Thank you, Madam Deputy Chairman. I rise to speak on mostly what happened on the weekend, the IndOz Festival, the India Day Fair, Runcorn Family Fun Day and the Gold Star Reading Program out in my library. To start, it was an honour to represent the LORD MAYOR at the official opening of the IndOz Festival which was held here in King George Square.
It was so nice to be welcomed like an old friend by the community and I did catch up with a number of old friends that I hadn't seen for some time. The weather was fabulous, the food on offer was plentiful and there was certainly lots of people attending. As is tradition, the ceremony was opened with the beating of the drum.
After the IndOz Festival, a number of us headed up to the hill to Roma Street Parkland for the annual India Day Fair hosted by GOPIO including yourself, Madam Deputy Chairman, who spoke and represented our LORD MAYOR, Graham QUIRK at that particular function. I'm lucky to have attended every single one of those events and so I've been a Councillor/candidate so that's going on to six times—six years.
As always, it's a lot of entertainment, a lot of noise, a lot of colour and always a lot of food. My understanding is that it went well into the night until nine o'clock at night where there was a well-known singer from the Punjabi community and apparently they were expecting upwards of 15,000 people to attend but I was long gone by then.
The next day I had the Runcorn Family Fun Day. As you all know, we lost the Karawatha Family Fun Day when we lost the Ward of Karawatha so we decided we would call this the Runcorn Family Fun Day because that's what the new ward is called.
It was another day with great weather.
There was a lot of people involved in this particular event, in particular my staff. Laurel, my PA, did all the huge amount of ground work behind the scenes getting ready for the day, organising all the rides, the entertainment and everyone that attended on the day.
My other staffer, Heidi, was with me throughout the day, as was Laurel, and she stayed behind and we packed up and headed everything back to the office along with both of our husbands who were the marquee ‘putter uperers’ and ‘taker downerers’. So we couldn't have done it without Derek and Steve. So I thank them as well at this opportunity.
Finally, the Gold Star Reading Program, it's always wonderful to have that out in my library. We had more than 200 students receiving their certificates and their medals and we had three cakes which we had to cut up and I can tell you, there wasn't a lot left at the end of three. There's a lot of people come to Sunnybank Hills Gold Start Reading Program, I can tell you.
Councillor MARX: Yes, three cakes, Councillor SUTTON and we buy them from Woolies who are great supporters and the cakes are massive. They're like A3 size so yes we have hundreds of people turn up and it's always a great support. I look forward to the second Gold Star Reading Program out in the Sunnybank Hills Library coming up shortly. Thank you very much.