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We need art in our suburbs, and not just in the centre of this city. Last month the ACT government announced the ACT Surface Festival, providing support for 35 artists to paint murals across 30 walls and structures. That is a lot of art, but was it scattered across the city? Did it bring colour to outer suburbs such as those in my electorate of Ginninderra? No. The stated purpose was “to enliven the built environment of Braddon, Civic and the national triangle”; in other words, the city centre.
I rise today to speak on behalf of the residents in my electorate who would love to see more public art in Belconnen. I share that desire. This could be as simple as supporting the painting of murals at local shops or on public infrastructure. I specifically urge the ACT government to support the equivalent of the recent Surface Festival across this city’s suburbs, including those in Belconnen.
MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.56): I rise today to remember the life of Hamish Lindsay, who passed away in January this year. Hamish was born in London in 1937 and he was a lover of both space and the ocean.
In September 1962, President John F Kennedy committed the United States to send a man to the moon and return him safely to earth, and so began the exciting era of space exploration. Hamish Lindsay played a role in this great adventure. Hamish trained at the Muchea tracking station near Perth, before moving to Carnarvon in WA for the Gemini missions. He then went to Honeysuckle Creek, where he was a space tracker for the Apollo missions, and then to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla. He later moved to the High Court in a technical role.
Hamish wrote a number of books and he was a prolific photographer. I was pleased to see Hamish at the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, a mission in which the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station near Canberra had an important role to play, and one that Hamish was, of course, involved in. Despite being unwell even at that time, Hamish was able to attend the anniversary in 2019, and I know how much that would have meant to him.
I am sure his loved ones will treasure his photographs in the years to come. He also wrote a number of books. Hamish certainly was an old-school space tracker. My thoughts are with his loved ones, ex-colleagues and everyone who knew him. Rest in peace, Hamish Lindsay.
Brindabella electorate—Lake Tuggeranong
MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: I will call Mr Davis on the condition that after his speech he can tag-team with me so that I can deliver one!
MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (4.59): As a fellow member for Brindabella, I have got your back, Mr Deputy Speaker! In the context of embracing the very special part of the world that we call home, Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise yet again to speak about Lake Tuggeranong, because it would not be a sitting day in this place if I did not. I am