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go out there and put on the public record where they stand. If you have got access to Twitter, to Facebook and everything else, put it out there so that the people of the ACT, the people from interstate and the international students at the School of Music know that we are standing there beside them. I walked with Nicolette Fraillon and I would do it again tomorrow if someone organised it.

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (6.15): I just very briefly rise to acknowledge the presence of so many ANU School of Music students here today to listen to the debate. Thank you very much for coming and showing your support for your school. I am very pleased that very shortly the whole Assembly is going to vote to support the School of Music.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Ms Burch) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.16): I rise this evening to raise awareness and give credit to those around the world involved in parkrun, particularly to those in Australia and Canberra who are making sociable running accessible to so many people.

Parkrun was set up in 2004 by Paul Sinton-Hewitt, with the first run taking place in Bushy Park, London with just 13 participants. In 2007 a second five-kilometre run was established in Wimbledon, with another event in Banstead Woods getting off the ground also in 2007.

The events have a winning formula whereby the five-kilometre runs all start on Saturday mornings and are free for participants. The events take place in numerous countries around the world. At its core, parkrun is a community-based initiative and thrives through volunteers that establish and maintain the events. In Australia, parkrun is up and running in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and most recently here in the Australian Capital Territory. The Ginninderra parkrun is the fifth location and kicked off on 28 April this year, with the second weekly run taking place last weekend. I and almost 100 others had the joy of taking part in that inaugural run which not only was very enjoyable but the organisation of the event went like clockwork.

Afterwards, many runners went to a great Belconnen business, Ha Ha bar on Lake Ginninderra, to celebrate the event. I think parkrun followed by Ha Ha bar will become a weekly ritual for many runners.

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