Page 3421 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 18 September 2013

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to. That has been through everything from selling raffle tickets in the crowd out at the multicultural festival this year, as I have seen them do, to all the other efforts that they have put in.

I simply want to take this brief opportunity to congratulate those involved. As I said, this will be a tremendous legacy of the centenary year, one that will be appreciated by the Canberra community for many years down the line. I look forward to seeing the ribbon cut somewhere down the line and seeing children start to populate what will be a terrific facility.

Debate (on motion by Ms Burch) adjourned to the next sitting.


Motion by Ms Burch proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Australia-Thailand Association

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (6.27): On Saturday, 27 July I had the pleasure of attending the Australia-Thailand Association of Canberra midwinter dinner held at the Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant in Woden. The Australia-Thailand Association of Canberra was established in July 1974 for the purpose of fostering cultural and social relationships between Australians and Thais and Australian Thais. The ATA usually holds a number of functions throughout the year, including talks on Thai topics, social tennis, picnics, the annual midwinter dinner and celebrations of Loi Krathong—the festival of floating crowns—in November.

I was pleased to have been invited and would like to thank the ATA members and those who attended for making it a wonderful evening: John Milne, President of the ATA; Brian O’Keeffe, Vice—President of the ATA; Nok Jarussongkiti, the owner of the Lemon Grass restaurant, who I must commend for the truly wonderful food; John and Delphine Moyle; Chaveng and Radavee Ruanglek; Lorraine Ovington; Pramonda and Mary Ann Bandharangshi; Steven Colbourne; Isaac Lane; Eileen Dillon and all others present.

I particularly think Annette Ellis for the silk scarf and bag that she donated and I won from the raffle. I think she was surprised to be dressing a Liberal MLA, but I have been enjoying the scarf anyway. Anyone wanting to know more about the Australia-Thailand Association Canberra should visit their website at

St Mary MacKillop College

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (6.28): I am delighted to inform you and our fellow members that St Mary MacKillop College, Wanniassa, has won a beverage container recycling grant. The grants are an initiative of Keep Australia Beautiful, and Keep Australia Beautiful is able to offer financial assistance for local communities wishing

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