Page 2561 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 6 August 2013

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I mention the Southern Cross Club grants awards that were held on Sunday. Nearly 100 grants worth many thousands of dollars were handed out at that event to not-for-profit community groups to help them with the fine work we all know they do on a daily basis. The Podmore Foundation is an organisation I belong to. It was formed by people in the Defence Force and it raises funds to help young Indigenous people from remote communities to complete their high schooling in the ACT. Some of these young people would not have that opportunity were it not for the Podmore Foundation. I commend all members to go onto their website and have a look at what they are doing.

I also commend the Snow Foundation for the work it does. I have been involved in a lot of organisations where the Snow Foundation has assisted, and I also mention the Village Building Company that Mr Rattenbury mentioned, particularly in regard to the arboretum and the other work they do in the community.

We could stand up here forever and list all the community groups, all the corporates and all the people that, on a daily basis, work with government, the community sector and business to make Canberra the wonderful place we all know. We all love living here, but the reason it is such a wonderful place is because we have this wonderful contribution by our community.

Volunteering Australia is collecting 100 volunteer stories at the moment for the centenary. It would be good if some of the stories we have talked about today formed part of the 100 stories collection to complete the picture. I hope amongst those 100 stories some of the corporate and business efforts are mentioned along with the community groups and individuals.

Discussion concluded.


Motion (by Mr Barr) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MR WALL (Brindabella) (5.06): Mr Assistant Speaker, along with you, on 24 June I had the opportunity to celebrate the success of 75 graduating students from the Communities@Work training arm’s nuSkills learning and development. The graduates had all completed studies related to early childhood education and child care. For many of the graduates, this qualification is the first formal qualification they have achieved since being at school. For a number of those graduating, a number of years have passed since their school days, and undertaking this qualification makes the achievement even more significant.

Not to overshadow these achievements of those graduating on the night, Communities@Work also unveiled a new name for its registered training organisation, which will now be known as Communities@Work Centre of Professional Learning and Education.

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