Page 4907 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 27 November 2018

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This is not to discount the role of other team members, my lovely wife and son, the amazing volunteers and supporters we have and, of course, the community I represent.

Yerrabi really does provide me with inspiration each and every day. It is because of those hardworking individuals, the families, the business owners and the vulnerable people who need a voice that I do what I do. This year, 2018, has been the season of consolidating, of implementing the lessons from my first year and building a vision and pathway to keep representing Yerrabi all the way to be in government in 2020.


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 Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (6.35): I begin tonight by thanking my local community in West Belconnen and Belconnen more broadly and my electorate of Ginninderra for their continued support. I look forward to catching up with some of my neighbours and friends during the festive season.

I also want to acknowledge and thank my family, who do not see as much of me as they would like. I thank them for being there regardless. I would also like to acknowledge and thank my team in my office, as well as the DLOs, all of the staff of all the other offices, the Assembly staff, everybody who has supported us throughout the year and, in particular, my Labor colleagues, for their friendship and support in what has been a considerably busy year for the ACT government. I wish you all a very safe and happy end of year celebration.

I also want to take the chance to acknowledge and thank two people who have done some wonderful things for people in our community. They have done some amazing stuff in supporting people who have needed it most in our community, I think everyone will agree.

First I want to acknowledge and thank Dira Horne, former CEO of Belconnen Community Service, who has been a great woman leader with a passion for building a strong community of service providers, particularly in Belconnen. I appreciated her support and our work together in building the local services network in Belconnen. This initiative will leave a lasting legacy for Belco residents. I thank Dira very much for her commitment and passion for this work and all of her work with Belconnen Community Service.

I also want to acknowledge and thank Chris Redmond of Woden Community Service, whose compassion and deep empathy for others is such that he would often put their needs ahead of his own. He is a wonderful advocate, someone whose ideas and advice I have very much valued.

I acknowledge and thank them and wish them well on behalf of the ACT government, as well as from me personally, for their advocacy, their friendship and their generosity with advice. I wish them both all the very best for whatever the future holds.

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