Page 1128 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 3 May 2022

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resources needed to help more families become self-reliant by successfully learning to grow their own food.

Lastly, I would also like to thank Charnwood Community Garden member Xing Hua for sharing with me some of his delicious bok choy on Sunday. Thank you.

Kambah—heritage walk

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.31): I would like to talk a little bit today about the suburb of Kambah, with a population of 14,900 people across 11 square kilometres and a quietly growing number of small businesses. There were 736 as at 30 June 2020.

On Sunday I had the great pleasure of going on a heritage walk through Kambah, with Mr Davis. It was a wonderful exploration of the suburb’s history, with highlights that included the Kambah woolshed and the Urambi Hills Nature Reserve, both of which are on the west part of Kambah.

But there are many interesting things to see on the east side of Drakeford Drive, and I would just like to point out a few of them today. These include the very popular Mannheim Cafe, as well as the Kambah Village Shopping Centre, where the Davidsons had their first pizza shop many years ago. It is now a great place to find vinyl records, home-brew gear, supplies for keeping reptiles, board games, and also one of my very favourite Big Issue vendors in Canberra, Grace.

There are 15 playgrounds on the east side of Kambah, which is two more than on the west side. When you have a house full of energetic kids, a playground that you can actually walk to from home is very helpful. There is also the ACT Model Car Racing Club track, and the Mount Taylor trails, as well as the Tuggeranong Tornadoes Little Athletics club, which has been developing skills and having fun for more than 40 years.

There are lots and lots of great things to do to keep everyone physically active on the east side. There is also some beautiful artwork that is visible if you are going up Athllon Drive. It is on Morrison Circuit. It is called “Because of her, we can” and depicts Aboriginal women.

Kambah is divided by Drakeford Drive, with the east side of Drakeford falling within the Murrumbidgee electorate and the west side in Brindabella, but it was never meant to be divided. It was supposed to be connected socially and geographically with green areas and reserves for the residents to walk or ride through. I must give thanks to Louise, who was at Sunday’s heritage walk, for telling me about this.

The “Davo caucus” are always united and work well together—despite Drakeford Drive—on everything from local sports facilities to the best dance moves at community events. Despite that Drakeford Drive separator, we are very happy to be representing Kambah together. The Davo caucus agenda’s number one point of agreement will always be: “How good is Kambah?” Thank you.

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