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Monday, 19 October 2015
Page: 11711

Mr EWEN JONES (HerbertGovernment Whip) (16:25): What a weekend it was for Townsville and North Queensland. If you were not at the launch of the Adani India Fest on this weekend in Townsville, you would have been sitting on The Strand having coffee and enjoying the beautiful Townsville. If you were not there, you would have been participating in McHappy Day, raising funds for Ronald McDonald House at the Townsville, or you might have been getting ready for the Townsville Hospital Foundation ball, where they raised tens of thousands on Saturday night to redevelop the paediatric wing of the hospital.

Or perhaps you were walking along The Strand for the Walk For Freedom to stop human trafficking or you were with the Cowboys as they took the Provan-Summons Trophy to Mackay, to Cairns and to Mount Isa with a plane load of players and staff, who were all on holidays and came back to do this special thing. Or you went to see the Townsville Fire jump back into the winners circle in the WNBL with a commanding win over the Canberra Capitals as we defend our national title. Or you were cleaning the truck to go in the Camp Quality convoy, which saw trucks driving up and down Townsville honking their horns, and people on motorbikes and cars all over the place. Whatever you did on the weekend, including mow the lawn, read the paper and have a bit of a sleep in, Townsville is a great place which values its people and whose people take pride in participating in and supporting their community. I thank the House.