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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1998..


With a strong message of responsible pet ownership at the event, the Crace pets party was another opportunity to promote links to the community for residents of this emerging suburb.

Over 300 people attended the community gathering, many to catch a glimpse and get some advice from Bondi vet Dr Lisa Chimes. People also had an opportunity to meet Dr Matt Almond from the Small Friends Veterinary Clinic in Amaroo; he was on hand to give advice. The Belconnen Dog Obedience Club showcased some fantastic tricks from some very clever dogs and owners. Many prizes were won as Michael Linke from the RSPCA judged the best trick competition which was sponsored by Hill's pet food.

The event also provided an opportunity to promote the RSPCA's Million Paws Walk which will be held at Commonwealth Park on Sunday the 20th of this month. Aussie Pooch Mobile washed many dogs and donated a considerable sum to the event and the Gungahlin Lions Club generously provided refreshments, with many bacon and egg rolls being consumed throughout the day.

ACT Playgroups took the opportunity of the event to promote the newly launched Crace playgroup by conducting some animal-themed arts and crafts activities for the kids. The playgroup is currently operating out of the Palmerston community centre and more information can be found at www.playgroupaustralia.com.au.

It was a very pleasant way to spend a lovely autumn morning in Canberra and I would like to encourage everyone to visit www.crace.com.au to find out more about upcoming community events in the suburb.

Congratulations to all the organisers and participants, particularly Lisa Ridgely from Morris Walker, who ensured the day was a great success.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.14 pm until Tuesday, 8 May 2012, at 10 am.


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