COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Strong Maitland Showgirl Tradition

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—Congratulate to the six young women who took part in this year's Maitland Showgirl quest, I thank them for their part in keeping this tradition alive.

The Showgirl Movement is misunderstood by many. It is not a beauty pageant - its aim is to find a young female ambassador for rural NSW and the Agricultural Show movement. Congratulations to Billie-Jo Cresswell, Amy Newton, Breanna Murrell, Shanelle Fairhall, Hollie Hassler and Hayley Johns, for putting yourselves forward with such confidence and grace.

This year Maitland's winning showgirl is Hayley Johns, of Bolwarra Heights. Hayley is in her final year of podiatry studies at the University of Newcastle, is a passionate advocate for rural health, and has a strong agricultural and volunteering background. She is also Maitland's Young Citizen of the Year. Hayley will compete at the zone finals in 2021 for a place in the state final of The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition. I wish her luck.

Thank you to long-time Maitland Showgirl coordinator Margaret Enright for her dedication and commitment to the Showgirl Movement.