COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Celebrating Maitland and District Cricket Association

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I acknowledge the important work of the Maitland and District Cricket Association. For more than 125 years, this organisation has ensured the strength of local cricket in the Hunter Valley. The sport's strength in Maitland is due to the long-standing contributions of community members such as Peter Stace and Mark Warlands, who I thank for their part in Maitland's cricketing success. Last season the association had more than 2,000 registered participants. Regional cricket infrastructure is also set to improve with the refurbishment of the Robins Oval grandstand, thanks to investment from Maitland City Council and the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund. As a member of the Parliamentary Friends of Cricket Group, I have seen the valuable contribution the sport makes to regional economies. It brings $5 million to Maitland each year. I am a proud patron of the Maitland District Cricket Umpires Association and would also like to take this opportunity to thank those umpires, coaches and support staff who make the game possible every week during our long, hot Australian summers.