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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 1 August 2017) . . Page.. 2217 ..

old-fashioned in the most positive way, with a strong sense of public spirit and community mindedness. Rob tells me that Val would recount the days when his family ran a garage and towing service from the Tharwa village. He would talk about his days working on the land and his experiences as a firefighter. He looked back on his idyllic life growing up in Tharwa and what he and his family had done in that community.

He often despaired, says Rob, at what was seen by others as social progress but to him was unnecessary complexity, bureaucracy and hindrance. He cherished a time when things were simpler, when government was less intrusive and when you built your future without reliance on a government handout. Rob would prepare him for sitting days, taking him through the notice papers and daily programs, with Val shaking his head in despair at all of the procedure and paperwork. For Val, all you had to do was get on with the job. He embraced any opportunities to help constituents and was passionate whenever there was a chance to advocate for Tharwa.

My deepest sympathies go out to all those who were close to Valentine Jeffery. Val Jeffery, you touched many people and you positively influenced many lives. Thank you for being uniquely you.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: I understand that it is the wish of the Assembly, as a mark of respect for Mr Jeffery, to suspend until the ringing of the bells.

At 10.40 am the sitting was suspended until the ringing of the bells.

The bells having been rung, Madam Acting Speaker resumed the chair at 10.49 am.


The following petitions and e-petitions in the same terms were lodged for presentation:

Community facilities—Farrer—petitions 13-17 and 16-17

By Mr Steel, from 161 and 379 residents respectively:

Petition 13-17

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that there has been limited investment in the Farrer, or adjacent suburbs, community facilities for a long time. Specifically, the community lacks facilities such as a playground, basketball court or skate park, amenities block, seating, barbecue facilities, fitness equipment, safe access to the shops for elderly or children and associated facilities such as lighting and paths.

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