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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2010) . . Page.. 117 ..

early settlers, the archaeology of the area, social festivities, the 1892 drowning incident and the “Ginninderra Eleven” cricket team.

Palmerville also features some of the oldest plantings of English oak in the ACT. Lombardy poplars, English elms and a bay laurel feature throughout Palmerville.

I would like to acknowledge those who were involved in the preparation of this signage. The master of ceremonies at the event was Marilyn Folger, who is from the Canberra and District Historical Society and Canberra Archaeological Society and also is a descendant of one of the convicts who worked at Palmerville. The Chief Minister unveiled the signs.

Often it is said that Australian history is boring compared to the history of other countries. It is true that we have not had the wars and conflicts that define so much of the history of other countries. However, what we have had are pioneers, the silent achievers and battlers that have made Australia the great country it is today. And we must continue to study their achievements. George Palmer is one such person and we in Canberra should do more to acknowledge the contribution those like George Palmer have made to both the region and Australia.

The Canberra Liberals support publishing the history of the region so that all current and future generations will be aware of the heritage of our city.

Brindabella Motor Sport Club

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (5.34): Late last year I had the pleasure of meeting some of the members of the Brindabella Motor Sport Club. They included the President, John Stilling, Adrian Dudok, Martin Holberton and Kim Martin. We spoke of the difficulties they are experiencing with continuing to run the Rally of Canberra, a much anticipated event each year.

The ACT government has failed to provide the required funding that will permit the Rally of Canberra to continue. Chiefly a rally-oriented club, the Brindabella Motor Sport Club conducts several special staged rallies each year, including the Rally of Canberra, the National Capital Rally and the Australian Rally Championship.

Since the 1970s the Brindabella Motor Sport Club have been behind many rallies held in Canberra, including international and Asia-Pacific events, with competitors coming from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and India, amongst others.

There is significant concern in the motor sports community about the ACT government’s attitude to the sport. There is no doubt that we have seen in recent years—whether it is the Rally of Canberra, the V8s, the broken promise on the dragway—a real attitude by the ACT Labor government of hostility towards the motor sports community. They are a significant part of our community. They contribute significantly, both economically and in other ways.

Also, like any other sport, it brings a lot of enjoyment to those who participate in it and those who watch it. We know that motor sports fans are particularly passionate

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