Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (20:17): I celebrate the opening of the Maitland Croquet Club extension and congratulate the club's members and members of the executive on their fantastic new facility. In 2020 the club received a Stronger Country Communities Fund grant of $267,100 which allowed it to extend the covered verandah area for spectators, expand the club room, create storage space for lawn maintenance equipment and build two new unisex bathrooms and a shower.

As the proud patron of the club, recently I was granted the honour of officially opening the extensions in the presence of former mayor of Maitland Mr Peter Blackmore, OAM, and now the Emeritus Mayor of Maitland. Peter attended with his wife, Robyn. It was very special because Peter had opened the initial clubhouse in 1998. The upgrades and modernisations will ensure the club's continued place in the Maitland community and its significance in the lives of many of our seniors. It has a long legacy of service to our seniors. The club had a difficult year during COVID but it has really come through. The extensions are a great way to celebrate that.