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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2021) . . Page.. 518 ..


response, I am confident we can work collaboratively with his office to help identify suitable facilities. I also support funding a Molonglo Valley community council that can advocate for the needs of residents in the area, and I thank the Chief Minister for his work to progress this. I thank Dr Paterson and I support this motion.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (5.32): I will be brief. I also thank Dr Paterson for bringing on this motion today. It is one that it is obvious we all agree with. All the members from Murrumbidgee having been out on the ground, we have heard of the many complex issues facing Molonglo. There is no question that the time has arrived when residents deserve their own community council, and it is good that we all agree with that. I welcome the statement from the Chief Minister that that will be progressed.

There is a lot of work to be done. I commend the members of the forum who have been working already to progress many of these issues, as well as the members of the Weston Creek Community Council, who have been working hard. I acknowledge Monique, who has come in here today to join us. She and her colleagues have been advocating to get us to this point. Well done. There is lots to be done and I look forward to working with the members of the new community council when it is established—hopefully sooner rather than later.

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (5.33), in reply: In closing, I would like to thank the members of the Assembly for their support of this motion. It is clear support for the residents of the Molonglo Valley. I would like to thank the Chief Minister for the support to progress this motion over the coming weeks and months. I would also like to acknowledge the Weston Creek Community Council for its decades-long support and advocacy for Molonglo residents to this point. In closing, I would like to say that I look forward to working with the Molonglo Valley community council in the future. Thank you.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent the adjournment debate being extended by 15 minutes.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Valedictory

MR COE (Yerrabi) (5.35): I rise today for the last time as a member of this place. In many ways, the past 12 years have flown by. It is interesting that there are many things that you recall with absolute clarity. Meanwhile, there are many other things


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