Page 5489 - Week 14 - Thursday, 30 November 2017

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site and to see something happening. This year I have been advocating very strongly for this to happen and meeting with the developer because, as much as government has a role and we have been investing in Giralang through the park and going out and speaking to people so that it is the community’s park, the developer does have responsibility for the site and it is up to the developer to bring forward a proposal.

Having met with him a number of times this year to convey the wishes of the Giralang community to see action on this, I am very pleased to say that he has announced a start to a consultation. On Tuesday, 5 December at 6 pm, at the community house in Giralang, he will be meeting with the community to have a chat to them about not only their vision for the suburb but also his vision and how those two can be brought together. I encourage everyone to go along. This is not going to be fixed by one person alone; we all need to work together—the community, the government and the developer—so that, hopefully, we can get some movement and get shops for Giralang once and for all. That is my wish for Christmas. Hopefully, it will come true.


MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (6.47): As the mood lighting descends upon the Assembly, I rise this evening to extend my best wishes for the festive season to you, Madam Speaker, to all colleagues in this place and of course to the broader Canberra community.

I particularly extend my thanks and warm wishes to the staff of the Assembly for their assistance in the daily business of this place. Making this place function effectively is no mean feat. I take this opportunity tonight to thank each and every member of the Assembly staff for the work that they do.

I particularly single out Max, though, for many years of dedicated service. I am not sure that you have seen a St Kilda premiership in any of your years in this place. I wish you all the best in that endeavour in a post-Assembly life. I do note that the mighty Hawks have won four premierships in my time in here. We will not talk about other wins. Max, thank you. We wish you all the very best for the future.

This year, 2017, has been a very busy and productive one. The government has gotten on with the job of doing what Canberrans asked us to do. We are not here to mind the shop; we are here to enact progressive policies, the progressive policies that we took to the 2016 election. This is a very appropriate time to thank each and every member of the ACT Labor parliamentary team for their tremendous efforts this year in working to enact the policies that we took to the election. I also thank our partners in government, Minister Rattenbury and Ms Le Couteur. The parliamentary agreement is functioning well.

As I regularly point out, inside and outside this Assembly, Canberra is the best place in the world to live. It has been very gratifying and reaffirming to see our city recognised in so many ways in recent times. We are a positive and progressive place. Things happen here. I am proud that more and more people are recognising what is on offer in Canberra.

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