Page 963 - Week 03 - Thursday, 28 February 2013
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Minister, you mentioned the balloon fiesta. The idea was floated that we would have 100 balloons in 100. Has that been achieved?
MS GALLAGHER: I would like to answer that question for you, Mr Smyth, but I cannot. I do not know the answer to it, so I will take it on notice and get back to you.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Bourke.
DR BOURKE: Chief Minister, with the one very big party on Monday, 11 March 2013, what is planned for Canberra’s actual birthday on 12 March 2013?
MS GALLAGHER: I thank Dr Bourke for the supplementary. As Dr Bourke said, that actual hundredth anniversary is on 12 March, and it will be marked in a special way. It obviously is a working day for all of us, so the party celebrations are being had on the 11th.
On the 12th there will be a celebration, a ceremony, at the foundation stone where the original naming ceremony took place a hundred years ago. I hope that all MLAs are able to attend that event. I believe there are plans for this event to be broadcast nationally on television, and we will be asking everyone with access to TV to join in a synchronised toast to Canberra in their workplaces, in their schools, in clubs and even in shops. Other events include the barbecue on City Walk, close to the shopfront of the centenary principal partner, ActewAGL. There will be a cake, I am told. And also there have been 250 people who celebrate their birthday on 12 March who have registered; they will be sharing that day with all of us, as guests of honour to mark 12 March.
We will also be using that day—the scouts will be working with us—to take up a collection at the birthday party for the centenary charity, Dollars for Dili. And later in the day, of course, all members are invited to attend the naming of the 2013 Canberra citizen of the year and also to be a part of the celebration of the Chief Minister Canberra gold awards, which are also very popular, for people who have lived in Canberra for 50 years or more.
I hope to see plenty of members of this place at the events over the weekend, and indeed on 12 March as well.
MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, following the demise of the large Euphrates poplar at Kingston that I made representations to you about on behalf of constituents, the Chief Executive of the Land Development Agency claimed the watering system was not at fault because it had been turned off prior to the storm and instead blamed the severe winds at the time. Residents who brought this issue to my attention and who live in the adjacent apartment block dispute both those assertions, as the watering system had not been