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undertake new work as he continues his exploration of pictorial language to convey social and environmental concerns. Of course, I note that both these artists reside in my electorate of Ginninderra. Another claim for Belco pride!
The CAPO fellow for 2014 is glass artist Matthew Curtis. He intends to work collaboratively with Jock Puautjimi from the Tiwi Islands, incorporating Jock’s designs in a series of glass objections where multiple and precisely moulded components are reheated and then fused as a complex whole.
CAPO is a wonderful bringing together of artists and appreciators of art who want to give something back to our artists and the Canberra community. It has proven success over the last 30 years, and I would recommend it to anybody.
Uriarra Village—proposed solar farm
MR WALL (Brindabella) (7.01): This morning I tabled in the Assembly a petition signed by 156 residents of the Uriarra Village. It sought to draw attention to the issue of the solar farm proposed to be built opposite their community. This petition is signed by more than 147 enrolled voters of the Uriarra Village, and signatures were only sought from residents of the village itself. The petition does not include any signatures from anyone who resides outside of the village. This was done on purpose to highlight the degree of support for the proposal by Uriarra residents and because Simon Corbell has publicly stated that only a “noisy minority” want the proposed solar farm switched to another site.
Madam Speaker, it must be said that the level of solid support for this view within the Uriarra Village is in contrast to the primary vote obtained by Simon Corbell in the 2012 territory election. In stark contrast, Mr Corbell failed to attract any more than 2.1 per cent of enrolled voters in Molonglo to vote for him. Just 1,909 voters out of the 108,194 eligible voters sought to see him in this job, yet he has the hide to accuse 100 per cent of Uriarra residents of being a noisy minority. To put that noisy minority into perspective, it equates to 7.7 per cent of Mr Corbell’s primary vote.
I would like again to place on record the firm view that the current proposed site for this solar project is the wrong one. I maintain my support for the community in their endeavours to shift the site and continue to pursue every option available to them.
UnitingCare Christmas appeal
MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (7.03): I rise tonight to speak about the UnitingCare Christmas appeal. Each year UnitingCare Kippax collects and distributes gifts and Christmas hampers for more than 600 people across Canberra, and whilst it is nice at Christmas to be able to help out those in our community who are doing it tough, I believe the work UnitingCare Kippax does every day of the year to address the structural causes of poverty and social exclusion is just as important.
Last year I had the opportunity to distribute hampers with the team at UnitingCare. The people I met on the day are a reminder that there is real need in our sometimes-