Mrs PHILLIPS (Gilmore) (16:32): On New Year's Eve 2019, Club Malua's clubhouse was completely destroyed by the ferocious bushfires that devastated much of the South Coast. Two and a half years later, the community finally has its much-loved clubhouse back. I was incredibly disappointed to miss the opening of the club last Thursday, because I was here in parliament, but my heart was truly with the Malua Bay community. I regularly checked in on the bowling club, even throwing a few bowls on a few occasion. Club Malua did a remarkable job staying open in their pretty impressive marquee all this time.
I want to thank and congratulate the team at Club Malua and Cabra Bowls Group for everything they have done to get the club back on its feet: Cabra Bowls Group CEO, Jay Porter; Chairman of Club Malua Advisory Committee, Dennis Bevan ASM; President of Cabra Bowls Group, Colin Strudwick; and Executive Marketing Manager, Paula Lewis; as well as all the executive and membership. I would like to congratulate the local community. The club has been a unifying place for everyone impacted by the bushfires in this community, and it is really terrific to see it open once more. I can't wait to get back to Club Malua and share a bowl with you again. I've even got my very own Club Malua shirt at home, just itching to get out on the green. I can't wait!