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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2021) . . Page.. 1901 ..

I want to mention the top five fundraisers. At No 5, with $29,000, Neville Tomkins from Scouts Australia. Neville was with us for the 10th time. At No 4, Peter Dascarolis from Terracon Legal doing his first sleepout. Peter raised $40,000. At No 3, Mirko Milic from Canberra Toyota. It was his 10th appearance. He raised just over $40,000. At No 2 was first-timer Dimitri Nikias from Nikias Diamond, with a staggering $63,000 and, at No 1, another first-timer, Nick Georgalis from Geocon, raising in excess of $65,000.

So well done Vinnies on another successful CEO Sleepout around Australia but specifically here in Canberra. As the shadow minister for housing, I have seen firsthand the amazing work that they do on the ground supporting people, not just the homeless, but people that are living on the margins. I know that this money will be exceptionally well spent. So much applause to all those who participated and all those who dug deep and donated. Thank you.

Murrumbidgee electorate—Molonglo Valley Community Forum

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.54): I would like to share with you today a fantastic example of genuine open conversation, neighbourhood democracy and civics engagement run by the Molonglo Valley Community Forum.

Earlier this week, I attended a specific forum that was about young people and what they want for Molonglo Valley. The event was led by young people, year 6 students at the local primary school. These were student leadership members and they all had minister titles. So we had a minister for fundraising and a minister for communities. It was really quite interesting.

The people that came and participated in this event included a diversity of ages, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic backgrounds and interests. I noticed how engaged everyone was in listening to each other’s perspective and understanding the different services and places that we all access in our neighbourhood and what happens when we have to leave the local area to access the places that we need to go to.

There were some common themes raised at this meeting around what services and facilities people are looking for in their community as it develops. These were, of course, local shops, community meeting rooms, sports and recreation facilities including soccer fields and basketball courts—there was one very keen contender for an ice rink—and public toilets. But there were also things people talked about in their community that they really love and that includes proximity to forests, the great cycle and walking paths in the area and access to the river.

I just wanted to say thank you to Ryan Hemsley, Monique Brouwer, Amardeep Singh and the Molonglo Valley Community Forum and the student leaders at Charles Weston Primary School in Coombs for the most enjoyable and interesting community council meeting I have ever attended.

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