Page 2391 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 5 August 2015

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Week are perfect for the unit. I thank HarperCollins, Jackie and Bruce, who generously gave permission to use the painting, and I thank Bruce who kindly repainted enlarged versions of the paintings to fit the walls to help make NICU the welcoming place it is today. I also thank Costco who, through the newborn November appeal in conjunction with the Canberra Hospital Foundation, helped with the fabrication to mount the pictures.


MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (6.28): For those that cannot remember, last Monday, 27 July was the sort of balmy, beautiful Canberra winter day which we all love, because there was no rain, there was no snow, there was no wind; there was just lovely sunshine. A number of us from the Assembly wandered over to Petrie Plaza just down from the merry-go-round for a TES event, which is a think, eat and save event. These events were held concurrently in all major cities and some towns across the nation and, I understand, across the world. TES is held each year in partnership with the UNEP and the FAO organisations of the United Nations. They are conducted to show that rescued food can be very edible and very tasty, and that there is still a lot of work to be done.

On behalf of OzHarvest, I said if they gave me some stats I would be delighted to speak here today. Dave Burnett has provided the following:

As it turns out we had a great day and the assembled students, volunteers and supporters dished out 200 litres of various soups. At least 95 per cent of the soup was produced from rescued food and the bread rolls were made by IHG from rescued bags of flour.

Next year they hope to be even bigger and better. There were 40 students volunteering on the day—20 from Radford, 20 from Eddies—and they also cooked soup in the college kitchens leading up to the event. I can testify that both the chicken and sweetcorn and the potato and leek soup were very nice. There was some eastern European soup. There was a bit of cabbage out there to be had. So there was plenty of variety for all involved. Dave continued:

OzHarvest Canberra has an active partnership with both colleges. We do a weekly delivery of rescued food which students whip up into lovely meals and treats which we collect and deliver to local charities at the end of the week.

It is pretty much part of their curriculum now, so well done to both Radford and Eddies. Some private sector people were involved. The National Convention Centre, Parliament House and the Crowne Plaza all threw their support behind the event and cooked breads made from rescued ingredients. They were also on hand at the event to help out and to lend some wisdom to the students.

On behalf of OzHarvest, thanks to all those who turned up and came along. For those who do not know, OzHarvest in the year to date has collected 110,000 kilos of food and redistributed it, which is pretty amazing. So well done to all of them, and particularly the leadership of Dave Burnett and the support that he gets from Communities@Work. They are a couple of great organisations doing a great job for those less well off in our community.

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