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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 2010) . . Page.. 3446 ..

Posh Pear is the first book and character in the take 5 plus 2 team that will challenge children to eat a healthy diet of five vegetables and two fruits every day. Each character will have their own short story, teaching children in an engaging way the importance of a healthy diet.

We know that Diabetes ACT does a terrific job in the community in educating people not just about diabetes but about healthy eating and healthy living. Unfortunately, we know that we are not doing well as a nation in relation to healthy eating and levels of obesity. One in four Australian children is overweight and obese and there is considerable evidence that this has a detrimental impact on the medium to long-term health of children, particularly once they reach adolescence.

So I would just like to again congratulate Diabetes ACT and Catherine Chapman, the author of Posh Pear, on what I think is a very innovative approach to getting the healthy food message out to children. Well done. And I would like to congratulate them again and thank them for the wonderful work that they do in our community in such an important area.

Australian Hotels Association awards

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.03): I rise this evening to pay tribute to those involved in the recent Australian Hotels Association ACT branch awards dinner. It was a great night. I know a number of people from the Assembly went along, including Zed Seselja, Brendan Smyth, Jeremy Hanson and others. I would like to pay tribute to the board of the ACT AHA, including Michael Capezio, the president; Manuel Notaras, the vice-president; Mark Sproat, the secretary and treasurer of the accommodation division; Peter Barclay, Josh Gray and Matthew Young; the general manager, Steven Fanner; membership services manager, Gwyn Rees; and industrial relations consultant, Alan Lees.

I think the ACT AHA do a great job in advocating for their members. They are always willing to participate in Assembly committees and elsewhere in the public debate and I commend them for their great work.

I would like to commend the industry suppliers, the sponsors. The platinum sponsors include the Fosters group, Host-Plus Superannuation, Members Equity Bank and Lion Nathan. The gold supporters are Australian Hospitality Insurance Services, Schweppes Australia, Diageo Australia, Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers and APRA. The silver sponsors are Australian Capital Tourism,, Capital Linen Service, Fox Sports and Access Facilitation. The bronze supporters are the Canberra Institute of Technology, Sanyo Data Systems, ActewAGL/Transact, Coca Cola Amatil and TEMPlar Total Recruitment Services. The corporate associate is British American Tobacco.

I would like to commend the winners of the 2010 awards. With respect to the accommodation winners, the best suite/apartment hotel was Quality Suites Clifton on Northbourne. The best mid-range accommodation was Quality Hotel, Dickson. The best superior accommodation was Novotel Canberra. The best deluxe accommodation

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