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these volunteer groups provides critical capabilities, enabling the ESA and ACT Policing to care for and protect the ACT community, making it one of the safest communities in the world.

Since my appointment as minister, I have continued the work of my predecessors in attending regular meetings with volunteer groups and paying close attention to the issues and concerns they raise. I am keenly aware of the diverse and important roles volunteers undertake in our community. The time and energy they spend working and training alongside our professional services is to be commended.

I have been privileged to be involved in a number of events this week which recognise the significant contributions our volunteers provide to our community. On Monday, I attended the volunteering awards with the minister. We supported the nomination of both the ACT Rural Fire Service training team in the volunteer team of the year award category and the AFP’s volunteer in policing team in the Canberra choice category.

While the ACT RFS did not take out their award, I would like to congratulate them on their nomination and the excellent work they do in ensuring that our ACT Rural Fire Service volunteers are well trained in protecting life, property and the environment. And I was delighted to congratulate the volunteers in policing team when they took out the Canberra choice category for the third year in a row. Yesterday I had the privilege of honouring volunteers at the ACT Rural Fire Service awards ceremony which recognised long service and the chief officer’s commendations. I want to read into the record my appreciation of the work that Simon Leigh has done, and Pat Marley, who has written a book on Rural Fire Service work over many years in Canberra.

In closing, I would like to say to every one of our volunteers: thank you. Thank you for the selfless contributions you make to delivering the critical services that keep us safe.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Utilities (Streetlight Network) Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (10.50): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I present to the Assembly the Utilities (Streetlight Network) Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. Members would be aware that since late 2015 the government has embarked on an overhaul of the management of the territory’s streetlight network. This has included undertaking an extensive procurement process for streetlight

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