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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2021) . . Page.. 339 ..


friendliness, which I suspect we have all come to value even more than we thought we ever could over the past year.

At the end of last year I had the opportunity to join the Gungahlin Jets for their senior football presentation night, in which some really spectacular athletes got the chance to share their success with their community. Not long after this, I had the pleasure of celebrating the International Day of People with Disability with the Jets’ all-abilities netball team, who received a well-earned I-Day grant and chose to use the funds to hold an all-inclusive skills session. I also congratulate the Jets on winning the minister’s award for inclusion in sport in December.

For my final word on sports, I acknowledge the Northside Community Service, who have outdone themselves by organising Yerrabi’s second ever sports and recreation fair. I am so excited to head over to the Amaroo district playing fields this Friday and see all the fantastic athletic opportunities within Yerrabi. Remarkably, and perhaps prophetically, this fair was originally organised in 2019 to connect families and individuals at risk of social isolation with a club or group that was right for them. The event was a smash hit and this year, with isolation now over, we know that everyone wants to get back out and see what they can do. The fair will be running between 3.30 pm and 7 pm, and I encourage all my colleagues who are able to join me to come along and see this great initiative.

Believe it or not, Madam Speaker, Yerrabi does have a non-sport related community event and has lots of events going on which are just as worthy of note. In this vein, I first congratulate the Gungahlin Mosque on opening their doors and hosting such a pleasant day at the end of last year in which they welcomed Gungahlin residents, including me, from all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures and faiths to learn more about each other in a warm, welcoming environment and to foster even stronger communal bonds between neighbours.

I also took the opportunity to catch up with the Gungahlin Community Council, who are active as ever, and got the chance to meet with the Gungahlin Rotary Club, another crucial point of community contact and very vigorous in their representation of their members through their advocacy and concern for Gungahlin’s development. I note that the club are holding their first community market since the beginning of the pandemic this Sunday on Hinder Street, in the town centre, from 9 am until 1 pm.

I have been engaging heavily with my constituents this year so far; we have hit the ground running. Thanks to everyone I have spoken to, particularly those in my home suburb of Giralang and everywhere else in the electorate.

YOGIE Awards 2020

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (3.35): I rise today in my capacity as the ACT Greens spokesperson for young people. I am the youngest member of this place to speak to issues pertinent to young people in Canberra. In particular, I acknowledge that the speech I am about to present has been prepared by my new staff member, Jordan, who is a particularly young person who makes me look aged and distinguished by comparison. As a young member of this place, I take quite seriously my responsibility


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