Page 3862 - Week 12 - Thursday, 24 October 2013

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the Assembly documents are genuinely documents that we can rely upon with extreme confidence. They are reference points that I know my office refers to on a regular basis and something that I think it is easy for us to take for granted. But it is a good opportunity now to reflect on how much work does go into making those documents the accurate and reliable ones that they are.

I would like to speak about the work of Duo. Duo offers personal, home and community support services. It aims to help more people live independently and provides a wide range of options for its customers. Duo was formed in July this year as a result of a merger of Tandem and Home Help Service. Duo is one of the ACT’s largest community service providers. It continues to provide all the services previously provided by Tandem and Home Help Service but now has increased capacity and resources.

Home Help Service was founded in 1949 as the Emergency Housekeeper Service and provided in-home support care through a range of programs. Tandem was founded in 2008 after the amalgamation of Respite Care ACT and FaBRiC, two organisations with a long history of supporting people in their homes and the community. As a result of this amalgamation, Tandem was able to provide services to children and young people as well as adults.

Back in August 2010, I had an opportunity to speak in the chamber about the good work that Tandem was doing. Now, three years on, they have gone from strength to strength and are a wonderful partner in Duo. The newly formed organisation is well placed to play a vital role in the rollout of the NDIS.

On 15 October, I was pleased to attend the official launch of Duo, as did Ms Burch, who said a few words in the Assembly about Duo yesterday. I would like to place on the record my thanks to all those involved with Duo: the chief executive, Cheryl Pollard; the executive managers, Jimena Morgan and Helga White; the managers, Robyn Bloomfield, Peta Milne and Kasia Pietranik; and the other management staff, Lisa Grant, Richard Bialkowski, Janelle Holstein, Mili Dukic, and Geraldine Velez.

The board of Duo sets the strategic direction for the organisation and has 13 members, including at least three client representatives. The current board members are: the chair, Peter Fordon; the vice chair, Ron Jelleff; and the other members, Leanne Elliott, Jenny Kerr, Karen Noble, Victoria Oakden, Matt O’Brien, Cath Sutton, David Toole, Doan Ross, Mark Vergano, Patrick White and Ron Kingsbury

I would like to place on the record my congratulations to all those involved with Duo and wish them all the very best as they prepare for the introduction of the NDIS next year. For more information about the work of Duo, I recommend members visit their website at

Belconnen Arts Centre

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.47): Belconnen town centre is undergoing a transformation, with large investments in retail, business and residential properties. These are complemented by the government’s investments there in the new bus

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