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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (7 August) . .

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Parkinson's ACT will use their grant in partnership with Belconnen Arts Centre to run weekly dance classes during school terms for people with Parkinson's disease. Classes will be run by a professionally trained dance teacher with experience in dancing with Parkinson's. The Community Programs Association, now called LEAD—standing for live, experience, access and develop—will upgrade a previous project providing more affordable and sustainable transport for students and the Canberra community.

Snowy Hydro SouthCare will use their grant to develop an educational resource pack—emergency services in schools—for targeted school visits. These will include workshops and education on the Snowy Hydro SouthCare scheme. The aim is for students to share their knowledge and learning experience with the wider community. Vision Australia's grant will be used to upgrade Daisy player devices to connect to Daisy online, enabling members to read audio books and newspapers.

In addition to the community grants, IMB supports a variety of charity, community and sporting organisations at events by providing marquees, making IMB a very recognisable organisation in our local area. Over the years, the IMB community foundation has granted more than $7.1 million to support more than 450 projects throughout local communities. I thank IMB for their continued support and congratulate the recipients of the IMB community foundation grants.

Weston Creek Community Council

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (4.59): On Wednesday, 30 July, I had the pleasure of attending Weston Creek Community Council. I love attending the odd community council meeting because it is such a great opportunity to meet people who really care a lot about their local area. I want to thank everybody who attends Weston Creek Community Council and those who help run their meetings. But I particularly would like to thank the chair, Tom Anderson; deputy chair, Pat McGinn; secretary, Jenny Adams; Treasurer, Simon Hearder; and committee members, Christine Wilson, Mal Ferguson and Max Kwiatkowski, for all their hard work in organising each meeting and the work they do that nobody sees promoting Weston Creek and raising issues that need improvement.

One issue that seems to continually pop up at these meetings is the surfacing of the Cooleman Court car park. The chip seal on the road at this car park has caused problems and distress for many residents of Weston Creek, right from the time when the chip seal was first laid and it was all over the shops, through the wheels of elderly people's walkers and through the ridges of the escalators. Since then, some who use the shopping centre to do their grocery shopping still find it difficult to push a trolley over it.

The newly laid tar is now also peeling off in chunks all over the place. One person I met said they no longer use the shopping centre to do their shopping and now go to Woden due to the chip seal. The use of chip seal in this car park is something the government needs to reconsider. I implore the minister to revisit the issue. The Weston Creek community need a useful car park. They already have enough to deal


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