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tell the story of our city's development since European settlement from a sleepy sheep station to a thriving city and our national capital. Many of us walk, ride or drive past these buildings every day. Every now and then, one of them catches our eye, and we wonder what it was used for in its heyday or how the people who lived and worked there experienced life. We may just learn more about those buildings and those people during the heritage festival.

I note that this year's ACT heritage grants are currently open for application, closing on 11 May. It has been great recently to see the concrete street signs from the 1930s restored in Barton, thanks to a recent ACT heritage grant and the hard work of volunteers from the Kingston-Barton residents group. I encourage interested individuals and organisations to apply for a grant that will preserve and promote our local heritage.

Kurrajong is also home to incredible examples of natural beauty. This weekend I walked up Mount Ainslie, something I do not do often enough, and I was reminded again just how lucky we are to have this environment on our doorstep and how important it is to protect and to celebrate it. I looked over the sleepy Molonglo River as it transforms into the created Lake Burley Griffin to the natural wonder of the Brindabellas on the horizon and the grasslands that are home to so many rare species of plants and animals.

With 130 activities and events celebrating all of this and more, the heritage festival truly has something for everyone. I again thank Ms Lawder for bringing this motion to the Assembly, for the opportunity to talk about the work underway to celebrate and preserve our city and regions, Aboriginal, non-Indigenous and natural heritage. Finally, I would like to thank the heritage festival team, particularly the volunteers who organise events during the festival each year and who work tirelessly throughout the year to preserve, celebrate and share our heritage, whether it is our built, natural or diverse cultural heritage.

Discussion concluded.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Matthew Harding—tribute

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for Regulatory Services, Minister for the Arts and Community Events and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (4.21): I rise today to honour the life of a great artist, Matthew Harding, a talented and internationally renowned Australian artist and designer who had a diverse practice of sculpture, public art and design in Canberra and far beyond. Sadly, Matthew ended his own life on 22 February this year at the age of 53.


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