24 February 2016

Ms TRISH DOYLE (Blue Mountains): Today I recognise the life of Tony Sharpe, long-time member of the Blue Mountains community. I note his passing on 18 February 2016. He went too soon. Tony was a highly valued member of the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group [BMRSG]. He used his practical skills as a cook, writer and manager to raise funds to assist asylum seekers. He was an organiser of many BMRSG fundraisers. A man of many talents, he was exceptional—full of life, warmth and energy. It was impossible not to like him. He gave his time generously to those in need. Tony was a frequent visitor to Villawood Detention Centre; he was a friend to many detainees. I first met Tony at the much-loved Lizards Pre-school in Hawkesbury Heights on the edge of our beautiful Blue Mountains. Tony's smile, playfulness and fabulous meals were a highlight of this wonderful place. He will be missed by all who had the good fortune to cross his path. I pay my deepest respects to Tony's wife, Judy, his family, colleagues and many friends.