Page 1067 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 19 March 2013

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that this wonderful decision will make such a huge impact on not only their lives but on the lives of the children and families who build relationships over the years. So I just wanted to congratulate educators, parents and their union, United Voice, on the wonderful work that they have been doing during this big steps campaign, and I look forward to continuing to celebrate with them.


MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (4.40): The last few weeks have been very busy for all of us as we have celebrated Canberra’s 100th birthday, and, I guess, the celebrations will continue for quite a while. Last Tuesday evening my wife and I attended Yarralumla’s party at the shops. This was one of many such parties that were held all over Canberra as a centenary of Canberra project. I would particularly like to thank the Yarralumla Residents Association for their organisation and planning that led to over 460 paying guests enjoying a fantastic, catered dinner, with samplings from all of the local restaurants on the evening. Many residents who were not able to buy tickets came along and held their own picnics on the grass, and it was a very interesting and convivial atmosphere for all concerned.

The YRA committee comprises president Maria Fatseas and her hardworking committee. They are David Harvey, vice-president, who was the master of ceremonies on the night; Janie Gillespie, secretary and volunteer coordinator; David Johnstone, treasurer, who was in charge of waste management and cleaning; Diana Wright, public officer, who also assisted with food service and was a stand-by first aider, luckily her assistance was not required; Kristy Bos, committee member, who was in charge of seating; Robin Brown, committee member; Anne Charlton-Bien, committee member, who was in charge of site management, and quite a slave driver to all of us volunteers who had to carry the chairs and tables to various locations, great work by Anne; Robyn Cooper, committee member, who was on the greeting desk, and that was a very busy task as well, well done; Peter Outteridge, committee member, traffic management, safety and first-aid provider as well.

The committee was assisted by many volunteers, including students from Canberra boys and girls grammar schools, who assisted with setting up the tables and the seating for 460 people—not a small task. They did this with a great deal of gusto and they doubled up in serving the food to all the seated patrons. They also helped clean up after the event. So I hope that helps them in their community involvement through their school.

The strong community spirit was also demonstrated by the tremendous contributions of all the sponsors, including many of the businesses based at the Yarralumla shops. They include ActewAGL, Aeoncademy, Beess and Co, Bentham Street Bar ’n’ Pizza, Bravien Financial, Dwyer Dunn Property Consultants, Elyssium Beauty Therapy, Emperor’s Court, Face2Face Recruitment, Farmers Daughter, First Choice Drycleaners, Heritage Nursery, Johns Skurr Consulting Engineers, McSpedden Harvey, Palace Electric Cinema, Regan Kennedy Photography, Rustics Haircutters, Sitting Ducks Catering, Sukothai Restaurant, Thor’s Hammer, Turkish Halal Pide House, Urban Hair, White Apple Fine Gifts and Wares, Yarralumla Bakery, Yarralumla Gallery and the Oaks Brasserie, Yarralumla IGA Supermarket,

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