Page 962 - Week 03 - Thursday, 28 February 2013

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tapas and a specially made centenary Canberra bubbly. I think most of the tickets have sold out for that; there are only a few left.

There will be the Church, the Gadflys and the Falling Joys. There will be 20 local multicultural groups decorating the word “home”, and on the lake between 12 noon and 4 there will be novel forms of roving entertainment. Performers on boats will circle the lake and entertain the crowd on the lake edge.

And there will be fireworks to finish. It will be a unique tribute to the Griffins and their winning design for Canberra—lights, flares and fireworks will light up the water and the land.

I hope all members in this place will be able to catch a bus. There is one specially put on for you, Alistair, to go down the bus lane down Belconnen Way—a special request for Mr Coe to get on an ACTION bus and bus into the city and bus home at night.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Apart from the fireworks that you have just mentioned, what other kinds of things can children and young people look forward to?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Porter for the question. There are loads on for Canberra’s children. They will be spoilt for choice on the day. On Regatta Point stage in the early afternoon, children will be invited to bring their instruments such as recorders and tambourines to join in with the George Ellis interactive rock sessions.

Human-sized ants will invade Commonwealth Park during the afternoon and they are sure to be a hit with all the young audiences. Young people who attend the event will be invited to get a new hairdo. Sienta la Cabeze will present its eccentric hairdressing show, which will have everyone’s hair standing on end. I know a five-year-old who will want to go and see that.

Youngsters will be asked to join a story walk and take a stroll through time without leaving the party to enjoy some fabulous stories from Canberra’s past. Free kite making sessions will be on offer in Kings Park near the carillon. There will be a range of food and drink options for young people. There will also be a delicious array of gourmet food featuring local produce in the marketplace.

For the older children and the young people, there is something for every type of musical taste for 11 non-stop hours. After the fireworks are over at 9 o’clock, the Regatta Point stage will spring into life with a selection of the best Canberra bands of today, with Hancock Basement, Fun Machine, State of Mind and Super Best Friends, which last year were named ACT artists of the year and best live performer of 2012.

But if people do not want to take part in any of the specific events, we are also encouraging families to bring out a picnic rug and watch it all unfold on their favourite stage and catch highlights from other venues on a big screen. It should make for a great day. After all, we only get a chance to do this once every 100 years.

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