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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 2996 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

reintroducing the bill so that the Assembly can consider it and so that the requirements of the standing orders are met.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stanhope ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Order of the day-withdrawal

Motion (by Mr Humphries, by leave) agreed to:

That the Community Referendum Bill 2002 presented earlier this day be withdrawn from the Notice Paper.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Humphries ) agreed to:

That leave of absence for today, 28 August 2002 be given to Mrs Cross and Mr Cornwell.


Motion (by Mr Stanhope ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Community bank

MR HARGREAVES (5.35): On the adjournment, I wanted to make mention of the good works that some members of the Brindabella community have concluded recently in the creation-I hope very shortly-of the community bank in Calwell and Wanniassa. I wanted to pay tribute in the adjournment debate to those people that have put themselves forward and managed this process when they really got absolutely sick and tired of the major banks and their lack of service to people in the community. This is evidence of how ordinary people in the community can come together and say, "Look, we're not taking it any more, and if you're not going to give the service we'll do it ourselves."

Originally a steering committee was created that raised community pledges. It organised an independent feasibility study and prepared a business plan, sent out zillions of letters and newsletters, and generally did the hard yards at shopping centres for 38 weeks in a row. As the members for Brindabella who were out on the hustings during the election campaign would know, we had to compete for space with the people with "Bendigo Bank" on them-and with sausage sizzles.

I want to pay tribute to the people who actually did that. Michael Lindfield was the chair-just an ordinary bloke out there in the community who decided to do something about it. Nick Tsoulias is the deputy chair of this steering committee. They were assisted ably by Maria, Silvio and Frank Porecca, Roger Tall, Mike Crozier OAM, Peter Ruth, Tim Stockbridge, Wayne Simpson and Dino Vido.

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