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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 April 2021) . . Page.. 1025 ..


allows OneLink to partner with services, provide innovative and flexible solutions to homelessness, and address service gaps, such as establishing a dedicated LGBTIQ+ accommodation and outreach support service. I commend OneLink for their work so far in supporting 59 householders, including 22 families, experiencing domestic and family violence as at 31 March 2021.

This budget continues to build on the ACT housing strategy as part of the ongoing commitment, since 2018, to reduce homelessness in Canberra. Far from just using words, this is a real, demonstrative commitment to reducing homelessness in the ACT.

Debate (on motion by Mr Gentleman) adjourned to the next sitting.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Neville Layt—tribute

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (6.26): I rise today to remember one of the wonderful characters of our racing community who we sadly lost yesterday. I was genuinely devastated to hear this morning that we lost the great man Neville Layt yesterday. He passed away at Canberra Hospital with his loving wife, Barbara, by his side.

It is not going to be the same at the racetrack without Nifty. He was a link to a bygone era. There was nothing flash about Neville; he was just a pure down to earth racing bloke. From my dealings with him it was very clear to me that he was a gentle family man. I am sure that he was most comfortable when surrounded by the ones he loved in his home.

There were many challenges for Neville and his family along the way, challenges that would have destroyed many families. Tragically, Barb and Neville lost their son Jamie in 2002 in very tragic circumstances. I am sure that it even marred Neville’s time in the racing game from that point. I know Barb did not go to the races for 10 years after Jamie’s death.

I have known Neville for a little over a decade. He had a razor-sharp wit, a very cheeky grin. He sported a face that told a thousand stories without even opening his mouth. He was always very, very, black and white—if you asked him a question, he would tell you the answer; and if he thought you were a dill, he would just tell you straight up.

I still remember Neville telling me about this little chestnut filly he had that he was setting for the Black Opal, a race he had already won three years earlier. He was so full of praise for this filly that I could not help but think that he was overplaying his hand somewhat. He was not. The filly was Karuta Queen. History shows that Karuta Queen narrowly missed out on the Black Opal but she went on to win the Magic Millions.


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