Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (17:44:21): Maitland Croquet Club is one of many community groups in Maitland working to contribute to the social fabric of our community in difficult circumstances.

Pre‑COVID, Maitland Croquet Club had 62 active members who played Monday to Saturday every week of the year, with the exception of Christmas Day, Anzac Day and Easter. The youngest member of the club is 33 years old and the next youngest is 44 years old. The group provides an important opportunity for exercise and fellowship for the mature members of our community.

The club recently obtained a grant of $267,100. As patron of the club I had the honour of turning the first sod on the program of works with Maitland's mayor, Councillor Loretta Baker. The grant will help extend the club room and the covered verandah for spectators, provide new equipment storage and two unisex bathrooms with showering facilities, and remove the existing shipping containers. When complete the club facilities will be able to host State and national events.

I acknowledge club stalwart Wal Mills and the rest of the club members for their hard work to achieve this outcome.