Page 3353 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 22 September 2015
I thank the members—Mr Barr, Ms Berry, Mr Doszpot, Mrs Jones, Mr Rattenbury, Mr Smyth and Ms Lawder—who took time to sizzle a sausage and take tours through the Assembly, and some of them also participated in the exhibition which I thought was the highlight of the day, Life outside the Assembly. Both Mr Rattenbury and Ms Lawder contributed to the exhibition, with Ms Lawder demonstrating her bonsai and cheese making skills. I will say it just one more time: blessed are the cheese makers. It is an oldie, but not necessarily a goodie. Other people who contributed to the Life outside the Assembly exhibition were Scott McFarlane, Jodi Bingley, Clinton and Libby White, Paul Oliver and Michael Sidonio—in addition to contributing to the exhibition he curated the event and made sure it was hanging well—and David Chavez.
I thank some people from outside the Assembly: Nick Clark from the Magna Carta committee who brought down the Magna Carta exhibition for the day and who participated along with Mr Justice Richard Refshauge in the great Magna Carta debate. I thank Merryn Gates who organised not only a number of art tours but also floor talks by some of the artists whose works appear in the ACT collection: Bev Hogg, who spoke about her listening tree which is outside Ms Porter’s office; Cathy Franzi whose recent pottery acquisition is outside the Leader of the Opposition’s office; and Daniel Savage, one of our newest photographic works, who spoke about the evolution of those works.
I particularly pay tribute to the education office and the indefatigable Neal Baudinette, Jo McAllister and Fiona Matz, who were particularly hardworking and who put together a fantastic program. I assure members this was an extraordinarily successful day. The really positive feedback was that members of the public enjoyed meeting their local members in a different environment, and the opportunity to be shown around this Assembly by a member of the Legislative Assembly was greatly appreciated. I thank all those who participated and made the day a success.
Gungahlin community pantry
MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (4.47): I am delighted today to rise to let the Assembly know about nine-year-old Jessica, who attends Burgmann Anglican School in Gungahlin. I welcome Jessica, her mum and dad John and Carla, and also members from Communities@Work, who members will know well, and Mark Scarborough from My Gungahlin.
About three years ago Jessica’s mum wanted to get rid of some of her clothes that no longer fitted and were taking up space. A little reluctant to part with some of the items, a deal was done between Jessica and her mum that they would sell the items, and some of the pocket money raised could be gifted to people in need. The clothes were sold through the My Gungahlin buy, sell and wanted Facebook group, and the money raised was split in half—half went to her gift tin and the other half would be split into Jessica’s savings and spending tins.
Over the years Jessica has donated to a whole range of charities. Her gifting has included buying friends something small she knows they would like, donating money