Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (20:15): Congratulations to RAAF Squadron Leader Stephen Grimmer on his receipt of a NSW Government Community Service Award bestowed for his tremendous service to the people of Maitland.

Not only has Steve led the East Maitland RSL Sub-branch for three years and served as vice-president for two, but during his tenure the sub-branch pursued and obtained significant grant funding to improve facilities for its members, the auxiliary and the community at large. Knowing the risks that COVID-19 presented to the many older and often lonely veterans in the sub-branch, Steve mobilised members to perform welfare-check calls and home visits, and encouraged the reinstatement of coffee mornings, which has been really successful, since health orders permitted.

Steve, with his wife Fiona, was active in the organisation of the Maitland Saints AFL Club, particularly in umpiring. He was a champion of the Saints. Sadly for us, Steve departed Maitland recently to take up a post in Washington for three years. Steve's NSW Government Community Service Award is in recognition of his service to our city. I thank him very much for his contribution and look forward to seeing him back in Maitland very soon.