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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1314 ..

So what can we, as members of the community and members of this Assembly, do to help our wombats fight off this disease? There are a few options. If you see a wombat that looks infected or unwell, you can contact Wombat Rescue or ACT Wildlife to inform them of the location and the health of the animal. You can even send a photo from your phone with a pin dropped at the location that you saw her or him. If nobody knows that there is a wombat suffering, no-one can do anything about it.

Another option is engaging in the treatment process itself. Both Wombat Rescue and ACT Wildlife have excellent programs that members of the community can join, whereby the organisation will provide you with a method of treatment and necessary resources. Members of our community can also donate to Wombat Rescue. This is a great option for those who want to help out, but do not necessarily come across wombats very often, if at all.

A big part of the battle for Wombat Rescue and ACT Wildlife is getting the resources they need to continue their work and help as many wombats as they possibly can. Treating mange in our wombat population is a tough battle but, as a community, we can work together to help combat it and support the efforts of volunteers who are working hard to ensure a healthy wombat population in the ACT.

Jonty Duvall—parliamentary representation

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (5.04): I rise today to congratulate a very young member of my electorate. His name is Jonty Duvall. He lives in Ngunnawal and he goes to Mother Teresa School. Not long ago he was given an assignment on “Who represents me?” Jonty’s dad contacted me—we are good friends—and Jonty came into my office. He was dressed up to the nines; he had a tie and a shirt and just looked fabulous.

He had some of the most wonderful questions on how the ACT Assembly runs and works. The attendants were kind enough to bring us into the chamber. He knew what the books were for and he was checking out the seats. I was so impressed at his interest in the Assembly. It was wonderful. I received a message from Jonty’s dad the other day to let me know that he received a class award for an outstanding job on his assignment. So congratulations, Jonty, and thank you for coming in to see me.

International Compost Awareness Week

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong) (5.05): I rise today to speak about the importance of composting. Last week it was my very great pleasure to launch the 2021-22 community garden grant round at the Good Shepherd Community Church garden in Chisholm. The day of the launch coincided with the first day of International Composting Awareness Week. As members may be aware, composting has many benefits for the environment, including enriching the soil, reducing the need for chemical fertilisers and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the amount of waste going to landfill. Many gardens, including the one I visited, have composting systems that support not only the garden but provide a place for the wider community to engage in sustainable waste disposal and emissions reduction. The compost I saw was bright, rich and full of worms and is no doubt of great benefit to the soil that it is nourishing.

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