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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1834 ..


we began construction, and I tip my hat to the late Rusty Woodward, who was so crucial to getting this club up and running. I also recall cutting the ribbon when it was officially opened in November 2011. When I was there to celebrate their 10th birthday it was good to see many familiar faces and champions that have been part of the journey and the success of the Tuggeranong 55 club over the last 10 years.

The centre is, indeed, a very modern facility. It has got one of the best views of Lake Tuggeranong. It is close to public transport. But the club has had such success that in many ways it is a victim of its own success because it is just busting at the seams. They have programs running every day for just about every opening hour of the day. The committee members, the relevant ministers and I are having conversations about how we could look to expand that building to accommodate the growing success and the growing numbers of people that want to use that facility.

At the 10-year celebrations there was recognition of awards, and I just want to read out the names of the people who have been the champions: Laurel Boyd, Pat Dahl, John Dahl, Betty and Bruce Grant, Rodger Hall, Linda Lawrie, Carlene Lockyer, Beverley Richards, Judy and Tom Walters, Maggie Watts, Jenny Welsh, Sheila Williams, John Winter and Robyn Young. I also want at this time to recognise other people that have been involved and quite critical to its success: Communities@Work, because before the club was independent they were part of a program with Communities@Work, and the project officers, Tricia Hoad and Karen Jesson, who were very important in the early days.

I would like to take my hat off to and commend Louise Nicholls, the president of the Tuggeranong 55 club; and Laurie Towers, the vice-president. Also down there on the day was John Hargreaves, who needs no introduction for many of us here. He has been involved in and supportive of the Tuggeranong 55 club from the get-go as well. I wish them all the success.

Today in the chamber I had the honour and the privilege of hosting two groups of young people. The first was girls from Caroline Chisholm School's girls club. I want to thank the teacher, Amanda Pickering, for bringing the girls in. Natasha from year 10, Rose from year 10, Abbee from year 8 and Karissa from year 7 came in to have a look at the Assembly. They were full of questions. They were full of interest.

There were also students from Hughes Primary School. Smilja Rajak was the teacher, and the students were Jessica, Erin, Charlotte, Abbey and Phoebe, all year 6. They came in and had a Cook's tour of the place. I think members should check their seats. They were very eager to sit in members' seats and experience what it is like being a member. But it is very good to see the next generation showing such an active interest in the Assembly.

Public housing—community program

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (4.59): I rise to address the chamber on a number of housing issues that have come to my attention as shadow housing minister that I think are very important matters which should be recorded here. The first of those matters is to commend a wonderful grassroots, on-the-ground program that is being done by Mark Ransome, on behalf of Reclink, in a number of our public housing complexes in


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