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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . .

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Motion (by Ms Burch) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Amazing Belco Race

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Women and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Social Inclusion and Equality) (4.34): On Saturday, 12 September I was part of a team that took part in the Amazing Belco Race. Teams raced each other to all corners of Belconnen competing in a range of fun and exciting challenges and hunting for the answers to some very interesting and cryptic clues. The people on my team—the Rebels on the Bus—were Dira Horne, the Chief Executive Officer of the Belconnen Community Service, who was also our driver; Belconnen Community Service workers Mandy Green, Masia Emacora and Helen Brown; and board member John Ignatius. Also joining me were Les, Paul, Rachel and Ellen, clients of the Belconnen Community Service who were also part of the team.

Belconnen is a great place to live. There is plenty to see and do. I am sure everyone who was involved in this event had a whole new appreciation of the awesomeness of Belconnen and the true meaning of Belco pride by the end of it.

The race combines elements of a scavenger hunt and The Amazing Race. There were also prizes on the day, including best dressed team, best decorated vehicle and sponsors extraordinaire—just to name a few. The race brings together people for a bit of fun while at the same time raising funds for the 10/10 project. The 10/10 project is a community volunteering project providing a free one-off yard and garden clean-up for people either accessing Belconnen Community Service's programs or residing in a Housing ACT property. The project provides support for people who, due to their personal circumstances, may be unable to maintain the condition of their yard.

All funds raised from the race go towards the project. Belconnen Community Service and Housing ACT employees and their families and friends volunteer their time to support the 10/10 project. This year's 10/10 project takes place on Saturday, 10 October. If anyone would like more information about how they can support the project or become involved as a volunteer, please contact my office.

I want to thank the Amazing Belco Race volunteers, especially Graham McKerchar and Adam McEvoy, the race organisers, who are part of the Belconnen Community Service team; Belconnen Community Service and Housing ACT employees and their families and friends who volunteer their time to support the 10/10 project; and the Belconnen Community Service for the work they do every day to provide support for people in Belconnen who are in need.

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