dobell, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health) Share this | | Hansard source

This year has been tough on the coast, and I'm proud of the way our community has pulled together. So I wanted to finish the year by capturing the spirit of the coast on my 2020 Christmas card. I'd like to recognise the many talented local photographers who entered their work in my competition: Grace Evans, Jarrod Marrinon, Justin Bagnall, Jess Turner, Adrian Byrnes, Isabeau Lynagh, Dana De Chellis, Denyse Whelan and Reem Elshaarawy. It's no surprise the most popular images entered were of our stunning coastline and local waterways. The competition was run as a people's choice award, and I'd like to thank the more than 100 local people who cast their votes for their favourite images.

Today I'm delighted to announce the winners of my 2020 Christmas card photography competition. The third runner-up is Justin Bagnall for his photograph titled 'Dangerous Conditions' of the Catherine Hill Bay pier. The second runner-up is Jarrod Marrinon for his stunning landscape titled 'Long Jetty at Sunset'. Finally, the winner of the Dobell Christmas card photography competition is Grace Evans from Kanwal. Grace entered three stunning images in the competition—'Sunset at The Entrance', 'Sunrise at Norah Head' and 'Smokey Sunrise at Gorokan'. The people's choice is 'Sunset at The Entrance, Central Coast, NSW'. I'm proud to feature the three winning entries on my Christmas cards, and I'm looking forward to presenting Grace with a 20-inch by 30-inch canvas print of her photograph by local company Artist Avenue. I'd like to finish by wishing everybody on the Central Coast a happy and safe Christmas and a prosperous new year.