Newly returned Federal MP Susan Templeman dropped in to see residents at Riverside Gardens, a small over 55s self-care village at North Richmond last week.
Village manager Patricia Campbell said the social morning tea was organised to congratulate the MP on her recent win in the Federal election and her new role as special envoy to the arts.
About 50 residents were at the morning tea where the MP was presented with flowers, chocolates as well as a hand-made card made by Lenore Holenstein who runs a card-making group at Riverside Gardens.
Susan Templeman chatted to residents and enjoyed a morning tea before leaving for Canberra.
She said afterwards: “It is always a pleasure to visit Riverside Gardens Village and chat with residents about what’s concerning them.
“I was very touched this time around when I was presented with a gift that came with a beautiful card of congratulations, which was handmade by Lenore.”
She thanked the “catering crew” of Jenny Cachia and Julie Mitchell who provided “a delicious morning tea” and Patricia who organised the event and arranged the delicious sandwiches made by Buns and Beans Bakery at North Richmond Shopping Centre.
Residents at Riverside Gardens enjoy regular Morning teas at the village’s beautiful community centre as well as other activities including barbecues, card making, art and craft, a book group as well as playing cards and board games.
The Boys Club every Thursday afternoon includes a chat over a beer and nibbles and a game of snooker in the centre. * Susan Templeman has been the Federal MP for Macquarie since 2016 and in the 2022 election, held on 21st May she was re-elected with 57.7% of the votes.
She was announced as Special Envoy for the Arts by the Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese earlier this month.
At the time she said: “As someone whose first love was classical music, whose escape is novels, and whose first act after losing a home in a bushfire was to hang local art on the bare walls of a temporary home, I couldn’t be happier having the privilege to support the creators.
“As the mother of both a musician and an actor, I have seen first-hand the challenges and triumphs of working in the arts. I will continue to be a voice for community arts and entertainment, which brings richness to people’s daily lives in local regions such as mine in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury. My commitment to fighting for the people of Macquarie remains unwavering.
“I believe strongly in the role that creativity has for our wellbeing and in our education, and that it should be fostered throughout our society so all Australians get the chance to share and see their stories.”