Page 541 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 21 February 2012

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that were adopted back in 1953 still hold true for the society today: to encourage the study of the history of Canberra and district and of Australia in relation to it, to promote the compilation of authentic historical records and the preservation of historical material and places of historic and aesthetic interest, and to foster the interchange of information through addresses, discussions, excursions and exhibitions.

The society calendar is full of events every year that include monthly lectures held on the second Tuesday of each month at the National Archives of Australia. I notice from the CDHS website that February’s lecture held last Tuesday featured Neville Potter and was centred around Neville’s booklet about Goulburn’s little known brush with royalty in the early 1800s. A browse of the society’s informative website will provide a fascinating insight into the history of our region and includes a detailed chronology of the Canberra district history, beginning in 1820 with the first known European settler, Joshua John Moore. I encourage all Canberrans to visit to find out more. I look forward to attending the 2012 Canberra Day oration on 12 March at the National Library theatrette and urge the Canberra community to make this event part of their Canberra Day celebrations.

Finally, thanks must go to the following office-bearers for their contribution to the society and all that it does in preserving and sharing Canberra’s history: the immediate past president, Dr Alan Roberts; vice-president, Marilyn Truscott; vice-president, George Scott; treasurer, Alan Jordan; and councillors, Tony Corp, Esther Davies, Julia Ryan, Allen Mawer, Nick Swain, and Dr Daryl McIntyre. I commend the society for all it does in preserving the history of the capital region.

Melba Men’s Shed

Belconnen Arts Centre

Create Foundation

Sexual violence and institutionalisation forum

Forgotten Australians

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens) (4.36): I would just like to let the Assembly know about some great engagement I had with community organisations last week. My colleague Shane Rattenbury and I went out to meet with the Melba Men’s Shed and had a fantastic session answering questions and engaging with the fantastic men that are part of that shed out there in Melba. I would like to thank Harry and Stewart.

I also attended the opening of some fantastic exhibitions out at the Belconnen Arts Centre, and I encourage people to pick up their most recent program. It is just a beautiful space and it is a great place for people to be able to pursue their art and to display their art. It was a great night on Friday night.

I also went to visit the Create Foundation, which is the organisation for young people to support those young people in out-of-home care. I visited their offices out there in Belconnen and had a great discussion around the transition from out-of-home care bill, the legislation that was going through the Assembly. Of course, we successfully passed that legislation this morning, which was very, very pleasing.

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