Ms JODI McKAY (Strathfield) [9.03 p.m.]: I bring to the attention of the House the work of the Homebush-Strathfield RSL Sub-Branch and specifically draw Parliament's attention to the dedication and perseverance of one of my community's shining lights, Marlene Doran, OAM. On Sunday 8 November at Davey Square in Homebush I witnessed a wonderful Remembrance Day service that combined the unveiling of the restored World War I memorial and re-dedication of 340 plaques that were originally displayed in the former Homebush-Strathfield RSL Sub-Branch. The plaques now have a new garden home and are available for viewing in a beautiful setting that honours the fallen from our community.
Marlene Doran, in her capacity as a member of the ladies auxiliary, was determined to ensure the safekeeping of the original plaques and that they were catalogued and cared for until a new home could be found. With the help of Allan Chapple and Michael Smith of the RSL sub-branch who carried out research, they set about applying for funding to realise the dream. A Federal grant was provided to meet the cost and Strathfield Municipal Council and its amazing landscape department set about their work. Every effort was made to contact relatives of the named soldiers to fill in the missing information. Relatives who attended to see that their loved ones were being honoured in this special and lasting way gained a great deal of comfort.
In addition to personally installing the plaques with Allan Chapple, Marlene Doran rallied the community to knit hundreds of poppies. Originally hoping to get 350 to mark each of the plaques, Marlene received over 600 poppies. The Strathfield Girl Guides, senior citizens and members of the community responded, knitting enough to create a field of poppies. This is a testament to the community's capacity to pitch in. I congratulate the members of the Homebush-Strathfield RSL Sub-Branch and in particular the drivers of the project, Marlene, Allan and Michael. On the day, World War I historian Christine Hurley shared a poem that helped those who gathered to understand the anguish and sadness of the families of those who died during the Great War. I have no doubt that this lasting tribute will be visited by people from far and wide to enjoy quiet contemplation. I also bring to the attention of the House the premiere of a short film that I will attend this week compiled by a young woman in my electorate. I now read onto the Hansard the story of Rose Cox.
My name is Rose Cox. I am 16 years old and a young carer for my mum who has transverse myelitis—in other words she is confined to a wheelchair and requires daily assistance. She is an incomplete quadriplegic. I have been a young carer for over 7½ years providing physical, emotional and medical support. I use my life experience to advocate on behalf of young carers.
As a member of the NSW Carers Ministerial Advisory Council, I can present a formal voice to Government and as the youth ambassador for the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation I can bring other perspectives to the table. However, I am also a young carer leader through Carers NSW Young Carers Program, a branch of Carers NSW. These not-for-profit organisations help improve the lives of carers living within New South Wales by arranging specific services to meet individual needs such as respite and counselling. Being a young carer leader provides me with the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that allow me to work in teams interacting with young people going through similar situations. Most recently I have been fortunate to work on a WhoCares app and now a DVD resource.
This initiative, which is to be launched in Parliament this week, is called #YCProject. It is a DVD resource to highlight who a young carer is and what they actually do. It is modern, uplifting and engages its target audience of young people under the age of 25. The main message of the short film is to support young people unsure of their caring responsibilities, present some brief information and service links and acknowledge the importance of the estimated 104,000 young carers in New South Wales. My role in the process was initially working in small groups brainstorming ideas, to which our group's idea was selected. I attended numerous camps throughout the year to work on it and even had an acting role in the final stage. Together, over 20 young carers from across the State used their hard work and leadership skills to work alongside Carers NSW to produce a very useful source which can be utilised by an array of people in the community.
I congratulate Rose Cox, who lives in my electorate, for the work she does in the community and the care she gives her mother. I look forward to the premiere of this short film this week.