Page 3694 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 23 August 2011

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Canberra Southern Cross Club—community support grants

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (4.55): I wish to bring to the attention of members and the community the 2011 annual community support grants luncheon that was held at the Canberra Southern Cross Club yesterday. It was well attended by members of the Assembly—there were nine of us there. As the Chief Minister pointed out, we could have had a hearing had we wanted to. Along with the Chief Minister and Dr Bourke, there were Ms Bresnan, Ms Hunter and the Speaker, and from our side there were Mr Doszpot, Mr Hanson and Mr Coe.

One cannot be but amazed at the depth and breadth of the groups that (1) exist in the ACT and (2) are supported by the Canberra Southern Cross Club on an annual basis. Something like $200,000 was given out yesterday in smallish grants, but for many of those organisations those smallish grants are what they live on. So to Kim and Mary and the directors who form the committee that make the decisions on who gets what, well done. And to the Canberra Southern Cross Club, thank you for putting this money into the community and for all that you do for your members and supporters.

I will try and get through the list of all those that received grants, because it is quite important that people understand the breadth and the depth of groups that operate in the ACT and the support that they give to the community. So here we go: Boccia ACT, ACT Children’s Week, ACT Companion Dog Club, ACT Churches Council, ACT Deafness Resource Centre, ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group, ACT Muscular Dystrophy Association, ACT Palliative Care Society, ACT Right to Life Association, ACT wizards ten pin bowling, Anne’s Legacy, Aranda-Cook Neighbourhood Watch, Arthritis and Osteoporosis ACT, Asia-Pacific School of Evangelisation, Asthma Foundation ACT, Australian Air League City of Canberra Squadron, Australian Church Women ACT unit, Australian Family Association ACT branch, Australian Rostrum ACT, Australian Thailand Association Canberra, Autism Asperger ACT, Battle of Britain, Better Hearing Canberra group, Billings Family Life Centre ACT, Black Mountain school P&C, Blind Citizens Canberra, Bosom Buddies ACT, Brain Tumour Australia Alliance, Bridge Back to Life Foundation, Brindabella Women’s Group, Canberra After Suicide Support Group, Canberra Blind Society, Canberra Dance Theatre, Canberra Mothercraft Society, Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association, Canberra Special Children’s Christmas Party, Canberra tinnitus self-help group, Capital Healing Rooms, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Canberra, Catholic Military Ordinarite, Catholic Women’s League, City of Queanbeyan Pipe Band, Craft ACT and design centre, Curtin carols on the block, Epilepsy Association (ACT), Faith and Light Australian (Canberra), Friends of Brain Injured Children ACT, Ginninderra Catchment Group, Good Shepherd Catholic school Amaroo, Gowrie preschool, “Getting a Life” project Hartley Lifecare, Inner North playschool, Jellybeans playgroup, Koala playschool, Lake Ginninderra Sea Scout Group, L’Arche Genesaret, Lions Club of Tuggeranong, Little Taks playgroup, Macgregor preschool parents association Malkara school, Mental Illness Education ACT, Military History Society ACT, Ministry to the Newly Married, Mount Rogers primary school, Missionworx, Muscular Dystrophy Association of Australia, National Capital Orchestra, National Council of Women of the ACT, National Servicemen’s Association, Oasis Community Church, Oasis Youth Residential Service, Onward Stroke Club, Pan Pacific and South East Asian Women’s Association, Parentline ACT, Parkinson’s

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