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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Monday 25 December 2017

Iconic western rock lobster brings Christmas joy to those in need

  • ​McGowan Government and Kailis Bros give unique Christmas gift to those in need
  • Kailis Bros donate 750 WA lobsters for Mission Australia's Christmas in the Park event
  • More than 1,000 Western Australians to attend charity lunch today

More than 1,000 homeless and disadvantaged Western Australians were today served WA's iconic rock lobster as a Christmas gift from Kailis Bros and the McGowan Government.
For the first time, attendees of Mission Australia's Christmas Lunch in the Park event tucked into the world-renowned WA seafood thanks to a donation from local seafood company Kailis Bros.
Earlier this month, the McGowan Government announced the Local Lobster Program to provide an extra 12,500 lobsters for the local seafood market over the festive period.  
After being approached by the Minister for Fisheries about the initiative, Kailis Bros donated 750 wild caught western rock lobsters, which they cooked, prepared and delivered for the lunch.
Christmas Lunch in the Park has been enjoyed for more than 40 years by more than 60,000 of Perth's community members experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage.
The State Government contributed $20,000 to today's Christmas Lunch in the Park which was attended by Perth MLA John Carey, representing the Premier. 
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"While Christmas is a time for family, it's important to recognise it's not always a fortunate time for everyone.
"I want to thank Kailis Bros for working to bring Christmas cheer to those that need it most." 
Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:
"WA's seafood products are renowned throughout the world and for good reason, and I would like to see our seafood enjoyed by more Western Australians into the future.
"It has been great to work with WA company Kailis Bros to help spread some Christmas joy this year to members of the Perth community who are doing it tough."
Comments attributed to Mission Australia WA Director Jo Sadler:
"Mission Australia's annual Christmas Lunch in the Park brings together some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community to enjoy a meal and good company on Christmas Day.
"For many people who attend, Christmas Lunch in the Park offers a rare opportunity to sit down to a substantial meal. This year that meal was even more special thanks to the generosity of Kailis Bros and the WA Government.
"Christmas should be a time of celebration for everyone in our community. Thanks to the businesses and individuals who contributed this year with financial and in-kind support to ensure the best Christmas possible for those who came along." 
Comment attributed to Kailis Bros Director Theodore Kailis:
"We are immensely grateful for the opportunity to support those less fortunate in our community, especially at a time when everyone deserves some joy and positive reflection in their lives."
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