Page 674 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 9 March 2011

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This government needs to return the focus of governing this city back to core business rather than the grandiose schemes of Mr Stanhope. We cannot simply have another year and half of pet projects from Mr Stanhope. The people of Canberra, the people that contact my office, and the people that contact all our offices expect much more than that. I urge this government to think about its strategy going forward and to think about the lawn mowing program and to think about a way it can strategically deliver to the people again.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Motion by Mr Stanhope proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Chefs Network and OzHarvest

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.33): On 21 February, Mr Smyth and I and some of our colleagues, some of our staff and friends, attended the Chefs Network fundraising quiz night—culinary trivia challenge I should say—on behalf of OzHarvest. OzHarvest, as we know, is now three years old in Canberra and it provides a vital service of essentially recycling food that is no longer wanted, taking it from where it is no longer wanted to somewhere where it is wanted, to our community homes and support places across the community.

The Chefs Network, which was established in 2004, was aimed at bringing together the ACT and region’s hospitality industry not only to enrich their own lives but also to work to together to make the local community better. And what better combination of the Chefs Network and OzHarvest could we find?

It was a great night. There were about 30 or so tables of people, somewhere between eight and 10 on most tables, so there was great support from the community. It was a pretty difficult quiz night. I was thinking that from time to time you get asked questions like what is the secret ingredient in something, or something like that. But my table, Mr Smyth’s table and mine, sat through the first round of questions, thinking, gee, this is going to be a bit difficult, because you needed a great deal of inside knowledge; even the wannabe chefs on our table were having a problem.

But overall we put together a fair showing on the night, and our team, “Liberal Helpings”, as it was called, came in about fifth out of about 30 tables. It was really well attended. I did note that Ms Burch, the minister, was acknowledged at the beginning of the evening and there was a nametag for her on a table, but I do not think I saw Ms Burch during the evening. If she had been there, I hope her contribution may have helped the table she was allocated to to come from perhaps the bottom of the scorecard a little further up. But Ms Burch was not to be seen.

I would like to pay tribute to the organisers: Paul Butler from the Chefs Network and Dave Burnet from OzHarvest; the MC on the night, Anna Johnston; and Dan Cooper from LJ Hooker, Tuggeranong, who was the auctioneer for the extraordinarily

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