2nd/3rd Pennant Hills Scout Group
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS (Wahroonga) (17:19): I am happy to inform the House that the 2nd/3rd Pennant Hills Scout Group recently turned 100. With many people seeking a greater sense of community, Scouts provides that for parents and children alike and helps to develop many soft skills in our youth, including leadership and a passion for the outdoors. We saw these qualities on Anzac Day, with Scouts taking a strong leadership position through organising and running services, as they have in past years. With the electoral redistribution, I am grateful to now represent more Scout groups, including 2nd/3rd Pennant Hills, who generously invited me to their centenary celebration on 13 May. Alongside former members and leaders, we enjoyed a dinner, cake, trivia and speeches. I had the pleasure to meet group leader, Ted Smithson, for the first time. I also thank my new constituent and committee member Michael Rosettenstein. Voluntary organisations only reach 100-year anniversaries because of generations of volunteers who have passed on valuable life skills, as this group has.