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Wednesday, 3 December 2003
Page: 23691

Mr CAMERON THOMPSON (7:34 PM) —I rise on a sombre note this evening to pay tribute to the Lady Mayoress of Ipswich, Glenis Nugent, who passed away this week aged 63. She was the wife of the Mayor of Ipswich, John Nugent. Glenis Nugent was born on 26 May 1940 in Gympie. Together with John, you would have to say that they were `Mr and Mrs Ipswich'. They were a great couple and it is a shame to note Glenis's passing. I want to put on record some of her many wonderful achievements in recent times.

As I said, Glenis was born in 1940. She had three children: Michael, Cheryl and Tania. With John, she was a grandparent of seven wonderful children. After being born in Gympie, Glenis moved to Wacol and married John Nugent on 27 October 1960. I was only some 20 days old when John and Glenis were married, and they have gone on to personify the great caring nature of the Ipswich community.

Glenis achieved many things. She started netball, which was a heck of an achievement, at St Francis Xavier School in Goodna. The netball matches that she helped to establish there resulted in the formation of the Goodna Netball Association, an organisation that continues to grow to this day. Glenis was involved in the Goodna Jacaranda Festival in 1967, 1968 and 1969 and was involved in the queen and princess competitions in those days. John became involved in the old Moreton council in 1973 and Glenis's involvement in the community only accelerated throughout that period. When the Ipswich and Moreton councils were amalgamated in 1995, John went on to become the Mayor of Ipswich and Glenis formed the Lady Mayoress Welfare Committee. It is something that has become a hallmark of Ipswich. Glenis's committee has raised many thousands of dollars over the years for needy causes.

I should alert members to the fact that in Ipswich we have an organisation known as the hospice, which provides palliative care. It is a unique organisation, based on volunteers in the community. I think it is recognised Australia wide. The late Neville Bonner spent his last days there. One of the greatest and strongest supporters of the hospice was Glenis, through her work with the Lady Mayoress's Committee, and the hospice continues to do wonderful work. Glenis also supported the Salvos, and her organisation, the Lady Mayoress Welfare Committee, has raised funds for wheelchairs, computers and things like electronic babies that alert young people to what it is like to have to care for a child. The committee has provided a lot of that kind of basic infrastructure to help support our community over the years.

I think Glenis Nugent is known by all Ipswichians. People from across our area know how much she achieved over the years, know her role in establishing the committee and know about her being such a handson worker—someone who went to the bookshops that were established to help raise funds for those organisations and who continued to help raise funds over the years. She really brought great credit to our community, and it showed what a caring community it is.

Glenis Nugent is going to be greatly missed. I know that those fundraising bookshops have been closed since her death. However, I know that they will reopen and go on to raise many more funds to support our community. Glenis's funeral is going to be on Friday at the Catholic Church in Goodna, and I know that many in our community will be turning out there to pay their respects. As I said, I pass on my condolences to the mayor, John Nugent. I am sure that this is a very sad occasion for him and the whole Nugent family and for the whole of Ipswich. I really do pay great credit to Glenis Nugent. It is a sad occasion, but Ipswich can certainly celebrate her achievements.