Page 3422 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 18 September 2013

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to improve beverage container recycling. This financial assistance is made possible thanks to the Coca-Cola Foundation community recycling grant. In larger communities this may mean infrastructure for events or for special venues such as large retail centres or education centres. In smaller communities it may mean assistance with transport or processing to overcome remote location or dispersed population. The focus of the grants is recycling away from home, practical projects that leave a legacy, projects that do not duplicate existing recycling activities, and projects that result in measurable volumes of recycled materials.

The project name of St Mary MacKillop College, Isabella Plains, is “Managing waste sustainably”, and they received $10,000. The aim of the project is:

To set up co-mingled recycling facilities, giving our community the opportunity to recycle—Develop trained Wastewise team at school to inform students and staff about how to recycle well—Implementation of measures to monitor the ongoing effectiveness of the project (scheduling regular waste audits etc.)—To reduce the overall volume of waste generated by the college through the implementation of classroom teaching and learning surrounding issues of waste at the College.

Well done to the students and staff of St Mary MacKillop College. Well done to Mr Lee, the principal. It is a very community-minded school, and this is an indication of the success of the school. The grants are available, and, again, I will quote:

This is through Keep Australia Beautiful’s Beverage Container Recycling Grant funded by Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola South Pacific. This grants program has now been running for four years and has funded almost 200 community recycling projects across Australia to a total of $1.25 Million. This year’s program announced 71 projects to a total value of $441,000 and this will lead to the recovery of a combined 450 tonnes of recyclables.

Again, well done to Mr Lee and his staff. Well done to the students, and here is to a much more sustainable Tuggeranong and electorate of Brindabella.

ACT Chamber of Women in Business

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (6.31): I rise this afternoon to speak about the ACT Chamber of Women in Business, a not-for-profit association which has been operating in the ACT since 1992. It was created by, and is run by, women to provide support and opportunities to professional women in and around the ACT. On 21 August the Chamber of Women in Business award winners were announced. Today I would like to congratulate these hardworking, motivated and talented women and tell you a little bit about them and their businesses.

The business woman of the year was awarded to Karen Groves, the principal of Successful Alliances. Her business helps small to medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organisations grow through high quality consulting and bookkeeping services. Having started as a one-woman operation, she has expanded to six staff and is operating from a commercial space with various national clients. Karen has built Successful Alliances in a manner that always ensures they are at the forefront of new technology.

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