Ms JODI McKAY (Strathfield) [5.08 p.m.]: I bring to the House's attention the role of the Marian complex in my community of Strathfield and the great work of the Catholic Women's League. I was pleased to attend the fiftieth anniversary celebrations recently and reflect on the history of the Marian complex. In 1965 the president of Sydney Catholic Women's League, Phyllis Chandler, supported by Monsignor Michael Cronin, developed Marian Court for unmarried and widowed women over the age of 55. Since 2003 married couples and single men have been residents and there is now the Marian Chapel and a function room on site.
The complex is run by volunteers. In particular, I mention Esther Doyle, a former State and national president of the Catholic Women's League [CWL] and secretary of the board of management. Esther has documented the history of the Marian complex, which of course is tied to the great work of the Catholic Women's League. I also pay tribute to Noreen Keoghan, chair of the board of management, and Moya Potts, current State president and former CWL Sydney president. I congratulate all volunteers, staff and residents on their great commitment to this wonderful complex in the heart of Strathfield.