24 October 2014
(Community Recognition Statement, 23 October 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I congratulate the Millers Point Spring Picnic Committee and all who attended the fabulous picnic day on 14 September—a day of celebration and solidarity. Events on the day included flamenco, Scottish and Irish dancing; Sydney trade union display; Stairway to Heaven and Sydney Street choirs; Police Band; a Q and A session with Quentin Dempster and speakers, including resident Barney Gardner, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Paul McAleer from the Maritime Union of Australia, representatives from the Greens and Labor, and me; an art exhibition; history tours; film screenings; banner making and mural workshops; street stalls; and a raffle. The City of Sydney sponsored a barbecue. The picnic committee included Sally Cushing, Cara Cumming, John Dunn, Margaret Bishop, Bev Sutton, Wendy Vandermayn, Peter Muller, John McInerney, Eszter Olah, Marcia Chalmers, Chris Hinkley, Sir Ron Jennings, Kelli Haynes, Alana Walton and Paddi O'Leary. The residents of Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks form a remarkable community whose strength and connectedness remain an important part of the living history of Sydney. I thank everyone involved.