Page 4194 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 18 November 2015

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I and many others have been very inspired by the example of Lou Westende, his determination and persistence over the past 40 years. I hope we can celebrate Lou Westende’s 91st birthday here in the Assembly on 28 November 2016 after a Liberal victory in the October 2016 elections. Lou Westende, the Liberal team in the ACT Legislative Assembly salutes you.

Maribyrnong school twilight fair

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.02): I rise tonight to talk about the Maribyrnong Primary School twilight fair, which I was fortunate enough to attend last Friday. The fair contained many family-friendly fundraising activities, including the white elephant, plant, cake and book stalls, archery and both a live and silent auction. The live auction went off particularly well, and I would like to thank all those who donated and purchased auction items on the night. I know the school’s P&C is very grateful for the help and donations they received from many organisations and individuals. Further events included a sideshow alley, which was run by students and staff from the grades 5 and 6 classes. Bells Amusements also provided a number of rides which were very much enjoyed by kids and parents alike.

Thankfully, after a day of very wet weather, the clouds cleared just in time for the fete starting at 4 pm. Proving that the timing was just perfect, a thunderstorm was to come in as soon as the fete finished up at 8 pm. As remarked to me after the fair, the weather gods were well and truly on the side of the fete organisers. The clear weather allowed for a good turnout, and I know the fair turned out be to a good fundraiser for the school heading into 2016.

The Maribyrnong Primary School twilight fair is only possible because of the hard work and dedication of the school’s P&C, all of whom volunteered their time: Noel Florien, the president of the school’s P&C, leads an active P&C committee which has worked tirelessly to put on the twilight fair this year. In particular, Sharon Hewson and Clare Madden took a leading role in organising the volunteers and events at this year’s fair. I thank Sharon and Clare for the hard work they put in this year, which, of course, the immediate Maribyrnong Primary School community benefits from but also the broader community does, too.

Jennifer Howard, the school’s principal, and Lauren Newman, the chair of the school’s board, should also be acknowledged for the role they played and do play at the school on an ongoing basis. There are also many other parents, staff and students who went out of their way to help, whether at the fair itself or by baking or donating items prior to the event. Putting together a fete is truly a community event. To all those who volunteered or gave up time or money or anything else to contribute to the event, I thank you.

The Maribyrnong Primary School twilight fair was a wonderful way to end the week. I congratulate all those involved and I encourage members to attend the twilight fair next year. For more information about the school, I encourage members to visit their website at

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