Page 356 - Week 01 - Thursday, 27 February 2014

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Lily Spelic, Croatian Tours Food; Ms Anita Gambrill, Jaija Beauty Salon; Mr Asif Hossain, Tigers Sporting Club Bangladesh; Richard Dixon and Tom Dixon, cold craft beer and regional wine; Mr Carlos Torres, Colombian food stall and Spanish Speakers Association; Robert Carloff, Freemasons Canberra; Samir El-Sabagh, Mercy Underprivileged Association; Ray Sikman, White Eagles Serbian Club; Mrs Lisa Ramshaw, Italian English Bilingual School; Mrs Sammai Burge, Siam dance troupe; Mr Stuart Trower, Queen’s Head; Zeenat, Zeenat Henna Tattoos; Alex Tine, Monaro Panthers Football; Nanti Nee Khiewchann, Thai street food stall; Mostafa Esmraeilpour, Delicious Iranian Food; Troy Klep, Dutch Pancakes; Peter McArdle, Rotary; Mrs So Nam, Bhutan Association of Canberra; Jennifer Singh and Sarah Sing, Indian Affair in the city; Chris Lee, Sahaja Yoga; Chin Wong, Federation of Chinese Associations of the ACT; and Dean Sahu Khan and Willie Senanayake, Canberra Interfaith Forum. I also thank Sukyo Mahikari Canberra, Zaija Day Spa, Ositos Cool—Spanish School for Teens, and the many others who I met on the day.

Without the hard work of these people and the many other volunteers who give up their time, the Multicultural Festival would not be possible, as the minister mentioned today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the work you have done on the festival and for our community throughout the year.

Remembrance Driveway

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (6.05): I rise tonight to talk about an event I attended on 5 February this year representing the Chief Minister. It was the celebration of the diamond jubilee of the Remembrance Driveway. It was great to be able to attend this event. The Remembrance Driveway is an excellent monument to our fallen soldiers and also an important feature of infrastructure for the ACT and New South Wales connecting Canberra with Sydney.

There were several great speakers and I would like to thank the following people: Air Commodore Ian Scott; Mrs Jenny Scott; Peter Hatfield; Rear Admiral Tim Barrett; Brigadier Mark Brewer; Air Vice-Marshal Mel Hupfeld; Councillor Robyn Kemmis; the Hon Stuart Robert MP; the Hon Barry O’Farrell; Marie Bashir, the Governor of New South Wales; Peter Duncan; Aunty Mille Ingra; Don Rowe and Chaplain Catie Inches-Ogden.

I would also like to put in a plug for Steve Amos, our TAMS ranger who was on the board of the Remembrance Driveway and does a lot of work on behalf of the ACT. The driveway was launched by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1954. The Remembrance Driveway is designed to be a living memorial to all soldiers who have served Australia overseas. They are represented by VC recipients after whom the rest stops are named along the route. The route is lined with native trees which provide shade areas at the rest stops, perfect for a picnic on the way to Sydney.

The idea of planting trees is aimed at representing hope for the future and also acts as a monument which continues to grow and become more beautiful as time goes on. The idea for this type of monument was launched by Mrs Margaret Davis, who was the founding president of the Garden Clubs of Australia. It was her idea to create a living memorial, as opposed to a regular memorial, for soldiers who served in World War II.

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