Page 903 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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of some of the early people who moved to the ACT from overseas and planted them. While you cannot eat the fruit, those trees, introduced as they are, are a very good and cheap source of wood.

John was awarded his Medal of the Order of Australia in 2021 for his services to bushwalking, and you simply will not find a more knowledgeable or generous person. His passion is encouraging people to get fresh air into their lungs. I think that is simple, but it is incredibly effective, and John has done so much to enable that for people.

It was a great way to start the weekend, and his extensive blog remains available. Every year, I believe, iterations of it are included in Trove. You can search those thousands of bushwalks he has completed so you can be inspired to complete them yourself. It was a fantastic reminder about what a remarkable contribution he has made to our city and to our records in encouraging people to embrace our nature reserves.

I would also like to take these final few moments to acknowledge the passing of Mr Kerin. As my colleagues have said this evening, he was simply a giant, but what made John very special was his ability to relate to people as well. He was always incredibly friendly and kind to me, and I was always in shock that he even knew who I was. Thank you.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.56 pm.


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