Page 4363 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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I was pleased to be involved in a panel discussion and take questions from the young people on sustainability topics. I can assure you they are some fairly tough questions. I was also happy to attend the 2020 vision competition awards ceremony on 13 November to help present awards and meet more of the young people and their families who had been involved.

I must say that both in the discussions at the youth sustainability parliament and at the awards, the calibre of work undertaken by the students was extremely high. Their work was very impressive, their passion for taking on the topics was impressive, and the support of the parents and the teachers was equally impressive. Overall it was a great project for the centenary year and also for the future of Canberra.

I would like to thank Anne Quinn, the 2020 project coordinator, and the rest of the SEE-Change team, for their work in bringing the project together and successfully engaging so many different schools across Canberra. The project was made possible with support from the ACT government via the Economic and Sustainable Development Directorate, the ACT government community centenary initiatives fund and bankmecu.

I know that this particular project is very much the brainchild of Bob Douglas, the founder of SEE-Change, and that it is something he has been working toward for some time. I would like to congratulate him for the success of the project and wish him all the best in his efforts to keep it going into the future, to build on the work that has already been done with Canberra’s young people.

I would also like to take this opportunity to mention the work of Anne Clarke in her role as executive officer of SEE-Change. Anne is moving on to other things, but I would very much like to thank her for the hard work and dedication she has contributed to the role. I know that she will keep her connections with the inner north SEE-Change group and I wish her all the best in her future endeavours. But I particularly take this moment to thank the energy and commitment she has put into helping SEE-Change grow into what is a very effective and very popular grassroots community organisation.

Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children’s Literature

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (6.47): On Friday, 1 November I was the guest of the Deputy Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, Justice John Faulks in his role as board chairman of the Lu Rees Archives. He introduced me to Dr Belle Alderman AM, Emeritus Professor of Children’s Literature, who is the director of the Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children’s Literature located in the Library of the University of Canberra.

The Lu Rees archives is a treasure trove initially started as a collection of biographical files about Australian children’s authors and illustrators along with the collection of their books. Today the archives hold over 25,000 books featuring multiple editions, reprints and translations. There are over 420 research files and all major authors and illustrators, as well as critics and publishers. The University of Canberra Library

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