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the committee; Urban Agriculture’s City Farm, who very fortunately are just setting up in a new location in Dairy Flat Road; Lyneham Commons after 18 months have their fruit trees planted and it is looking good with companion plantings et cetera; Canberra Organic Growers Society have been around for a very long time—I am afraid I do not know how long—but they are real stalwarts of community gardening and organic gardening; the Canberra Environment Centre, which does a lot of training and runs a very nice community garden, which it shares with the childcare centre next to it; the Food Co-op, which has been around since the 1970s as an adjunct to the university, provides comparatively cheap, organic food.

Of course, these days many schools are doing this sort of thing. There is the Alexander community garden movement, of which we have many in Canberra. Of course, I would like to thank the farmers in the ACT region. It is called the capital region; we are extending out into the region around us. It is a great place for growing some foods, and some farmers have made incredible strides in terms of local production in places where I would have thought it was impossible, I must say.

National disability insurance scheme—innovation expo

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (6.16): Thank you, Mr Assistant Speaker. One of the great advantages, as you would probably know yourself, in being elected is that we get the opportunity to be invited to a lot of community events. The one thing that I want to mention today is the opportunity I had to attend the NDIS innovation expo at EPIC on Saturday. There were many local Canberra service providers out there providing many different services in the disability sector, including cleaning, laundry, a florist as well, occupational therapy, and even yoga. Looking at some of the different therapies and getting to know the sector, which I am unfamiliar with, was a great experience.

It is great to see all these organisations working together to bring about a smooth transition into the NDIS in the ACT. Some have raised some concerns in relation to the transition, and I will ensure that I continue with a dialogue with the minister and the directorate to ensure that those issues are looked at. I look forward to continuing discussions with all service providers as well as users to ensure that the transition in the ACT to the NDIS is as smooth as possible for all Canberrans in need.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.19 pm.

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