Page 3843 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 24 August 2011

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afternoon paper-making sessions. The theme of the exhibition was to reflect upon our human life—its hidden potentials and its transience. The ideas and imagination of everyone involved could be seen in the beautiful plant fibre artworks.

The exhibition would not have been possible without Paperworks’ paper maker and artistic director, Susan Pieterse. I have been told that Susan is always full of ideas and has never-ending patience when explaining the complexities of paper making and guiding participants in the right direction.

I should also mention Adelle Grivas, who brought her own experience and inspiration to the Friday sessions, along with many volunteers who cut denim into small squares and dried flowers for the artworks.

Paperworks also appreciates the support it receives from Hannah Semler and all the staff at Belconnen Arts Centre.

I close by congratulating the Paperworks community on being very proactive in creating opportunities for artisans and especially for looking at ways to employ more people and thus grow Paperworks.

ACT Motor Trades Association

MR COE (Ginninderra) (7.15): I rise tonight to put on the record my thanks and congratulations to the ACT Motor Trades Association, an organisation which hosted an event last night in honour of the new president of the association, Kris Macauley, who has recently taken over. The evening last night, the president’s evening, was a great opportunity for members of this place to meet with the board and some of the other members of the association and to understand a little more about what they do, their concerns and how the Assembly and the association can work better together.

The association have been a fixture in the ACT industry association community for some time and help their members in many ways, including simple business advice, in addition to lobbying work through being their voice to government, influencing legislation and standards, promotion and special member offers, which they regularly offer to their members. In addition to that, they also have a great facility whereby they offer support to people who are vehicle owners. By doing this, they are trying to boost the confidence and credibility of the industry but also are trying to direct potential customers, that could be looking to buy vehicles or have their vehicles serviced, to members of the association.

Of course, the motoring industry in Canberra is doing it tough at the moment. I think all businesses in Canberra go through ebbs and flows, but I think motorists in particular are having a tough time—therefore, those that serve motorists also have a tough time—whether it be through issues with the cost of our registration, with insurance, with the quality of our roads, with parking and with many other side issues. I think motorists and, indeed, the Motor Trades Association are aware of many of these problems and are working towards having them rectified.

I would like to put on the record the opposition’s support not only for the association but also for those that support the association, including the sponsors, in particular,

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