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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2428 ..


Canberra—community events

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (4.59): One of the things I like most about this job is the opportunity it gives me to meet so many different people and to learn about so many different things that are going on in Canberra that I did not realise were happening. I have lived here my whole life, but there is such a rich layer of life going on here.

I enjoyed quite a few things this last month, in between our sittings. I was visited by Paul Summerfield, who is one of our great artists. Paul has done a really fantastic wrap on my car that is a glorious vision of a steampunk future for Canberra. He visited me in the Assembly and had a look at how politics worked, so that was interesting for both of us.

I also enjoyed an article written by Gary Humphries, in which Gary accidentally confirmed the myth of the meritocracy. My Greens colleague Emma and I had a good time busting down some of those myths.

I saw Girls Rock! at Karma Kitchen. I was pretty impressed, frankly, with the level of talent to be seen in some of these really young women, 15- and 16-year-olds, who are performing so eloquently and so well.

I like to get out and about in nature a lot. Most of you have probably heard me talk about my various adventures in Landcare. I have had a lot of good walks and good chats to people in the Umbagong Landcare Group about the Ginninderra Creek in Holt, which is really in need of some improved waterways.

I learned a lot more about Lawson grasslands from the Lawson Landcare group. I had a really interesting walk through the suburbs, in which I learned a lot about some of the microhabitats that are scattered all around us. I visited Bluetts Block with Friends of Bluetts Block and the Canberra Ornithologists Group, and I visited the Emu Creek Landcare group in Belconnen. That is another really great site that could do with a little bit more love.

I was pleased to see the yarn bombing at the Singapore High Commission. It is great when you get a chance to combine art and nature all in one. It is really fun. I was also pleased to support the Holt micro-forest crowdfunding. It was great to hear my colleague talk about that. It is another of these really great locally based, locally promoted micro-forests. I think it is the way forward for Canberra. We will be doing a bit more work on that in my office soon.

I was happy to show a few people around at the EV Experience Day at Questacon, to let them see how EVs work, and that they do not kill the weekend, after all! I have been talking a lot to cyclists about road safety. Given the legislation that the transport minister and I have introduced, a huge number of people have come forward and had a chat to me about the accidents and near misses they have had. I hope that we will soon get some action on that.


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