March is when the university year begins and it’s also the month where we urge our local tertiary students to prepare their applications for the Lionel Bowen Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at approximately $2000, provides assistance for the first year of tertiary study or special research for a student who lives within our City. The City of Botany Bay, together with local industry, established the scholarship to pay tribute to, and recognise, the outstanding achievements and service to Australia, by the Honourable Lionel Bowen, AC, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Member for Kingsford Smith who retired from public office in 1990. Application Forms are available from my office at the Eastgardens shopping centre or from Council’s Administrative Centre in Coward Street, Mascot. I’d urge all local eligible students to pick one up and make sure it’s lodged with us by the end of March. Then our selection panel will go through all the applications to decide who will be the Lionel Bowen Scholar for 2010.