Page 651 - Week 02 - Thursday, 16 February 2017

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Having also competed for many years as a classic accuracy skydiver, Graeme is still an active member of the classic accuracy skydiving team. Graeme is a rigger (APF Packer A), has been a senior instructor with ratings for static line AFF and tandem and has introduced many people to the sport through tandem jumping for over 19 years, landing on the Deakin Mint oval near his house in Yarralumla. He has been an instructor examiner, is a jump pilot examiner and has a display pro rating. He continues to make the Australian parachute team and competed in the last world championships in the accuracy landing event at Skydive Chicago, Illinois in September 2016.

Graeme is fortunate to have had the full support of his wife, Chris, who has often acted as a volunteer and ground support crew. He has even had the opportunity to involve his grandchildren in some tandem jumps. Graeme maintains that while you need to keep your wits about you to ensure a safe landing, jumping out of a plane is an exciting and exhilarating experience, even after 50 years.

In closing, I would like to recognise Graeme Windsor, a long-term Canberran, for his incredible contribution to parachuting and skydiving in Australia and, indeed, at the international level. I congratulate him for being nominated to the International Skydiving Hall of Fame, class of 2017, into which he will be inducted at the weekend celebration event on 21 September this year at the Chicagoland Skydiving Centre, Rochelle, Illinois.

Oaks Estate River corridor heritage trail

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (5.21): In December I was delighted to represent the ACT government to formally open the Oaks Estate river corridor heritage trail. The opening of this trail marks the implementation of one of the recommendations contained in the 2014 Oaks Estate master plan. I acknowledge the work done by the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate and thank the community for their participation in the master plan and in providing input in finalising the alignment of the trail.

This beautiful trail stretches for 2.4 kilometres along the Molonglo and Queanbeyan rivers and it gives visitors the opportunity to safely access the area’s heritage sites. I love walking, and especially bush walking around the ACT. It is rejuvenating and energising to get out, be active and enjoy our beautiful outdoors in a stunning setting.

We know that it is so important for our physical and mental health to walk, play and explore in nature. That is why paths such as the Oaks Estate trail are so valuable for our communities, particularly for those living in townhouses and units in the area.

Formalising the river path recognises the significance of this area for the Oaks Estate community as a place for walking, fishing and other recreational activities. We know that the trail is central to this community because, over the years, they have forged their own path by the river for these purposes.

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