Thank you Chair.
Almost 12 months ago, we were about to deliver a free movie at the Bellbowrie pool when the flood hit, causing significant damage and leaving us with no choice but to postpone the event.
While disappointing at the time, we were finally able to deliver on our promise to reschedule the event last Sunday night.
The pool precinct has well and truly recovered from the flood damage and was looking at its absolute best for this event.
Because of workplace health and safety reasons, we had to cap the number of residents and children able to attend. But we sensed when we announced the new date that it was going to be popular and there was little doubt those who attended thoroughly enjoyed Sing 2 and the other entertainment and giveaways on the night.
A few thank yous.
First, thanks to the Bellbowrie pool operator, Just Sportz n Fitness, and in particular Jacquie Williams for helping pull this event together with my office.
Last year, Just Sportz n Fitness had its contract with Council to manage the pool extended, a decision that has been very popular with the local community.
Just Sportz n Fitness is a company owned by Justin Lemberg, and to those familiar with the history of swimming in Australia, that name will ring a bell.
Justin was part of the Lawrie Lawrence stable that produced many Olympic and Commonwealth Games champions such as Duncan Armstrong, Jon Sieben, Tracey Wickham and Steve Holland.
Justin won bronze in the 400 metre freestyle event at the 1984 LA Olympics and remains passionate about the sport.
To watch him encouraging young swimmers from the pool deck shows he has the passion of his old mentor, and don’t be surprised if some of his charges are in contention to represent Australia at the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.
Second, to the Kenmore Rotary Club who stepped up to do the sausage sizzle. Time and again, this club epitomises what service to the community is about.
And finally, to Sara in my Ward office who is arguably the event queen of the western suburbs. As Councillors past and present she has worked will attest, Sara leaves no stone unturned in ensuring residents leave our events with many happy memories.