COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Tribute to Aunty Thelma Matthews

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (19:53): I pay tribute to Aunty Thelma Matthews, a proud Kamilaroi woman and member of the Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council, who recently passed away. I extend my deepest sympathies to Aunty Thelma's children, Elizabeth, Bruce, David and Shane, their extended families and all who knew her.

Aunty Thelma was immensely proud of her First Nations culture and heritage and held it extremely close to her heart. She was an incredibly resilient and courageous woman who showered everyone that she met with love, caring and affection. Throughout Aunty Thelma's long and outstanding nursing career, she worked in hospitals in Manilla, Rankin Park, Belmont and Allandale before she transitioned into retirement. During that time she worked tirelessly to build community programs and events at Allandale Hospital and Jacaranda Grove Hostel.

On behalf of the thousands of people in our community who will miss Aunty Thelma dearly and remember fondly her infectious smile and incredibly strong will, I pay our respects. Vale Aunty Thelly.