I pay my respects to Father Alan Gibson, parish priest of my local Catholic parish of St Vincent's, Ashfield.
Father Alan is relocating to a Melbourne parish after six years as parish priest at St Vincent's. Over the past six years Father Alan has helped focus the efforts of the parish on broader social justice issues such as housing affordability.
It is testimony to his passion for social justice that he recently attended this Parliament for a debate on affordable housing policies, as well as reaching out to inner west councillors to progress affordable housing policies.
He has also championed the cause of the Sydney Alliance, playing an active role in its efforts to make Sydney a fairer, kinder and more liveable place. He has led the parish with distinction and truly embraced the Vincentian belief of humble and grateful service to others, especially to those who are poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable.
On behalf of our community I thank him for his selfless service . Father Alan will be greatly missed by the parish . I wish him well in the next chapter of his life.