(Community Recognition Statement, 19 June 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I commend the contribution of the Friends of Pyrmont Community Centre, a group of residents who involve and include the wider community in the resources, networks and services of this City of Sydney facility.
I have attended the group's monthly dinners, where funds raised are allocated to local groups supporting vulnerable people. I have met many inspiring residents who give their time, skills and effort to build a supportive community and help people in need. More than 7,000 people took part in the group's annual Christmas in Pyrmont Street fair—with musical groups, activities, exhibitions and children's events. I am looking forward to attending this year's event. The group has an annual program of events, including Clean Up Australia Day events, first aid courses and family open days. The group distributes regular newsletters to more than 6,000 residents. This is vital in an area where there are many new residents. I congratulate the Friends of Pyrmont Community Centre on their strong and caring spirit, and the work they do to build an inclusive community.