Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (18:53:39): I acknowledge the remarkable work being done by two young mothers in the Maitland region to combat isolation in the early years of parenthood. Under the name Kids and Chaos, they arrange regular gatherings for parents and their children in a safe space; provide advice and information through regular Facebook postings; encourage the support of micro-businesses in the community; and raise funds and materials for related causes.

Nicole Williams and Amy MacDougal—two young, enterprising women—have recognised the corrosive nature of isolation for young parents and have made it their mission to address it directly through their own not-for-profit organisation. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a temporary but necessary pause in their operations. Playdates, picnics and market stalls have been on hold for some weeks now.

Despite being unable to gather in person, the group stays connected online and has been using the time to come up with even more ways to support, inspire and connect. I look forward to attending another one of their events very soon.