Page 5614 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2011

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Major sponsors are the University of Canberra Institute of Applied Ecology and the Australian National Water Commission along with Sinclair Knight Merz, Actew, the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordinating Committee. There are other sponsors as well: the Goyder institute, the Wentworth group, the CSIRO, Griffith University, eWater CRC, the Australian Water Association, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

I am concerned, and I have put a question on notice as to whether the ACT government has ever been approached. It appears not to be a sponsor of the trust. Given the contribution of Peter Cullen to this territory, I think that is something that is missing. I commend the trust and its work to members.

In addition, on Saturday various members of the Legislative Assembly, including Mr Doszpot, Ms Le Couteur, Dr Bourke, very briefly, and I attended, amongst others I am sure, the Megalo open day. It was a good opportunity for people to see the great work, and the great facilities Megalo has and the depth and breadth of the practice of the printmakers of Megalo. When I said to a staff member that I was going to the Megalo open day, they jokingly asked whether I needed a bodyguard. I want to put on the record that, no, I did not need a bodyguard.

The people at Megalo welcomed us with great courtesy. The people at Megalo are not happy with the outcome of the debate here, but they actually understand it. They were courteous to us. They put forward their position on these issues, and there was no ill will and no perception that the members of the Legislative Assembly who supported a reference to a committee trashed the reputation of Megalo, as was so outrageously said on a number of occasions by the minister.

I pay tribute to Alison Alder and the committee of Megalo for the great work that they do. I took away a purchase—an extraordinarily beautiful screen print as part of their centenary project. It is a large-scale reproduction of a commemorative stamp that was printed in 1927 for threepence to commemorate the opening of the provisional Parliament House, as it was at that time. I am looking forward to having it mounted appropriately so I can display it, because it is an extraordinary piece of printmaking. I congratulate Megalo for their great work.

Warehouse Circus

Festival of Young Ideas

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (6.25): Mr Speaker, have you ever been to the circus and marvelled at the skill of the performers? Perhaps like many children, you once wanted to run away to join the circus. Recently my wife and I attended Warehouse Circus’s performance at the Belconnen Community Theatre. It was a great occasion and we thoroughly enjoyed the energy, the creativity, the team work and the high level of performance achieved by all the participants, especially the younger children.

Warehouse Circus is a not-for-profit organisation. It is dedicated to improving the mental and physical health of young people in the ACT through the unusual medium of social circus. Warehouse Circus has been providing social circus classes in

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