Federal Parliament Darcy tribute
PAGE MP Janelle Saffin has paid tribute in Federal Parliament to Five Loaves founder Darcy Goodwin, who passed away last week.
Mr Goodwin had devoted years of his life to providing food and other help to homeless people, particularly around Lismore, Nimbin, and Casino.
Addressing the House of Representatives on Thursday, Ms Saffin quoted The Northern Star to describe Mr Goodwin as "Darcy, defender of the poor".
"I want to pay tribute to a local and much loved man," Ms Saffin told the parliament.
"Darcy had a van and out of that old van he fed and comforted many. His service was called the Five Loaves Mobile Soup Kitchen and he tended to many.
"One thing I want to say about Darcy is that he always used to talk about being on the journey, as he called it, and out on the highway.
"What I said publicly was: 'Darcy was pure goodness and that is how he lived his life. He always said to me that out on the 'highway', as he called the journey of life, all was good and we had to help our fellow travellers.
"He did more than his share. May he rest in peace for a job and a journey well done'."
Ms Saffin used the her speech to place a series tributes from several local people on the parliamentary record, including those from Michael Fox, Colin Ellis, Jilda Winwood, and Marny Bonner.
You can read the full Hansard transcript of Ms Saffin's statement here.