Fabulous Florey Community Fair
Thank you, Madam Speaker. My family and I love a community event, and we certainly enjoyed ourselves at the Fabulous Florey Community Fair, held at Florey Primary School on 30 November. I rise today to publicly thank the Florey Neighbourhood Watch for organising and running such a perfectly named event; it was genuinely fabulous. I want to specifically thank Sharon Leigh-Hazell, area coordinator of the Neighbourhood Watch, and her great leadership team for all they did to make sure the fair ran so smoothly. I also wish to thank all the community volunteers who assisted them.
The fair was filled with an overwhelming variety of market stalls selling an array of delights. Entertainment included dancers, singers, and bands. Kenny Koala was there to share helpful information with children, and families could access health and fitness information in addition to connecting with community, volunteer and sporting organisations. Activities included a jumping castle, face painting and sporting demonstrations. I wish I had time, Madam Speaker, to thank every single person or community group that was involved, but that simply is not possible.
I do wish to make special mention, however, of the ACT Unicycle Riders Society. These generous and enthusiastic community members not only showed off their skills but then invited the curious to have a go. I have to confess that my family now owns a unicycle that we ordered as a consequence of being at the fair, and two of my children can now be seen riding this unique mode of transport around our neighbourhood. We also really enjoyed participating with the Zumba group. What a gift it is to show both children and adults how much fun it can be to get up, get out and move!
We know that strong families and strong communities are important parts of our society. Successful activities such as the Fabulous Florey Community Fair bring families and individuals together in a way that builds the social networks in our neighbourhoods and suburbs whilst also providing families with wholesome recreational activities that all members can participate in. Such experiences create lifelong memories and build relationships amongst parents, children and siblings.
I am proud of my electorate, Madam Speaker, and of all those, like Florey Neighbourhood Watch, who work so hard to make Belconnen such a great place to live and raise a family. Thank you.