16th March 2021
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I often wonder how some people find the time to get everything done as they commit their days to going above and beyond, not just for family and friends, but for their entire community. Dora Creek's Laurene Mulcahy is one of those people. I've known Laurene for many years. She has been significantly involved with the Dora Creek Flood Ready Group, Dora Creek Sustainable Neighbourhood Group and Dora Creek School of Arts over many years, and in 2013 she took out a Local Legend Award at the Lake Macquarie Environmental Excellence in Landcare Awards for her efforts in building Climate Ready Dora Creek Landcare Group. Additionally, in 2018 she was nominated for an Australia Day Award. But it's perhaps her work within the U3A network that she's best known for. U3A is a non-profit organisation which offers a range of low-cost courses to retirees. Laurene was the founding president of Southlakes U3A and has risen through the ranks to be President of U3A Network New South Wales, dedicating countless volunteer hours. I commend and thank Laurene on all she has done and continues to do for the Lake Macquarie community.
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