Page 3693 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr David Rymer

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for Regulatory Services, Minister for the Arts and Community Events and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (6.13): This afternoon I rise to pay tribute to Mr David Rymer. David worked tirelessly and selflessly to further the interests of seniors living in the ACT. I regret to inform the Assembly that David passed away on Friday, 14 July this year. I acknowledge the presence in the gallery of David’s family, friends and colleagues here this evening.

David served on the Ministerial Council on the Ageing for three years, providing high quality strategic advice to government on issues affecting seniors living in the ACT. In this role he was instrumental in the organisation of the territory’s age-friendly city seminar, as well as the first and second ACT older persons assemblies. It was through this work that the government was able to develop its ACT active ageing framework 2015-18, the ACT government’s current policy to continue developing Canberra into an age-friendly city.

David was also an active contributor to the ACT community through a number of other voluntary roles. He joined the Canberra Seniors Centre 10 years ago in the position of treasurer. He was elected president in 2009 and remained in this role, except for a short period time, until he passed away this year.

David was involved in the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra, where he served as treasurer, convened a London special interest group and spent considerable hours manning the library.

David was a member of the ACT Apple Users Group for nearly 30 years, providing free support for people using Apple computers in and around Canberra. He served as treasurer and committee member, taking an open university course in accounting to help set up the group’s bookwork practices.

In his earlier days, David was an active contributor to the Ginninderra High School P&C and the school’s board. He was recognised in 1981 for his untiring efforts over many years of service for the P&C, the school board and the high school.

David received a number of awards for his community service. In 1999 he was awarded a commonwealth recognition award for senior Australians for his significant contribution to the community of Canberra. In 2004, he was awarded an outstanding commitment award from the Council on the Ageing in recognition of his valued contribution over many years.

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