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these issues and underlines the importance for children and young people to be able to equitably and affordably access opportunities for grassroots community local sport, and I am pleased to put Jean’s words into the Assembly.

King’s birthday honours—Ginninderra recipients

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (6.01): I would like to speak this evening about King’s birthday honours awardees across my portfolio.

First, can I acknowledge Josh Rynehart and Emily Springett in Access Canberra for being awarded Public Service Medals for outstanding public service in leading Access Canberra’s COVID-19 response. Josh’s commitment to maintaining the operating environment of Access Canberra was an immense undertaking and one without precedent, allowing for rapid implementation, creation and modification to operational arrangements needed to meet the ever-changing conditions of the pandemic. As a direct result of Emily’s work during the response, Access Canberra, delivery despite significant external impacts, maintained effective service that benefited our community, thanks to rapid innovation and her commitment to service. We sincerely thank them.

Peter Strong has been awarded an OAM for significant service to the small business sector and to the community, being recognised for his years of tireless efforts to advance the interests of small business and entrepreneurs nationwide, notably in his role as the CEO of the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia, and his commitment to community and business leadership as the owner and operator of Canberra’s iconic Smith’s Alternative Books.

Hiroe Swen has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to ceramic arts, as a teacher and an artist, being recognised for her role as an educator at the Canberra Institute of Arts and for community leadership as a founder of the National Women’s Ceramic Artist Group in Japan, Bimbimbi Potter Study Group and Pastoral Gallery. This builds on Hiroe’s many awards and achievements over decades.

Performer, conductor and educator Gillian Bailey-Graham has been awarded an OAM for her service to the performing arts, particularly through music, the violin and the viola, noting her long-term involvement with the ACT Chapter of the Australian Strings Association, as founder, president and committee member.

Penelope Grist has been awarded an OAM for service to community history and to the arts, recognising her service to the Canberra arts community through long-term involvement with organisations like Megalo Print Studio and Photo Access, as well as a collection manager and curator.

Ebenezer Banful has been awarded an OAM for his contributions to the African community and to health. Since coming to Australia from Ghana more than 30 years ago, Ebenezer has contributed to our community by improving understanding of African culture and values.

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