Page 1770 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 May 2017

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Six Degrees Cafe

Pegasus Riding for the Disabled open day

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (7.22): I want to take the opportunity this evening during the adjournment debate to let the Assembly know of a new social enterprise cafe called Six Degrees, which has opened up at the Black Mountain School.

It is a new cafe that is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm. It is open to the public and you can get along and support this great initiative. It is an opportunity to train and certify young people who are learning and living with a disability. It helps them to get an opportunity to gain future employment and also volunteer work. Six Degrees is located inside the school grounds of the Black Mountain School, on Cockle Street, O’Connor. I can attest that the coffee is actually a decent brew. People should get along as much as they can to support these young people in gaining qualifications and getting a chance for a future life.

I also want to recognise Pegasus Riding for the Disabled. It is something that I have known about, growing up in west Belconnen, for most of my life. In fact, as a young person, like a lot of the young people that went to school around my neighbourhood, we had the chance to volunteer there, to get to meet the other volunteers that worked there, and work alongside some of the people there who were getting support through having an opportunity to interact and engage with horses.

It is such a great and important part of our community, and it was great to see Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith there as well, enjoying a crepe. They were also getting support from the model railway association who were there, and who were also very keen to get involved in the future light rail, and looking at how that will progress in the ACT. They are looking forward to having their own light rail, as part of their model railway display at Kaleen school.

Once again, I encourage members to drop by Black Mountain School’s new social enterprise cafe, Six Degrees, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm. Not only will they get a decent coffee to start their day but they will also be supporting some young people with a disability and helping them to gain future employment and volunteer work.

Conflict Resolution Service

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (7.25): I wish to say a few words today in support of Conflict Resolution Service, an organisation that for more than 30 years has provided an invaluable service to the ACT community and economy by providing alternative methods for dispute resolution.

Alternative dispute resolution approaches are a well-tested way of managing conflicts and are becoming standard practice across Australia. They are cost effective and often

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