Page 812 - Week 02 - Thursday, 23 February 2012

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The club and Cricket ACT will be honoured by the representation of Allan Hall at the prestigious annual Alan Border medal presentation in a couple of weeks. Alan will join a table of volunteers from across Australia as representatives of the grassroots of a sport which extends into all cultures and all regions of Australia.

Recently the club opened a new club room at Harrison, cementing the club’s presence in Gungahlin. The club room was built with funds from a Cricket New South Wales grant and from the ACT government, although their traditional home grounds remain at Reid oval and Keith Tournier oval in Ainslie. There are seven senior men’s, one women’s and 22 junior teams. In addition to that, more than 100 kids aged eight years and younger participate in the in2cricket program.

On Sunday, 19 February the club held its volunteer day, known as the Keith Tournier, or KT, volunteers day. The day is held every year to celebrate the contribution to the club of the late Keith Tournier and to celebrate the hard work of the many volunteers who are the backbone of the organisation. The weekend’s event was also attended by my Assembly colleagues Steve Doszpot and Andrew Barr.

I would like to acknowledge the current office-bearers of the club: the president, Phil Coe, the secretary, Allan Hall, the treasurer, Rowan Thompson, the director of cricket, Denis Axelby, the junior chairman, Miles Boak, the women’s chair, Jill Tomamichel, and the communications chair, Donna Wah Day. The assistant treasurer is David Blackman, the coach is David Reeson and the first grade captain is Sam Gaskin.

The club enjoys the generous support of the following major sponsors: the Tradies Club, CFMEU, Bluey’s cafe at Dickson Tradies, Urban Food, Holy Grail restaurant and bar, Electrodry, Paint Place Canberra, the National Indoor Cricket Centre, Infinite Networks and Cricket ACT. I wish all the teams well as they head into their semi-final and grand final matches.

Economy—cost of living

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (5.56): We often discuss in this place the cost of living and the impact it has on the Canberra community. As I remarked on Tuesday when I spoke in the adjournment debate on feed-in tariffs, issues like this are in reality quite complex and to do them justice one really needs to look past the headlines and slogans and examine them in some depth, because whilst “cost of living” is an easy catchphrase, and no doubt will feature in election slogans this year, the most important thing is that we critically analyse cost of living pressures and how they do in fact impact on our constituents.

To that end I have been looking into transport costs and I would like to share some of my research with the chamber. I seek leave to table a document with some of the data I have obtained.

Leave granted.

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