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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (22 November) . . Page.. 3774..


MR BARR (continuing):

This year's awards saw significant changes to the awards process, with the addition of a medal submission level. That submission level offers recognition at the local level only. This is important because it helps us to celebrate local achievements. With a reduced written component required as part of the application process, the medal submission section has been successful in attracting a large number of first-time entrants to the awards. This is the first time any state or territory has put in place a process to celebrate purely local achievements and shows again how much we value our local industry.

I will not seek to list all the award winners today, but I would like to make mention of a couple of the recipients. I was particularly delighted to see the CIT take out the award for tourism education and training. CIT is clearly the pre-eminent provider of training for the hospitality industry in our region and, I am convinced, is one of the best in the country. We all should take pride in the achievements of CIT. The team down at CIT Reid continues to innovate and excel.

The other award winner I would like to make specific mention of is Floriade, Australia's premier spring festival. This event has now been going for 18 years. It is the signature Canberra event and again this year proved to be a massive success. I look forward to reporting to the Assembly in the near future on the success of this year's Floriade.

Last Thursday night's award winners will represent the ACT region in the Australian Tourism Awards next year and will no doubt continue the fine tradition of local successes becoming national place winners. I encourage local tourism operators to continue to enter the awards. The nomination process in itself can prove a valuable method of self-assessment of business practices, and winners achieve publicity through local and national media. My congratulations go to all winners and entrants and to the local tourism industry for continuing to be innovative and for setting the standard for the rest of the country.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Environment—greenhouse gas emissions

MR HARGREAVES: On Thursday, 16 November 2006, Dr Foskey asked about greenhouse gas emissions. I undertook to get back with some other information. The most recent ACT emissions data is from 2004. Emissions at that time were 4,295 greenhouse gas CO2 equivalents, or 4.295 million tonnes. The Kyoto agreement came into force on 16 February 2005. There is no ACT data available covering the period since the agreement came into force.

Paper

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Petition—out of order

Kaleen—proposed school closures—Ms Porter (445 citizens).


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