Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 7 August 2014) . . Page.. 2226 ..
In June 2014 Vibe Australia was informed that funds for the Vibe project will be directed to the Australian government’s programs that deliver front-line services from 1 July 2014. This was a devastating blow to Gavin Jones’s dream. This crippled the Deadly family of events for the foreseeable future, a development that had purportedly left Gavin heartbroken. In the words of Luke Carroll, Australian television and film actor:
The Australian community, not only the Aboriginal and Torres Strait community, has lost a genuine leader of people. Gavin Jones was a mentor, brother, father figure, and great confidant, not only to me, but to so many within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entertainment, sporting, and grass roots community. His ambition and drive in promoting our people on the biggest and brightest stage possible was his passion, and he did this without any thought of personal gain, he was the most giving and generous person I have ever known and his legacy and the ramifications of his death will be felt for many generations to come. There is a massive void that is left from his absence, and we must never, ever forget the contribution he has made.
They are powerful words from Luke Carroll. Gavin was a silent leader, continually pushing the achievements and contributions of others into the spotlight while himself shying away from accolades and recognition. Through his passionate and incredible work ethic, ambition, creative drive and commitment to the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over more than two decades, Gavin leaves behind an impressive legacy and will be remembered as a man who made a huge contribution to his community and helped to change the fabric of Australian society, providing successful and impactful nationwide platforms for Indigenous Australians to celebrate their achievements, their survival, their pride and culture.
MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (5.06): Tonight I would like to recognise an important achievement for two Ainslie constituents—Manuel Xyrakis and his sister Irene Mihailakis, who are joint managing directors of the Ainslie IGA. IGA Ainslie was awarded the IGA deli department of the year award and the IGA meat department of the year award at the 2014 national IGA retailer of the year awards held on 21 July on the Gold Coast. The awards recognise the efforts of the store and its staff in the community, placing the IGA Ainslie store as the benchmark for other supermarkets across Australia.
For anyone who has visited their store, Manuel and Irene have focused on enhancing their customers’ in-store experience by extending their offer beyond that of a traditional supermarket, transforming, as they say, the weekly chore of shopping into an exciting, inspiring experience by giving locals access to a huge range of fresh produce and gourmet foods. Their meat department has been described by IGA head office as a market leader in independent meat retailing, with an in-store butchery and exceptional meat quality and standards.
The deli has always had fantastic standards, a great range of locally grown and in-store product lines, as well as a huge selection of gourmet entertaining products,