Page 3866 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 27 August 2008

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GIS CD launch in the Assembly here on behalf of Geoscience Australia and the Geological Society of Australia. A Geological Guide to Canberra Region and Namadgi National Park is a 140-page handbook that highlights the evolution of the Canberra region landscape and geological features within that landscape. The geological map of the Australian Capital Territory is a 1:100,000 scale geological map on which you can actually see your particular residence and the geological formation that is underneath it. There is also a compact disc for use by teachers and the public on home/school computers to view the geological map information using a geographical information system.

It was quite an exciting launch and it is the first study and production done for the ACT in that area. I want to congratulate David Gibson from the ACT division and Vice-President of the Geological Society of Australia; James Johnson, chief of division, OEMD, of Geoscience Australia; and Kevin McCue from the National Parks Association. They all did a fantastic job.

I recently had the privilege of attending another event, on 19 July, with 80 other community members—the 2007 Brindabella Motor Sport Club’s Christmas in July fundraiser, to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. The event, held at Thoroughbred Park in Mitchell, was a fantastic affair, held in the name of a good cause. Set in the spirit of Christmas, the whole event was themed around the festive season, creating a successful atmosphere that led to large donations from those in attendance. I am pleased to announce that the whole evening was a roaring success.

We were fortunate enough to have Sue and Simon Evans, the current Australian rally champions, as guest speakers on the night. The couple generously donated their time by addressing those in attendance with an insight into the world of rallying and the Australian Rally Championship. Simon and Sue gave entertaining insights into life at the top of Australian rallying and the struggles that it took to get there.

It is encouraging to see community-based organisations collaborating to raise funds for underprivileged individuals who suffer from such a terrible condition. The Brindabella Motor Sport Club, along with the Leichhardt Motor Sport Club, administered the evening. Members of both clubs organised and patronised the evening, all in the name of benefiting the lives of others. It is incredibly humbling, as an elected member of the ACT, to see the community come together and rally around those who are less fortunate.

The function was also well supported by local and national businesses, with over 75 products donated for raffle prizes. I take the opportunity to commend those generous sponsors who made the event possible. The major prize for the weekend was a weekend for two at the Coach House Marina Resort at Batemans Bay, won by Sue Hellyer. The lucky door prize was donated by Harvey Norman and was won by Peter Taylor. Peter and co-driver Kim Martin have recently won the BRM Silverstone Rally in their Toyota Corolla.

On Tuesday night, at the regular BMSC meeting, the club presented to the ACT Leukaemia Foundation a cheque from the profits made on the Christmas in July charity fundraiser. Through raffles, auctions and donations from members and guests, the club was able to donate $3,400 to the foundation. I had the privilege, along with

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