Home - Claire Moore - Labor Senator for Queensland

MOTIONS - Regional Australia: Tambo Teddies

Senator MOORE (Queensland) (16:25):
I ask that the name of Senator Macdonald be added to this motion, which could be a historical moment! I, and also on behalf of Senator Macdonald, move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes:

(i) the success of Tambo Teddies as the inaugural winner of Google and the Regional Australia Institute's 'Online Heroes' competition,

(ii) that Tambo Teddies have been making bears and wool products since 1993 in the regional community of Tambo, and in 2015 celebrated bear number 40 000, and

(iii) that this company developed from a government Future Search Workshop, a program to create jobs in country towns in 1992, whilst Western Queensland was suffering a crippling drought and devastating wool prices,

(iv) That the original bears were established by three women, Ms Mary Sutherland, Ms Helen Sargood and Ms Charm Ryrie, and That the business is now a major national and international company; and

(b) acknowledges the enterprise and inspiration of this local business.

Question agreed to.