Page 1064 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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Mr John Miller

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.33): I rise this afternoon to speak about a notable Canberran—John Miller. John Miller was originally from Ballarat in Victoria but has spent 35 years living in Canberra. While he still has an affinity for Victoria, John is now well and truly a Canberra local. John has been the CEO of the Master Builders Association of the ACT since June 2007. The MBA ACT is one of the largest industry bodies in the territory. The association represents over 1,200 members in the building and construction industry, including members who are residential builders, commercial builders, civil contractors, subcontractors, trade contractors and suppliers and professional consultants.

During John’s time as executive director, the MBA has been actively involved in providing advice and recommendations to the government and opposition and other relevant bodies. The MBA always provides detailed submissions to government consultations. The opposition have been particularly thankful for John and the rest of the MBA’s willingness to provide us with information about the real-world impacts of policy changes made in this place.

Under John’s leadership the MBA has also produced five policy papers setting out its formal position on industry issues. The procurement and land and planning policy papers have been made publically available, and I understand that papers about building quality, safety and training are nearly complete.

Prior to his role at the MBA, John was the Executive Director of the Canberra Business Council between 2002 and 2007. John is also involved with a number of community organisations, including as a board member of the OzHelp Foundation and Cricket ACT, a trustee of the AFL Canberra Foundation and a member of the Heritage Council. He was also appointed an honorary ambassador for Canberra in 2004.

As members will be aware, John is moving on from the MBA at the end of this month. On behalf of the opposition, I place on record our thanks to John for all his work for the Canberra community. We are all grateful for John’s willingness to share his expertise and extensive knowledge of the industry. I wish John and his family all the best for the future and congratulate him on his significant achievements while at the MBA.

Valley ponds

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (4.35): Today l rise to inform the house of the recent launch of the valley ponds in Gungahlin and thank the Minister for the Environment for the opportunity to be present at the launch. The valley ponds are part of some very valuable natural resources in this rapidly growing area of our city, including, especially, Mulligans Flat and Goorooyarroo nature reserve as well as parts of the magnificent Centenary Trail. As we see such significant urban development around the Gungahlin region, it is vitally important we are also able to have sites like the valley ponds which not only improve our environment but also educate our community about the importance of natural habitat.

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