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Advice of 16 July 2013.

Advice of 27 July 2013.

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, pursuant to subsection 15(2)—Cultural Facilities Corporation—Quarterly report 2012-2013Third quarter (1 January to 31 March 2013).


Discussion of matter of public importance

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Doszpot): Madam Speaker has received letters from Ms Berry, Dr Bourke, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mr Gentleman, Mrs Jones, Ms Porter, Mr Smyth and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mr Gentleman be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of philanthropy in Canberra, new models and new partnerships.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (4.21): It is a pleasure to rise today to speak on this important topic: the importance of philanthropy in Canberra, new models and new partnerships. Of course, philanthropy has a long history in the ACT, and as we celebrate our centenary it is worthwhile reflecting on our history of generosity. Since its early days, Canberrans have contributed their time, money and resources to the community. And every member of this Assembly has the opportunity to appreciate the high level of generosity in our city by meeting constituents, local businesses and community organisations that have contributed to and benefited from philanthropy. Indeed, I am certain every member of this Assembly has also contributed philanthropically to our community.

I would like to touch on some of the philanthropic projects and initiatives underway in Canberra. And there are a number of examples in Canberra of successful philanthropic projects, such as the boundless playground, the Canberra Hospital Foundation, hands across Canberra and, just across the border, HOME in Queanbeyan.

Boundless Canberra is the ACT’s first all-abilities playground. It is currently being built on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin and will be a place where children, young people and their families can play, socialise, be challenged and have lots of fun. Boundless is a grassroots philanthropic movement involving the whole community. The ACT and the Australian government public services are pledging time and money to make this playground their gift to the Canberra community for 2013. This is supported by in-kind contributions from the ACT private sector.

There is a commitment to social inclusion throughout the whole project. It will also feature a kiosk to be run as part of that social enterprise. This project is a demonstration of the strength of our local community and the ACT’s largest single workforce working together to build a lasting legacy for Canberra.

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