Page 2563 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 6 August 2013

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As a mother of four young children I was really pleased to see the enthusiasm and excitement of the children as they rolled up their sleeves, got their hands dirty and helped plant this special garden. There was a group of lovely young ladies who helped me plant a tree—Tessa, Maddison, Eden, Isabella and Amy.

I was honoured to be invited to help with the planting of this garden, and I commend the school for this great initiative and the work they are doing in encouraging and educating the next generation of gardeners.

I also rise today to speak about the great work done by Lighthouse with the establishment of CBR Collective. CBR Collective is a pop-up boutique on the top floor of the Canberra Centre which is proudly showcasing beautiful clothes, jewellery, hats and home wares by Canberra designers. It is wonderful to see the range of designers and the hard work they have put into their beautiful, high quality products.

The CBR Collective store is managed by Karla Groom and has around a dozen local brands, including: E4 with Rohan Thomas, Fibre Studio by Anne Willsford, M&TM (Mec and the Maid) by Sarah Poguet, Pure Pod by Kelli Donovan, Sophia Polak by Sophia Polak, T-Heinrich by Janette Lenk, Hutch by Charlotte Stewart, Cynthia Jones-Bryson Milliner by Cynthia Jones-Bryson, I Heart Threads by Kieran Stopp, Tango & James homewares by Lisa Barrett, PNC Metalsmith by Paula Chavez, BM Designs by Barb Mickelson, and, finally, Henry Carte Neckwear.

All these designers must be very proud to see their hard work available in the heart of our CBD. The work the Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre has done with the establishment of CBR Collective provides new and emerging local designers with the backing, support and tools needed to get their products out to the marketplace. I commend not only the hard work of these talented designers but also the innovative work of the team at Lighthouse.

I commend and encourage the board for backing up hard-working Canberrans by facilitating this shopfront. I look forward to seeing more and more local designers establish themselves and their brands through initiatives like this. People interested in finding out more about the Lighthouse and their innovations should visit, and people interested in finding out more about CBR Collective can visit the pop-up store at shop DF 16 in the Canberra Centre or visit the CBR Collective Facebook page. Thanks to all involved—great work.

Acknowledgement of country

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (5.13): Symbolism matters. Regardless of political leaning—radical or conservative—all of us acknowledge the power of symbols, ritual and ceremony. Today it is common at official occasions and public gatherings to have an acknowledgment of country or a welcome to country ceremony. An acknowledgement of country can be performed by any non-Indigenous or Indigenous person; the welcome to country ceremony must be done by a traditional owner of the land where the meeting occurs.

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