Page 1877 - Week 06 - Thursday, 9 May 2013

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recently established Child, Youth and Family Gateway, which began operation in December last year and is delivered by a consortium of highly respected service providers led by Barnardos, in partnership with Woden Community Service, the YWCA and Belconnen Community Service. The gateway is a primary point of contact for referrals and receives referrals from a wide range of services. By working closely together, the government and community sector can ensure that there is minimum overlap and duplication of services and that families only have to tell their story once.

In March this year, in recognition of the success of this collaborative work, the 26 child, youth and family services program providers signed a partnership agreement with the Community Services Directorate. The partnership agreement formalises a shared commitment, a common purpose and a consistent approach between all agencies involved in the delivery of the child, youth and family services program. The agreement affirms the commitment to work together to assist the territory’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families.

The partnership agreement articulates the following: the shared vision is to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community so they can reach their potential, participate and share in the benefits of our community. Our goal is for a robust sector with strong and resilient working relationships where debate and dialogue are valued and diverse views enhance the richness of the sector and that our clients are at the centre of this.

This partnership agreement provides a mutual understanding of respect across all our partners. I would like to acknowledge the 26 partners: Anglicare ACT, Barnardos, Belconnen Community Service, Communities@Work, Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation, Woden Community Service, the YWCA, Youth Coalition, Families ACT, Canberra PCYC, CatholicCare, Companion House, Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services, Multicultural Youth Services, Northside Community Service, Relationships Australia Canberra and Region, Society of St Vincent de Paul, the Smith Family, UnitingCare Kippax, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Girl Guides Association—ACT Branch, Lone Fathers Association, Majura Women’s Group, NAPCAN ACT, Scout Association of Australia—ACT Branch and Tuggeranong Community Arts.

Australian War Memorial

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.28): I rise today to speak about the Australian War Memorial. The War Memorial is a unique part of Canberra and the nation’s cultural fabric. It is a shrine, a museum and an archive to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. It also helps Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.

The vision for the Australian War Memorial came from Charles Bean, Australia’s official historian of the First World War. Bean became Australia’s official war correspondent in 1914 and stayed at Gallipoli throughout the campaign. He continually sent back stories to Australia and filled notebooks with stories he had

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