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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 August 2010) . . Page.. 3984 ..

projects include the Stromlo Forest Park track and the refurbishment of the Casuarina walking trail on Mount Majura.

The MYOB Small Business Award went to Today’s Homes and Lifestyle, a contract home building business in Fyshwick, set up in 2001 by father and son team Peter and Brendan McCoullough, that services a market for designs priced between $300,000 and $750,000, winning housing industry association awards for its custom-built small lot and green smart designs

The Panasonic Australia Medium Business Award was for stratsec, a business established by Doug Stuart, Peter Lilley and Nick Ellsmore in 2004 that provides information, security consulting and testing services for government and commercial clients.

The AMP Innovation Award went to Viridis E3 in Phillip, an environmentally sustainable development consultancy, founded in 2007 and led by directors Warren Overton, Jonathan Dalton and Gesa Ruge, that offers leading edge technology, environmental design and engineering.

There was the Sensis Social Responsibility Award, and congratulations for that to Richard Luton Properties, a real estate agency established in 1999, which employs 73 people in six ACT offices. The entire staff team volunteers to support a diverse range of community activities, including organising a fundraising ball for the past seven years and conducting charity auctions.

And the 2010 ACT Telstra Business of the Year award was for stratsec. I would like to say just a couple more words about stratsec, because stratsec actually went on to win one of the national awards. Indeed, at the national awards, stratsec won, if I can just refer to it, the Telstra Australian Business of the Year and the Panasonic Australia Medium Business Award. That is the national prize for a great local company, so I would just like to pay tribute. It is great to see local businesses thriving. It is great to see local businesses getting that recognition on a national level. And, as I said earlier, it has grown from a three-person start-up in 2004 and now it is a business with 40 employees and offices throughout Australia and in Singapore.

I will just quote from some of the materials being provided. Telstra Business Group managing director and ambassador of the Telstra Business Awards, Ms Deena Shiff, said that all ACT winners in the five award categories were chosen from hotly contested fields. Now, it is a great tribute to Doug Stuart, Peter Lilley and Nick Elsmore, the success of stratsec and the fact that they have received this honour.

So I would just like to pay tribute to all of the winners at the ACT level and to the national winners, stratsec, who went on and represented the ACT—and also to pay tribute to Telstra for the wonderful work that they do in putting those awards together.

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MR COE (Ginninderra) (9.40): Thank you, Mr Assistant Speaker. It is a pleasure to rise this evening to give due credit to a wonderful community in the electorate of

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