Page 1277 - Week 04 - Thursday, 21 March 2013

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Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Ms Gael Hardgrave—retirement

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Before we go to the adjournment debate, I would like to advise that Ms Gael Hardgrave will retire from the Office of the Legislative Assembly on 5 April. Gael joined the Assembly’s secretariat as senior editor in the Hansard and Communications section on 3 January 2006, following a long career in the federal and Western Australian parliaments and in the UK House of Commons. In her time with the Assembly, she has made a very important contribution to the high levels of accuracy and timeliness in the Assembly and committee Hansard. All members and our staff will remember Gael for her dedication to the Hansard service and for her unfailing daily reminders to us to send Hansard our speech notes. I am sure we would all like to thank her for her commitment and wish her well in her retirement.


Motion (by Ms Burch) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Clean Up Australia Day


MR WALL (Brindabella) (4.28): I rise to acknowledge the hard work of 4,500 volunteers in Canberra who participated in Clean Up Australia Day in 2013. On Sunday 3 March I was very pleased to join with the Macarthur Scout Group at Fadden Pines along with a number of scouts and their parents. We pulled on the gloves and did our part in keeping the local area clean. It was somewhat reminiscent of when I was a boy scout doing a clean-up when we used to play games such as garbage bingo where the challenge was to be the first to collect an assortment of random items whilst cleaning up the local park.

It is estimated that 224 tonnes of rubbish was collected within the ACT over 102 sites. That is more than two tonnes of rubbish per site. At Fadden Pines the usual sights of chip packets, shopping trolleys and general rubbish could be found. However, I noted that the bulk of the rubbish was found along the side of the road and not necessarily in the park itself.

Clean Up Australia Day has a great record of motivating individuals and community groups alike to get out and do their bit to clean up their own backyards and communities. In the 24 years since the very first small-scale event was organised by Ian Kiernan to clean up Sydney Harbour, Australia has seen this event turn into one of

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