Page 2781 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 6 June 2012

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As we know, it is crucial for our city that we maintain its vibrant cultural life. I am happy that this year’s budget continues Labor’s investment in the arts, including some of our most loved and valued arts facilities. I was particularly pleased to see in this budget the funding for the feasibility study for the second stage of the Belconnen Arts Centre, something that I lobbied my caucus colleagues and the minister for, and I appreciate this commitment. It will add to the life and the vibrancy of our Belconnen community and that of the region.

To conclude, I believe that this is a fair budget and a responsible budget. As the Treasurer said, it is a Labor budget. It is a budget for the times. And it responds to our economic challenges and it protects jobs. It delivers services and infrastructure. It is the right budget for the ACT, and I, along with my colleagues, am very proud of this Labor budget.

Debate (on motion by Mr Barr) adjourned to the next sitting.


Motion by Mr Barr proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Volunteering awards

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.21): This evening I would like to acknowledge the 2012 volunteer of the year award recipients who were announced at a ceremony hosted by Volunteering ACT on 15 May at the Abbey at Gold Creek. Dr Mary Webb was named the individual ACT volunteer of the year for 2012 for her commitment to raising awareness and supporting those in the community who live with multiple sclerosis. Dr Webb has spent 10 years serving with various advisory boards and organisations, volunteering her services, and is currently the convenor of the ACT People with Multiple Sclerosis Group.

Individual winners in the categories included David Hutchison in the arts and heritage category; Max Kimber in the community care and social support category, with a highly commended award given to Dot Mills; Dr Mary Webb in the community service category, with a highly commended award given to Neville Tomkins; Hazel Giesecke in the education, science and technology category, with a highly commended award going to Geraldine O’Connor; in the health category, David Williams; Gordon McLoughlin, in the sport and recreation category, with a highly commended award going to Di Evans; in the environment category, Frank Brown was the award recipient.

The ACT volunteer team of the year award went to the ACT adult migrant English program home tutor scheme. The home tutor service is solely operated by volunteers and provides an important conduit to new settlers, not only with learning English but with friendship and other information. Other team awards went to the St Vincent de

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