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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 December 2021) . . Page.. 3998 ..


team keeping our city looking good during a year of rain. Every worker deserves our thanks for the work that they have done.

I want to particularly thank Director-General Alison Playford and deputy directors-general Jim Corrigan and Ben McHugh and their teams at Transport Canberra and City Services for the work they have been doing to deliver transport and city services during challenging times and the work they have done to ensure that TCCS was in the wheelhouse, supporting the health response along the way.

Chief Projects Officer Duncan Edghill and the team at Major Projects Canberra have continued our massive infrastructure agenda during a global upheaval whilst working often on a daily basis with industry as we sought to put work out into the market to support employment and build important projects for our city’s future. I would like to thank them.

Skills has been so important to our economic recovery. Skills Canberra and Economic Development, led by Deputy Director-General Kareena Arthy, has been pivotal during a time of ongoing reform in the skills area. I would like to thank her and also Leanne Cover, the CEO at CIT, for their work.

I have really appreciated the work that our central agency, CMTEDD, and Justice and Community Safety have been doing in getting the government’s agenda underway across procurement and other areas under acting Under Treasurer Stephen Miners and under JACS, through Director-General Richard Glenn. I take this opportunity to formally welcome the new Under Treasurer, Stuart Hocking.

To my dedicated staff, led by chief of staff Dr Jennifer Rayner, including Greta Piazolli, Hanna Froehlich, Thomas O’Connor, James Koval, Anton Gallacher and our new member, Louise Momber, thank you for your efforts throughout the year in providing me with quality advice on enacting the government’s agenda in our first year of the term.

I would like to put on record my thanks to officials who are department liaison officers in the Assembly, including Sarah May, who is just about to go on maternity leave, Lauren Cunningham, Erin Stepney, Chris Kalatzis, Kylie Gstrein and Thomas Kriedemann. I would also like to welcome Kelly Bradley and Callum Blake as DLOs and say a big farewell to long-serving public servant Karen Kennedy, who has served as department liaison officer across many ministers and directorates but is particularly well regarded by me and my office. Thank you to other Assembly staff from the Office of the Legislative Assembly. To all members, have a great Christmas and new year.

Valedictory

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (4.55): Madam Speaker, 2021 has been difficult for many Canberrans. Many difficulties have been caused by COVID-19 and/or our response to the pandemic. People have lost businesses they have spent their entire lives building, and workers have lost jobs and wages. Loss of income has made it hard


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