The Annerley Branch recently conducted its annual general meeting to celebrate a solid year of hard work and success. Held at the Thai Kanjana Restaurant in Annerley, branch members and guests gathered to reflect on a tough but rewarding year that included a record level of membership and funds raised.
Members were also pleased to see Griffith MP, Kevin Rudd (pictured) talk first hand about his local work over the past few months, which included discussions with schools about language education, handing out his 800th bicycle and raising awareness about homelessness. Kevin also re-enforced the message that the Australian economy was 'first class', thanks mainly to the stimulus package that had kept tens of thousands from the dole queue.
Also in attendance at the meeting was Moreton MP, Graham Perrett, who spoke about Labor's progress in a number of policy areas, including education, health and the environment. "Labor is providing hope for the future, putting in place programs that will continue to provide prosperity and fairness for all Australians", he advised the meeting.
In recognition of the outstanding contribution from many branch members over the past 12 months, Graham helped present certificates to congratulate those who had worked hard to build a successful year for the Annerley Branch. Significantly, the Branch recognised Brendan Vowles (pictured with Graham Perrett) for his outstanding effort and dedication as a rank and file member over the past year.
Re-elected as Branch President, Cameron Crowther summed up the year for members. "On almost any measure, the Annerley Branch is a success story of the Queensland ALP and every local branch member who has contributed during the year is justified to be proud of their branch", he said. "Annerley Branch members continue to punch above our considerable weight when it comes to campaign participation, policy development, fundraising and community engagement".
Cameron also took the opportunity to praise former local state MP's Anna Bligh and Simon Finn, thanking them for their excellent level of representation and significant contribution over many years.