Page 1572 - Week 06 - Thursday, 2 July 2020

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There were photos attached. He continued:

We the parents, the house members and staff agree that the small section which is still soil, as well as the concrete protrusion, needs to be completely redone. Soil near concrete develops into a trip hazard over time, as well. With mobility and other disability issues, the potential for tripping is exacerbated. Smooth concrete, all level, is the only solution.

I wrote back to Mr Steel and again asked him, “Do you think that you could get the people together, come up with possibly $3,000 worth of concrete, and fix this once and for all before somebody falls over?” Yesterday I got this letter:

Dear Mrs Dunne,

Thank you for your email … on behalf of your constituent regarding accessibility for the government owned property … in Hughes. I apologise for the delay … TCCS officers are mindful of the issues facing residents living in supportive housing and endeavour to work with Housing ACT to manage a number of maintenance issues, however, responsibility for the maintenance of nature strips, including driveways, on leased land rests with the lessee.

A government agency, Madam Speaker. As we are seeing, after six months we have had no progress and the women who live in the L’Arche house are still subjected to a trip hazard because this government is so old and so tired that it cannot get its act together. (Time expired.)

Mrs Violet Bonnie Garner—tribute

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (6.39): I rise today to pay tribute to a remarkable resident from my electorate. Mrs Violet Bonnie Garner was born in Melbourne on 30 June 1920, which means that just this week she reached the extraordinary age of 100 years. Violet’s life history reveals much about who she is, as a strong and capable woman, at the same time as reminding us of our history as a nation. Her father, an Anzac, served as a stretcher bearer during the war, where he was twice shot and also gassed. The latter incident caused permanent damage to his lungs, leading to his premature death when Violet was only five years old.

Following that tragedy, Violet’s mother supported the family by going to work as a house cleaner, passing away 13 years later. At the tender age of 18 Violet found herself an orphan, living on her own. She moved into a boarding house and began an apprenticeship in tailoring, furthering skills she had already begun to develop a passion for during her schooling. Violet quickly became accomplished in her chosen career as a fully qualified tailoress and was much sought after to produce custom-made clothing for both women and men. Violet’s elder sister worked as a milliner, and Violet’s daughter likes to point out that by pairing their skills they were two of the best dressed women in 1940s Melbourne.

Violet married in her 20s and bore three sons and then a daughter. Sadly, two of her sons have already passed and she has been a widow for nearly 39 years now. At no

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