Page 5752 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 6 December 2011

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Today there are 350 undergraduate and postgraduate students from ANU from all walks of life and from all different faiths fulfilling this vision. Over 7,500 students have called Burgmann home over the past 40 years, including many high achievers. It is worth noting that the Burgmann alumni consistently rank amongst the top in their fields.

Residential staff at the college include the principal, Dr Philip Dutton, and the deans, Mr John Uhlmann, Mrs Shana Uhlmann, Dr Emma-Kate Potter and Dr Stephen Martin. The 2011 Burgmann council is made up of the following members: Mr Len Goodman AO is the chairman; Mr Greg Mills, the secretary; Mr Bruce Calder, the treasurer; and Dr Philip Dutton, the principal. Other members include Reverend Joy Bartholomew, Robin Brown, Katherine Clapham, Dr Gail Clements, Matthew Coulton, Dr Les Davies, Lynne Duckham, Bruce Edgerton, Professor Tom Faunce, Bruce Harvey, Jarrod Hulme-Jones, Gavan Mackenzie, Professor Campbell Macknight, Vincent Margerin, Sarah May, Jan O’Connor, Dr Christopher Peters AM, OI, JP, Dr James Popple, John Quantrill, Craig Rayner, Bettina Soderbaum, Sam Stapleton, Ray Stephens, Paul Street, Dr Rebecca Tan, Mr John Uhlmann, Mr Cameron Wilson, Mr Michael Wright and Mrs Sue Garnett.

Residential advisers at the college facilitate academic and pastoral assistance. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge their contribution to the college. They include Michael Wright, Kastoori Hingorani, Patrick Carvahlo, Bradley Kunda, Zemma, Rachael Roberts, Sally Renouf, Alan Pierce, Bin Ben Chen, Eleni Stratton, Michelle Page, Freddie Gollan, Katie Clapham, Sam Stapleton, Mel McLeod, Alex White, Emma Logan, Tom Westland and Siobhan Ion. These individuals have all made their contribution as residential advisers this year.

One of the ways the college engages the broader community is through the annual Ernest Burgmann lecture. In the last couple of years the ANU vice-chancellor and the then senator the Hon Nick Minchin have delivered this address. Nick Minchin joins Peter Garrett and Kevin Rudd as some of the notable alumni of the college. Burgmann promotes an environment which supports academic excellence, co-curricular pursuits, spiritual development and, of course, socialising. I commend to this Assembly Burgmann College and all who contribute to college life.

I pay tribute to the Belconnen senior citizens club, which plays an important role in our community, in particular in my community of Ginninderra. The club was formed in 1982 and has been a place for the almost 300 members to congregate, share stories, meet friends, engage in sporting and social activities, and provide a family—the only family some members have.

I had the pleasure of visiting the club last Friday to see the wonderful community spirit that exists and chat to members about their own stories and their involvement within the club. The president of the club, Mal Grimley, told me that there are members from more than 30 nationalities and the club facilitates the coming together of people from many different walks of life.

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