Page 1885 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 8 June 2022

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member has been enormously enhanced by your wonderful input over the last six years, as has the development of quite a number of staff who have joined us in the gallery today. I acknowledge the presence of all those who have come to help us acknowledge the great Robert Lovett. Just about everyone that has worked in my office is here; there are a couple missing.

Rob will continue to play a role in the party. We will be trying to convince him to come back and assist us on things when it is required, but it is time he got that big four-wheel drive on the road and got out into the wide open spaces of this country. He knows the country so well. Whenever you mention any town, it does not matter. You could be having a conversation and say, “I was in South Australia last week and we went through Coffin Bay,” and Rob would say, “Coffin Bay? Did you go to the Imperial Hotel? Best pub for miles around there and they serve Reschs.” Yes, that is what he would say. His knowledge of what goes on in the big brown land of Australia is just amazing.

We treat our people with the importance that they deserve. Rob has been an exceptionally important part of my office and, I know, prior to that, Brendan’s. Brendan was almost coming tonight. We are going to go and have a couple of celebratory ales at King O’Malley’s after adjournment tonight, but I just wanted to acknowledge my good friend and wonderful Canberra Liberals legend Rob Lovett tonight. Thank you.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am waiting for him to actually leave as well. He has been here for a very long time—in a positive way, Mr Lovett!

Sport—Accessible Sports and Recreation Expo

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (5.44): I would like to say a few words today about sports in my electorate of Murrumbidgee. Last Friday, 3 June, I attended the Accessible Sports and Recreation Expo at the Woden School, which was organised by Woden Community Service and Northside Community Service. This expo included over 15 organisations and groups and had a number of programs that were specifically tailored to children who are living with additional needs. The aim of the expo was to provide information for people on groups and organisations that offer accessible sports and recreation activities, including for young people.

I had a great time there, seeing groups like the Xtreme Stars dance group, who I have seen perform at a number of Alderson Awards events for the Down Syndrome Association in the ACT. They are supported by the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, who were also there with their arts program. They were doing things like painting colourful garden pots with young people.

Also there were Abilities Australia Unlimited, who provide cycling and exercise programs, including skateboarding, with their Shredabilities program. I was very pleased to hear the Chief Minister’s comments in question time today that he is partial to a good skate park upgrade. I look forward to talking with him about that soon. They

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