Jodie Harrison

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  • Chelsea Egginton
  • Pink Socks Bowls Day
  • Redhead Surf Life Saving Club Presentation Day
  • Mount Hutton and Windale Residents Action Group
  • John Smith and John Anderson
  • Charlestown Local Woman of the Year
Thursday, 25 May 2017

Chelsea Egginton

I was proud to present Redhead athlete Chelsea Egginton with two New South Wales Government State Representative Awards. At the 2015 and 2016 Australian Junior Athletics Championships, Chelsea represented New South Wales in high jump, long jump, triple jump and javelin.

In February 2015 Chelsea jumped a huge 1.76 metres to win the New South Wales junior title, ranking her first in the world for her age group and just five centimetres off the all-time record. Chelsea ended 2015 just one centimetre off the best height for her age group in the world. This is despite a serious hip injury that prevented her from competing in the second half of the year. I wish Chelsea all the best in her ambition to qualify and represent Australia in the women's high jump at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

I have no doubt we will continue to see Chelsea achieve great things in her future athletics career. Congratulations Chelsea.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Pink Socks Bowls Day

Earlier this month, the Charlestown electorate office staff and I teamed up for the Pink Socks Bowls Day at Kahibah Sports Club to raise money for and to support the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation is a Hunter-based and founded non‑profit organisation, which raises much-needed funds to provide information and support for women and men diagnosed with or being treated for breast cancer in the Hunter. The foundation is unique as all the money raised is used to support families in the Hunter.

My office and I bowled against the superior Charlestown Bowling Club team, who were patient and kind enough to teach us the tricks of the trade. I thank Kahibah Sports Club and in particular Dominique Sheehan and Graham Smith for organising and running this successful, rewarding and fun day.

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Thursday, 01 June 2017

Redhead Surf Life Saving Club Presentation Day

Having just come from the meeting of the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving, I am pleased to bring to the attention of the House that on 21 May I had the pleasure of attending Redhead Surf Life Saving Club Presentation Day. The presentation of awards highlighted another successful year for the relatively small club, both at a competition level as well as protecting beachgoers at the iconic Redhead Beach.

I congratulate the following members who have subsequently been nominated for Hunter Branch Awards of Excellence in each of the following categories: Steve Foggett, Life Saver of the Year; Boyd Conrick, Volunteer of the Year; Drew Blatchford, Coach of the Year; Gail Evans, Official of the Year; Lachlan Steffner, Young Life Saver of the Year; Nicola Owen Young, Young Female Athlete; Andrew Wright, Trainer of the Year; Daniel Collins, Senior Male Athlete; Lili Costello, Senior Female Athlete; Ethan Whiteman, Master; Marilyn Clarence, Master; and Lily, Seraina and Milly, Team of the Year.

To top off the year, two of the club's members secured places in the Nutri-Grain National Ironman Series. Congratulations to Daniel Collins and Isak Costello. Well done.

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Thursday, 01 June 2017

Mount Hutton and Windale Residents Action Group

I recognise the Mount Hutton and Windale Residents Action Group and particularly Ray Hinton, a staunch community advocate in the Charlestown electorate. The residents action group was the catalyst for a campaign to rehabilitate a clogged waterway in Windale and Mount Hutton, locally known as Scrubby Creek. Their advocacy has seen Lake Macquarie City Council agree to allocate $500,000 to fixing the creek. The works will include part of the creek being deepened, rock beds replaced and fallen willow trees, abandoned shopping trolleys and rubbish being be removed.    

These planned works are expected to make a big difference to the localised flooding in the area, as well as bring the currently neglected creek back to its former glory. I commend Mount Hutton and Windale Residents Action Group on this successful campaign. They are a true example of how a community working together can create change.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

John Smith and John Anderson

I am proud to report that over the Queen's birthday long weekend two of my constituents John Smith and John Anderson received awards.

John Anderson received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to rugby league. John's involvement with rugby league spans decades, including a long association with South Newcastle Rugby League Club. Choc, as he is affectionately known, is chairman of the Country Rugby League of New South Wales. He is passionate about ensuring that the bush receives its fair share. As a sports lover, John has been active with the Hunter Academy of Sport and uses sport as a motivator to encourage children to attend school. He has believed in this approach from the earliest days, regardless of the choice of sport. He is also heavily involved in raising funds for Hunter Surf Life Saving.

John Smith received a medal for his tireless service and contribution to Hunter sport, including bowls, cricket and rugby league. He has provided 30 years of service to the sport of bowls, in which he has performed roles in executive management, regulation development and conflict resolution. John holds life membership at Kahibah Sports Club and has helped to maintain a pleasurable bowling experience at the club.

I commend John and Choc.

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Charlestown Local Woman of the Year

Charlestown Local Woman of the Year

Legislative Assembly Hansard – 08 March 2017 – Proof

Today I recognise Lynda Little, Charlestown's Local Woman of the Year. Lynda manages The Place; a community centre at Charlestown. The Place is a financially sustainable social enterprise enabling participant-led community activity. The mission of The Place is to provide a safe and welcoming venue that engages and supports a diverse community and responds according to local community needs. The income generated from local businesses hiring rooms in The Place directly supports its work within the community, including the provision of information and referral services. The Place offers a number of regular activities and workshops, including over-50s exercise classes, playgroups, cooking classes for people with disabilities, and yoga. As well as being the inaugural manager of The Place, Lynda is an active member of the Hunter Regional Neighbourhood Centre Forum and the Local Community Services Association, the State peak body for community development organisations. I commend Lynda and her staff for their tireless efforts in supporting the community and people of Charlestown

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