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a prompt community response with other agencies effectively provided strong community protection that resulted in what could have been a major fire being contained in less than half an hour.

In addition to his CFU role, he is a trained environmental biologist with a legal studies background and more than 30 successful years in the public service. He has advised the Chief Scientist for Australia on climate change, energy, water and the environment. He has also worked as an accreditation auditor with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. As I said he is a trained biologist with a legal studies background and more than 30 years experience.

He has served on the ACT Fire & Rescue community fire units consultative committee for almost a decade, despite many personal tragedies. In particular, he set up the Dr Ella Rose Ormes Lichacz life future fund to raise awareness of diabetes and continuous glucose monitoring, more awareness of which may have saved the life of his daughter, who was a veterinary surgeon.

He is a long term and active member of the Greens. That is, of course, how I first met him. Wieslaw is a very dedicated and passionate man who cares very strongly about his environment and his community, and I congratulate him on receiving his medal, which was very well deserved.

Yerrabi events

Sri Lankan-Australian relations

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (6.44): Since the last sitting of this Assembly in March, I have had the pleasure of attending a number of events right across the electorate of Yerrabi. I rise this evening to provide an update on some of the fantastic things that have been happening in and around my electorate.

On 1 April I met students, staff and families at Kaleen Primary School and Harrison School at their annual school fetes. Both fetes had an abundance of food, art performances and activities for everyone to participate in. At Kaleen, the “dunk the principal” attraction seemed as popular as ever, and the peach pie from the cake stall was, in my own humble opinion, simply superb.

At Harrison, the pony rides were a favourite, to the point where my niece eventually decided the line was too long to wait, despite her initial interest, although I think her hesitation had more to do with riding a pony for the first time rather than the length of the queue. Congratulations to everyone from Kaleen primary and Harrison School who were involved in organising and facilitating the events.

On 11 April I had the pleasure of representing the Deputy Chief Minister at the opening of a new park in Moncrieff. All streets in Moncrieff are named after musicians, and the park was named in honour of two famous Australian musicians, Smoky Dawson and Peter Dawson, specifically recognising their contributions to the Australian music industry.

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