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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (18 September) . .

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community development projects. The Ginninderra Scout groups regularly work together on a range of projects and get-togethers, including the joeys' annual Ginninderra Mob Region Riot.

All Canberra Scout groups get together at times and share the great Cottermouth campground and training base on the Cotter Road. The new Shakespeare Centre has arisen from the ruins of the January 2000 bushfires to be a modern, purpose-built complex that includes accommodation for around 100 and conference facilities for hire.

Scouting in Canberra is strong and diverse, giving our youth the chance to grow through new challenges, new friends, taking responsibility for themselves and exploring their own abilities and interests.

Canberra Lions clubs

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (4.41): Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the Canberra Lions clubs' new youth accommodation centre, Westwood Lodge, at the Lions Youth Haven property on Kambah Pool Road. Lions clubs in Canberra have been doing great work in our local communities for decades, and the new Youth Haven accommodation centre is just the newest way in which they are getting involved and supporting those in need. I toured the facility and was shown around by Beverly von Stein, the leader of the zone 7 area; Tom Anderson; and Chris Howard, the zone 8 area leader.

The new 70-bed Youth Haven facility will be used primarily to house sporting teams or school groups which will then be able to use the 200 hectares of farmland for activities. All money raised by Youth Haven will go towards the work that the Lions clubs do in supporting children in need here in Canberra. I think it is a truly creative and unique initiative to raise money. It is fully in line with the goals of the Lions clubs and is sure to be a great success. I am told that Youth Haven has already had groups place bookings for over 1,000 nights, and I am sure that there will continue to be many more bookings in the future as more people find out about the facility.

I had the pleasure of meeting with Tom Anderson, who is well known in Canberra for his community work, both with the Lions clubs and with the Weston Creek centre. Tom is a truly great member of our community, and Canberra is a much better place because of all his hard work and the work of all Lions members.

I would like to thank everybody else involved with Lions clubs who helped set up this great new accommodation centre and who volunteer their time with Lions clubs to help children in need.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.43 until Tuesday, 23 August 2014, at 10 am.

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