Page 777 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 26 February 2013

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Each month they rescue and deliver over 20 tonnes of good food, providing over 60,000 meals to disadvantaged people in the community. That is the equivalent of 2,000 meals a day. In doing so, they ensure that 16 million litres of water used to produce the food is not wasted and that the good food is saved from landfill.

I congratulate the work that Yellow Van does. I especially acknowledge Lynne Harwood, the CEO of Communities@Work. They involve themselves not just in that food rescue, but in other programs as well. I know Mr Wall was with me at the launch of Six Seeds just a couple of weeks ago out at Tuggeranong. It was launched by Gai Brodtmann, our federal member, and the Yellow Van was there supporting that program.

I just mention some of those details. There were 63,150 meals provided last November. The biggest pick up in November was 300 kilograms of food. The total meals provided to date is 2,027,791. They support 79 charities for, as I said before, $1 a meal.

I acknowledge some of their key supporters and the sponsors. Of course, I have mentioned Communities@Work, Independent Property Group, the Rotary Club of Canberra north and the National Convention Centre. I think this is a fantastic initiative across Canberra led by a great community organisation.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Doszpot): Mr Gentleman, you unfortunately stole my thunder. I was going to say “time, gentlemen, please” had you reached a certain point in time.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.22 pm.

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