Joyce Newton OAM to be memorialised through student bursary

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Late last year, many in Maleny and across the broader Glass House community were shaken by the loss of a true local hero, Mrs Joyce Newton OAM. A fierce community advocate in all that she did, Joyce succumbed to her short battle with motor neurone disease in October 2018. Member for Glass House Andrew Powell is determined to keep her memory alive in the form of a bursary for year 11 and 12 students.

“Whilst there’s no hiding the fact that Joyce was a member of a political party, she was loved by people of all political persuasions in the community … known and remembered for her tireless advocacy on behalf of her community of Maleny.”

Joyce Newton was instrumental in the original Maleny swimming pool and in finding a new home for the planned Indoor Aquatic Centre and Hydrotherapy Pool. She singlehandedly ran the Maleny Blood Bank at the Maleny hospital each month during the 1980s, served on the executive of the Maleny swimming club, soccer club, Girl Guides, state and high school P&C’s and was a key figure in the formation of a nursing mothers group and kindergarten, also in Maleny.

“A high school teacher who was well versed in history and civics, Joyce was a woman who had delved well into the accomplishments of the past but was still determined that Queensland’s best days were ahead of us.”

“In memory of Joyce and to pay honour to her legacy as a teacher and passionate participant in politics and civic society, I am launching a new, annual bursary in memory of Joyce for Year 11 and 12 students who reside in the electorate of Glass House.”

The competition will involve a 1,000-word essay on a different topic each year, a topic pertinent to the life and legacy of Joyce Newton. This year, her family have selected the topic: What is the value of the many small businesses and farmers in the seat of Glass House and what is their importance to the State of Queensland?

“Given Joyce’s background as a farmer, a background that is shared with many people who came to Maleny in the late 1970s, this topic perfectly encapsulates one of her many passions. Farming was and still is a career that is a part of the lifeblood of Glass House.”

The first prize in the competition will see students gifted a $1,000 voucher for Concept IT at Maleny; acknowledgement of, and tabling of, the essay in Queensland Parliament; and dinner for the winner and one guest at Queensland Parliament.

Second prize also includes acknowledgement of, and tabling of, the essay in Queensland Parliament and dinner for the winner and one guest at Queensland Parliament.

“Through this bursary, I am seeking to honour the contribution of an extraordinary individual by encouraging future generations to seek to do the same.”

“I understand that teachers and schools are very busy places, so I am asking interested individuals to flag their interest directly with my office via Glass.House@parliament.qld.gov.au or 07 5318 8100. Entries should be emailed to my office by Friday, 10 May 2019.”

Ends 8 March 2019

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