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“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 February 2015 - Huge Turnout for Asian Cup
Canberra had the proud opportunity to be a part of the biggest football tournament ever staged in Australia by hosting seven games.
All matches had incredible turnouts at Canberra Stadium where during 82,000 people attended over the tournament.
The attendance at Asian Cup games once again demonstrated what a wonderful multicultural community we have here, not only across Australia, but also in Canberra, joining together as one and celebrating the love of sport and football.
Mary is well known to be a loud and proud football supporter, attending the majority of the games to show her support.
“It was an amazing experience to see China v North Korea and Iran v Iraq, these cultures and the traditions loudly supporting their teams at the Canberra Stadium and celebrating together after the games, Mary said.
“It was all brilliantly organised! I believe Canberra should be taking every opportunity to host more international championships in the future,
“It is not only is good for our economy, and tourism , but also our social cohesion,” Mary said.
For more information on the results of the Asian Cup and fixtures, please visit http://www.afcasiancup.com/
Pre-match celebrations at China v North Korea
From the Porter Report February 2015 - Farewell Friends
Recently Mary farewelled two fine citizens who have contributed so much to the community, attending Bede Tongs’ funeral on 27 January and Sylvie Stern’s on the following day.
Retired Captain Bede Tongs OAM MM died on 14 January after a battle with cancer. He was a veteran of World War II who served in Papua New Guinea nine times, including being decorated with the Military Medal for action on the Kokoda Track. Bede worked hard over the last few years to raise awareness of what happened at Kokoda. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2014.
Mary worked with Bede mainly in relation to his support of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
My condolences to Bede’s son Gary, all his family and his many friends.
More information regarding Bede can be read on http://kokodatrackfoundation.org/news/farewell-to-our-beloved-ambassador
Sylvie also died after a battle with cancer on 21 January. Mary knew Sylvie through her works at 2XX, where she had interviewed Mary several times. She was also very well known and loved by many in the arts community, and inspired many.
Mary also shared with Sylvie a love of domestic dogs and spent time with Sylvie at the ACT Domestic Animal Service, where Sylvie was a regular dog walker.
I want to express my condolences to Zoe, Sylvie’s partner, family and many friends.
From the Porter Report February 2015 - Hands in for Empowerment
Last month Mary cut the ribbon to officially open the new Hands In Cafe at ACT Basketball Centre in Oatley Court, Belconnen. The Hands In Cafe is a new and exciting venture that is the first of its kind in Canberra as it offers people with disability real work and real jobs.
The Cafe offers nationally recognised training along with real workplace experience to ensure they have the necessary abilities to move towards self employment and self empowerment.
“Education and real employment are significant, but this experience will greatly benefit those involved, as well as set them up for many opportunities in the future, Mary said.
“People with disabilities tend to be given ad hoc labour that is often hidden from society, which is disheartening to see. It is great to see that this cafe will be utilising the immense potential of all those involved, Mary said.
On the day Tara served everybody with a wonderful, healthy morning tea and well brewed coffee to order.
“If you enjoy a cup of coffee as much as I do, I encourage you to go to the Hands In Cafe and support this amazing initiative,” Mary concluded.
From the Porter Report February 2015 - Riding for Stroke Awareness
Last year Joshua Goyne, (Josh as he known as by his friends), set out to tackle a 679km ride from Canberra to Bourke Street, Melbourne, to raise money for stroke awareness in honour of his late grandfather who died from a number of strokes.
For a long time, Josh has been very busy promoting his cause and he has raised over $15,000 and plans to reach his goal of $20,000; he is still receiving donations after completing his ride last year.
“I have known Josh for many years now and I am extremely proud of his many achievements in many fields, Mary said.
“I cannot imagine the pressure he put on his body while enduring the 679 km ride, this just shows the passion and dedication Josh has for his cause,” Mary said.
To donate to Josh’s awareness campaign, please go to https://doit4stroke.everydayhero.com/au/barrysarmy