Tribute to Lynne Turner

18th September 2019

Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I wish to acknowledge the wonderful community spirit of Lynne Turner from Coal Point.

Lynne has been an active member of the Lake Macquarie Garden Club for 16 years and has served several terms on the executive committee as either President or Treasurer.

Several years ago, Lynne devised the idea of conducting tours of private local gardens combined with an art show to inspire gardeners and art-lovers alike. It was a great way to showcase not only the talents of local greenthumbs, but also local artists.

In the event's first year in 2017, 10 local gardens were on show attracting more than 500 visitors. Those numbers are continuing to grow with each annual event.

Proceeds from the tours have now raised about $50,000 for Hunter Medical Research Institute.

Last month I was invited to a surprise afternoon tea for Lynne to present her with a Community Service Award. It was a small but very important acknowledgement of the great work she has done.

Lynne is a dynamic organiser and a wonderful member of the Lake Macquarie community, and I wish to formally thank her for that.

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