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Any moves in the direction of increasing or freeing up more places for women to attend those courses I really support. I remember as a child watching Playschool with my grandmother. We used to walk to the shop and buy yoghurt, which was our big treat. Sitting at the 1970s-style marble table with her in the dining room watching Playschool she would say, “Giulia, we watch Playschool because it is good for my English.” I remember being really taken by the fact that she was an older lady who was still trying to learn better and more English. What a great example for younger women that we do not give up on learning and we do not give up on trying to improve ourselves as our lives go on.

I thank the Assembly for the support. In conclusion, I look forward to this weekend’s events. I look forward to seeing the minister there, I am sure.

Motion agreed to.

Tuggeranong—ambient odours

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.46): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) a significant number of Tuggeranong residents have reported a foul smell in December 2015 and January 2016;

(b) the Environment Protection Authority have been investigating the smell and as yet, have not been able to determine its cause;

(c) the smell is impacting on residents in Tuggeranong, including their enjoyment of outdoor spaces;

(d) the ACT government is not communicating openly with Tuggeranong residents about the smell, and what the government is doing to determine its cause; and

(e) one of the ACT government’s strategic and operational priorities in the 2015-2016 Budget was “expanding the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre to ensure ongoing landfill capacity and continuing the bulky waste collection service”; and

(2) calls on the ACT government to:

(a) immediately conduct a minimum of two field-based ambient odour intensity assessment surveys, one in February 2016 and one in March 2016, to observe downwind odour intensity and frequency in and around discrete receptor locations in Tuggeranong;

(b) process the data from each field-based ambient odour intensity assessment survey and tabulate statistical data comparing the frequency and intensity of odours observed at each survey location in Tuggeranong;

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