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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (9 March) . .

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Many locals have made suggestions to me about other areas around our local area that could also be cleaned up. One of the things I found this year was that, whilst there appeared to be overall less rubbish than last year, there were lots of small pieces of paper and plastic. It appears that perhaps the litter had not been picked up prior to the mowing, so litter was shredded throughout the area.

Some of the people who attended on Sunday also took the opportunity to do a bit of beautification of the area, pulling out some weeds and trimming some bushes quite near the children's playground. That is a really positive result. I think the members of the tennis club also did some trimming of a tree branch that was hanging over the tennis courts and starting to bend the wire around the tennis court. Overall, the area is looking much nicer than it was. There are ducks on the pond, there is all sorts of wildlife around the area. Kangaroos often go down to graze on the grass near Fadden pond, so it is a fantastic local resource.

I have received a wide range of suggestions from locals about that area—everything from a picnic table with perhaps a cover and a barbecue. They would like the grass to be mowed more frequently. One person suggested a community garden in the area. Also some maintenance needs to be done. There are some broken chairs. There is a fort, a sort of tower in the children's playground. When my children were little they used to use it, but it has been boarded up—apparently it is not safe for some reason. More recently some children perhaps—I am not sure—have pulled off some of the boards so they can get access to the larger area. That is a subject that I will be writing to the minister for municipal services about because the structure is not safe in the state that it is in.

Once again, many thanks to those locals who assisted with the clean-up. I hope to join them again next year. In the meantime, many locals assure me that as they walk around the area on a daily or weekly basis they pick up rubbish as they go. Well done to all those locals, and thank you very much for your support of the event.

Canberra area theatre awards

Clean Up Australia Day

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.45): I rise to complete the names of the winners of the CAT awards which I commenced last night.

Best director of a musical or variety show, Amy Copeland, Little Shop of Horrors, So Popera Productions, Wollongong; best dance production, Alchemy, Wollongong High School of Performing Arts; best production of a school or youth musical, The Boy from Oz, Chevalier College; best production of a school or youth play, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Narrabundah College; best production of a variety show, A Taste of Tinseltown, Free-Rain Theatre Company; best production of a play, Tuesdays with Morrie, Queanbeyan City Council; best production of a musical, Mary Poppins, Free-Rain Theatre Company; in the spirit of the community award, Justin Watson, for providing opportunities for young people to be involved in theatre; silver CAT award for significant contribution to theatre over many years, Lawrance and Robyn Ryan, for the contribution they have made to the Cowra Musical and


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