Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 4 Hansard (21 March) . . Page.. 1278..
the best-known community days across the country. I pay tribute today to the work of the organisers of Clean Up Australia Day, particularly in the ACT, and those community groups and individuals, like the Macarthur Scout Group, who gave up time and energy to make a difference in their backyards.
I would also like to congratulate the over 40 people who today became Australian citizens for the first time at the Harmony Day citizenship ceremony which was held during our lunch break. It is always encouraging to hear the stories, the hopes and the aspirations of those who have chosen to become citizens of our great country. We often take for granted many of the freedoms that are available to us as citizens of Australia, and it serves as a great reminder to all of us just how lucky we are to live here. I congratulate them on making the decision to become Australians, and I wish them all the best for the future as they begin a new chapter in their lives as new Australians.
National Capital Rally
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (4.30): I rise tonight to advise the Assembly of an event I attended a couple of weeks ago—the National Capital Rally, which was the first round of the Australian Rally Championship and it was fantastic to see it back in the ACT supported by the ACT government. I want to thank those in government that supported the event and the volunteers that worked there. I think we had about 180 volunteers that helped through the event. I will go through some of the teams that were involved, but before I go to that, I want to make a special thanks to Adrian Dudock, the clerk of the course, the Brindabella Motor Sport Club and the Light Car Club of Canberra that did all the work with those volunteers to get the event up and running.
I will go through the ACT entrants and will use a term that Mr Coe uses—I will quickly read the phonebook. ACT entrants: Neal Bates, Coral Taylor, David Hills, Paul Bennett, Bruce Power, Andrew Buckner, Adrian Coppin and Tim Batten, Mick Patton, Bernie Webb, Peter Kobold, James Thornburn, Derek Reynolds, Ray Baker, Richie Dalton, my daughter Kirrilee Gentleman, Michael Harding, Julie Boorman, Steven Forsberg, Craig Whyburn, Russel Winks, Stephen Hodgkin, Mike Behnke, Brett Southwell, Stephen Duthie, Damien Hanns, Mark Sessions, Aaron Tams, Meng Chung, Nick Vardos, Denis Stevens, Farren Rebeeck, Blake Stevens, Amy Stevens, Rhys Pinter, Tony Best, David Wright, Marko Berndt, Brett Stephens, David Stephens, Stuart Collison, Caroline Vale, Matthew Grundoff, David Coltman and Dean Jackson. I think I got it out quicker than Mr Coe does.
Results: ARC, driver, Eli Evans—fantastic—co-driver, Glen Weston; the Australian four wheel drive national rally series driver, Mick Harding—my old driver—first and Ritchie Dalton, second; four wheel drive national rally series co-driver, Julie Boorman, first, my daughter Kirrilee Gentleman, second; Australian classic rally challenge driver, Claude Murray; Australian classic rally co-driver, Matt James; ARC by category driver, 1600 cup, Adrian Coppin from the ACT; international cup, Scott Pedder; SUV rally challenge, Brett Middleton; ARC by category co-drivers 1600 cup, Tim Batten from Canberra; international cup, former Canberran and international co-driver, Dale Moscatt; and SUV rally challenge, Andrew Benefield.