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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 May 2015) . . Page.. 1345 ..

To celebrate the fourth birthday of Alexander Bunyip, the Canberra Children’s Choir sang Happy Birthday. The Celebrate Gungahlin festival also had the largest selfie—the community selfie. Along with some of my Assembly colleagues, I was pleased to take part in the three-legged race with students from the Gungahlin College. I hope the person I was with was not too traumatised by my lack of coordination in that event!

The community was encouraged to get involved with the photo competition, sponsored by Ms Fitzharris, and the colouring-in competition. Judging of these competitions took place on the day, and I was very impressed with the entries. I also acknowledge the presence and success of My Gungahlin, which was celebrated at the event.

Throughout the day, the community was able to visit the Gungahlin College art exhibition as well as the photo booth. There were demonstrations from local sporting teams and activities for children, including face painting and kite making. Special guest Michael Salmon, the author of The Monster Who Ate Canberra, ran cartooning workshops.

I place on record my congratulations and thanks to all those who were involved in organising Celebrate Gungahlin. Communities@Work was the main organiser of the event. I particularly mention the event steering committee: Lynne Harwood, James Milligan, Gai Beecher, Lisa Murphy and Ross McKay. I also, of course, commend the Gungahlin Community Council, which was a partner in the event. I thank Alice Hekimian, the stallholder coordinator, and Karen Coleman, the volunteer coordinator. I also thank the sponsors of Celebrate Gungahlin, including the Morgan’s Group, the Ainslie Group, the Economic Development Directorate, SITA, Customised Security Group, Telstra store Gungahlin, Canberra Weekly, 104.7, Mix 106.3, and Canberra Towbars and Trailers, who generously donated facilities for the event.

I congratulate all those who helped organise and run Celebrate Gungahlin. It was a wonderful community event which I hope will become a regular community gathering in the Gungahlin calendar.

Celebrate Gungahlin festival

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (4.41): I too rise to speak about the Celebrate Gungahlin festival which was held on 11 April. I was delighted to attend with my family and spend the day there with my Assembly colleagues Mr Coe and Ms Berry, the Chief Minister, who opened the festival, and some of our federal colleagues.

As Mr Coe noted, the festival was run by Communities@Work, My Gungahlin and the Gungahlin Community Council. It was wonderful to have the Chief Minister officially open the event. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the community of Gungahlin, with 55 stalls and 15 live acts, including music, dance, art, food and even a doggie fashion show.

There was an incredible atmosphere on the day at Gungahlin’s town park, which also helped to celebrate the fourth birthday of Alexander Bunyip. A memorable moment

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