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Monday, 27 September 1999
Page: 10512

Mr NAIRN —Last Saturday I was pleased to be the independent scrutineer for the draw of a house and land giveaway in Queanbeyan. This was a project of Queanbeyan Business Promotions Inc. which was designed to encourage people to shop locally in Queanbeyan. Pat Gagel, Bernie Baz and John Lea were the driving force behind it.

The idea was that, for every $100 you spent in a participating business, you had one ticket in the draw. Between 300,000 and 400,000 tickets were in the cement truck supplied by Monaro Mix for the draw on Saturday. Catherine Garrett from Prime Television was there to select the winning ticket as the cement mixer churned them out. I certified to the fairness and impartiality of the process.

The winner was Jim Cooper, a local small business operator who is, in fact, a born and bred Queanbeyan person. Jim, his wife, Jenny, and their four children are very fitting winners, as they are currently renting a house and were strong supporters of the project from the outset. Some people in this place might know Jenny, as she often works as a casual Comcar driver.

It is great to see hardworking people have some luck go their way. Congratulations to Queanbeyan Business Promotions, Pat Gagel and Bernie Baz, and to all the participating businesses which put money up. Congratulations also to Queanbeyan City Council, which guaranteed it, but, as it turned out, they did not need to put any money in. It was a suc cessful promotion which will help to bind the businesses of Queanbeyan together better in the future.