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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (16 September) . .

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landscaping, Jack Wallace; and metals engineering and light fabrication, Gary Mills. Meritorious awards went to Bantoon (James) Jantanop, Liam Muckle, Bradley Muir, Joshua McFarlane, Joel Nielson, Michael Tot, Sanota Vongpaseuth, and Mark Zwickert. Further awards went to Michael Lewkowicz, painting and decorating; plumbing, Ashley Crivici; refrigeration, Travis Kelly; systems electrician, Andrew Gibson; wall and ceiling lining, Mitchell Cook; wall and floor tiling, Zachary Gilroy; and woman in a non-traditional trade, Brianna Oakley.

The 2014 industry encouragement awards went to Thomas Armstrong, first-year carpentry; Campbell Ash, second-year carpentry; Rowan Maguire, third-year carpentry; Samantha Pope, first-year electrical; and Allyce Daley-Boom, first-year electrical also.

It was fantastic to see the opportunities that CITC offers to young apprentices, allowing them to further excel in their chosen fields. Once again, I acknowledge and thank the Construction Industry Training Council for their work, and again offer my congratulations to those who received an award.

Lifeline

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (4.19), in reply: This afternoon I rise to speak about a very enjoyable visit I recently made to the Lifeline bookfair warehouse in Mitchell. Lifeline Canberra is Australia's highest performing telephone crisis support service and is now aiming to answer more calls than ever following the enlargement of their existing phone room to eight lines. In 2013-14, 300 Lifeline volunteers answered almost 30,500 calls from members of the general public, an average of 85 calls a day.

As many of us in the Assembly would know, the Lifeline bookfairs have become an important fundraising opportunity for Lifeline and the established public face of Lifeline in Canberra. The fairs are very well supported by the community at large with the sale of books on every subject imaginable. You can also get CDs, DVDs, puzzles—and of course with the puzzles they are all tested first, so all the pieces are counted and checked—and games totalling in excess of $1 million each year

As I witnessed for myself, putting on a book fair as large as Lifeline's takes a monumental effort from their volunteers and a substantial amount of planning. Around 300 volunteers sort through, wipe down, organise and price 200,000 books for each of the two main bookfairs held each year, with the next fair taking place this weekend, 19 to 21 September, at Exhibition Park, Mitchell.

During my visit I was able to talk with many of the warehouse volunteers who clearly derive great satisfaction from the work they do as well as having great fun together. I also learned that you can order online. The web address is www.act.lifeline.org.au, and you can search by category and then order online, price including postage. But also online you can order more than just books. As I mentioned earlier, there are games, puzzles, records and DVDs.


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