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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 2 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 416..


MS MacDONALD (continuing):

when I helped some of the students at Melrose High School to clean up. I want to thank Sally Paton, the principal of Melrose High School, as well as Kristy-whose surname I do not have on me, I am sorry-who is the youth support worker who organised that event. It was a great success. A number of students came out. It was a voluntary thing, although I understand that, for every small bag of rubbish they collected, they got a raffle ticket in a pizza lunch. I think a few of them were there for that. They were not in it for the health benefits.

I also wanted to thank the people of Torrens and Pearce who came out on Sunday and helped me at the site that I organised on the corner of Athllon and Beasley drives. We filled approximately eight of the large Clean Up Australia Day bags with rubbish, and one particular corner is looking much tidier, I have to say. I found a lot of lolly and chip wrappers on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, after a five-year absence, the Jewish food fair occurred. I am happy to say that I participated in the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia cake stall, including working on it and baking some orange and date loaves with my own fair hands. I am not yet sure how much was raised but, judging by the numbers that turned out and the queues that were in evidence, especially for the blintz, we should have made quite an amount of money for the community. That is a great thing to see as well. It was great to actually have the Jewish food fair back in full swing after the absence. It is nice to see that it is back in the community. It was a big event in previous years and it was sadly missed by many people in the community. You do not have to have Jewish blood to actually enjoy Jewish food, as many people who were there will testify to.

The third event I wanted to mention was the Government House open day on Sunday, which was held to raise funds for the Smith Family. I managed to get along after the other events, but I was not there for very long. It was also, I understand, very well attended. John McManus, who is the partnership manager, has emailed me and said that the event was a huge success, with 4,791 people attending and $26,400 being raised. Apparently the Governor-General appeared very pleased with the attendance and spent time during the day in meeting and greeting the patrons. It was a very pleasant afternoon to be in the beautiful gardens of Government House, which I had not seen before. I did not brave the queues to go into the house. I just looked in through the windows.

ACT softball championship carnival

Foxtel operations

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (6.11): During this past weekend members of the ACT Softball Association played a series of games at the Mawson playing fields. There were teams from all parts of the ACT, with a range of ages participating. I spent a deal of time there on Saturday and Sunday. My wife spent considerably more time. It was great to see the level of participation. It was encouraging to see so many parents out there supporting their children. The weather conditions obviously were excellent on the weekend and it was a great thing for the Woden area.

Our focus was in relation to the under 14s, which was won by North Canberra, but I certainly commend the efforts by the Woden Valley under 14s who lost by a point against Tuggeranong, an 11-10 result. I would like to pay regard to the coach, who has put in an extraordinary effort. Anyone who has been involved with softball or has


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