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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2021) . . Page.. 523 ..


find out. I am only starting to grasp how difficult the job of opposition leader is, but I have in my toolkit the many examples of your skills in dealing with complex, difficult and sometimes challenging situations, how much respect you showed every single member of the party room and how you allowed and encouraged every one of us to voice our opinions without judgement.

I wish you and your family every success in your future pathways. We all know that, just as cream rises to the top, so too will you in whatever you choose to do. I finish with a quote from JRR Tolkien, who said:

Still round the corner there may wait

A new road or a secret gate.

I trust you enjoy that new road and that secret gate. You will not be forgotten and your legacy in this place will live on.

Summernats Sunday School

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (5.52): I am delighted to be on my feet today to acknowledge and praise the success of the recent “Sunday School” event, which had nothing to do with learning, or very little, but everything to do with community fun and engines. We have all heard of the Summernats, but perhaps not Sunday School, which was born from the closure of this year’s Summernats.

COVID killed off Summernats in Canberra this year, so Andrew Dale, who owns the iconic food van in Gungahlin The ‘G’ Spot, which has been drawing really big crowds since opening 20 years ago, decided to put on a Clayton’s Summernats cruise, which was a massive success.

The police were contacted and involved. It was a COVID-safe event. Participants all had to have our lights on to make sure that we were identifying with the event and being careful and safe. Strict rules were adhered to. It was terrific to see all of Canberra’s car enthusiasts, including yours truly, coming out as a community even though Summernats was not on.

Because it was such a success, stickers were made up and it was promoted as an event, and it has now kicked off the monthly Sunday School gig. Last Sunday we gathered at Gungahlin oval and had a great time. Over $3,000 was raised and donated to a local charity, and now Sunday School is looking for a more suitable venue. Here’s to many more Sunday School cruises.

Ms Indra Esguerra—tribute

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (5.54): I rise today to give a special thankyou and to pay tribute to a long-term staff member and well-known force of nature in the ACT Greens, Indra Esguerra. After 16 years working for the Greens in this building, Indra is leaving my staff and the Assembly for less green pastures—that is, a more normal life beyond the realm of Green politics and the Legislative Assembly. Knowing Indra,


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