Page 1604 - Week 04 - Thursday, 29 March 2012

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Ginninderra District Girl Guides

HeartKids hill climb

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.25): Today I would like to acknowledge the Ginninderra District Girl Guides, another outstanding community organisation in operation in my electorate. Girl Guides is the largest movement in the world for girls. There are 10 million guides around the world and tens of thousands in Australia.

On Sunday, 25 March I was honoured to present the Ginninderra district group with an ACT flag at their AGM. There are five units in operation in the district, and I would like to acknowledge the leadership and dedication of the following leaders of these units: Rita Turnbull and Melanie Broadbent for the 1st Higgins Junior Girl Guides; Catie Smith and Tammy Hackett for the 1st Hawker Blue Gum Girl Guides; Peta Wright, Jenni Cox, Maddie Cox and Kat Gamack, leaders in 2011 and 2012 for the 2nd Ginninderra Girl Guides; Sara Vassallo, Christine MacRae and Joanne Allan, leaders in 2011 and 2012 for the 1st Ginninderra Tassie Devils Senior Guides; and the chair of the Athena Rangers Olave Program Peer Group, Catie Smith.

I acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the ACT and south-east region leader, Shareen Gleeson; the president of the Ginninderra District Support Group, Sujit Mukherjee, and his executive, past and present, including the treasurer in 2011, Lorraine McAnulty; the district leader for the Ginninderra Guides, Kaz Ely; and the assistant district leader, Laura Mukherjee.

As I said in this place on 15 September, as the Girl Guides of Australia entered into their centenary celebrations commencing in 2010, guiding has been integral to the lives of so many Australians since soon after Federation, and I commend the important role they play in our community.

I know the calendar for the guides is full for yet another year of exciting and challenging events, and I wish them all well for their future endeavours. I encourage all Canberrans to have a look at the guides’ revamped website at

This evening I would like to acknowledge another event which is taking place this weekend. I will be very pleased to attend the HeartKids hill climb. This charity event, which has been held each year since 2009, aims to raise the profile of HeartKids, who provide huge support, encouragement and hope to families of children with heart disease. Action starts at 9.30 am and goes to 4 pm at Fairbairn Park on Sunday, 1 April. Congratulations to Daniel Cummins on organising the event. I wish them all the best for the weekend’s activities.

Malkara special school—fundraiser

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (5.27): It gives me great pleasure to be able to speak in tonight’s adjournment debate about a great annual fundraising event for special needs education. Along with around 440 other Canberrans I had the pleasure of attending a function at Government House last Friday morning, 23 March. That function was a

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