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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 12 Hansard (13 November) . . Page.. 3511 ..

Question put:

That Mr Humphries' motion, as amended, be agreed to

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 6 Noes 11

Mr Cornwell Mr Berry Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne Mr Corbell Mr Quinlan

Mr Humphries Mrs Cross Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt Ms Dundas Ms Tucker

Mr Smyth Ms Gallagher Mr Wood

Mr Stefaniak Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the negative.

Tuggeranong Community Festival

MR HARGREAVES (12.06): I move:

That the Assembly:

(1) notes the outstanding success of the 2002 Tuggeranong Community Festival and congratulates the organisers on attracting record crowds to activities in Tuggeranong Town Centre Park; and

(2) believes events like the Tuggeranong Community Festival play a vital role in strengthening local communities and encourages the ACT Government to continue providing financial and logistical support.

I take this opportunity to raise the success of the Tuggeranong Community Festival for 2002 for a number of reasons. It was the fourteenth festival of the modern genre. In times of a somewhat depressing outlook, it is nice to celebrate some of the things that we actually do well within our community and point out how communities can promote themselves outside the ACT quite successfully with a bit of help from government, sometimes in competition with some of the bigger events. There were more than 7,000 people at a concert at night at which the band Mental As Anything performed. There were also fireworks on that night, as normal. About 12,500 people attended the activities just on the Saturday.

The ACT veterans shield soccer event attracted 16 teams. There were teams from Camden, Goulburn and Wagga Wagga. In fact, a third of them were from within the Tuggeranong region, a third from other parts of Canberra and the other third from interstate, which shows that sporting activities can be used to promote Canberra in the region. I pay tribute to Michael Lucas for his activities in that regard. He was brilliant in bringing all these teams together. There would have been more teams if the condition of the ovals had been such that it was not dangerous to play on them.

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