Special Interest Speech - Marillac House
15 October 2019
Launceston-based Marillac House provides affordable accommodation for people who travel to our city for medical treatment. It gives those who are suffering through medical crises a safe, supportive and affordable place to stay during these tough times. I was very pleased to get the opportunity to tell the Legislative Council more about it.
Special Interest Speech - The Headstone Project
10 September 2019
The Headstone Project started in 2011 to provide a final resting place to our World War One veterans, who have had unmarked graves. I spoke to the Chamber about the extraordinary work being done by this organisation and how it's benefited our community.
Special Interest Speech - Newstead College
13 August 2019
Newstead College is one of the two public colleges in Launceston and focuses on academic excellence, vocational education and training and, because of its healthy student-to-teacher ratio, places an emphasis on student wellbeing. Listen here to what they have been up to recently.
Special Interest Speech - Westpac Rescue Helicopter
6 August 2019
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter team's typical day in the office might involve multiple missions to extract lost or injured bushwalkers and bring victims of road accidents to hospital. Their extraordinary work is the subject of my special interest speech here.
Special Interest Speech - Launceston Chamber of Commerce
18 June 2019
The Launceston Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1849 and is Australia's oldest, continuing Chamber of Commerce.
In this speech, I highlight the important and impactful work that the Chamber does throughout the business sector and its contributions to policy, growth and the local community.
Special Interest Speech - Fred Mace tribute
28 May 2019
Fred Mace (1922-2019) was a stalwart of the Prospect community.
Mace Street was his namesake and here I pay my respect to Fred, his family and his legacy.
Special Interest Speech - Old Umbrella Shop
21 May 2019
The Old Umbrella Shop's rich heritage is a mirror which reflects Launceston's history back to us today.
Run by a dedicated team of volunteers, I believe we are very lucky to have such a fantastic piece of living history to explore.
Special Interest Speech - Neil Pitt's Menswear
2 April 2019
Neil Pitt's Menswear is a Launceston institution and in 2019, celebrates its 70th year of operation.
In this speech I speak about the mark that his iconic business has made on Launceston and acknowledge its place in the community's fabric.
Special Interest Speech - Donna MacFarlane
19 March 2019
My niece, Donna MacFarlane, is a Tasmanian-born Olympic athlete.
Beyond that, she is a loving mother and wife, writer and consultant. Here, I highlight some of her many achievements that can be an inspiration to us all.
Special Interest Speech - Cataract Gorge: Gorgeous Walks & Talks
20 November 2018
Launceston's Cataract Gorge, is a Tasmanian emblem.
An initiative, entitled 'Gorgeous Walks & Talks' is a series of talks that provide participants with an insight into the many features and the history surrounding this stunning Tasmanian icon.
Special Interest Speech - Foundation 33inc.
30 October 2018
Foundation 33inc. is an organisation founded in 2004 by St Luke's Health.
Since that time they have raised over $200,000 for charity, including organisations that receive little or no support from government funding or other financial assistance.
Special Interest Speech - Tamar Valley Writer's Festival
18 September 2018
The 2018 Tamar Valley Writer's Festival attracted a wealth of talent including over 60 nationally and internationally recognised authors featured in the festival line‑up.
Here, I speak about the Festival's significance on our wonderful region & the importance of its ongoing support.
Special Interest Speech - Tasmanian Dog Training Club
21 August 2018
As a patron of the Tasmanian Dog Training Club, in this speech, I recognise its contributions to animal welfare and to the Launceson community, since it was founded in 1958.
Special Interest Speech - Encore Theatre Company
12 June 2018
The Encore Theatre Company celebrated its 10 year anniversary in April 2018.
During that decade, the company and those who drive it, has gone from strength to strength, highlighting just what hard work, dedication and a bit of artistic flair can do.
Special Interest Speech - Barratt's Music Launceston
22 May 2018
If you ask any Launcestonian where they bought their first instrument, they will all say: Barratt's Music.
Founded in Devonport in 1894 and opening in Launceston in 1904, Barratts has provided many musicians and music students with the tools and inspiration to develop their musical and artistic skills.