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Monday, 2 May 2016
Page: 3973


Mr COLEMAN (Banks) (13:50): On 20 April I attended the Rotary Club of Padstow annual service awards presentation dinner. The Padstow Rotary service awards are a great event on our annual calendar in the Banks electorate. The awards acknowledge the remarkable contributions to our community of people who are involved in services in our area—the Police Force, the State Emergency Service, the Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue, and St John Ambulance. What distinguishes all of the nominees is that they place themselves on the line for the community. In the case of some of these services, such as the police service, the fire service and so on, they are literally placing their personal safety at risk for the community, and in services like St John Ambulance and the Ambulance Service there is tremendous emotional strain that those people are put under by doing the job they do every day. We acknowledge and thank them for their efforts. A thankyou to President Terry Martin of Padstow Rotary club, Julie Harris and Keith Roffey. Padstow Rotary is one of the great community organisations in our area, and I always enjoy attending this annual dinner.