Friday, 15 December 2017
ANOTHER year has almost passed and these next weeks provide us all with the perfect opportunity to slow down, reflect on the year’s achievements and celebrate this wonderful Christmas season with family and friends.
Christmas is a time to be thankful for the all the good things we enjoy in life, appreciate our family, friends and work colleagues who support and nurture us during the year and remember the true Christmas message of humility and generosity towards each other. And as we join together with our loved ones, let us also spare a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves.
It has been another busy and productive year throughout the Northern Tablelands and I’ve again enjoyed working with our local communities on many projects and issues and had the pleasure of meeting so many volunteers who are making such a strong contribution to our wonderful region.
Some of the landmark anniversaries and records of service are quite remarkable. The quiet achievers in our area who have given decades of service to the Rural Fire Service or their local CWA branch, our hidden treasures who achieve so much with very little reward. They all show great generosity of spirit and are major contributors to our quality of life here in the country.
This year has seen incredible investment by government in our region, with local communities seeing the dividends of their unceasing hard work and passion. I am continually reminded of why I’m so proud to represent this region. There is a palpable sense of optimism and drive in communities right across the Northern Tablelands, big and small and from shopfronts to primary producers.
Looking ahead, there is much to be excited about with many more opportunities to enrich our region – but it won’t always be easy. Next year is set to be bigger, busier and more challenging. I’m really looking forward to it!
My staff join with me in wishing all Northern Tablelands residents a joyous and peaceful Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2018.