Page 3419 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Madam Speaker, Boundless has come about as a result of a broader community commitment and the generosity of individuals. It marks the value of our community coming together to achieve important things. I encourage all members to get behind Boundless. Anyone who helps build Boundless will also be helping us to build a better Canberra.
MR WALL (Brindabella) (6.19): I thank Ms Berry for bringing this motion here today. Boundless Canberra is a project worthy of bipartisan support, and I am very pleased to speak to this motion today.
Canberrans are by nature a generous community. We recognise a good idea and a worthy cause, and when we do, we embrace it. This is very well illustrated by the support already provided to the Boundless Canberra project from the original design and skills donated through the cash fundraising efforts initiated by Canberra-based public servants and employees from both the commonwealth and ACT public services.
This truly is a community effort. Boundless is going to bring a new form of entertainment and a new form of inclusiveness for children that have a disability. It will be the first opportunity that Canberra families will have to have their children that suffer from a disability play with able-bodied children and will truly enrich and add value to their lives.
I would like to acknowledge the benefits that public-private partnerships bring in order to ensure that the delivery of projects such as Boundless Canberra is made possible. Ms Berry’s motion provides a great opportunity to acknowledge the support that has been provided thus far. To name a few, the following organisations have supported the project significantly: Koomarri; Greening Australia; Cre8ive; Talkforce Media; Scenic Landscape Architecture; Philip Leeson Architects; Harris Hobbs Landscapes; Fundraising Institute Australia; Delene visual design; Nicky Vance Consulting; Colliers International; Anthony Symes Photographer; Loqium; AECOM; Jim Laity and Steve Thomas; Norman Disney & Young; Touched by Olivia; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Ashurst; Melanie Birt, photographer; contentgroup; RedHub; Tender Edge; and Woden Community Service.
Mention must also go to the numerous public service departments who have come up with many initiatives, often thinking outside the square, to raise substantial amounts of funds to go towards the project. I would like to make special mention of the top teams in the fundraising—the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Community Services Directorate, the Australian Public Service Commission, the Commerce and Works Directorate, the Department of Health and Ageing and the Attorney-General’s Department. These departments combined have raised over $20,000 for Boundless and should be commended for their efforts. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the recent support of the Brindabella Women’s Group, who donated the proceeds of their photographic exhibition My Bella Life to the project.
There is a great need for a facility such as this in Canberra. Boundless Canberra will provide a safe and, most importantly, free community asset to the Canberra