I rise today to pay special tribute to my friend Mr Darryl Johnston, who has recently retired as the president of the Tuggeranong Community Council and to welcome the incoming president, Nick Tsoulias. The Tuggeranong Community Council is a voluntary, not-for-profit, nonpolitical, community based association operating in the Tuggeranong Valley in my electorate of Canberra. The TCC, as it is known, does an outstanding job in representing the local residents and the communities of this beautiful valley.
The TCC is a vital organisation and its role is critical in building a bigger, better, healthier and happier community. I have attended many TCC meetings and I am always impressed by the range of issues and the dedication the council brings to making the valley one of the best places to live in Australia.
Darryl Johnston has been an outstanding president and I value his efforts and his friendship. The health and harmony of communities and suburbs are underpinned by the work of people like Darryl. His passion to improve the lives of those in Tuggeranong deserves recognition. I also want to congratulate Nick Tsoulias, who is the incoming president. He is a local businessman and is very prominent in promoting all things Calwell, particularly the festival.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Lauren Jackson on reaching 6,000 career points in the US WNBA. She is a true Canberra legend.