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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 5 Hansard (7 May) . .

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I would like to thank the Canberra Motorcycle Centre, KTM and all of the other sponsors of the event, the Vietnam Veterans Association for providing the food, and the DSMRA for the loan of the dirt bike that I rode. I would also like to quickly thank all of the volunteers, including but not limited to Shaun Lonergan, Adrian Whittaker, Birgit Hoffmann, Chris Springett, Graham Smith, Mark Porecca, Tait Gendle, Doug Waterhouse, Paul King, Jamie D'Elboux, Mark Knight, Peter Wenderoth, Deborah Smith, Andrew Stacey, Jon Waterhouse, Ash Rutledge, Phil Gustaven, Peter Wenderoth and Mark Dykes.

Schools—Torrens Primary School

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.18): On 28 March this year I attended the Torrens Primary School 2015 twilight fair. It was a warm and enjoyable day, with events including performances by the south Canberra wind orchestra, the year 6 band, Jayz Dance Company and Sparkles Dance Studio. There was a talent show and a kids' dress-up parade. There was also a patting paddock, face painting, crazy hair, crazy nails, a wide range of food stalls and much more. I would like to congratulate the Torrens Primary School Parents and Citizens Association, especially Amanda Falconer and Sally Bower, on a great day, and also many of the staff members who played a big role on the day.

I was the judge of the junior dress-up parade which saw many kids dressed as their favourite character. There were Annas and Elsas from Frozen, Pirates of Penzance, Spidermen, Batmen, Harry Potters, and princesses of all shapes and sizes. I felt under enormous pressure judging the parade, with all the hopeful faces of the little ones looking at me, not to mention the parents wishing success for their child. It was a tough decision but I managed to pick three joint winners.

I also drew the major raffle, and that brings me to thanking the many sponsors of the fair. I would like to thank, for their support of the Torrens Primary School, Savil Construction, Nada's Cakes, Edge Real Estate, Word of Mouth Catering, Meatways Butchery Kambah, Wine Phoenix, Rama's at Pearce, Mazda, Active Swim School, Mpowerdome, Supabarn, Turkish Grill Erindale, Kambah Car Care, Modern Skin Care, Canberra Outlet Centre, Ashley's Hair Design, Questacon, Hair By Simona, Hoyts Woden, ActewAGL, Maria Slater Travel, Hog's Breath Woden, Woden Coles, Monkey Mania, Dendy Canberra City, Cockington Green, the Dinosaur Museum, Biginelli Espresso, Child's Play, Woolworths Woden, Officeworks Tuggeranong, and AMF Tuggeranong.

Torrens Primary School has around 500 students from preschool to year 6. Congratulations once again to the Torrens Primary School P&C and to the principal, Sue Mueller, for their hard work and commitment to make the school community stronger.

Education—early childhood

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (4.20): I rise to speak this afternoon about the importance of early childhood education and care to our community. I recently had the pleasure of officially opening two new services in the Gungahlin region: the


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