House debates

Monday, 22 February 2021

Statements by Members

McKeon, Ms Moya, OAM

1:59 pm

Photo of Bert Van ManenBert Van Manen (Forde, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I'd like to acknowledge the life and contribution of Moya McKeon, who sadly passed away last week. Moya and her family came to Beenleigh in 1953. Through that time she was very involved in a range of aspects across our community, in particular the Catholic parish, and she described the very fond memories she had of St Patrick's at Beenleigh. Moya's life was defined by her service and kindness to others, and in 2007 she was awarded the Order of Australia for her service. Moya was a founding member of Quota Beenleigh, an international organisation empowering women, children, the deaf and people with speech difficulties, and she was involved with Quota for close to 48 years. In 1986 she established the Quota Beenleigh City of Logan Eisteddfod. At that time, there were very limited opportunities for young people to compete in dance, music and performance in front of trained judges. Today the eisteddfod is the largest performing arts event in the city of Logan.

I'll always remember the way Moya lit up a room whenever we went to Quota events. Her friendship and warmth touched me, my family, members of my staff and many others in our community. Her friends said that Moya was an inspiration for many, both though Quota and more widely. It was wonderful to see her and the legacy she has left our community. May she rest in peace. She will not be forgotten. Her legacy will live on for the many whose lives she so richly graced and benefited.

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In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has concluded.