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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (22 October) . .

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Anna was the first ever recipient of life membership of Dragons Abreast ACT and was quite simply one of the most wonderful people you could ever hope to meet. She was someone—and many people spoke of this at the service, including the guests that gathered on the shore at the Yarralumla yacht club to listen and pay their respects to Anna and her family—that you felt very fortunate to meet and you knew that she would always be working in the best interests of the Canberra community and for all of those women and their families who have been touched by breast cancer.

Anna will be deeply missed but long remembered. On behalf of the ACT government, I offer again my deep condolences to her many friends and family.

Lake Burley Griffin

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) (6.54): As everyone in this Assembly will know, last Friday marked the 50th birthday of Lake Burley Griffin. It was my great pleasure to join Pedal Power in a family celebration of this important birthday. Some 80 children and young people took to their bikes as part of the lake-themed treasure hunt around Commonwealth Park and up to the National Carillon.

The event was hosted by Pedal Power executive director, John Armstrong, who during the events interviewed Dr David Nott and Chris Anderson, who both had close associations with the area before it became a lake. Chris had formerly lived in a home that was situated on what is now Springbank Island.

Accounts were told of when the lake was used for grazing paddocks and when a small bridge called Scott's Crossing was used to get people across the Molonglo River to the parliamentary triangle on the eastern side. One area of the current lake even used to be a golf course. I was able to reflect on some of my time in Canberra prior to the lake filling and reflect on my concerns about where the yabbies would go once the lake was filled. How times have changed!

Whatever your association with the lake, whether it be to walk or run around or even to sail on, Lake Burley Griffin has become an integral and much-loved part of our city landscape and a testament to those who had the vision for its creation.

I would like to thank Pedal Power for hosting such a fun family event, and thanks also to Warehouse Circus for the face painting. Most importantly, happy birthday, Lake Burley Griffin. We look forward to the next 50 years.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.56 pm.

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