Tuesday, 17 October 2023
Statements by Members
Longman Volunteer Awards
Last week I was pleased to host the Longman Volunteer Awards. There were over 40 people and organisations nominated in the Longman electorate. Longman has a great history of people who volunteer and commit to the community. I think about people like Ross Palantine, from Bribie Little Athletics, and Fiona Lester, who runs the Dakabin State High School—my old high school—cattle team. They picked up a heap of awards at the Brisbane Ekka this year. I think about people like Daniel Scott, from Bribie Island Bulldogs in the AFL, and the time that he puts in. There were a couple of people from the Bribie Island and Beachmere men's sheds—terrific organisations. We've got Katrina Gilligan, from Wildlife Rescue, who takes care of those kangaroos who get hit on the side of the road. She takes them in and works with Australia Zoo, another tremendous organisation.
But the star of the show this year was a little fellow—I don't reckon he'd be five foot tall—Kevie Williams, from Bribie Island Lions Club. Kevie's been volunteering for over 30 years in the Bribie Island community. He spent 10 years as a scout leader and he's also been the driving force of putting on community days for Camp Quality for the last 20 years, the Australia Day Big Breakfast and the seniors Christmas lunch. He assists with the memorial gardens and scouts lawn maintenance and has also organised many assistance projects for the elderly and the disabled over the years.
Well done to Kevie and all the other volunteers who help make Longman the greatest community in Australia to live in.