Page 900 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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Mr Ian Morrison

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (4.42): I rise to take a moment to acknowledge the sad passing of one of my constituents, Mr Ian Morrison, and to celebrate his important contributions to the Canberra community.

Originally from Western Australia, Ian and his wife, Patricia, moved to Lyneham in 1959 to raise their young children and, like so many people who come to Canberra, for work in the public service. An engineer and town planner, Ian spent 15 years working in the National Capital Development Commission. In this role, Ian was instrumental in planning for the growth of the city we all love. Ian was a designer at heart and, in his work, sought to combine efficiency and practicality with beauty and aesthetics.

His task was to consider how Canberra could grow in a way that promoted urban flow and avoid any congestion that plagues other cities, whilst preserving the natural beauty of our hills and valleys. His expertise is evident in the design of Parkes Way, between Black Mountain and Lake Burley Griffin, which melds with a particularly difficult topographical area. I think it is fair to say that Ian and his colleagues did an excellent job.

Ian was also deeply passionate about his local community. He and Patricia moved to the suburb of Barton in 1969. The couple fell in love with the beauty and historic charm of the suburb and they became an integral part of the Barton community. Ian and Patricia played a leading role in the community campaign to save the historic Barton housing precinct from demolition, which continues to co-exist in harmony with the surrounding multistorey residential and office buildings, preserving the essential character of the suburb.

The couple went on to lead the then, in Ian’s words, community revolt in 1978 and 1979 against the all-night operation of Canberra’s first casino, Pine Lodge. This community action resulted in the establishment of the Barton Residents Association, of which Ian was an active member.

Ian engaged in several campaigns as part of the Barton Residents Association throughout the 1980s and 90s, working along with his fellow Barton community members to protect the historic character of his beloved suburb. Ian was instrumental in securing the recognition of the Barton housing precinct as a heritage area.

The family went through a difficult period in the late 1970s and early 1980s due to mental illness. This experience demonstrated to Ian the need for a forum for families with similar experience to come together to support one another. With this in mind, Ian established the Canberra Schizophrenia Fellowship, a flagship group that continues today.

In 2011, Ian became a founding member of the Kingston and Barton Residents Group. Ian organised the first ACT Heritage Week walks around Barton and Kingston, and the materials he prepared for these walks are still being used today. He also conducted


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