I congratulate Amorelle Dempster and the team of volunteers at Slow Food Hunter Valley. Slow Food Hunter Valley organises a monthly farmers' market, which gives local farms the opportunity to set up a stall and set their own prices on their produce. It also gives them the chance to sell any remaining produce and end-of-season crops, instead of disposing of leftover produce. Slow food is a movement that aims to increase community awareness of the value from farm to market of good, clean, local food. Farming and agriculture is an integral part of the Maitland economy, and I applaud Slow Food Hunter Valley's efforts to support our local farmers. I encourage all Maitland residents to get out there and back our local farmers.
I also congratulate local Gillieston Heights resident 17-year-old Maddi Elliot, who has been nominated to represent Australia at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. She has been a phenomenal swimmer for a number of years, winning her first Paralympic gold medal in London at the age of 13. We wish her all the best.