Page 898 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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This year was the first year that they held a female bowl jam as well. So I want to acknowledge the CBR Skate Crew for putting that on as well.

I had a great time, as always, admiring the incredible skill and nerve of it all. While I know skateboarding is fun, and everybody who jammed at the bowl made it look easy, I also know that it takes a lot of time and training, and, surely, bravery and a fair amount of grit to move that quickly on the ramps, drop from big heights and get those incredible aerials.

A massive congratulations to the Canberra Skateboarding Association for organising and running another successful jam. I want to give a special shoutout to the group of truly rad volunteers who gave the bowl surface a fresh coat of paint as well as doing surface maintenance each year before the Belco Bowl Jam. I also want to thank and acknowledge our Sport and Recreation Facilities and City Services team, who supplied bleachers for the first time to the event as well as additional waste services.

A lot of work goes into organising an event like the Jam. It involves the tireless effort of many people who I would also like to acknowledge for their efforts: Vice President of the Canberra Skateboarding Association, Brenden Wood; Jim Fowley, who is a Belconnen local; Matthew Chamberlain; Tony Caruana, from the Canberra Skateboarding Association; Scott Brown, who is also a Belco local; Andrew Considine, who not only is another Belco local but also did a fantastic job painting the bowl for the event; and the many other members of the Canberra skateboarding community who helped with managing this sometimes quite chaotic event.

Next year, 2024, could be an even bigger year at the Belco Skate Bowl. In 2024, Belco Skate Park will have an additional feature, with a new half pipe to be delivered and completed this year. A third ramp will be competition standard. So, who knows—Belconnen might be the place to go to, in the world, along with the bowl jam. I cannot wait to see the 2024 bowl jam and see everything that it brings to our community.

Again, congratulations to everybody who worked so hard volunteering to put the event together and everybody who came to our great city and enjoyed our Belconnen skate park.

The Hon Mr John Kerin AO

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (4.39): It is with great sadness that I rise to speak this afternoon on the passing of John Kerin AO, former federal minister and Garran local—or, as John preferred to call himself, a chook farmer from Yerrinbool.

Born in the Southern Highlands in 1937, he worked on the family farm as a poultry farmer before he became an economist, studying at our own ANU. He worked at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, ABARE, before being elected to the commonwealth parliament for the Australian Labor Party as the member for Macarthur in 1972.


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