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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 November 2010) . . Page.. 5628 ..

In closing, I would like to congratulate the organising committee for the Over 60s Cricket Championships for putting on a fantastic event for all of the players. I know they did Canberra proud in hosting a fantastic cricket competition. It certainly appears, from all of the reports and my attendance at the opening night, that people had a fantastic time. Again, my congratulations, and I am sure those of all Assembly members, go to Denis and Ron Axelby on their selection in the Australian over 60s team. We wish them all the best for the tour.

ACT Students—community service

MR COE (Ginninderra) (9.00): I rise this evening to put on the record the tremendous work undertaken by school students in the ACT as recognised by the Order of Australia Association ACT branch. A few weeks ago, on 27 October, I spoke in this place about the association and the great work they do. I saw further evidence of this great work earlier today, when I had the pleasure of attending the presentation of the ACT Student Awards for Citizenship and Community Service at University House, ANU.

At today’s event, we were welcomed by Ray Newcombe OAM and Trish Keller OAM, while Derek Robson AM led us through the proceedings. Before presenting the awards, the patron of the ACT branch, General Peter Gration AC OBE, spoke about the significance of good citizenship and community service, including the notions of a fair go and mateship, in addition to the moral obligation to help out those that are less fortunate.

The awards of the association are designed to recognise worthy examples in schools and colleges that will promote these values. I am sure, in the instance of each award recipient, such potential acknowledgement was by no means a motivator for undertaking the service they have done. However, the association’s recognition will help provoke thoughts in others about what they might be able to do and how they might be able to contribute more greatly to our community.

The following recipients were acknowledged today. Phoebe Davies: this week, Phoebe completed year 12 at St Francis Xavier college in Florey. She was presented with an individual award in recognition of her commitment to social justice and ending poverty and the leadership she has demonstrated through leading a house at school, in addition to her work with the school’s Young Christians group.

Radford college, Merici college and Black Mountain school: students at Radford and Merici are playing a significant role in the lives of the students, families, friends and staff at the Black Mountain school. Radford and Merici were presented with the award for meritorious group activity and Black Mountain received a certificate of commendation. Radford students regularly visited the Black Mountain school and contributed to team support in the classes, helping out with sporting, social, individual and team activities. Merici students went to the Black Mountain school each Monday to assist with hydrotherapy, meals, gardening, hospitality and other social activities.

What is particularly special about the relationship between the schools is that everyone involved from each school was able to develop and take encouragement

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