Page 5481 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 16 November 2011

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Order of Australia Association

Trinity Christian school

Royal National Capital Agricultural Society

MR COE (Ginninderra) (9.12): I start tonight where I finished off last night with regard to the Order of Australia Association. The chair there is Len Goodman AO; the secretary, Bruce Trewartha OAM; the treasurer, Brian Acworth AM; the committee members, Diane Karagus AM, Trish Keller OAM, Dr Andrew Lu OAM, Ian Meikle AM, Jennifer Muir OAM and Derek Robson OAM; and the co-opted member is Ray Newcombe OAM.

I would like to conclude this part of my speech by thanking and congratulating Len Goodman on his service as chairman of the Order of Australia Association Canberra Branch. His term expires later this month, when a new committee will be elected at their AGM. I wish them all well for their upcoming meeting.

This evening I also pay tribute to the principal of Trinity Christian school, Mr Carl Palmer. Today I, along with the students, staff, parents and friends, was able to commend and thank him for the exceptional service he has given the school and community since 2000. After 12 years in the role, Mr Palmer will be, quite literally, passing a baton on to a new principal. Today’s assembly was befitting of the ethos and values he has demonstrated in his time at the school. It was engaging and heartfelt but a happy forum to acknowledge his commitment.

School captains, Ryan Winslade and Lisa Tredinnick, emceed the events, with Tony D’Abrera, Daniel Leung, Brianna Kimber, Adeline Pfeiffer and Nathan De Meillon offering prayers and readings. Presentations and tributes came from students Zak Steward, Ashley Maxted, Emma McDonald, Alexander Thorpe, Jessica Laudenbach, Adrian Janse van Rensburg and Emily Horsley. Mr Michael Lee, principal of St Mary MacKillop college, spoke of Mr Palmer’s legacy at Trinity and beyond.

Today Mr Palmer gave a presentation which included a number of his famous green bags. With a theme, BEST, he gave some practical advice which is applicable to all, even beyond the school boundaries. He said, “B is for being who you are, E is for encouraging others, S is for striving to be the best you can be and T is for trust in the Lord.” Mr Palmer is a man of strong faith and he sets a wonderful example for all he knows. He is an exceptional leader and he was ably supported by his wife, Jennie. I wish them both well and thank them for their service.

This evening I would like to pay tribute to the ongoing contribution made to support and promote agricultural excellence by the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society. The RNCAS are responsible for organising and staging the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show, the Dan Murphy’s national wine show of Australia, the Canberra Times home leisure, caravan, four-wheel driving and camping show, the ActewAGL Canberra regional wine show, the royal Canberra extra virgin olive oil show, and the royal Canberra national poultry show as well as other activities throughout the year.

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