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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 2 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 425..


major barrier in Australia's biodiversity research efforts. By aggregating biodiversity information and making it more available online, the atlas aims to assist scientists, planners, managers and others to create a more detailed picture of Australia's biodiversity, its threats and its future.

It is available on your smart phone. You can actually go to a location—mine is in Calwell; I used to walk up past a little house there in Calwell hill—find a species that you cannot identify, take a photo on your smart phone, upload it to the atlas and somebody of interest, either a professor or someone studying that species, will identify it for you and log it in that particular area. So you can help on the mapping for those species.

You can create species lists for the area. You can create species maps. You can find more information about the species and combine species information with over 350 mapping layers. It is an absolutely fantastic resource, and of course it was developed right here in the ACT at CSIRO. I congratulate Dr John La Salle, the CEO of CSIRO, Megan Clark, on her efforts there and, of course, the federal government on funding some of that work.

Another visit I had recently was to a fundraising event at the one-day cricket match. Thank you for the invitation from the Tradies club. We went there to support Bosom Buddies, which is a local group that provides cancer support for women suffering breast cancer or in need of assistance. A number of our members went as well. Brendan Smyth was there. Dr Chris Bourke and Minister Burch were there. A few of our staffers came along as well. We had some fantastic entities there to keep us entertained. Maxi Walker was a great supporter of the fundraiser.

I would like to congratulate the CFMEU and Dean Hall—all of those there—for organising that event; also Rob Docker and Phil Lynch. I will just let the Assembly know that the CFMEU, or the Tradies club now, is sourcing all of its wine from only Canberra and local regions, so none from any other states. One of the suppliers there was Graham Shaw from Shaw vineyards, who was at our event last night, Mrs Jones. So congratulations on that exercise. There was $25,000 raised for our local cancer support group here, Bosom Buddies.

Hawker College

MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (5.27): This evening I rise briefly to talk about my attendance late last year at the Hawker College graduation, where I gave the graduation speech. I would like to thank the students, teachers and staff of Hawker College for the opportunity to say a few words of wisdom to the graduating cohort. I would especially like to thank the acting principal, Mr Frank Keighley, international student coordinator Fiona James and teacher Fay Matthews for making me feel welcome.

It has been 26 years since I graduated from Hawker College and, contrary to the opinion of those who know me well, I actually enjoyed my time there. I loved the relaxed atmosphere of the school. The teachers were wonderful and I made many lasting relationships with my fellow students that remain strong today. It is fantastic to see that that inclusive culture remains at Hawker College to this day.


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