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Wednesday, 12 October 2022

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members: 

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal Country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.

I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation:

Shepherds Lookout—Brontë Haskins tribute—petition 33-22

By Mr Cain, from 234 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

Reason for this Petition

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly:

a) Brontë Haskins was a beloved daughter, sister, and friend. Affectionately known as “Poppy”, she experienced significant mental health issues until she tragically passed away at the age of 23.

b) Shepherds Lookout in Strathnairn was Brontё’s ‘go to’ place. When she needed to escape the struggles in her life, it provided her with a sense of peace and respite.

c) Brontë’s family now feel the same tranquillity when they visit Shepherd’s Lookout: a wonderful place to just ‘be’ and reflect on the beauty of nature.

d) A bench seat would benefit the wider community. A place to rest, relax and reflect, whilst absorbing the majestic countryside of Canberra.

e) Brontë saved four people’s lives through organ donation and saved the lives of many dogs whom she fostered and rehomed, including Allan, who is an important part of the Haskins family and another legacy of Brontë.

Requested Actions

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to support the installation of a bench seat at Shepherd’s Lookout in memory of Brontë Haskins.

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