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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (1 May) . . Page.. 1761..


completed in November 2010, saw the Southwell Family Society spend 300 hours doing the work, culminating in another very successful restoration.

The society had a lovely array of photos of past family reunions, and historical photos, at the open day. The chapel continues to be lovingly maintained by the Southwell Family Society and I commend them for their ongoing work.

I would like to acknowledge the Giralang-Kaleen men's shed and the men's shed movement in general which operates across Australia and here in the ACT. I understand that there are 650 men's sheds affiliated with the Australian Men's Shed Association, with approximately 125,000 people belonging to those sheds.

On 24 April I had the great pleasure of participating in a working bee at the invitation of the Giralang-Kaleen men's shed committee, the "shedders"as they are affectionately known. The committee, which was formed in early 2011, currently makes use of two rooms at the Kaleen community centre.

The shedders have wasted no time in establishing a thriving vegetable garden and making good use of the grounds at the community centre. The shedders have established a computer lab with five donated computers and a printer and have recently raised $1,600 at a barbecue stall held at Bunnings Belconnen. Bunnings have also generously donated some tools and gardening equipment to stock their shed and there are plans to add to this collection.

The Giralang-Kaleen shedders already have a growing membership of over 30 men from all walks of life and have established a strong bond with the local community. I would like to acknowledge the inaugural committee of the Giralang-Kaleen men's shed led by president Alan Chaplin; vice president Kevin Heindl; secretary Warren Cameron; treasurer Richard Hurditch; public officer Christopher Martin; other committee members Errol Brown, Ian Dalziel, Grahame Ginn, Nils Lantzke and John Murphy; and the other members of the shed. I look forward to supporting the future endeavours of the Giralang-Kaleen men's shed and I commend their work to the Assembly. For more information people should visit www.mensshed.org or email the Giralang-Kaleen men's shed at gkmenshed@gmail.com.

Ms Niki van Buuren

World Asthma Day

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (5.54): On 27 April, Frank Brown, chair of Lions Youth Haven, launched at Westwood Farm, Kambah, an appeal by the Lions clubs of the Canberra-Queanbeyan region to raise funds for Niki van Buuren, a burns survivor of the 2003 Canberra bushfires. Niki, a Canberra resident of Kaleen, has been chosen to represent Australia at the 2012 World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships in Breda, Holland, in August this year.

Niki has worked with horses since the age of nine. At age 19 in 2003, while caring for her horse, she and her mother, Wendy, became trapped in the Canberra bushfires. Niki received third-degree burns to 66 per cent of her body, which resulted in the loss of her fingers and severely restricted movement in her arms.


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