House debates

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Statements by Members

Lindsay Electorate: Veterans

1:50 pm

Photo of Melissa McIntoshMelissa McIntosh (Lindsay, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I often say that in my electorate of Lindsay our community is full to the brim and overflowing with community spirit. This was on full display at Christmas events for the Penrith City National Servicemen's Association and the St Mary's Vietnam Veterans' Outpost last weekend. Both organisations are doing such incredible work in our community.

At the Penrith City National Servicemen's Association, fondly known as Nashos, we had a beautiful Christmas dinner and a raffle with over 180 prizes. The proceeds go to the club so they can continue the very important work they do for service men and women and their families. The president of Nashos, Harry May, said they couldn't do their work without the generosity of our community. I'm honoured to be a patron of Nashos and to have been there to celebrate Christmas with them.

I also attended the St Mary's Vietnam Veterans' Outpost Christmas lunch. They not only support veterans and their families but all serving members of the Australian Defence Force, current and former. It was a great chance to connect with local veterans in our community at the St Marys RSL Club after a year of being apart.

As we approach the Christmas break, I encourage everyone to check in on our local veterans. I want to thank them for their service and wish them a very merry Christmas.