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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3237 ..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

day, for you people who wish to plant tomatoes for your consumption, is the day they should go in. But you should recycle your laundry water on those tomatoes, and Mark Carmody agrees with all that.

I would like to commend the many land carers who have made a contribution to maintaining the environmental health of the ACT region. The Stanhope government is committed to continuing support for the community groups and individuals who devote so much time and energy to improving our land and water resources.

I would like to publicly once again congratulate the winners of the 2003 ACT Landcare awards and note that they now become finalists in the national Landcare awards to be held next year.

How sad it is when the media won't pick up instances like this, but they'll put on some of the garbage that you actually see on the news from time to time. It was hoped that there would have been better media coverage of these awards and appropriate media coverage of these awards. It is to their shame that the Fourth Estate didn't pick it up.

Mr Speaker, I would like to tell you and the Assembly the names of the winners of the 2003 ACT Landcare awards. Rosemary Blemings won the national Landcare individual award. Buttles Creek willow removal and revegetation project won the Murray Darling Basin Commission river care award. I found out something the other day-I don't know if other people know this-within the Murray Darling basin, Canberra is the biggest population centre.

Mrs Dunne: Der!

MR HARGREAVES: Mrs Dunne says, "Der!"I would ask you, Mr Speaker, to ask Mrs Dunne at your leisure whether or not she can spell it. I don't think she can spell der, let alone know what it means. I make the observation for Mrs Dunne's edifice-and I can see this is going to be a great day; I look forward to this day, Mr Speaker, it's going to be a great day; and now I'm going to re-organise the speaking list so I can enjoy it.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Mr Hargreaves just mentioned edifice. I think he actually meant edification, edifice being-

MR SPEAKER: That's not a point of order. Mr Hargreaves direct your comments through the chair. Members of the opposition will cease interjecting.

MR HARGREAVES: Thanks, Mr Speaker. I'm not surprised to hear Mr Smyth speak of me and edification in the same breath. Can I just say that one of the interesting facts-and the reason why I'm bringing it forward is for Mrs Dunne's edification or, should I say, with some hope, effigy-no, wrong word, again, Mr Speaker-that, in fact, that particular issue about us being the biggest population centre in the Murray Darling basin ought to be put out there in the community a bit more. People just don't tweak to that. If somebody had asked me that question, I would have said yes, but I didn't have it in my mindset everyday. I didn't know, for example, that we pull out 7 per cent of the water, but we put 31/2 per cent of it back. The others don't do that. We should be actually saying that a bit more.

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