COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Tribute to Jennifer Bates

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (18:09:52): I pay tribute to Maitland's Jennifer Bates, who lived a short but jam-packed life full of volunteering, career highlights, international travel, hobbies and a love for her family and husband, Jordi. Most of all Jen had a passion for making the world a better place. Jen's parents, Kathryn Bennet and Ken Phelan, have worked to keep her legacy alive by raising funds in support of her passions.


To honour what would have been her fortieth birthday this year, Kathryn established the Let's Do It For Jen fund to raise money for the Beyond Zero Emissions [BZE] Diversifying the Hunter project. Jennifer was closely involved with Newcastle's BZE projects, particularly its first bulk purchases of solar storage batteries by consumers in Australia.


The fundraising push in the name of Jennifer Bates, her life cut tragically short, raised $15,670 toward the first project under the Million Jobs Plan. This is an amazing achievement and a fitting legacy for a remarkable and inspirational woman. Vale, Jennifer.