Page 2335 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 3 August 2022

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garden of native plants, an Indigenous bush tucker garden and a yarning circle, which will also be used by the school’s neighbours Menslink.

I would like to quote to you from Bail Organa, who is the adoptive father of Princess Leia. He said, “There are many ways to lead; you just have to find yours,” and they are showing leadership by example in protecting biodiversity.

Greta said:

I feel connected to the trees I planted. I named them Sir Bob-a-Lot and Beckfast. It’s nice to know that they will grow big and house gang-gangs. The trees are in the middle of an Indigenous food garden, which will be great to walk through. I will keep checking on my trees even when I leave.

Mahli said that she likes the community garden and how everyone will be able to grow food there:

The Indigenous garden is great too because the walk goes through all the native trees and plants and the gang-gang trees.

Merrily, who I planted a tree with, said:

I like that all the plants are native and all have a use. It helps us recognise how the Ngunnawal people did things before us, and we can learn and acknowledge their customs and traditions. I’m looking forward to using the yarning circle and to see the trees grown up. I hope the gang-gangs move in too. I also like that it will be there for the future, to help people.

It brings me great joy to share with you that Merrily named the tree that we planted “Minister Rainbow”.

The 2021 Mission Australia youth survey tells us that more than 16 per cent of young people in the ACT volunteer in protecting our environment and caring for country. The Montessori School garden is great for biodiversity, and for building strong relationships with their community sector neighbours and our First Nations community. It is also great for the mental wellbeing of every student who has helped to create it and has the benefit of spending time there. So thank you to the Canberra Montessori School community for creating such a beautiful and useful place.

Birthday greeting

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (6.32): I will be brief. I feel the need to make an unusually personal statement today. It is my partner’s birthday and I forgot. I forgot this morning ,when I woke him up at 5 am to start the day’s work at home. I forgot at 7.30, when he brought in my breakfast while I was busy on my computer, doing my work. I forgot when he sent me texts all day, giving me sweet little messages about all the weird parliamentary business that we had to get done today. I forgot when he watched my speeches and told me that they went really well. I forgot when he sent me a text to tell me where the dinner is tonight, and I did wonder why we were going out to dinner in the middle of the week. I am really late. I forgot, and I have just remembered.

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