Page 1353 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 27 March 2012

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I need to mention as many as possible of the great people who made this a great fete. There are a huge number of stalls and it is a huge amount of work for everyone involved: edible art, Tammie Staltari; David Jongeneel for the garden stall; arts stand, Rachel Hind; kids and babies, Angela Hose and Tanya Bennett; Christine Mills and Sonia Bishop for the drinks; reptiles, Mayumi Smith; white elephant, Emma Savage—the white elephant is the biggest earner at the fate; rejuvenated jewellery, Allison Fraser; ice-creams, Keith and Sandra Forrest; lucky dips, Kate Cuzner; devonshire tea, Carol Gajardo—there was, of course, baking beforehand and all of those sorts of things; fruit salad, Gabrielle O’Kane; Paul Miosge for the barbecue; the show bags, Alexandra Karofillis; the sweets and cake stalls, Jo McCann and Helene Tewari; hot dogs, Justine Henshaw; chocolate toss, Melissa Hay; book stall—great one—Simone Nahon; clothing, Erin Cain; pizza, Gianni Giuffetelli; water balloon toss, Assunta Tammaro; fairy floss, Vicki Walsh and Angie Hazelhurst; Marie Smith for the popcorn; crafts, Jo McMillan; tattoos with Jackie Gallagher; and Kathy Stiller looked after donations and sponsorship. There was an afters party, where I am sure everyone wound down, Melissa Tokarski was responsible for the raffle, which is always a huge earner, and the entertainment was done by Jayne Murray.

It is a great community testament to a great community organisation. My eldest children attended St Monica’s school, and I think the school has again excelled. I was at a function at St Francis Xavier yesterday and one of the attendees said, “My wife said it was the best fete this year,” and I think that that is probably the case. I congratulate St Monica’s and the whole St Monica’s community for their great fete.

Mr Martin Hehir

Dr Jim Watterston

Dr Peggy Brown

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services) (4.48): I rise to talk tonight about three high quality public servants working here in the ACT. The first two are directors-general who are leaving the ACT public service. I would like to put on the record the ACT government’s thanks and my thanks for the work that they have achieved serving the community of the ACT. I am very sorry to see both of these outstanding officers leave, but I also accept that the ACT public service is often a stepping stone to greater things.

Martin Hehir joined the ACT public service—the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services, most particularly—in late 2003. He has served in a number of different positions, rising right through to the executive and, following the retirement of Sandra Lambert, taking on the position of director-general of this very important directorate. It is one of the most challenging directorates that anyone can have carriage of, dealing with community services, youth justice and child protection. Martin has served the ACT community with distinction, and that has been recognised in the promotion that he has taken to move to the commonwealth public service.

I know that Joy Burch, as the minister working directly with Martin, and I as Chief Minister have always respected the advice provided by Martin and the extra effort he goes to to provide a high-quality service here for children and young people,

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