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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 March 2018) . . Page.. 853 ..


On the topic of Mr Hanson, I thank him for being concerned about my whereabouts while he was speaking. Unfortunately, unlike him, I have had children and I cannot always sit in this chamber without escaping to the toilet in between speeches. So I am terribly sorry I missed your moving speech, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: It was a good one.

MS CODY: I am sure it was. It is very good to stand here today and support our community. Ms Hoyt has been working very hard, as Mr Steel said, to encourage the residents of Waramanga to get together and work for a single cause. That is sometimes lacking in today’s society. We all work very long hours, we all have our own lives and our own interests, and we tend to forget about the common interests of our community.

Ms Le Couteur’s amendment has some wonderful points in it. I thank Ms Le Couteur for her tireless work on this. It is very long and it did take me a little while to get through but it has some fantastic points. I thank Ms Le Couteur very much for developing this amendment and I am looking forward to supporting it. If there are any other amendments being moved today, I look forward to seeing what they may be.

The comprehensive submission that Ms Le Couteur talks about in her amendment is certainly one that I have been included in. Ms Hoyt has provided me with copies of all the submissions she has made to government and to other members of this Assembly on the Waramanga playground. I have always been heartened and excited by the work and the encouragement that the Waramanga community have been involved in.

I thank Ms Hoyt and the Waramanga residents for all of their work and, again, I highlight the fact that it is wonderful to see communities working together for a single cause that is going to encourage the community to get together and support each other. With Waramanga’s 50th birthday this year, it is a timely reminder for all residents of all of our communities to work together for the greater good of our community.

MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (4.06): I move:

Add new (6)(f):

“(f) consider an ongoing mechanism for maintenance, upgrade and establishment of playgrounds across Canberra as part of the Better Suburbs project.”.

Like all our colleagues in the chamber today, I thank Mr Hanson for bringing forward this motion and Ms Le Couteur for her amendment, and acknowledge Ms Hoyt and the incredible efforts that she has put into the proposal for a playground at the Waramanga shops.

As the minister responsible for playgrounds, I am also a keen user of playgrounds and I know how important they are in our community to parents, to kids and to


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