[singlepic id=442 w=320 h=240 float=left] At the official opening of the 2012 Great Pyramid Race, Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today acknowledged the tireless community service work performed by three members of the Gordonvale community who have consistently given of their time so generously to benefit the local community.
Mr Pitt paid tribute to Mr Frank Steene who is involved with many local community groups.
“As a Member of Parliament I get to attend many local meetings and it’s odds-on that Frank will be there too,” Mr Pitt said.
“Frank is a member of the Local Ambulance Committee, spent 37½ years as an auxiliary firefighter, is a member of the Quingilli and Behana Gorge Rural Fire Brigades and is Fire Warden for Quingilli and Behana Gorge.
“He has been a JP (qualified) for 43 years and is actively involved in the ‘JP in the Community’ service at Mount Sheridan Plaza, Stockland, Raintrees and Cairns Central.
“Additionally he is on the St Michaels School SafeST committee, part of the Gordonvale Eliminate Dengue team, past member of the Gordonvale Lions Club and set up the Meerawa Community Centre.”
Mr Pitt also honoured husband and wife team Jim and Marie Floyd.
“Jim has been with the Gordonvale Tennis Club for about 20 years and has coached over 2,000 kids. He is the tennis and ALF school liaison officer for the local area including Yarrabah,” Mr Pitt said.
“Pyramid Power Junior AFL Club is a passion for Jim because he not only trains the kids but he also drives the bus to make sure they get to training and matches.
“He’s happy to do anything including mowing, whipper-snipping, painting and is always hassling people so the club can get something for nothing.”
Mr Pitt said at Pyramid Power, Jim and Marie Floyd are a formidable team.
“There would be no club without Marie – she is everything to the club. Marie does all the administration work, she manages a young team and is the club’s tribunal advocate.
“Basically she organises everyone – and if someone is sick she can do the job for them. She can even operate the line-marker to mark the field and knows that it takes 10 litres of paint because she orders the supplies,” Mr Pitt said
Mr Steene and Mr and Mrs Floyd were presented with commemorative plaques by Mr Pitt.
Mr Pitt said the weekend was not only about the Pyramid Race, but it was also an opportunity for the Gordonvale community to show why it’s still the envy of many others in Far North Queensland.
“This great race shines the spotlight on what is truly a magnificent part of Australia,” Mr Pitt said.
“The reason there is still such a strong sense of community in Gordonvale is because of the efforts of people like Frank Steene, and Jim and Marie Floyd.
“I hope our younger generation will continue the tradition of putting their time into the community to make it a better place.”