COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Saluting Australia's Top Mumpreneur

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I rise to acknowledge the challenges faced this year by South Coast businesswoman Kay Saarinen and to congratulate her on winning the national AusMumpreneur Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of Australian mothers in small business.

Kay is the founder of Eco Seed to Skin by Saarinen Organics, which this year was a finalist in all four AusMumpreneur Award categories. Seed to Skin took first place in handmade excellence, second in people's choice product and sustainable business ethics, and third in regional business excellence. This top-class combination placed it as overall winner.

I first met Kay earlier this year when the Far South Coast was reeling from the devastation and loss caused by catastrophic bushfires. I visited her again mid-year and was blown away by the amount of work Kay and her husband Gregg had already put in to rebuild their property. It is truly amazing that Kay managed to not only survive the fires, but thrive to the extent that her small, rural business came through a national competition with top honours.

Congratulations on achieving such stellar success, Kay, while staying true to your ecologically friendly and sustainable ethos.