Page 907 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 9 April 2014

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Another thing that I noticed today that I think members should be aware of is that at the luncheon adjournment I was conscious of going through the forms of moving a matter over to a later hour of the day and telling people when they should be back while everyone was standing up and packing up their goods. Actually you should not be standing up and packing up your goods at that time.

So these are just little things that show perhaps a little lack of respect by members. And could I ask members to be a bit more mindful of the simple things in the standing orders.


Motion by Mr Barr proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Ginninderra Catchment Group

Volunteering ACT

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.28): Firstly I would like to add some thanks for the good work done by the staff of the Ginninderra Catchment Group. I spoke about the organisation yesterday, and I would like to formally put on the record the good work done by Karissa Preuss, Damon Cusack and Anke Maria Hoefer, who do wonderful work to facilitate the operations of the organisation.

I rise this evening to speak about the work of Volunteering ACT. Volunteering ACT is an organisation which advocates, supports and promotes volunteering opportunities in Canberra. The organisation also, importantly, provides a link between people interested in volunteering and the organisation’s membership base, which consists of over 200 not-for-profit organisations. This link helps facilitate volunteering opportunities for interested volunteers right throughout Canberra. Over the last 12 months, the organisation has impressively assisted over 7,336 people become a volunteer, referred 5,419 prospective volunteers to member organisations, provided 1,832 instances of support to volunteer-involving organisations and hosted 31 events to enhance and celebrate volunteering.

On top of this, the organisation provides training to volunteers and conducts research in order to improve the quality and quantity of volunteering in the territory. Through this research, the organisation has identified the need to engage young people in volunteering. This has led to further research being conducted on how best to engage school children in volunteering.

Volunteering ACT is run by the CEO in conjunction with the board of governance. The current CEO is Maureen Cane, former Canberra Citizen of the Year, and a successful senior manager in the Australian public service. The board of governance consists of eight members, four office bearers and four regular members and is drawn from people from both member organisations and the general community.

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