• Mary Porter

Mary Porter AM (Retired MLA)

Labor Member for Ginninderra in the ACT Government from 2004 until retirement, Feb 2016

Christmas Message

    From the Porter Report December 2016 - Christmas Message

    November 2016 - 3November 2016 - 3 Well its Dec 2016 already and we are well settled into our home at Murrays Beach on the shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie and looking forward to our first Christmas. The beautiful location, welcoming neighbourhood has meant the big move hasn’t been as traumatic as it could have been. We have made some firm friends and renewed previous ones. We obviously miss friends from our time in Canberra, our political involvement and all those we enjoyed theatre and music with.

    As members of the local branch of the ALP we were able to volunteer to support our federal member secure a seat in the elections. We have discovered a little community run picture theatre which is an absolute delight. We have yet to catch up with some amateur theatre and classical music.

    Ian is enjoying his involvement on the board of a not for profit organisation that does home modifications for the aged and people with disabilities. He is also enjoying his lovely long sleek white kayak which he paddles solo or with the Nords Wharf Paddlers, whilst keeping a weather eye out for the resident great white sharks.

    We have joined the Nords Wharf Progress Assoc, as it covers this area, and I am the rep for our area of the estate on the Murrays Beach Community Trust, the forerunner of the body corporate. I still contemplate taking up painting and hope to give that a try in 2017, and perhaps volunteer as a “volunteer granny” in the children’s ward of the John Hunter. Ian and I enjoy snapping photos of our sunsets and lake views, perhaps one of us will become more serious about photography.

    I am more heavily involved with NED inc. now, since Ned’s death last year. I am now the President of the organisation, working hard to do everything it can to ensure Ned’s vision and legacy is preserved. One of Ned’s passions was Restorative Practice, also a passion of mine. As you know, I was fortunate to be able to promote its expansion during my time as an MLA. Now I am working with the Law Faculty of the Newcastle University to promote its introduction here in this region.

    Fell Swoop with her trainer Matty Dale before a race.Fell Swoop with her trainer Matty Dale before a race. We continue to enjoy our interest in horse racing with Fell Swoop having a great season in 2016. He now has a Group 2 win under his belt, so far he has managed places in Group I races but a win alludes him, maybe 2017? Lola, our Irish Wolfhound cross continues to explore her new environment with her twice daily lake and bush walks. We occasionally take her to the off leash dog friendly beach at Redhead however she isn’t very keen on the sea.

    In August we left Australia’s shores to take our first OS trip post retirement. We undertook a tour of the Canadian Rockies and then took a short cruise up the Inside Passage to Alaska. Afterwards we stayed on to visit Ian’s 94-year-old aunt and his cousins in Kalispell Montana USA.

    Our growing family of children, grandchildren and our great granddaughter all keep reasonably well, we look forward to seeing some of them directly after Christmas. I think the house is going to burst at its seams for a few days. It will be great to see them and for them to spend time with each other. Hopefully we can catch up with the others not too long into 2017. Talking on the phone is great but it never replaces actually being with each other.

    As predicted, the relaxed lifestyle and warmer weather is improving my health and I am enjoying learning to grow vegetables and herbs in my wonderful planter boxes. It’s terrific seeing Ian go out and pick vegies from my garden beds in preparation for of his yummy creations.
    Hope you have a great Christmas and 2017.

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