Page 1348 - Week 04 - Thursday, 5 May 2022

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Motion (by Mr Rattenbury) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

YWCA Canberra—Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (6.31): It was my privilege last Thursday to attend the Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast hosted by YWCA Canberra at the Ainslie Football Club. The event was to support the YHomes project and the 2022 Great Ydeas recipient. These great ideas are focused on improving outcomes for women, girls, families and communities at large, and, in particular, women in vulnerable circumstances.

YWCA continues to successfully support women, girls and non-binary people in the ACT to pursue their passion and improve the community with programs such as YWCA Canberra’s Great Ydeas program.

While I am sure of the status of the planned development in Ainslie, I will speak to it in general. YHomes has a planned supported housing development envisaged to provide affordable, safe and fit-for-purpose housing for women in the ACT. It is wonderful to note that YWCA has offered members of the community an opportunity to contribute by donating to the development of these quality homes for women escaping violence and facing housing crisis, wherever that development may be located.

As one of the world’s largest women’s organisations, with a global outreach to millions of women and girls, YWCA’s presence in Canberra is significant. It has been evident that YWCA is successfully delivering community, children, education and advocacy services in Australia and, again, support for women in vulnerable circumstances.

As a local member for Ginninderra, seeing organisations such as the YWCA working consistently to develop leadership and the collective power of women and girls and supporting sustainable development in local areas is very impressive. By supporting women and girls through services advocacy, as noted in its vision statement, the organisation continues to prove its significant role in strengthening and supporting our community.

It was wonderful to connect again with YWCA President Carina Zeccola and Chief Executive Officer Frances Crimmins. I would like to thank YWCA for hosting me and the several other parliamentary colleagues in attendance at the innovation breakfast and for their continued efforts in delivering diverse community services.

The Canberra Liberals will continue to encourage and support organisations with such dedication and commitment to community service. I look forward to attending future events with YWCA and supporting the organisation in its pursuit of supporting the wellbeing and development of women, girls and families in the ACT.

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