Community Recognition Statements

As a Member of Parliament I am able to make 60 second statements of a congratulatory nature or that acknowledge achievements of individuals or groups within the community.


These statements are called Community Recognition Statements and are predominantly of a local or private nature and uncontroversial. They recognise charity work, retirements or honour awards (e.g. sporting achievements, school awards etc).


If you know of a person or group that you would like recognised for their contribution to our community please contact my office on 4933 1617 or by email

November 20, 2019

In recent years Maitland, much like other towns and cities, has struggled to keep its central business district viable by reimagining and activating spaces with innovative events, architectural and de...

November 19, 2019

The annual Riverlights Multicultural Festival is a highlight on the Maitland social and cultural calendar. This year was no exception, with thousands lining the riverbank in a celebration of heritage...

November 14, 2019

I would like to acknowledge the ongoing and generous donation of artworks and support to the Maitland Regional Art Gallery from Penelope Seidler AM, along with the generous gift of her time at the rec...

November 13, 2019

 I congratulate the Maitland Aboriginal Education Consultative Group on its staging of the 2019 Pathways Awards night, which recognised the achievements of more than 150 members of our community.

It wa...

November 13, 2019

I wish to join Maitland City Council in congratulating five locals who recently made it into the city’s Hall of Fame.

The inductees were Peter Bogan, Nicholas Enright, Gary Harley, Colin Johnston and...

November 13, 2019

Recently Sharon Smith, Cassandra Gibbens and Breda Diamond—three hardworking women—won the Industry Collaboration Award at the NSW Training Awards.

Sharon, who is the CEO of the Hunter Valley Training...

October 24, 2019

Congratulations to Anthony Milburn who has been named Maitland's 2019 Volunteer of the Year for his part in a rescue mission with a difference.

For the past four years Tony has saved fresh veggies that...

October 24, 2019

I pay tribute to Maitland Artisan Gallery owner, former restaurateur, former President of the Maitland Business Chamber and Dry July ambassador, Jenni Nichols, who bravely shared her family's painful...

October 24, 2019

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I rise today to acknowledge another successful Maitland Tattoo event put on by the City of Maitland Pipes and Drums. There was a range of different entertainment, includi...

October 23, 2019

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (20:58:56): I recognise Maitland inspiring mother of three Linda Bullent, who is fighting cancer and fundraising for a cure at the same time.

Linda has been bra...

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