Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (15:11): I rise today to speak about the community awards that I held in my electorate just recently.
I did this last year and again this year. It is a great opportunity to recognise people who do great work in our local area but who often go unrecognised. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the people who received awards on the night.
I would also like to thank Innes Patritti and the wonderful Patritti family because we held the function at their cellar door. It was a great evening for the Wingard Winter Warmer. We had the support of the Patritti family and their beautiful wines. I will talk more about them later, but a big thank you to them.
One of the four award award winners was a young man in our community, Mr Alex Witty, from Brighton. He performed wonderful music on the night. He was given a surprise award. His mum, Anna, and dad, Brian, were there, along with his sister, and it was great to have them there on the night. Alex is a Brighton Secondary School student studying music studies. He also plays baseball and football, where he has been recognised as a talented athlete and a great club person.
Alex has won the Spirit of ANZAC Award at Brighton Secondary School and the Governing Council Recognition Award. Now, along with three other schoolmates, he has been raising funds to trek Kokoda in September as part of a reconciliation trekkers team.