Page 5482 - Week 15 - Tuesday, 8 December 2009

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significant expansion of the public health system right across the ACT. He is widely recognised across all major health stakeholders as a highly effective senior bureaucrat within the ACT public service, and he has overseen the very significant capital asset development program for the government.

I have always found Mr Cormack to be a passionate supporter and strong defender of the public health system. I know that this drives him in his career and I know that it is what makes him a highly sought-after executive for senior health positions, the ones that the commonwealth headhunts so viciously for.

On a personal and professional level, I will miss working with Mark Cormack enormously, but, as the saying often goes, the ACT’s loss is the nation’s gain. On behalf of the ACT government, I would like to thank Mr Cormack for his service to the ACT community. I wish him well in his new career and I am sure that all of those that have worked with him over the past five years wish him well also.

Yogie awards

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (3.49): This afternoon I want to speak about an event I went to last Friday, the annual Yogie awards. These are the awards that are held each year by the Youth Coalition of the ACT to recognise, celebrate, promote and reward outstanding practice for individuals, organisations and programs that work with young people in the ACT and the surrounding area.

The awards that were handed out were in two areas. One was the organisation, service, program or project awards. This area included the outstanding achievement in youth participation award; the innovation in practice award; the collaboration for change award; the excellence in research and evaluation award; and the excellence in organisational practice award. Then there were a number of individual awards: outstanding youth worker; outstanding new talent; outstanding contribution to young people; and lifetime achievement.

I know that these awards are held in very high regard by workers and youth organisations out there across the ACT. As the former director of the Youth Coalition, I was very pleased to receive a lifetime achievement Yogie last year at the awards.

I would like to recognise the wonderful work that was done by the winners and also by the many people, programs and organisations that nominated. Those who did get awards this year included the Young Carers Leadership Committee from the Cyclops program run by Anglicare Canberra and Goulburn, and the STEPS program, the step-up, step-down mental health facility for young people run by CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn.

There were a couple of winners for collaboration for change; they were Headspace ACT, a mental health service for young people; and the multicultural youth service driver project run by Multicultural Youth Services, a much-needed program to provide driving lessons for young migrants and refugees.

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