WARNERVALE ANNUAL FAIR
Mr DAVID HARRIS
(Wyong) [1.07 p.m.]: With all the hype and negativity reported by the media highlighting events that are happening in our economy and in certain sectors of society, it is easy to feel rather hopeless and helpless about the future. However, a lot of good things are happening to communities in the electorates of all members. It is a privilege to talk about events within this forum and to bring to the attention of members the wonderful events that unite people, help communities flourish, and support their members. One such example is the annual Warnervale fair that was held on 21 March. This fun-filled family event, which has been running for 11 years, has got bigger and, in the words of the organiser, better each year.
This year my family and I attended the event and we thoroughly enjoyed watching many people enjoying displays and affordable activities such as rides and sampling a variety of food. Warnervale fair had something for everyone but it also had a strong focus on kids and families. As this year's fair coincided with Harmony Day, a lot of multicultural displays and stalls added to the diversity of activities. Each year since the commencement of this event the Warnervale community has had an opportunity to nominate for Warnervale community awards people who have made outstanding contributions to their community. These awards are coordinated by UnitingCare Burnside's Warnervale Family and Community Centre, which recognises local stars who work with local agencies to build a sense of community.
Tricia Carlson, Burnside's Warnervale Community Centre community connector, said that the Warnervale community awards are a great opportunity for local schools, community groups and services to honour publicly the valuable contribution of volunteers. This year 13 community members were nominated: Bronwyn Barnes, Su-Anne Watts, Jordan Purcell-Ashburner, Sonja Lloyd, Ronda Keenahan, Lorrie O'Brien, Nancy Beveridge, Glennys Blyth, Helen Cuneo, Wendy Dalton, Margaret Goode, Carolyn Chidgey and Ray Rauscher. The major winners were Jordan Purcell-Ashburner and Lorrie O'Brien. Jordan, who has not yet turned 25, has had extensive community involvement across many organisations, for example, LandCare Australia. He is a founding member of Central Coast Wild Plant Rescue and Whale Call International.
He has also had extensive community involvement in or is a member of the Central Coast Community Congress, the Community Environment Network, Gravity Community Park, Toukley Rotary, Workwise—Links to Learning, Sunnyfield Independence Disability Service, the International Council on National Youth Policy, Wyong Youth Council, Headspace—Mental Health Services, Wyong Shire Council, the Federal Government's Youth Consultations and the Australian Sister Cities Conference, to name just a few. Jordan, a remarkable mentor and positive role model to many young people in the area, leads by example and demonstrates how dedication and commitment can overcome many barriers.
Lorrie is known as an angel. She has provided much-needed support to the members of one local family who experienced a difficult time when their young son was diagnosed with cancer. Lorrie organised to care for their three daughters, thus enabling them to stay at Ronald McDonald House to be near their son, and she also organised a fundraiser to assist the family with medical and general living expenses. Lorrie is also heavily involved with St Marys Primary School and is well known for her generosity and dedication to the school community. As the popularity and size of the Warnervale Annual Fair has grown over the years, so has the number of sponsors that have become involved. These sponsors include Lake Haven Shopping Centre, Delta Electricity, Central Coast Business Park, Warnies Cafe and Store, Tyrade Pty Ltd, A Dozen Roses, Bunnings Lake Haven, North Haven Christian Outreach Centre and Wyong Shire Council. Their input and support is greatly appreciated by the local community.
I take this opportunity to commend the community of Warnervale, staff of the Uniting Care Burnside's Warnervale Family and Community Centre and all involved for having the vision and making the mighty effort to coordinate and hold such a wonderful community event. It was refreshing to see friends and neighbours enjoying themselves, united by the fact that they live in and support their community. It was also really good to see a number of schoolchildren performing from a number of local schools and also a local Aboriginal community, which opened proceedings with a very good welcome to country. The Warnervale annual fair is truly a reflection of the following quote from an unknown author:
Where much is expected from individuals, the best rise to meet the challenge and make everything brighter.