24 July 2019
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, has today announced the 2019 winner of the annual Joyce Newton OAM Memorial Bursary.
Jessica Perro, a grade twelve student from Glasshouse Christian College, was named as the bursary winner at a school assembly with her peers and family were present.
“This is the first year that I’ve awarded the bursary in memory of my friend and amazing local community advocate Joyce Newton OAM, who passed away last year after a struggle with Motor Neurone Disease,” stated Mr Powell.
“Joyce loved “civic society” – getting involved in our democracy, debating ideas, seeking to better our local community, our state and our nation! As a former teacher, she sought to instil the same love in our future generations. This bursary seeks to keep that interest and legacy alive!”
Organised in conjunction with Mrs Newton’s family, the bursary incudes a $1,000 voucher to Concept IT at Maleny, acknowledgement of (and tabling of) the essay in Queensland Parliament and dinner for the winner and her family at Queensland Parliament.
“To enter, students needed to submit a one thousand word essay to my office on the value of the many small businesses and farmers in the seat of Glass House and their importance to the State of Queensland,” continued Mr Powell.
“Jessica Perro wrote a brilliant essay which highlighted the way agriculture has been a way of life and a vital part of the economy in Queensland and especially the Glass House region.”
Drawing attention to exciting new industry leaders such as Hum Honey, Green Valley Agriculture, Chocolate Country and Maleny Black Angus Beef, Jessica wrote of how the strength and innovation of small business and farming in Glass House will ensure a positive future for the immediate and greater community.
“It is an honour to award the very first Joyce Newton OAM Memorial Bursary to Jessica Perro, and I look forward to continuing the bursary and supporting local students for many years to come” Mr Powell concluded.