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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4121 ..


It's been great to see a profession in which each day you can make a difference in some way for someone, a profession in which you can truly contribute to the greater good of society. It's been a privilege to be welcomed into Mark's office and to really feel like part of the team for my time there.

I loved being a part of this program and wholeheartedly encourage young women to take part in it next year. It's run by inspiring people who have so much wisdom to share. Not only will you experience the legislative assembly, but you will also undergo two intensive training days in which you will be mentored by the most incredible women who have amazing stories and backgrounds.

I have already begun implementing the skills I learnt from these mentors in various aspects of my life. In addition, you will meet other likeminded young women and forge tight friendships with them. It is so rewarding to be surrounded by so many intelligent, curious and talented minds and to be able to bounce ideas off each other and share world views. It is a great way for girls to learn to back themselves in fields of leadership and get involved in roles where they can truly influence the future of Australia.

Well said, Mariam, well said.

Brindabella electorate

MS J BURCH (Brindabella) (4.26): Spring has well and truly arrived in the Brindabella electorate. I experienced that firsthand when I was out in the suburb of Theodore delivering my spring newsletter to households. Spring has also marked some important new projects for the ACT government that it is delivering in and around the Tuggeranong region. They include improvements to the Mt Taylor car park, providing funds to improve bulk-billing services in our suburbs and upgrades to the Tuggeranong town centre.

Tuggeranong is very blessed to have many great views, recreational areas and open spaces. Undoubtedly Mt Taylor is one of those assets that we have, with more than 4,000 walkers and runners taking in the views from the top of the mountain each month. But the need for upgrades has been at the forefront for users and the government alike.

Recently I was down at Mt Taylor with Minister Steel and Taryn Langdon, a local who is a strong user of Mt Taylor, to announce some upgrades to the area. That includes improvements to the carpark. The carpark will be improved—it will be chip sealed—and a dedicated single entry and exit point will be constructed there to improve safety and management of the traffic.

Additionally, a curb barrier will be placed on the roadside edge just up from Mannheim Street. We do not want to see people come up and dash across busy Sulwood Drive. Those improvements will certainly make users safer in the area. It will no doubt entrench Mt Taylor and the views from Mt Taylor as a very popular bit of activity for one and all.

For many years before I came into this place I worked as a nurse. Access to primary healthcare and healthcare services is very important to me. Improving healthcare is


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