20th September 2022
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I'd like to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of an amazing Lake Macquarie local, Vicky Carr. Vicky is the vice-chair of Southlakes Incorporated and over the past decade she's been a constant source of encouragement, help, humour and at times tough love for the most vulnerable people in our community. She has supported thousands with food, clothing and housing and always goes the extra mile to help people in need. During the COVID-19 pandemic Vicky compiled and delivered free food packs to 21,000 people. Those efforts saw her named as a finalist for the Lake Mac Covid-19 Hero Award in this year's Lake Mac Awards. Vicky has also been instrumental in the success of the Community Hair Project which has provided haircuts to more than 50,000 people in crisis throughout Australia. In August Vicky secured a $5000 grant for Southlakes Incorporated after becoming a finalist in the 2022 Westfield Local Heroes award. Vicky is currently working on the Share Your Home project which aims to get homeless women and teenagers off the streets and into safe accommodation. I thank Vicky for all that she has done and continues to do for our community.
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