I would like to congratulate our Deputy Mayor Khal Asfour who was married during a special ceremony on Sunday. The wedding was well attended by many family members and friends. Best wishes to Khal and his wife, Sally, as they begin married life together.
Bankstown Council, in partnership with the Bankstown-Canterbury Employment Working Party last week held the Career Compass Expo at the Bankstown Town Hall. I was pleased to officially open the event which aimed to equip young people with the knowledge that will assist them in preparing to enter the workforce and begin their career. For many of the attendees, the highlight of the day was the interactive sessions which gave young people an opportunity to 'try-a-trade' such as carpentry, hairdressing and mechanics.
On Thursday I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon at Bankstown Sports celebrating the 50th Anniversary of both the Bankstown VIEW Club and VIEW Clubs in Australia. VIEW, which stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women, maintains its close affiliation with the Smith Family, raising funds and actively supporting the various charitable causes being championed by the Smith Family. John Murray, from Bankstown Sports and Trent Engisch were also in attendance.
Later that night I attended the farewell dinner for the year 12 students of St Euphemia College. The evening was a celebration of the student's time at the College and I had the opportunity to extend my best wishes to them as they prepare to undertake the HSC. Thank you to Mr Peter Theo OAM for the invitation and kind hospitality.
A large crowd gathered in Paul Keating Park on Saturday for the Bankstown Children's Festival. The annual festival is popular with families in our city and I was pleased to go along and speak during the official proceedings. The Festival would not be possible without the dedicated Children's Festival Organising Committee and the hundreds of volunteers who work behind the scenes and on the day to bring this colourful family event to Bankstown. Minister Jason Clare MP, Tony Stewart MP and Chris Hayes MP were amongst the guests.
The young people of our sister city of Broken Hill arrived in Bankstown over the weekend for a week long sporting exchange. This sporting exchange strengthens the bonds between our city and Broken Hill and will this year provide the youth of Broken Hill a taste of city life. Participants in the 2010 exchange will compete in friendly matches of cricket and netball.
My thanks to Councillor Pam Gavin for representing me on Saturday at the Western District Joggers & Harriers annual Award evening and presenting the Dedication Awards.