Page 1031 - Week 03 - Thursday, 23 March 2017

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Due to recent health challenges, Mr Lawrance has decided to step down from his role as chair of the ACT ministerial advisory council on ageing. I wish to acknowledge his contribution as a member of the council since 2012 and more recently as chair. I extend my heartfelt thanks to him for the work he has done and the expertise he has provided.

As chair Mr Lawrance has presided over a council that provides strategic advice to government on the issues affecting older Canberrans. Under the leadership of Mr Lawrance, the council has consulted with seniors and with organisations to hear their concerns on how to best create an age-friendly and caring community. The ministerial advisory council on ageing engages with our community in a way that delivers outcomes for older Canberrans. The council’s recent achievements include an elder abuse community education campaign, a career check-up for mature workers, which provided information on recruiting and retaining older Canberrans in the workforce, and visits to aged-care facilities to hear concerns directly from residents on what they need to lead engaged lives.

This highlights the breadth of interest of Mr Lawrance and the council, from the strategic to the detail, from the policy advice to government to the interaction with the community. As chair of the ACT ministerial advisory council on ageing David Lawrance contributed his expertise and his knowledge to seniors advocacy with great passion and with strong commitment. This experience has been developed through Mr Lawrance’s career in a variety of spheres. He had a 26-year career in government working in Canberra, Darwin and offshore Australian territories. Mr Lawrance is also a former CEO of the ACT Tourism Commission, the Canberra Theatre Centre, the President of Palliative Care ACT and a mentor and friend to many, and more. We thank Mr Lawrance for this service of five years to the council and we wish him and his family well.


MS LEE (Kurrajong) (5.05): I rise this evening to speak about a fantastic organisation doing some amazing things for our community. TADACT, or Technical Aid to the Disabled ACT, is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation specialising in producing customised equipment and aids that are otherwise unavailable from commercial sources. These customised equipment aids benefit people with disabilities, older people and people recovering from accident or injury.

TADACT has been in operation in the ACT since 1979, nearly 40 years. Whilst not producing aids or equipment directly, TADACT has an impressive team of highly skilled and extremely creative volunteers, many of whom are retired engineers, industrial designers and other trained professionals who donate their time, equipment, workshops and energy to help create customised equipment or aids that are not commercially available.

Each piece of equipment that is produced is customised for individual need, and each piece of equipment or aid is the result of countless hours and a lot of love and care. As you can understand, Madam Deputy Speaker, this kind of dedication is pretty special

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