Page 811 - Week 02 - Thursday, 23 February 2012

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The Covenant Care Day Hospice is a joint initiative of Palliative Care ACT, Holy Covenant Anglican Church and its holistic care nurse program, and Anglicare. I would like to acknowledge David Lawrance from the Palliative Care Society and its role in setting up the hospice. It is the first of its kind in the ACT and as a non-denominational day hospice it seeks to provide respite care one day a week for seriously ill people in the latter stage of their life who are being cared for at home. It also provides welcome respite for their carers, who are often ageing spouses or other family members.

Covenant Care is operated by caring professional staff and volunteers every Monday from the worship centre at Holy Covenant, a restful, light-filled, well-equipped space close to Jamison Centre.

I would also like to acknowledge Ms Jenny Hall, who is chair of the Covenant Care Management Committee, who was noted on the day as being instrumental in having the hospice set up. This hospice is a wonderful addition to the ACT and hopefully, if it is successful, there will also be one established on the south side.

I would also like to mention that on 17 February 2012 I attended St Mary MacKillop college for the opening of the St Joseph the Worker campus of the Canberra Regional Pathways Trade Training Centre. It was opened by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Also there were Joy Burch, Zed Seselja, Steve Doszpot and Brendan Smyth.

I would also like to acknowledge Michael Lee, the St Mary MacKillop college principal; Ashlee Evans and Tyler Friend, the college captains; and Monsignor John Woods, the vicar-general of the archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. They did a wonderful job at the opening and also in terms of the catering, which showed the sorts of skills that will be developed through the trade training centre. I think it is a great addition not just for the college but for Canberra.

North Canberra Gungahlin Cricket Club

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.52): I rise to say a few words about the North Canberra Gungahlin Cricket Club, affectionately known to all as northies. Northies is the largest cricket club in the ACT and encourages the participation of men, women, boys and girls from all backgrounds and all skill levels. The club’s roots date back to the Northbourne Club formed in the 1920s. It is worth noting that Alan Foskett, a prominent local historian, published a book in 2003 entitled Northbourne: Canberra’s premier cricket club 1925-1969.

The club and its predecessors boast 22 first grade premierships, and since 1988-89 they have won 34 premierships across all grades. The club’s catchment extends from the lake through to the ACT northern border—that is, the inner north and Gungahlin—and represents both the territory’s older suburbs and the emerging ones. The club has a strong culture and is a leader in the use of social media, including the @Harrison_Eagle Twitter account as well as their Facebook page.

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