Page 1533 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 1 June 2022

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Yerrabi electorate—community organisations

MR MILLIGAN (Yerrabi) (4.57): I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work that SHOUT has recently been doing. I went along and visited SHOUT just recently. I want to thank the CEO of SHOUT, Carol Mead, for the invitation to share with them their 30th anniversary celebrations at the Pearce Community Centre. This is our second visit to SHOUT. We visited there just a few months ago to have a look at the offices and the gardens there, and at the amazing work and what that centre has to offer for the community. They did an amazing job with the gardens there. They have certainly got a great variety of vegetables, fruits and everything else that they are growing.

They have also just set up an under-fives playground there. It currently has a slide, but more playground equipment will be installed there. It is certainly going to provide a great space for young children that visit. I also want to acknowledge that they have just installed a disability swing. It provides an opportunity for people living with a physical disability. They can wheel the wheelchair up to this swing and swing and have slow movement. It can create enjoyment and fun for those that are living with a disability. On the day of the launch of this swing, there were a number of people there and a number of people had a go on this swing. It was great to see the joy that it brought these individuals and the support that was on offer from many people out in the community. I really want to commend the work that SHOUT has done, as well as Carol, for the work that she has been doing there at SHOUT, plus all the other service providers that are located in the Pearce Community Centre.

In a similar vein, I visited the Ngunnawal Street Pantry and visited Margaret and Paul. I think a lot of people here know Margaret and Paul and have visited them numerous times. They were pretty much the group that started the Ngunnawal Street Pantry. From that, a number of other different initiatives have taken place as well: the Food Pantry and the Book Pantry. I remember doing a “back in five” video for them several years ago. This was when they were first starting out and they were very small.

Visiting them just recently, I could see how much they have grown. Their whole front yard is full. They have got clothing, they have got kitchenware and of course they have got a lot of food there that is on offer to those people in the community that need help and support. They have got to a point right now where they have run out of space. They need a bit of space to store what they have on their property. I would like to use this opportunity right now to say that if there is anyone out there that would like to support the Ngunnawal Street Pantry to offer them some space or sponsor a unit, a storage facility, so that they can store some of the donations that they receive, I am sure that that will be greatly appreciated.

In the same vein, I visited Mulligans Flat reserve. I did a “back in five” for them, I think, with Jason, probably back in 2017. Then, they just had an initial design, an idea of creating an information centre for Mulligans Flat reserve. We filmed this “back in five” in the paddock. There was nothing there. Just recently we visited this location, and the site is pretty much completed and finished. It will be opening in the next two to three weeks. There is an information centre, they have a café, they have a

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