Page 541 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 8 March 2011

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I spoke to the Chairman of TADACT, Bob Sawyer, afterwards, and he showed me some of the equipment designed or adapted by volunteers. Over the last 30 years, more than 300 TADACT volunteers with backgrounds in wood, metal, design, computing and electronics trades have designed, adapted or made around 6,000 pieces of equipment to make life easier for older people and those with disability. I commend them for their work, and I know that they are very much in need of support at the moment. Any assistance, financial or otherwise, I know they would very much like.

On Thursday, 24 February, I attended the official opening of the new premises of Regional Group Training Ltd—RGT—at Wanniassa. A registered training organisation—RGO—they are one of the leading companies in supplying training to automotive technicians for light vehicles. RGT also offer opportunities within hospitality, frontline management, project management, business, retail, training and assessment.

My congratulations go to CEO, Phillip McGilvray, and president, Tony Howard, for the continued progress and, in particular, their move to the impressive new premises in my electorate in Wanniassa. It was also very good to catch up with old friend Matilda House.

On Monday, 28 February, I attended the Capital Chemist scholarship ceremony to ACT public school students. Thirty-six students nominated by their high schools received $500 scholarships to be put towards costs for text books, uniforms, music, sport or vocational education and training. Maxime and Roger Tall of Capital Chemist deserve the highest praise for their contribution to ACT public schools—$126,000 over the past seven years has been contributed, making the Capital Chemist scholarships one of the largest philanthropic contributions to public education in Australia.

Scholarship winners were from Black Mountain high school, Alfred Deakin high, Melrose high, the Woden school, Stromlo high, Campbell high, Lyneham high, Caroline Chisholm high, Lanyon high, Wanniassa K-10, Gold Creek K-10, Amaroo, Belconnen high, Canberra high, Calwell high, Kaleen high, Melba high, and Telopea high. I would like to offer my congratulations also to Mrs Melita Flynn from Capital Chemist for the organisation of the event, and also to Fiona Muir from DET.

It was also good to see so many of the principals there from the various high schools and the colleges too. In the case of high school principals, they were there to see their former students, and the college principals were there to greet the new students coming to their colleges.

Last Friday I was the guest of Torrens primary school and its principal, Mrs Sue Mueller. I would just like to compliment the school. I was very taken with the school. The school’s motto is “teamwork and tolerance”, and it was something I saw in abundance. Both teamwork and tolerance were illustrated through the school assembly that I was fortunate to attend. Year 2 were in charge of the assembly, so we saw some tremendous performances by year 2 students, and the interaction with the senior years was quite incredible. In fact, everyone who was there—the teachers, the students and the parents—got involved.

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