Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (20:11): If you mention Maitland outside the city limits there is a fair chance you will be greeted with the response, "Ah! That's where Steamfest is, isn't it?" Down the road in Newcastle, Surfest has for decades showcased our magnificent Hunter beaches and coastal lifestyle to a global audience. The Hunter can thank Maitland benefactor Norm Burton for his longstanding support of these iconic events, plus a laundry list of other events and organisations that enrich our community.

Norm is Maitland born and bred. He still lives in the home where he was born, he still plays a part in the business he founded 50 years ago on a handshake agreement and he is still a very much loved and valued member of the East Maitland RSL and many other community organisations. He has lived by the credo that the heart and soul of any good business is giving back to the community, and it has been a win-win formula. His business acumen and service to local charities was honoured on 26 January, when he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal.

While Norm is best known as the man behind Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota, there are countless people in Maitland who have benefited from his generosity. Thanks to Norm, and congratulations.