Page 3936 - Week 12 - Thursday, 29 October 2015

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cup champions, and with the AFL looking to establish their own women’s league in the near future, we can look forward to one day adding some of our promising young women alongside the names of Canberra’s greatest Australian footballers.

Congratulations to all the players and the coaching staff who contributed to the success of the tournament and thanks to AFL Canberra for supporting our young female footballers. The future of women’s football here in Canberra looks very promising. We can all be proud of such a historic achievement from a group of talented young women.

With respect to the names of the players, from Gungahlin we had Kaitlin Dobing; from Queanbeyan Tigers we had Jillian Shea and Heather Brayshaw; from Ainslie we had Amy Dwyer, Zoe Allen, Sophie Corver, Renee Friend, Emylee Hawke, Zarah Mason, Zoe Mason, Alex McKeough, Jess Stramandanoli and Bonnie Lawrence; from Belconnen we had Morgan Kemp, Maggie Gorham, Georgia Gorham, Natasha McKay, Danielle Bewick, Cassidy Reis, Alexia Hamilton, Chelsey Hamilton and Sarah Assis Sha’Non; and from Eastlake we had Kelsey Shakespeare and Mikaela Beaton. The head coach was Adrian Pavese, the midfield coach was Scott Reid, the forwards coach was Trish Young, the backline coach was Natasha Monger, the manager was Lisette Robey, the trainers were Judy Mustard and Mel Kershaw, AFL Canberra support came from Tess Parker, and runners were Teigan Hawke and Amber Allen.


MR WALL (Brindabella) (6.51): It was once again a great pleasure to take part in the FM104.7 Lifeline fundraiser, “Lock Up Your Boss”. It was a fundraising challenge that was held last week and once again my staff saw fit to put me behind bars, so to speak, to raise money for what is a great cause: supporting the work that Lifeline does locally.

This year I and my fellow locked-up bosses managed to raise almost $30,000 for Lifeline, money that will go towards the continued growth of Lifeline operations here in Canberra, which include the recruitment, training and ongoing support of volunteer telephone crisis supporters. I understand it takes about $8,000 to train one telephone crisis support counsellor so, to put last week’s efforts into perspective, about four new support workers were funded by this combined effort.

I would like to place on the record my thanks to all those who participated in and organised this great fundraiser. I acknowledge the support once again this year of FM 104.7 and Service One Alliance Bank. Thanks must also go to those who helped me to post my bail. One thousand dollars was required to be let free, and I managed to come just shy of $2,000 in total. So thank you very much to the many contributors that helped me to raise that money.

Initiatives such as these are very important. I would urge all members of this Assembly and the community to get behind a cause that supports the local community, whatever it may be, and help build a more resilient community. Lifeline is particularly close to me, given the work that they do in suicide prevention, and I think it is a great cause to support.

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