Page 540 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 23 February 2010

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I note that the two people who have died this year have both been vulnerable road users. They were on pushbikes and motorbikes. They have not been car drivers. I also note that over the last two years, 2007 and 2008, there were in fact not any cycle deaths in the ACT; so it is a great pity to see that record not being maintained.

Mr Doszpot talked about the Amy Gillett ride, which I think is a great ride. I would also like to mention Pedal Power’s family ride on Canberra Day. It is a 16-kilometre or a 25-kilometre ride around the centre of Canberra. It is designed for families, to get them off the road, for them to feel that this is an okay place to be and to encourage riding for all of us in Canberra.

Tuggeranong Valley amateur rugby union awards

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (5.43): I would like to talk briefly about the Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union and Amateur Sports Club amateur sports awards, which I attended on Friday night. I also attended the awards last year. As was the case with last year’s awards, I was quite astounded by the sporting talent that comes from the Tuggeranong Valley. There were territory, region and Australian representatives nominated and awarded on the night. It was a very exciting night to see all this great talent that we have, not just in the ACT but in the Tuggeranong area.

The Vikings Club, which ran the awards, is a great supporter of local sport. The extensive array of sports represented on the night really showed the breadth of their support in the community. The nominees for the awards represented a number of different sports, including lawn bowls, judo, softball and athletics. The winner of the major individual sports award was a champion junior javelin competitor who had thrown the fifth best distance for an Australian female competitor. She is obviously going to be a person to look out for in the future in terms of sporting talent.

I would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners on the night and also thank Ray Sweeny from Vikings who is instrumental in putting together these awards. I wish them all the best for the future.

Canberra area theatre awards

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.45): On Saturday night I was very pleased to be able to attend this year’s ActewAGL Canberra area theatre awards. Mary Porter and I were proud to be a part of welcoming the biggest crowd ever to the CAT awards night. I note that my Liberal colleagues Steve Doszpot and Vicki Dunne were there and they are both keen supporters of the CATs.

I would like to pay special tribute to the board and judges for their continued excellent work and, in particular, Coralie Wood OAM for her dedication to theatre in our region.

I reiterate my sentiments in this chamber on 17 November last year: I hope the CAT awards are given full consideration for possible ACT government funding. If we are going to have programs to support the arts, it amazes me that the CAT awards, which motivate so many people, harness so much talent, and engage tens if not hundreds of thousands of people through the audiences of the shows, fail to be supported. We cannot take the CAT awards for granted.

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