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and professionally assisted thousands of people in need of support and encouragement. Of course, my Assembly colleague Ms Porter has been personally involved over some of that period and is recognised in the story of Tuggeranong community service and Communities@Work publications.

It was wonderful to be able to share stories and reminisce with attendees last night over the early days of Kambah and the Tuggeranong Valley. I took great pleasure in commending the continuing efforts of the organisation. Mr Speaker, the achievements of this group and other groups similar to this one are often overlooked and in return seldom make the headlines, but in many ways the achievements of this organisation are much more substantial than most of the things that do.

I wish to highlight a few of the programs which Communities@Work offers. The community development program identifies the capacities and assets within the community to enhance opportunities for and establish strong, effective community development at a local and regional level. The community youth centre subsidy provides for the coordination and promotion of the use of community facilities and related services at the Tuggeranong Community Centre.

The financial and material aid grant program provides funding for two projects. The first is the eat well, live well project, which supports over 200 people at local schools to budget, eat nutritional meals, reduce reliance on emergency relief services and improve their overall health and wellbeing. The other project provides supplementary support for emergency relief. It provides short-term emergency financial and/or material assistance to individuals experiencing financial crises in the Tuggeranong and Weston Creek areas.

Mr Speaker, I hope that Communities@Work can continue with its wonderful contribution to the Canberra region. I encourage all members of the Assembly to do all they can to ensure that this organisation lasts for another 30 years. I can merely act as a voice for such an overwhelming service. In the end, Communities@Work realises that actions speak louder than words.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.13 pm until Tuesday, 16 October 2007, at 10.30 am.

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