GRETA ARMY AND MIGRANT CAMP ANNIVERSARIES
Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon has congratulated all those who worked so hard to ensure the Greta Army and Migrant Camp Anniversaries were celebrated in an appropriate way.
Speaking at the official opening of the event on Saturday, Mr Fitzgibbon said the anniversary event was appropriate recognition of the significance of two very important Commonwealth Government decisions seventy and eighty years ago.
“The decisions to establish first the Army Camp and then the Migrant Camp were momentous and they shaped Australia. First, the role Greta’s training camp played in the Second World War and victory in the Pacific and second, Greta’s role in building the cultural diversity that has made Australia so rich and strong”, Mr Fitzgibbon told the large crowd.
“The fact that the Governor General, so many local elected representatives, and so many people from around Australia have joined us demonstrates both the significance of the Anniversaries and how widely their importance is understood”.
Mr Fitzgibbon said that when he and Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson moved their motion in the Parliament last year calling upon the Federal Government to ensure the Anniversaries were appropriately celebrated, they could not have hoped for more.
“It’s fair to say Meryl and I are not disappointed but most the credit goes to the Central Hunter Business Chamber, Cessnock Council, other sponsors, and the many people and service organisations who have worked so hard to make it such a great success.”