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 Melinda Thompson.

Peter, who unfortunately passed away last year, was acknowledged for his contribution to research and education. He is a highly regarded local historian, especially around his work preserving Maitland’s flood history.

Nicholas Enright, who passed away in 2003, was an important playwright remembered for his contribution to the performing arts.

Gary Harley has represented his hometown of Maitland with distinction in broadcasting and journalism across rugby league, greyhound racing and horse racing.

Colin Johnston will be remembered for his services to sport and, specifically, cricket in the Maitland community.

Melinda Thompson is an inspirational and honourable sportswoman who was the first woman to compete professionally against men and win in a 70-metre race.

All worthy recipients of a high honour.

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