Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (18:00): There were lots of activity and plenty of smiles at O'Hearn Street Park in Tenambit over the Christmas school holidays. The Play it Safe program, funded by Maitland City Council Community Grants, Youth Week and Hume Community Housing, saw local kids across various neighbourhoods in Maitland get together to enjoy each other's company and participate in many different activities including juggling, basic bike maintenance, unicycling and footy skills. The event was part of Hume Community Housing's free week‑long school holiday activity program designed for children aged six to 12. It brought together local community, friends and neighbours, seasoned with some fun competition, education, and useful handy maintenance skills.

I thank Hume for inviting me to come along to watch the fun and engage with the kids. The children were certainly engaged and looked like they enjoyed the challenges of performing circus tricks in a mini show that they put on at the end of the session. Most importantly, I could see their increasing confidence, optimism and engagement with each other even in that one short session. I congratulate Hume Community Housing and Maitland City Council on such a fun and positive initiative.