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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (20 April) . . Page.. 948 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

Mr Speaker, I do not think any of us would disagree with that statement. As a means of a lasting acknowledgment to Miss Curley's impact on our city, I am pleased to confirm today that the Government will rename the bridge that crosses the Molonglo River at Dairy Flat the Sylvia Curley Bridge. It was either last week or next week that we had planned to have Miss Curley there to participate in the opening. It is unfortunate that she will not be around for that. Because of her death, I have decided that we will hold off and reschedule that to a time that is convenient to the family and other parties that have an interest in Miss Curley's life. It is an indication of the woman that when we offered to do something in her honour she asked that the bridge be named in honour of not only her but her family, because she saw it as a link to her past, linking Duntroon and Mugga Mugga where she had grown up.

Mr Speaker, the legacy of Miss Sylvia Curley is a legacy that is an example for all of us. It is a legacy of service and it is a legacy of caring. It is a legacy of understanding for youth and of compassion for the unemployed. I think it is a legacy that says she valued education, she understood the place of the environment and she saw the importance of heritage. Her lasting pleasure was the confirmation that Canberra does have a soul, a soul built on a long heritage and a heritage that she was part of.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.


Report on 1999-2000 Draft Capital Works Program

MR HIRD (11.08): Pursuant to order, I present Report No. 22 of the Standing Committee on Urban Services entitled "The Draft 1999-00 Capital Works Program", together with the minutes of proceedings. This report was provided to the Speaker for circulation on Wednesday, 7 April this year, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly on 23 March this year. I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, last week, with the prior approval of the parliament, I released the report by the Standing Committee on Urban Services into the draft 1999-2000 capital works program. The recommendations in the report had been reached after many hours of meetings, sittings and hearings, and a great deal of study of often quite complicated documentation. I would like to commend the committee members on being able to put their views and to discuss their differences, sometimes with a great deal of vigour, and still present a cohesive report in which such a large and diverse range of issues are canvassed.

It is also of great credit to the Government, to the Ministers and to the various government departments and agencies that the committee has been able to identify and to accept a vast amount of the thrust of the Government's capital works budget strategy and detail. The task was made easier, particularly given the short time span available, by the excellence of the information made available to the committee, particularly, if I may pick one individual, the Under Treasurer, Mr Mick Lilley.

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