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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2021) . . Page.. 340 ..

to ensure that I can create ways, both paid and unpaid, for young people to access this building and have their voices heard in this space.

I rise today to acknowledge the achievements of the people that were awarded at the annual YOGIE youth worker awards in early December last year. The YOGIE awards seek to celebrate the outstanding work done by individuals within the community in order to assist struggling young people in the ACT.

The YOGIE award winners are divided into two categories: community groups and individual recipients. I congratulate the following programs and community organisations who received awards: Companion House; the Safe and Connected Youth Program; and CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn in partnership with the Woden Community Council. I also congratulate Lisa Tolhurst, Michael Tabart, Annie-Lea Rowley, Joshua White, Jayson Perrin and Sophie Trevitt for their awards.

These awards are held in high regard within the community, in particular within the youth sector. I congratulate those winners of each and every award and wish them well for their future endeavours as distinguished community and social change makers.

As the ACT Greens spokesperson for young people, I have a passion for representing Canberra’s young people and the issues they face. It is essential that we nurture, encourage and value young people and represent the issues they face in this place. I wonder if Jordan knows he made me rhyme today.

For young people, systemic issues such as domestic violence, homelessness and equal access to education and health care are all interlinked and are persisting issues within the community. Indeed, these are issues I have struggled with myself. The young people of today will inherit the world of tomorrow, and as such I believe that it is up to us as elected officials to leave young people with a healthier, more resilient and more developed environment than we have now.

Movements such as School Strike 4 Climate are prime examples of the expressions of young people concerned for the future of their world and the environment that they will inherit. I fully endorse and support all young people taking part in the School Strike 4 Climate movement.

I again credit those who were awarded in December as they continue to empower and care for the next generation within the ACT. I commend their efforts and I genuinely wish to offer myself in service in this place or in my capacity as a member of the Assembly for any assistance they require into the future.

World Wetlands Day 2021

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (3.38): I rise today to note and celebrate the marking of World Wetlands Day last Tuesday, 2 February. This year’s theme was the intrinsic link between wetlands and freshwater, making a strong case for the vital role

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