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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 August 2017) . . Page.. 2425 ..

I think it is fair to say that Canberra is a city of foodies. If you can make it here in the food industry you are doing pretty okay. Some would say that even more discerning foodies live in Melbourne. So for Ute Pikler to be head chef at several named Melbourne restaurants, she is doing more than okay. Canberra is the real winner here, though, because Ute has now opened her own restaurant, the well-regarded Vincent, in my own electorate in the suburb of Barton.

Hannah Wandel founded Country to Canberra in 2014, bringing young rural women to Canberra to connect them with female role models and mentors. She is a World Economic Forum global shaper, a UN Youth and Gender Equality Taskforce member and the youngest ever director of the National Rural Women’s Coalition.

Those of us in the Assembly and in ACT fitness circles would know that I am an enthusiastic fitness instructor and try to teach a class or two on the weekends. So I particularly admire and am in awe of some of our sportswomen. Ellie Brush is a qualified physiotherapist already recognised for her football talents as captain of the Canberra United women’s team and as an international women’s soccer star signed to a US team in Houston. If that was not enough, she also plays representative AFL.

We are proud to call Alison Plevey—dancer, choreographer and educator—originally from Western Australia, a Canberran who brings dance to non-traditional theatres and spaces and who recently founded the Australian Dance Party.

All these women, along with those that Ms Cheyne spoke about yesterday—Indigenous leader and Fulbright scholar Dr Jessa Rogers, boxer and proud Muslim woman Bianca “Bam Bam” Elmir, our lifestyle and social media influencers Gina Ciancio and Tanya Hennessy, and equality advocate Caitlin Figueiredo—are role models, not just for other women, not just for girls, but for our entire community.

Their talents are without question. Their commitment, their motivation and their resilience remind me that although I am privileged to be in a position of influence and leadership, it is women like these that give me inspiration to encourage the next generation of women leaders to strive for their goals. There are so many other inspiring Canberra women that could have been and should have been included in that list. To all of them I say thank you and keep doing what you are doing.

Missing Persons Week

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (6.30): This week is Missing Persons Week, an event to raise awareness of the significant issues and impacts associated with missing persons. Beginning in 1988, and now an annual event, Missing Persons Week seeks to reduce the incidence of missing persons in Australia and seeks to support those suffering from the impacts of missing a person.

Last Sunday I was privileged to attend the church service at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Ainslie to mark the launch of Missing Persons Week. The church service

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