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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 March 2021) . . Page.. 658 ..

I wanted to create a video for international mother tongue day to celebrate the diversity of all the languages spoken throughout Yerrabi. Among the constituents who took part there were seven languages represented. There was Spanish, Karen, Bengali, Arabic, Italian and Hindi. The video ended up coming together really well. My electorate has some of the most linguistically and culturally diverse suburbs in the territory. I am really proud to represent an area where this diversity is particularly celebrated. In this vein, I would also like to wish my constituents a happy Holi, a happy Assyrian new year and a happy Easter for this week. I would highly recommend that anyone who has not watched the video visit my Facebook page. It makes me so proud to represent an electorate with such a diverse range of cultures and languages.

I was really happy to join everyone at the Northside Recreation Group’s inclusive disco last Tuesday and see Karen spin some tunes. This is a great initiative which provides a safer space for those with different abilities to go to a disco and have a dance with all of their mates.

Earlier this month, along with the Friends of Grasslands, my office and I organised a clean-up day that targeted the Franklin grasslands. I am pleased to say it was a great event. I was so pleased with all the people who turned up to help pick up rubbish around the grassland. Friends of Grasslands provided a guided tour of the area after the clean-up. I think we were all amazed at all the different flora and fauna that reside across the area. These events are one of my favourites to host as I get to engage with people in my community and help to remove rubbish from these gorgeous places across Yerrabi. I will continue to host these clean-up events to sustain the many grasslands and parks that people love to use across Yerrabi. I would also note that, as we have been cleaning up Franklin over the years, we are getting less and less rubbish. Thankfully, we might need to find a new spot to clean.

On Sunday I attended the Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees in Civic. I encourage all those who believe in refugee rights to continue to demonstrate and raise their voices for those in detention who cannot. It was a particular pleasure to walk side by side with refugees. A number of refugees who live in my electorate are workers for the United Workers Union, who are doing great things within our community.

While I met with the Gungahlin Jets at one of catch-ups earlier, they invited me to attend their women’s game and perform the coin toss at the start of the match. I must admit that I think this was the first coin toss I have ever done. It was an honour. I managed to execute the coin toss, despite the wind doing its best to stop me and blowing the coin a metre away from where it started. I praise the Gungahlin Jets’ continued efforts in relation to both their men’s and women’s teams. I would also like to thank the club for the invitation to their fabulous season launch on Saturday evening. It is great to see the club going from strength to strength and continuing to grow, particularly in their women’s football and netball.

I also had the opportunity to attend both the IWiN annual International Women’s Day celebration and the United Nations Women’s Day lunch. Both were excellent events, with a really important discussion coming out of the IWiN event, particularly for representation of women from multicultural backgrounds.

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