Page 3231 - Week 10 - Thursday, 17 September 2015

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The promotion was for the upcoming event this Sunday, which is Alzheimer’s Australia ACT’s memory walk and jog. The memory walk and jog is an event designed to raise funds for and awareness of dementia. The event will be opened by Alzheimer’s Australia’s national ambassador, Ita Buttrose, before participants will take off on a one-kilometre walk, a five-kilometre walk or an eight-kilometre run. For those who are a little more competitive, this will be quite an activity to take part in.

The event will be held at Lennox Gardens at Lake Burley Griffin and starts at 8.30 am. I encourage all to register. Anyone from the Assembly here who wants to go along would be welcome to attend Alzheimer’s Australia’s ACT memory walk and jog. I wish all of them well in their endeavours, especially President Greg Fraser, CEO Jane Allen, Eileen McEntee and Michael Wootton, as well as all of their dedicated staff at Kaleen. I hope that Sunday’s event, which I think already has close to 5,000 participants, will be a very successful fundraising venture for them.

Belconnen’s 50th birthday

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.27): Back in Canberra’s centenary year, 2013, I flagged in an adjournment debate that the new Belconnen health centre was “a wonderful addition to the Belconnen community as we near our 50th anniversary and Canberra enters its second century”. Later I mentioned the opportunity to celebrate Belconnen’s 50th to Daniel Ballantyne, CEO of the Belconnen Arts Centre, who, with typical gusto, has run with the idea. On Saturday night the Belconnen Arts Centre kicks off the first event in the our place celebrations to mark Belconnen’s 50th birthday in 2016.

As I noted in the June budget debate, there is a small plaque in a corner of the Aranda playing fields marking the first suburban development in the Belconnen district. It reads:

This tablet marks the inauguration of development of the District of Belconnen by the Minister of State for the Interior The Honourable J. D. Anthony, MP. 23 June 1966.

We like a party in Belconnen, and the good news is that the Belconnen Arts Centre is planning a long one, with Saturday night’s event just the first in Belconnen’s 50th jubilee. There will also be a big map of Belconnen on the night where people can paste up their favourite places and suggestions of further events for the year. As their flyer says, the afternoon will include showcasing local music, lantern and badge making, new collaborations, food, opportunities to place your mark on the Belconnen map and digital projections illuminating Belconnen’s visual journey. You will be invited to express what living in Belconnen and the region means to you, share your story and make your memory.

Since the Belconnen Arts Centre opened in 2009 at Emu Bank it has become the jewel in the crown of Belconnen’s own city to the lake. This multipurpose arts venue on Lake Ginninderra offers something for everyone, drawing in young and old to classes, exhibitions and performances. What a great cultural crossroads of Belconnen and

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