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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 698..

classes, pottery and craft activities, just to name a few. I met with board president, Mr David Rymer, and vice-president, Mrs Pat Gration, and I thank them for their time and hospitality and congratulate them for the activities they provide to their hundreds of members. One downside of their popularity is that they have now outgrown their premises in Turner and are urgently looking for other options.

Today I had the pleasure of attending the seniors expo held at EPIC along with Minister Rattenbury, who welcomed the many visitors. The seniors expo in the Budawang pavilion included over 160 exhibitors and provided a range of information services to the ageing community. I was able to speak to a number of seniors regarding issues that affect them in our local community, including the cost of living and transport.

I thank Arthur Dickens from the Probus Association, Tony Howkins from the Rotary Club of Moruya, Lynn and Barry Bott from the Conder-Lanyon Probus Club as well as COTA president, Rod Gardiner, and vice president, Kevin Vasseroti, for their time today at the expo. It was also a great opportunity to catch up with many old friends, some I had lost touch with many years ago.

There are still a number of events available to attend before the closing of Seniors Week on Saturday, and I urge our senior community to get out there, be active, engage and further build on your relationships with the community.

On a final note, I would like to commend executive director, Paul Flint, and his team from COTA for organising such a fantastic annual event, which has provided the ageing community with a way to engage, connect and, in COTA's own words, broaden the horizons of older people and build relationships throughout the community.

Madam Speaker, I was fortunate last week to attend the Capital Chemist centenary college scholarship awards at the John Curtin School of Medical Research. The scholarship awards are a brainchild of Capital Chemist along with the Public Education Foundation, and they offer centenary college scholarships to public school students in the ACT.

I commend Capital Chemist for their contribution to education in our city. Established in 1978, Capital Chemist now has 18 outlets in Canberra, 16 in New South Wales and nine in Tasmania. They are long-term supporters of public education in the ACT, donating over $200,000 worth of scholarships over the past 10 years.

Capital Chemist centenary college scholarship winners for 2014 include: Rebel Delboux-Fermor, Dickson College; Chris Hone, Dickson College; Abram Kamara, Dickson College; Lennon Gibbons; Canberra College; Georgina Holt, Canberra College; Kate Rankine, Canberra College; Reece Lee, Woden School; Jodie McLennan, Woden School; Emerald Sims, Woden School; Rhiannon Leetham, Erindale College; Romana Peckham, Erindale College; Jordan Tsekenis, Erindale College; Jordan Smith, Erindale College; Kelly Stensholt, Gungahlin College; Tristan Tyler, Gungahlin College; Kieren Wright, Gungahlin College; Eylish Perry, Melba Copland Secondary School; Michael de Looper, Melba Copland Secondary School; David Holgate, Melba Copland Secondary School; Ethan Mitchell, Black Mountain

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