HARTLEY ELECTORATE

Tuesday 04 July, 2017

Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:40): I rise to update the house on some recent events I have attended in the electorate of Hartley and have had the great pleasure of supporting, beginning with a recent event held by The Gums Landcare Group. The Gums Landcare Group is absolutely ready to work alongside our new Green Army project for Wadmore Reserve, The Gums and Third Creek. As we know, the Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians aged between 17 and 24 to gain training and experience that will assist them to look for jobs in the future while generating exceptional benefits for the local environment in the meantime.

Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:40): I rise to update the house on some recent events I have attended in the electorate of Hartley and have had the great pleasure of supporting, beginning with a recent event held by The Gums Landcare Group. The Gums Landcare Group is absolutely ready to work alongside our new Green Army project for Wadmore Reserve, The Gums and Third Creek. As we know, the Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians aged between 17 and 24 to gain training and experience that will assist them to look for jobs in the future while generating exceptional benefits for the local environment in the meantime.

This particular project will improve local parks, including upgrading tracks, reserves and waterways, such as Wadmore Reserve, The Gums and Third Creek, and also perform environmental surveys in The Gums and other priority local parks to better understand local biodiversity as well as rejuvenate local bushland, through removal of invasive species, to improve water quality in local creeks that flow into the River Torrens. I had the great fortune of welcoming the Green Army team to Tranmere when I visited The Gums Reserve on 27 June.

The project is being undertaken under the auspices of the Landcare Association of SA in partnership with The Gums Landcare Group, the Campbelltown Landcare group and also the local council. I would like to especially thank Gerry Butler, who is the convenor of The Gums Landcare Group, and the many residents who contribute to this wonderful project, and I look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour in due course.

Recently, I also had the good fortune to attend the Charles Campbell College production of Peter Pan. I would like to especially thank the cast, who did an exceptional job. I know that all these young men and women have bright futures ahead of them in acting and performing, if they so wish. I would like to especially thank the cast: Peter Pan was played by Hamish Phillips; Wendy by Holly Fennell, Captain Hook by Jayden Nolan and Tink by Monique O'Leary.

John was played by Thomas Gillespie, Michael by Patrick O'Leary and Mr Darling by Ted Schmaal. Mrs Darling was played by Lia Kassos, and Liza, the Darling's servant, was played by Jessica Major. I also thank all the lost boys, the pirates, the Indians, as well as the crocodile, played by Jack Chauveau, and Nana, the children's pet dog and nursemaid, played by Emily Haberfield. Congratulations to all the students, teachers, parents and friends of the school who were involved. It was a great production.

I also recently had the blessing to attend the annual dance of the Parish of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene, and I thank them for all they do for the community in Athelstone. They are building their new church, and if you have not been there to have a look you must go and see this church which is going to be fantastic for our local community. It was a wonderful event. I always enjoy a bit of Greek dancing. I have to say that I am a little bit slow to start on the Greek dancing, but by the end of the night I managed to catch up. It was a fantastic event, and I especially thank Maritsa Orphanou, the president of the executive committee, and Father Efthymios for all they do. I look forward to seeing the church built in due course and thank them for all they do for our community.

The Rotary Club of Morialta recently had its changeover dinner for 2017 where we farewelled president Brenton Summers but also welcomed incoming president for 2017-18, Judith (Judi) Brown. I wish Judith and her executive committee the very best at the Rotary Club of Morialta and again thank them for all they do. We also recently had the Rotary Club of Campbelltown's handover lunch, which was held at the spectacular Marche Club. I thank Cathy Papandreou for her hospitality that day, and they always do an exceptional job. I welcome the officers and directors of the Rotary Club of Campbelltown for 2017-18, beginning with president, Elizabeth Gagliardi; vice president, Damian Leach; secretary, David Fenton; and treasurer, Lee Aldenhoven. I also welcome the board, club service, special projects and those involved with—

An honourable member interjecting:

Mr TARZIA: Not Odenwalder, that's right—but also those involved in district involvement. The Hectorville-Tranmere branch of the Knights of the Southern Cross recently had a function to recognise the exceptional long service of several men in the order. I especially want to pay tribute to those who have received awards to acknowledge their long service in this group. I will continue my remarks.