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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (15 November) . . Page.. 3544..


MS PORTER (continuing):

I would particularly like to mention the history of Belconnen on display at the festival. I pay tribute to those people who have been collecting the memorabilia and information about Belconnen's history and presenting them to the community. The display was an opportunity for people not only to learn about that history but also to contribute by presenting their recollections of their own involvement and their own connection to the region over time.

We live in a fast moving and ever changing world and I fear that we sometimes neglect to recall our oral history and collect and treasure memorabilia. This will be to the detriment of our community, and certainly to the detriment of our children and our grandchildren. So much of the information we share today is electronic and ephemeral. Even the good old photo album of the family is disappearing. I hope members will take this opportunity, while they reflect on this very significant anniversary of this part of our city, to remind themselves how important it is to capture and record our memories. Happy birthday, Belconnen!

Motion agreed to.

Schools-closures

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.14): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that the current proposal called Towards 2020 proposes significant changes to the structure of ACT government schooling as well as the closure of 39 schools;

(2) recognises that there is a steady decline in the number of students enrolling in ACT government schools and that this decline cannot be accounted for simply by demographic shifts;

(3) further:

(a) recognises that the proportion of students enrolling in non-government schools is increasing; and

(b) notes that one of the stated reasons for the Towards 2020 proposal is to address the drift of students from government to non-government schools;

(4) notes that the Government admits that it does not know the real reasons for this drift;

(5) calls on the ACT Government to undertake a comprehensive study of the reasons for the drift of students from government to non-government schools; and

(6) requires that the Minister for Education and Training report the results of the study to the Legislative Assembly by the first sitting day of March 2007.


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