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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2431 ..

Throughout the electorate, I have been pleased to support the efforts of the Holt micro-forest team, which recently successfully raised tens of thousands of dollars for its project. I look forward to a tour of the site later this month.

On Sunday, I dropped into the Lake Ginninderra Sea Scouts, who were able to bring all their Scout groups together to celebrate World Scout Day for the first time since the pandemic began. While the Sea Scouts have been very active throughout the last 18 months, they have not been able to bring everyone together until now. It was wonderful to come together with 150 other people around a bonfire on Sunday night—where chicken, beef, pork, potatoes and pumpkins were cooked beautifully—to share the meal and to catch up with two Joey mobs, two Cub packs, two Scout groups, a Venturer unit, an amazing leader team and a group support committee.

I want to go to an issue that, while it is not in the electorate, is an issue personally close to my heart. I was very pleased to be able to visit Leo’s Place two weeks ago. Leo’s Place is an initiative of Palliative Care ACT and it directly responds to a recommendation that was made in the 2019 end of life choices select committee report from this Assembly, which I was proud to be part of during the last term.

We hear repeatedly that people with a life-limiting illness wish to remain at home for as long as possible, but the proportion of those who want to but actually do is much lower. Recently opened, Leo’s Place aims to change that by offering overnight respite and day respite—providing support and care for people with a life-limiting illness, allowing carers to have a short break. It also provides carer support and access to advice, information and self-care activities.

This proof-of-concept respite hub has been partially funded by the ACT government as part of the February budget. I commend Minister Stephen-Smith for her leadership in this. I thank all those at Leo’s Place and Palliative Care for the opportunity to visit and to understand more about this important facility.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.11 pm until Tuesday, 31 August at 10 am.

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