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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 5 June 2019) . . Page.. 2176 ..

I specifically want to talk about one group that won an award on the night, the What’s Your Reality volunteer team, who won the 2019 innovation award. The What’s Your Reality volunteer team was a partnership between Calwell High School, the YWCA Clubhouse and the ACT Parks and Conservation Service. I am very pleased that some members of that volunteer team are here tonight. Welcome to your Assembly, and thank you for coming.

The team members of What’s Your Reality volunteered their time to become topic experts in producing nature-based virtual reality. Specifically, their mission was to bring VR to people with a disability. I quote a report from the Canberra Weekly:

Students worked with YWCA and Parks to plan, film and produce the content, which showcases experiences and locations that may be inaccessible for people with a disability. The virtual reality experience was showcased to 40 young people with muscular dystrophy in December last year. Once “inside” the VR each participant fell silent as they were lost in the adventure. Staff and carers watched as a room full of wheelchairs was brought to life through VR.

I am so pleased that this project won recognition with an award at the volunteering awards. The target group for this VR project is a group for whom accessing the Tidbinbilla nature reserve would otherwise be difficult, if not impossible. Thank you to each and every one of you who took part in the What’s Your Reality volunteer team. Thank you for your kindness, your generosity, your effort and your innovation. Thank you for your work to make sure that VR is available to everyone in the Canberra area.


MADAM SPEAKER: I echo the welcome from Ms Lawder. It is good to see our community folk come in and visit the Assembly. Well done, team.


Budget—Yerrabi electorate

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (6.02): I rise this evening to highlight the significant investments that this Labor government is making in my electorate. The 2019-20 ACT budget will continue to deliver on ACT Labor’s commitment for great local public schools, particularly in Gungahlin. I was thrilled to join Minister Berry in announcing that new schools will be built in Throsby and Kenny and existing schools will be expanded, with new student places at Franklin Early Childhood School, Gold Creek Senior School and Gungahlin College.

As we all know, Gungahlin has the highest rate of population growth in the ACT and has one of the highest rates of population growth in the country. In fact, population forecasts show the suburbs of Moncrieff, Taylor, Jacka, Kenny and Throsby will welcome 2,300 new children by 2028. It is important that we accommodate this rapid growth with appropriate infrastructure and services that the community needs now and into the future.

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