Page 2395 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 5 August 2015

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I also congratulate all those involved at the club. The club has taken a big step this year in entering both the men’s and women’s premier league and has now gained national exposure with their entry into the FFA Cup. With this in mind, I thank and note the club’s executive committee comprised of the president, Ricardo Alberto; the vice president community, Andrew Preston; the technical director, Claudio Canosa; the secretary, Brad Doohan, who also doubles as the men’s state league and masters coordinator; the treasurer, Alex Alberto; the registrar, Jenner Rolfe; the club coach coordinator, Steve Ujdur; the under-5s to under-9s coach, Jon Cooper; the under-15s to under-17s coach, Regan Walsh; and the club community coach, girls, Diego Iglesias.

I also acknowledge the other officials at the club, including the referee coordinator, Cameron Shelton; the child welfare officer, Bill Napier; the volunteer coordinator, Melissa Preston; the under-10s to under-14s coach, Steve Gibbs; the property managers, Steve Welsh and Bill Napier; the grounds coordinator, Usha Najdu; the women’s state league coordinator, Chris Granger; the premier league men’s coach, Mitch Stevens; and the premier league women’s coach, Paolo Romero.

I wish all the players, staff and volunteers at Gungahlin united all the best for the rest of the season. For more information on the club, I encourage all members to visit their website at


MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (6.41): I was pleased to attend the turning of the sod for Communities@Work’s new community facility in Holder on 24 July 2015. The sod turning was done by Senator Zed Seselja. I note my colleague Brendan Smyth was also at the turning of the sod. I thank Communities@Work for inviting me and to Paul House for a traditional welcome. It was a rainy and cold afternoon, but that did little to dampen the enthusiasm of those present for the start of this important project. It had been a goal of Communities@Work to build its own purpose-built facility for many years. The central location of its new community facility on Dixon Drive in Holder will complement Communities@Work’s established hubs in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin.

I was pleased to learn that once phase one of the new community facility is built, Communities@Work will be able to deliver a wide range of services, including its lifestyle services, which encompass services for seniors and people with a disability either in centre, in home or in community. Communities@Work will also be able to deliver its social programs, which include essential services to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in our community. Through delivery of these services, Communities@Work will continue to make an outstanding contribution to our community.

Communities@Work run a number of other programs, including Galilee School for students who may have disengaged from traditional schooling. It was my pleasure to meet some of the students from Galilee School at the sod turning and learn about their plans for the future.

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