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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2010) . . Page.. 116 ..

I have added a bit of levity and humour to this speech, but it is certainly a serious issue and one that I think reflects poorly on the character of the ACT Greens, who cannot keep their word to the community.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: The discussion is concluded.


Ms Gallagher tabled the following paper:

Proposed purchase of Calvary Hospital—Advice provided to the Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, Mark Coleridge, by Tony Harris, dated 26 November 2009.


Motion (by Mr Barr) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Palmerville Heritage Park

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.30): On 20 January 2010, I had the great privilege of attending the unveiling of new signage at the Palmerville Heritage Park on Owen Dixon Drive in Evatt, opposite the Belconnen Soccer Club in McKellar. Five new signs now recount the history and heritage of the area.

The location of the park today was the site of one of the earliest rural settlements in the region that has become the national capital. Palmerville was first settled as early as 1829 and the last resident left in 1959. The site once featured a general store, post office, dwellings and a woolshed, amongst other things. In 1841, some 68 people lived at the settlement, including 15 convicts and six ticket-of-leave holders.

The area is named after Lieutenant George Thomas Palmer, an early pioneer and landowner. Other noted families involved with Palmerville included the Crace family and the Harcourt family.

In my maiden speech on 9 December 2008, I said:

The first pioneer owner of the area of Ginninginninderra, as it was originally known, was Lieutenant George Thomas Palmer. The area was later known as Palmerville, and Palmer’s grants totalled 5,300 acres. Before coming to Australia, Palmer had served in the British forces against Napoleon. In 1806, he travelled to New South Wales on the Albion and settled as a free immigrant. By 1828, he ran almost 2,000 head of cattle and 6,000 sheep in the region. It was the determination of settlers such as Palmer which brought development to the region and, unknowingly, helped to lay the stones for a future capital city …

It is extremely important we acknowledge the many people who have contributed to the early development of our great city. The signs tell stories of the area which are not widely known. Visitors to the park will now be able to read stories about the history,

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