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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (16 September) . . Page.. 4124..


MR SESELJA (continuing):

was hoping to crack the 50-minute mark, but I did not quite get there. I think it was 50 minutes and 20-odd seconds.

Mr Hanson: Shame, shame.

MR SESELJA: Yes; I will have to work harder. I will be attempting a half-marathon this weekend, so that will be something else. I will have to go a fair bit slower than five-minute kilometres, I think, to get through the 21 kilometres in Sydney. I am hoping that the weather will be good. But the Canberra Times fun run is an institution in Canberra. I would like to congratulate the Canberra Times and all of the management who put a lot of effort into that. There was a hiccup at the beginning; we had to wait a little bit because of the delay in the water trucks. I understand these things happen sometimes, but there was a quick and speedy response to deal with it.

I would just like to congratulate the Canberra Times and all the runners and participants and, indeed, those Canberrans who go there to cheer others on. It is a great event to get people out there and to try and keep fit and promote healthy living. It is also a great community event which raises a lot of money for charity. I congratulate the Canberra Times and all of the organisers for that event and for giving me and many other Canberrans the opportunity to participate.

Hospitality jobs

Wellness week

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (6.43): Today I had the pleasure to launch the hospitality jobs roadshow at Dickson college. The hospitality jobs roadshow initiative is designed to promote hospitality and tourism careers through the Australian school-based apprenticeship scheme. The program is an initiative of the Tourism Industry Council with the support of the hospitality and tourism industries and the ACT Department of Education and Training.

It was good to see the tourism council working as a strong voice for the tourism industry in the ACT, and this initiative supports both the hospitality and tourism industries and also benefits young Canberrans through the creation of career opportunities. The hospitality jobs roadshow is aimed at growing employment in these industries and it is about creating career paths. The roadshow will host a range of activities including cooking demonstrations, industry representative speakers and coffee making. It was great to see year 11 and 12 students making handmade chocolates and learning how to be expert coffee makers. The ACT government is dedicated to providing further education opportunities for year 11 and 12 students, and we welcome this program from the tourism industry, which is making a positive contribution to the Australian school-based apprenticeship scheme available in Canberra.

Also this week I was at Caroline Chisholm school, which is in my electorate of Brindabella. I had the pleasure to be there on Monday when they launched their wellness week. It is week-long program focused on implementing the five ways to wellbeing framework, and I praise the school for their proactive approach to pastoral care. During this year the major focus of the pastoral care program at Caroline


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