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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 2906 ..


The church generously provides a space to store these deliveries while the team prepares for a busy Saturday of service. On Saturdays this hard-working team shows up again to transform the annex at the back of the church into a makeshift grocery store, offering a wide variety of products at a significantly discounted price. With a large delivery of bread, milk, fruit and vegetables from OzHarvest, the volunteers lay out the range of goods that cover many families' weekly needs.

I spent the Saturday before last volunteering with Kirsty and her team, so I could meet the team and see the operations of the tuckerbox in action. I was incredibly impressed by the speed at which her team transforms the church and surrounds into the tuckerbox. It really is an amazing operation. So many volunteers give their time week after week bringing the warmth of their generosity to our local community. The tuckerbox is also a great place for people to have a chat and keep in touch each week to prevent the isolation experienced by so many.

After Saturday's operations come to a close, the team again pack everything up and clean up so that the church is ready for Sunday services. Each Thursday the whole process begins again. The tuckerbox is an invaluable part of the inner north community, and I thank everybody involved with it for their service. I thank Kirsty Baker and her team of volunteers for their tireless work. Together with the Holy Cross Anglican Church, they provide such a valuable service for the less fortunate members of our community.

Mr Shaun Fahey—tribute

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.59): I rise to pay my respects to a member of the Australian New Zealand deaf community who died recently. Shaun Fahey from New South Wales passed away after a short battle with cancer. He was a well-respected member of the New Zealand deaf community. He was a proud grandfather, father and husband to Rachel Turner-Fahey and his family.

He was involved in theatre, sports and storytelling, and he was a talented illustrator. I will have a long-lasting memory of Shaun because I have two pictures in my office that he drew for me illustrating my sign name and also the sign for "politician".

In Australia Shaun was involved with the illustration of the popular Auslan resource, The Survival Guide to Auslan, working alongside Dr Trevor Johnston and Dr Adam Schembri. I would like to thank Deaf Aotearoa and Deaf Australia for the information about Shaun. I pass on my condolences to his family and to the wider Australia and New Zealand deaf community. Rest in peace, Shaun Fahey.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.01 pm.


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