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 was a night filled with ceremony, song and dance, celebrating the educational, cultural, social and sporting achievements of Maitland's Indigenous students.
Many community members who have contributed to the education and wellbeing of Indigenous children were also recognised.
The awards involved pupils, teachers and members of communities from across Maitland's public, private, religious, trade-specific and special needs educational facilities.
Thank you to the wonderful Maitland Aboriginal Education Consultative Group committee members for their continued dedication to our Indigenous children.
I make special mention of president Phillip Cliff, vice president Pauline Mitchell, secretary Arnie Leonard and treasurer Nicola White.
Congratulations to everyone whose efforts and contributions were recognised with an award on the night.