Page 3296 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 17 September 2013

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I thank the AEIOU Foundation in Queensland for extending an invitation to Mr Doszpot and me to come up and visit their centre and to experience at first hand their great work and the success they are having up there. I again pledge the support of the Canberra Liberals for the establishment of a centre based on the AEIOU model here in the ACT, and I urge the government to do all that they can to expedite the establishment of an early intervention centre in the territory.

Discussion concluded.


Motion by Ms Burch proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Brindabella Women’s Group—photographic exhibition

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.00): On 22 August this year I had the pleasure to go to the Artworks gallery in Cumberland Court in Fyshwick. Run by Mr and Mrs Jones—Marion Jones and her family—they do a number of great works in that they provide their gallery for photographic exhibitions. On 22 August, with Ms Lawder and Mr Wall, we attended the opening of the Brindabella Women’s Group My Bella Life photographic exhibition. The Chief Minister was also there. She did the launch.

I said to the Brindabella Women’s Group that I really appreciated the work that they did. I said that if they wanted to give me a summary of why they were doing what they did, how they did it and what they hoped to achieve, I would be delighted to read it out in the Assembly in an adjournment speech. So, on behalf of the Brindabella Women’s Group My Bella Life photographic exhibition:

Brindabella Women’s Group ‘My Bella Life’ photographic exhibition was launched on 22 August 2013 by the ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher MLA. Brindabella Women’s Group (BWG) is a local support group for mothers, funded by ACT Health. Each week in school terms BWG—

as they know themselves—

provide respite through childcare and a social activity for mothers. Every year, the women of BWG try find a way to give back to the local community through a Community Arts Project.

This year the group decided to hold an exhibition and silent auction to raise funds for Boundless Canberra—

which no doubt Ms Berry will be very pleased about—

This cause is particularly significant for BWG members past and present who have children with special needs.

Although at the outset, the idea of selling images of themselves seemed a daunting prospect for the women, they gained the courage and built self-esteem

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