27 August 2019
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, was delighted to finally read out and table the winning essay from the inaugural Joyce Newton OAM Memorial Bursary, written by Glasshouse Christian College student Jessica Perro, in Parliament last week.
As part of the prize for winning the bursary, Jessica and her family were invited to join Andrew for dinner at Parliament, partook in a private tour of the Parliament and watched from the gallery as Jessica’s essay was tabled by Andrew.
“It was fantastic to be able to pay tribute to Joyce in this way, and I know she would have been proud of Jessica’s essay and advocacy for the Glass House region,” said Mr Powell.
“Jessica and her family were also treated to a special visit by the Leader of the LNP, Deb Frecklington MP, who wanted to personally congratulate the young winner.”
“Joyce was known and loved by many in the electorate and stalwarts of the Liberal National Party so it was great to be able to introduce Jessica to Deb.”
Also joining the Perro family was Joyce’s daughter, Jennifer Tunley.
“The evening would have actually been mum and dad’s 47th wedding anniversary so it was a pretty bittersweet night for me, but I know that mum would have been honoured by the bursary and delighted at the fact that it was such a bright young woman who won it,” explained Mrs Tunley.
“It was wonderful that Jen was able to share stories of how Greg and Joyce met, life growing up on a dairy farm and all of Joyce’s community work. And equally to hear Jessica talk of her plans post graduating Year 12 later this year. There were plenty of laughs over dinner, which passed too quickly,” continued Mr Powell.
Jessica’s essay on the impacts of agriculture and small businesses in the Glass House electorate was so informative because this is a personal interest of hers.
“Next year I’m hoping to head off to University of Queensland at Gatton to study Agriculture and work towards a PhD in this field. I’m looking forward to spending the $1,000 prize at Concept IT – that’ll be a huge help for my coming tertiary studies,” explained Jessica.
“It was a fantastic evening and I wish Jessica all the very best in her future adventures. And if you’re a Year 11 student keep an eye out for the launch of next year’s bursary,” concluded Mr Powell.