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Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan and guest speaker Nyunggai Warren Mundine, AO. Image: Emma Pritchard

Celebrating School Leaders in the Clarence Valley

Emma Pritchard

The many inspirational and motivational roles of School Leaders throughout the Clarence Valley and Mid North Coast region was officially acknowledged by Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan last week who welcomed more than 400 students, along with their parents and guardians, to one of his biannual School Leader Celebrations at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club on April 19.

Describing them as role models within their local communities, Mr Hogan said he was proud to recognise and thank students for their achievements, adding it is always inspirational to witness the passion and dedication demonstrated by young leaders.

Joining Mr Hogan as guest speaker during the event was one of the country’s most highly respected and influential businessmen, Nyunggai Warren Mundine, AO, who was born in Grafton and grew up in Baryulgil.

A proud member of the Bundjalung, Gumbaynggirr, and Yuin people of NSW, Mr Mundine shared insights into his childhood growing up in the Clarence Valley, and the opportunities presented to him which enabled him to pursue a successful career in business and politics after his family relocated to Sydney.

Mr Mundine spoke of the importance of strong work ethics, responsibility, and diligence, and encouraged the students to continue to strive to achieve their goals, inside and outside of their classrooms.

Members of the audience also had the opportunity to ask Mr Mundine questions about his life growing up in Northern NSW, and how he established and oversees his business operations.

During the ceremony, Mr Hogan also acknowledged and congratulated several students who received grants of between $500 and $800 to support them in their sporting endeavours in the latest round of the Local Sporting Champions program.