21 December 2023

A Christmas message from Steph Cooke MP

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Steph Cooke

A Christmas message from the Member for Cootamundra. Photo: Supplied.

As 2023 draws to a close, it’s time once again to look back at what we have achieved together and look forward to what we can all accomplish in the new year.

I don’t know about you, but this year has just flown by! It’s been a busy one, no doubt, and like you, I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends over the Christmas period before the new year gets underway and life gets busy once again!

While many of us have catch-ups planned, I know there are others who find this time of year somewhat lonely. So, if you know of anyone who might be spending Christmas alone, why not reach out to them and perhaps offer them a seat at your table. Even a simple knock on the door and a quick catch-up can make all the difference.

I’d like to make special mention of the many people who will be on-call and working over the holiday period – to our local Police, NSW Ambulance, Emergency Services, and health teams who continue to support us year-round, I say a big thank you!

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To our school students, support staff, and teachers, enjoy your much-needed break. It has been wonderful to visit several school communities throughout the year and, more recently, attend many end-of-year presentations. For those who may be finishing their schooling or about to start kindy, I wish you and your families all the very best as you prepare for the next chapter.

It has been a busy time for our primary producers, and while always very welcome, the recent rainfall has perhaps been a challenge to navigate, so I hope all our farmers will eventually get to enjoy a successful harvest.

It is the perfect time of year for us to enjoy the wonderful produce grown across our region, and as we celebrate the festive season, I encourage everyone to shop local, and show your support for our fantastic small business community.

I hope everyone has had a chance to take part in the many community activities that have been held over the past month or so; whether it be carolling or shopping at the Christmas markets, it’s always so uplifting to see crowds gather and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

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If you are travelling over the festive season, take care; please don’t rush. Drive to the conditions and plan enough time for regular breaks.

I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone for their ongoing support. I’ve once again clocked up thousands of kilometres travelling around our seat of small communities and catching up with as many of you as I possibly can. Your warm welcome and smiling faces are a constant source of inspiration.

I, along with my husband Keith, and our trio of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Lolly, Tilley, and Peggie, wish all of you across our Cootamundra electorate a very merry and joyful Christmas and a happy, safe and prosperous new year.

I look forward to seeing you all again soon and continuing to represent our wonderful electorate with the same level of dedication, energy, and tenacity in 2024.

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