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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 12 Hansard (13 October) . . Page.. 4389..


MS HUNTER (continuing):

like". It is a particularly nice shade of purple and I am sure that Mr Coe, who has spoken on a number of young women's organisations and events he has been to recently, might be interested in having a look at the T-shirts.

I congratulate the Y on the fantastic years of service they have given to the ACT community and I wish them all the best for the many years ahead.

ACT Neighbourhood Watch

Royal Australian Navy

Chamber of Women in Business

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (5.12): Ms Hunter, your grandmother sounds like a very impressive woman. I understand she was a Liberal, wasn't she?

Ms Hunter: I think she ran as a Liberal candidate. That was because there was no Greens Party.

MR SESELJA: Very good—a Liberal. A very wise woman. We will put it on the record.

Madam Assistant Speaker, I want to make mention of a couple of events I attended recently and pay tribute to some of those organisations involved.

On 25 September, along with a number of Assembly colleagues, I attended the ACT Neighbourhood Watch 25th birthday dinner at the Hellenic Club. It was an excellent night. It was a dinner to celebrate the 25 years of Neighbourhood Watch in the ACT and an opportunity to reflect on and recognise those who have contributed to the organisation over that time.

The community and all past members of ACT Neighbourhood Watch were invited to attend. I particularly enjoyed hearing some of the stories of the beginnings of Neighbourhood Watch. I believe it was down in Kambah, here in the ACT. Of course I also have recollections of when Neighbourhood Watch first started having a presence in our suburbs and getting the engravers to engrave all of our household items, including our VCR and other things.

I would like to pay tribute to the work that Neighbourhood Watch has done over those 25 years here in the ACT. It really has made a significant contribution. It is about neighbourhoods working together to ensure that people are safer, to ensure that we look out for each other and that we try to protect our homes. It is really solid grassroots community action and so I take my hat off to them. I take my hat off to Margaret Pearson, the president, and acknowledge all of the work that has been done by so many volunteers and contributors to Neighbourhood Watch in the ACT over the last 25 years.

Madam Assistant Speaker Burch, I also had the opportunity on 1 October to attend the annual commemoration service at the National Naval Memorial—I believe you were also there. I would like to thank Peter Cooke-Russell, Commander RAN (Retired),


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