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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 March 2010) . . Page.. 1472 ..


community-minded people who continue to give much to Canberra. Bob received a Diploma of Forestry from here in Canberra and a Bachelor of Science in forestry from the University of Melbourne in 1958. He is a fellow of the Institute of Foresters and a life member of Timber Communities. On Australia Day 2006, Bob received the Medal of the Order of Australia. The citation reads:

For service to forestry through administrative roles in industry organisations and as an educator and author, and to the community.

Bob worked at the Victorian Forests Commission; CSIRO; Australian Newsprint; the Victorian State Electricity Commission; Strahan and Davies Pty Ltd; Timber Distributors Canberra and Southern NSW; and his own business, RL Newman, consulting foresters. I commend Bob for his ongoing commitment to forestry.

I would also like to commend the ACT Division of the Institute of Foresters of Australia for their promotion of the institute and the issues here in the federal district. In doing so I would like to acknowledge the committee members: Philip Pritchard, the chairman; George Dashwood, the secretary; and Peter Kanowski, Peter Langdon, Ian McArthur and Mark Parsons, who are all committee members.

This year, 2010, marks 100 years of forest education in Australia. Here in the ACT we are very fortunate to have what is regarded as one of the leading forest education providers, the ANU. As part of the celebrations this year, memorabilia will be on display; there is a social weekend in Creswick in Victoria on 16 and 17 October; and many other events are in store. People interested in finding out more should visit www.forestry.org.au.

In Bob Newman’s address on Monday night, he discussed the need to get foresters back involved in managing our parks. We also heard of the lack of central leadership in many of the states where multiple government agencies are responsible for different aspects of the forests, which creates confusion and inefficiencies. We also heard about the many comparative advantages of forestry, one of them being with regard to the industry’s position as a low emission industry.

Foresters always have been and always will be concerned with sustainability and managing changes in our climate. I urge all in this place to seek the views of foresters and the institute when it comes to how we manage and sustain our forests and parks.

Public areas—maintenance

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (9.11): Mr Speaker, I have been out and about in my electorate of late, and this relates to the motion that was brought on about local public areas. I would like to talk a little bit about the shopping centres in Molonglo and particular ones that I have been to over the last few months. One of those is the shopping centre at Ainslie, and I note that, although there is an intention to upgrade the car park and the shopping centre, this has been an ongoing plan for quite a while now. There is a certain amount of confusion amongst the shop owners there about actually what is going to occur, when it is going to occur and what the final result will be.


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