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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 March 2021) . . Page.. 575 ..


public health directions that aim to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. These directions include the requirement for returned travellers to undertake hotel quarantine and for confirmed cases of COVID-19 to self-isolate.

While the situation in Australia has stabilised, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee advises that it is likely that we will continue to see COVID-19 outbreaks until vaccines have been rolled out to a large proportion of the community, which will take some months to achieve. We are doing well, and should be proud of our efforts, but we must remain vigilant and maintain our COVID-safe behaviours so that we can enjoy living in a new, COVID-normal Canberra. I sincerely thank the residents of the ACT for their cooperation, patience and resilience.

I present the following paper:

COVID-19—Update on Government response—Ministerial statement, 30 March 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Rotary Club—100th anniversary

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.28): I rise today to update the Assembly on the centenary of Rotary in Australia and the great work Rotarians in the ACT are doing to support our emergency services personnel. With that, I recognise Michael Moore, a long-serving Rotarian, here in the gallery, and also Jeremy Hanson, a Rotarian, in the chamber as well.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the first Rotary clubs in Australia and New Zealand, in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Wellington. Here in the ACT we have 11 Rotary clubs, all part of Rotary District 9705. District 9705 incorporates Rotary clubs from right across the south-east of New South Wales and the ACT.

All our Rotary Clubs here in the ACT are involved in helping out the ACT community. More broadly across the district, clubs from District 9705 have been very active in helping with the bushfire recovery and the efforts following the 2019-20 Black Summer fires. District 9705 has formed a bushfire recovery committee to assist Rotary clubs in the district to coordinate responses to bushfire recovery in the ACT and across south-eastern New South Wales.

The Rotary clubs of the ACT have just opened nominations for the 2021 ACT Rotary emergency community service awards. These awards recognise our emergency


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