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Gillieston Heights Community


Recognising the Gillieston Heights community, who demonstrated resilience, determination and community spirit when they were isolated on "Gilligan's Island"—as it came to be known—during the April super storm.

I recognise the Gillieston Heights community, who demonstrated resilience, determination and community spirit when they were isolated on "Gilligan's Island"—as it came to be known—during the April super storm.

The community centre became a hub for the community, with people like Sandy Paul organising an Anzac Day ceremony; Sonia Gannon, Patricia Ling and their team helping to distribute the food and other items donated to them; and Kelly Mayall and many other people assisting with their boats at Testers Hollow.

I thank Mark and Amanda Venz and Russell Schwarz from the community centre for assisting the emergency services personnel who were working out of the centre. I wish Mark all the best in overcoming his current health problems.

I was pleased to be able to nominate the centre for the National Australia Bank grant of $10,000. The centre was successful in receiving the grant and I hope that it can put the grant to good use for community resilience building.

I also take the opportunity to thank the emergency service workers and all the people on "Gilligan's Island" who worked together during a time of such adversity.

#CommunityRecognitionStatement #GilliestonHeights

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