Speech to Parliament: South Maroubra Village Green Art Show

The South Maroubra Village Green Art Show is a wonderful community art event in Kingsford Smith. It showcases the talent and promotes local artists in painting and photography.

It was held on 8-10 November this year and is in its 15th year. It is the brainchild of Marylyn Jeffries, who is a wonderful community artist in our area.

The event is coordinated by Richard and Philip Walsh, great community supporters who are the proprietors of Walsh's Village Centre Pharmacy in South Maroubra.

This year over 700 works were submitted, with 600 paintings and 100 photographs. In total, there were 450 entrants in the events, including 100 kids.

This year's winners included: Jillian Jensen, with her painting A Little Night Music. The five- to eight-year age group was won by Hayden Floyd, with his painting Lake Illawarra. The nine- to 12-year age group was won by Zane Hetherington, with his painting Tree Frog and the 13- to 16-year age group was won by William Tan, with his painting called The Farm.

Entertainment was provided. The event also raises much-needed funds for local charities. This year $1,560 was raised for Alzheimer's research at the Ageing Research Centre in Randwick.

Thank you to all the volunteers, in particular to Richard and Phillip Walsh, for their wonderful support of community art.

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