Page 1154 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Thank you to the Chief Minister for outlining the range of events and the significant economic benefits they bring to our city in jobs across the city. We know we need them, especially at this dire time.

I enjoyed Mr Smyth’s comments about my support for Access Canberra. Access Canberra is a terrific initiative. It is making a difference. I have spoken to businesses and community organisations who have found dealing with Access Canberra a breath of fresh air, and I am pleased that it is underway. It can only get better. I certainly look forward to the opening of Access Canberra’s first shopfront in Gungahlin in coming months.

Thank you to Mr Rattenbury for raising, of course, two other fantastic legacies of the centenary year—the Centenary Trail and parties at the shops—and also to Ms Berry for acknowledging our nation-leading Multicultural Festival, which is such an incredible celebration of our multicultural community and the contribution they make to our city.

I want to see Canberra continue to build its cultural scene, and I want our city to become a cultural hub with events that include everyone, events that reflect our own unique and inclusive culture. Canberra’s momentum is extraordinary. Our community’s shared ambition for our city is palpable. Everywhere you go people are singing the city’s praises. Far from the momentum of our centenary year fading, it has sustained and been energised with an amazing schedule of events this year alone.

One of the aspects of the events that have struck me the most has been the high participation rates. Locals and visitors, people from all over our city, from all walks of life, come to our centre in particular and make the most of our spectacular lake which, for too long, was without life and activity. It has only been under this Labor government that we have seized the potential and opportunity that our central lake has to offer, which has made it a place of pride in our city.

To summarise, the Canberra Day events this year were a continuing success. Record attendances, hugely popular shows and exhibits and hundreds of events and people from around our city and around our country show why Canberra is the world’s most livable city. I commend the government for its achievements in building the city as a cultural capital, and I commend the motion.

Motion agreed to.

Asbestos—public housing

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.50):

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that a number of Housing ACT dwellings are likely to contain asbestos, including Mr Fluffy; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to provide detailed information, by the last sitting day in March, on the following:

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