Page 2006 - Week 06 - Thursday, 9 June 2022

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research”. It was so impressive that it picked up a swag of awards, including the JS Murdoch Award for Heritage, the Enrico Taglietti Award for Educational Architecture, and the W Hayward Morris Award for Interior Architecture.

Members might also be interested to know that Constitution Place, which our building opens onto, and from where we enter the Legislative Assembly, was recognised with the awarding of the Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design. Congratulations to Bates Smart on this achievement. It also won the John Andrews Award for Commercial Architecture. For those in this building who affectionately refer to the interiors of the ACT government premises as “death star chic”, I note that it was awarded an award for interior architecture. For this precinct, the jury noted that Constitution Place is a “masterly contribution to the centre of the Griffins’ city beautiful vision for Canberra”.

These awards also celebrated residential architecture, with 12 projects nominated. Awardees included Jingston House by Rob Henry Architects. Hugh Gordon Architects received a commendation for the McPhee Place house, and Thursday Architecture received a commendation for SALO. Robin Boyd was also recognised for Manning Clark House, with the awarding of the Sir Roy Grounds Award for Enduring Architecture.

There were many other award winners. I encourage members to have a look at the institute’s website to check out all of the winners. Luckily, as these were virtual awards, I was able to present the Canberra Medallion, even though I have had to spend the last week in isolation. However, sadly, I missed the awards afterparty. I am sure that everyone had a fantastic time celebrating such a great initiative.

The ACT winners now have the chance to compete at the National Architecture Awards. No matter what the outcome, we know that they will demonstrate how Canberra is emerging as a modern city that celebrates great architecture and design. I thank everyone who participated, and my hearty congratulations go to all of the winners. Thank you for your contributions in continuing to build and evolve our beautiful city.

Multicultural events—Dragon Boat Festival 2022

Community services—public housing

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (5.39): It was an honour over the weekend to attend and open the Dragon Boat Festival, along with my fellow MLAs Mark Parton, James Milligan, Michael Pettersson and Shane Rattenbury. The Dragon Boat Festival is a long-running event in Canberra. It is a dazzle of colours, performances and multicultural spirit. It commemorates the story of the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan. At the end of a story of intrigue and exile, Qu Yuan drowns himself in the Miluo River. There are many different endings to this legend, but a common one is that the locals raced out in their boats to save him. This was said to be the first dragon boat race.

The festival here is made possible by the cooperation of many community groups, such as Community Culture Services, the Canberra Prosperous Mountain Dragon and

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