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First Anniversary of the Retirement Villages Legislation
The Retirement Villages Legislation has now been in place for just over 12 months. I would like to congratulate all who played a role in making the legislation a reality, and I welcome any feedback on how the legislation is working for you.
“Matters of Public Importance - Your Assembly @ Work”
“Matters of Public Importance - Your Assembly @ Work” is a newsletter produced by the Clerk of the ACT Legislative Assembly. It provides an overview of the most recent business of the Assembly in a brief but informative way. I would highly recommend the newsletter to all Canberrans interested in the business of the Assembly.
“Matters of Public Importance - Your Assembly @ Work” is available at http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-the-assembly/matters_of_public_impor....
Assembly @ Work” – The Legislative Assembly’s school newsletter
The Legislative Assembly’s school newsletter is an outstanding resource for educators in the ACT or for anyone wishing to learn more about the operations of the Assembly. The newsletter is produced by the Education Office of the Secretariat of the Assembly.
A copy of the newsletter is available at http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/learn-about-the-assembly/resources/scho...
From the Porter Report April 2014 - DAME QUENTIN
Recently Mary was invited to Government House to bid farewell to the former Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO.
Mary was invited to the farewell as a guest of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (ACT), for which she officiated twice last year on behalf of the ACT Government, and of which the Governor General was the national and ACT patron.
“I have met the former Governor-General on a number of occasions, as have other members of my family,” Mary said. “I can confirm that she is indeed a most gracious woman, and in my experience, remained most humble in that role.”
“As you all know, Dame Quentin was the 25th Governor-General of Australia, and the first female to hold the position. Before then she was the Governor of Queensland from 2003- 2008.”
Her long service to the Australian community has seen her appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988, and a Companion of the Order of Australia and Dame of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 2003.
“I take this opportunity to wish the former Governor General- Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO- well in whatever she and her husband- Mr. Michael Bryce AM AE- decide to do now. One thing is sure, their children and grandchildren very much appreciate having them back home!” Mary concluded.
Final report on my study tour to undertake research into legislation, and the regulation and administration of euthanasia in Switzerland, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Belgium
From the Porter Report April 2014 - A PLACE FOR MEN
Recently Mary attended the official opening of the Belconnen Community Men's Shed in Page.
The Shed is auspiced by the Mosaic Baptist Church in Belconnen, which donated the land beside their Community Centre in Page, on which the Shed is built.
In February 2011, a committee was formed to create a place where Men could meet and share their stories and skills with one another. Thanks to donations from industry, the Mosaic Baptist Church and members of the community, this project has finally come to completion.
“As you know, I’m a great supporter of community initiatives, and I’m glad to see this Shed has finally been completed and open for business,” Mary said.
“You will recall that in July last year I visited the Shed to see the progress being made, and to learn how the Men’s Shed Movement in Australia was making a difference for men, in particular in my electorate.
"I have really enjoyed following their journey, both on a personal level and as the local member,” she added. "This group of Canberrans demonstrate that with a spirit of determination one can make a difference, and it is really pleasing to see this opening day as the next step in the shed's journey.
“I congratulate Mr Gordon Cooper- the Shed manager, Mr Mark Quilligan- the Shed secretary, all the volunteers and everyone else who contributed in one way or another to make the Belconnen Community Men’s Shed a success.” Mary concluded.
For further information please visit www.Belconnenshed.com.au or contact the office on 6254-6565.
From the Porter Report April 2014 - DO PETS MATTER?
Mary recently made opening remarks at the “Keeping older people and their pets together: supporting older pet owners at home,” information session that was hosted by the Pets and Aged Care Steering Group, at the Hughes Community Centre.
The Pets and Aged Care Steering Group was formed in mid 2011 as a direct result of the “A Conversation on Pets and Aged Care” forum that Mary hosted at the ACT Legislative Assembly in May of that year.
The session talked about ways to support low income, older pet owners who face temporary medical and other crises. It looked at successful in-home pet support programs in communities around Australia and issues that need to be addressed.
“As you are aware, many older Canberrans will age at home; and for some, especially those who are socially isolated, a pet is their essential daily companion,” Mary said.
“However, when older people face temporary medical and other crises, a pet may be difficult to physically manage and they may risk the trauma of losing a beloved pet, and the pet facing an uncertain future. This is distressing for all involved,” she added.
The information session was addressed by Jan Phillips, Karen Schlieper, Dr. John Aspley-Davis, Heike Hanher and John Vilskersts; all who have vast experience in this area and all have been active in supporting the work of the steering committee.
The group was recently incorporated and is now known as Pets and Positive Ageing Inc.
“I congratulate the Pets and Positive Ageing Inc. on their incorporation and for keeping this important conversation going by hosting this forum,” Mary concluded.
From the Porter Report April 2014 - COMPASSION TO ACTION
Bike Culture on Nettlefold Street, Belconnen, in honour of Mr Bob Miller
Bob, a cyclist, retired lecturer from the University of Canberra and now a PhD candidate, is undertaking a 5000 km riding journey, from Perth to Sydney, to raise funds and promote awareness for a charity that aims to prevent exploitation of children and youth of the Hill Tribe people in Thailand.
Bob departed Hillarys Beach in Perth on Saturday 22, March, and will be riding for 57 days to arrive at Bondi on 17 May.
The final leg to Canberra will be on Saturday 24, March where he’ll ride from Lake George. He will be welcomed back to Canberra at a reception party of friends and well wishers at Gorman House Markets in Braddon
“Many of us see a serious issue like the plight of these children and young people and say someone should do something.
Bob has decided that he can do something and has put compassion into action,” Mary said. You can follow Bob on his blog at http://bobcycle.wordpress.com. For more information about the children and youth he hopes to assist, visit the Bridgeworks website at http://www.projectbridgeworks.com.
“I wish Bob all the best and look forward to welcoming him back in the ACT in May,” Mary concluded.
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