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Tuesday, 13 September 1983
Page: 713


Mr LINDSAY(10.36) —Located on the Queensland coast, about 1,000 miles north of the State capital, is the small township of Cardwell. Cardwell hosts a vigorous Returned Services League sub-branch. The Cardwell-by-the-Sea sub-branch has no club house. It conducts its business from a shire council building. It does have a great sense of service to Australia. It was the first RSL sub-branch in Australia to donate money to the bush fire appeal. This move mushroomed through Queensland and eventually became a nation-wide RSL fund raising appeal for bush fire victims. The sub-branch members donate financial assistance not only to former comrades in arms and their families but also to the community generally.

I wish to speak about a young Australian who recently shared with the Cardwell- by-the-Sea RSL sub-branch a notable Australian achievement. Last week a 19-year- old girl, Miss Sandra Walters, was crowned the 1983 RSL Golden Girl. Every year, over the past 24 years, the Queensland RSL has conducted a Girl in a Million quest. It is a State-wide quest involving eight RSL districts. Over $1 1/2m has been raised during the period the quest has been conducted. Lately the funds that have been raised have provided homes for war veterans. Such homes are located at Cairns and Bowen. The Golden Girl quest is the charity section of the Girl in a Million quest. Sandra Walters raised a total of $12,142, the highest amount raised in the 1983 Girl in a Million quest. To raise the money, Sandra and her local committee, chaired by Mr Jim McLaughlin, ably assisted by Mr Cliff Muncey, conducted many fund raising activities which included fashion shows, discos, street stalls and the like. One event alone, a trash and treasure market , raised $1,500. Sandra visited the Australian Army Field Force Battle School at Jarra Creek, near Tully, during her fund raising. Army reservists from the 12th Independent Rifle Company of Launceston were so impressed by her dedication that , upon their return to Tasmania, they conducted a raffle which included a prize of a week's holiday to the exotic Hinchinbrook Island resort near Cardwell. This splendid effort raised $710 from Launceston people.

Sandra's parents, Ray and Veronica Walters, reside at Kennedy, a railway township servicing the forestry district north of Cardwell. Her family is very community minded, well liked and respected in the shire. She has three sisters and a brother. Her ambition is to be an air hostess. Her outstanding effort in raising the highest amount of money in Queensland for this quest is applauded by the people of North Queensland. The Cardwell-by-the-Sea sub-branch President, Mr Bob Russell, and other people in my electorate are of the opinion that her effort is in the highest traditions of Australian womanhood and they congratulate her. The Hawke Government-an authentic Australian government- recognises in Sandra's efforts those fine qualities that are so vitally needed if Australia is to achieve and maintain its rightful role among the free nations of the world. Truly, Sandra Walters is a citizen of the new Australia led by the Hawke Government. I am honoured to say that the Hawke Government and, I hope, the Opposition, extend congratulations to her and to members of her family.