Page 1163 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2012

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I would also like to recognise the organisations that Ms Bresnan was mentioning. There are too many. I am sure she could have got out the contact book and mentioned many more. There are many organisations in this town that support the activities of older people, many of them run by older people themselves.

I will just reflect on the men’s shed movement. I recently visited one of the men’s sheds in my electorate and met many members in that men’s shed. I really appreciate the work they do to improve the lives of older men in their area and I would really like to thank them for the work.

These are just some ways in which this government, and in fact our community itself, is working to support older Canberrans and to create an age-friendly city. It is one in which our older citizens are supported, respected and encouraged to participate. I think that we in this place are all interested to promote that and to support that. Thank you very much, Mr Doszpot, for bringing this matter to us today.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): It appears the discussion has concluded.


Motion by Dr Bourke proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Sport—cricket umpires

Charnwood Community Carnival

ActewAGL Canberra area theatre awards

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.35): Madam Assistant Speaker, I have spoken a number of times in this place about ACT sporting organisations and the contributions made by all involved. Today I would like to place on the record my admiration for the dedication and commitment shown by umpires of all sports, but in particular in the lead-up to the grand finals on the weekend in cricket.

I would like to acknowledge the umpires council of Cricket: ACT chairman, Ken Brazel; deputy chair, Nick Ewbank; secretary, Stuart Grocock; chair of appointments and umpires observer, Damian Eason; and the general liaison officer, Don Harding.

Cricket umpires play a vital role in the smooth running of matches played in the ACT and operate in an impartial, professional manner at all times. I very much value the contribution that officials make to sport in general and in particular those who volunteer at cricket matches on a weekly basis and make the sport the enjoyable pastime that it is.

Madam Assistant Speaker, I would like to acknowledge the organisers and volunteers of the ninth annual Charnwood Community Carnival, affectionately known as the Charny Carny, which will be held this coming Saturday, 24 March. The carnival,

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