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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 3998 ..


FINACT runs the largest community cricket tournament in the ACT with 14 teams competing in this year’s competition. It was wonderful to come together with Canberra’s Indian community to celebrate so many young Canberrans and all their achievements over the course of the tournament.

I was delighted to join the people of Gungahlin in enjoying Floriade in the suburbs, a fantastic event where Floriade grows out of Commonwealth Park and begins popping up in town centres all over the ACT. Along with Floyd the pink gnome and classic flower displays, Gungahlin’s multicultural community also had a strong presence on the day. There was belly dancing, Bollywood dancing and live music from young local artists. With an increase in demand every year for festivals like Floriade it is encouraging to see the introduction of events like Floriade in the suburbs so that everyone can have a chance to join in on the fun.

I also inform the Assembly that since 7 September Moncrieff has had its very own community book box. I was lucky enough to attend the grand opening of this brilliant local initiative at the Wagi Bridge in support of National Indigenous Literacy Day, a celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy. Naturally, everyone involved got the opportunity to taste some authentic bush tucker and learn about the local Aboriginal culture through storytelling and literacy.

Finally, on 3 September I was invited to tour the Canberra Organic Growers Society’s Mitchell community gardens, an invaluable institution which provides the local community with space to grow fresh produce for themselves and socialise with one another. Narelle, the garden manager, showed me around the garden, which was flourishing in this beautiful spring weather. My hope is that the Mitchell community garden’s success inspires similar gardens across Gungahlin as our population continues to grow.

Clearly Yerrabi has been buzzing with activity these past couple of weeks and I am looking forward to getting back out in my electorate at the conclusion of this sitting period.

Multicultural affairs—Canberra Moon Festival

MR GUPTA (Yerrabi) (3.56): Today I am delighted to bring to the attention of the Assembly the hard work and dedication of many individuals who organised a fantastic and highly successful event held right in the heart of the city—the 2019 Canberra Moon Festival, organised by Fun Canberra.

Before I go into detail about this wonderful event and community organisation, I would first like to acknowledge the presence of some of the great organisers of the Canberra Moon Festival who are here in the gallery today. In particular, I would like to acknowledge and thank Ms Suzana Li. Suzana is the founder of Fun Canberra and Canberra Moon Festival. Suzana and her dedicated team of volunteers have worked tirelessly to organise and operate the Canberra Moon Festival, which is now in its third year. It is through the selflessness, dedication and hard work of Suzana and her team members, Anita Yen, Iris Tang, Joanna Li, Greg Zhao and Eric Chen, along with


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