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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 2 Hansard (17 February) . .

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I would like to acknowledge all those who organise the food fairs, as well as those who donate their time to cook and sell the cuisine. All involved do a wonderful job of promoting their culture and working towards the betterment of the Sri Lankan community here in the ACT. I encourage all members to attend a Sri Lankan food fair in the coming months. I congratulate the Sri Lankan community on hosting these ongoing events. I wish them all the best for their fundraising efforts.

Communities@Work

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (6.36): On Tuesday, 16 February 2016 I was pleased to be able to attend the opening of the new Communities@Work Best Dressed store at Tuggeranong Hyperdome. They already had a store downstairs, but they have moved to a new, bigger store in probably a better location upstairs in the Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

I would also like to congratulate Lorcan Murphy, who has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of Communities@Work. He has a career that spans over 23 years in executive leadership and senior management positions. Lorcan has worked in numerous sectors, including multinational organisations across Europe, America, Asia and Australia. No doubt he will bring a wealth of knowledge to Communities@Work, who are an organisation that have done fantastic work for over 40 years for the benefit of vulnerable members of our community.

I would also like to take this opportunity to recognise Lee Maiden, who is an outstanding deputy CEO, and who I am sure will be of tremendous assistance to Lorcan as he settles into his new role, just as she was a fantastic deputy CEO to Lynne Harwood.

The Communities@Work Best Dressed store celebrated its first year of helping local Canberrans, especially those in Tuggeranong, to look and feel fabulous at bargain prices. Their Best Dressed store also creates sustainable and ongoing funding for food and essential items for Communities@Work's social programs. The income generated over the past year has provided the means for sustainable services to our local community.

I would like to acknowledge the support of the Tuggeranong Hyperdome in enabling them to move to this new, fantastic location and the wonderful corporate, government and individual donors who provide the beautiful clothes. If you are looking to clean out your wardrobe, they accept men's and women's business and casual wear. They would be very happy to take some of your ties, for example, or business wear.

They use a lot of volunteers to run the store. I volunteered there myself during Volunteer Week last year, and it was great to meet some people that I have not seen for years and who are working as volunteers there in Tuggeranong.

Customers frequent the store to do good-purpose shopping. They give pre-loved clothes a new, loving home. I bought some items there myself. They have some very lovely clothes. The money raised there goes to the people who most need it in our


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