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married to Sir Alfred Deakin’s daughter, Stella Deakin, who was herself a research chemist. He was deputy chairman and chief executive of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research from 1927 to 1946, renamed later the CSIRO.
Stirling was named after Sir James Stirling. He was a Scottish born naval commander and a colonial administrator in Western Australia, the first governor in Western Australia, having joined the navy at the age of 12, sadly, leading the 1834 Pinjarra massacre.
Waramanga is named for the Warumungu people, Indigenous Australians of the Northern Territory from the region of Tenant Creek in Alice Springs. In the early 1800s they were a thriving nation and after much displacement in 1993 were returned a proportion of their claimed land in a native title decision.
Weston was named after Captain George Edward Nicholas Weston, who was a former officer of the East India Company, arriving in Australia in 1825, and was granted land in the Weston Creek area in 1831.
The street names of each suburb have a theme, such as rivers or dams or creeks of Australia, and native flowers.
I thank the many people involved in the community organisations, from our many sporting clubs to school communities. I give special thanks to the very dedicated business owners and church operators and those providing services and local employment in our village-like suburbs—our cafes, restaurants, hairdressers, dentists, doctors and sporting clubs.
Despite its natural beauty and the very many great people in our area, delaying a shopping centre for the Molonglo Valley has been putting considerable strain on the community and the shopping centre of Cooleman Court. But the people of Weston Creek are very patient.
The prevalence of antisocial behaviour, which has increased greatly over the past couple of years, has left people very aware that law and order issues are at the top of the list for what has been a very peaceful place to live in the past.
I am fortunate to call Weston Creek my home. I thank the residents of the area for returning me to represent them now for the third term. I will continue to do all that I can to resolve your concerns and to see our area continue to flourish into the future.
Arts—Stronger Than Fiction film festival
MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (4.54): I rise today to talk about the local film festival, Stronger Than Fiction. We are lucky here in Canberra to have access to some of the best films from around the world.
A locally curated and run film festival, Stronger Than Fiction have been showing an incredible range of global documentaries since 2013, when they received Canberra centenary funding. In 2018 they showed the film What Walaa Wants, about a spirited