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Dear Ginninderra residents
It has now been more than a decade since you first elected me as one of your ACT Legislative Assembly Members.
One of the roles I have enjoyed most is the time I have been able to spend at my mobile offices at local shopping centres, during which I had the opportunity of meeting many of you. Meeting and holding conversations with you in person helped me to understand the issues that are of concern to you and your families. I am pleased that as a result of these conversations I have been able to help resolve some of the issues that you raised directly with me.
It has also been very gratifying, and humbling, that over time so many of you have come by just to thank me when I have been able to make a difference or simply to say Hi.
Unfortunately due to some health issues, I’ll have to suspend my scheduled mobile offices until further notice. This however does not mean that I am unreachable. I encourage you to contact me through either this website, my email firstname.lastname@example.org, call my office on 6205 0100 or through my tweeter account @MaryPorterMLA, should you have any issues that you believe I may be able to help with.
“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 August 2015 - Second End of Life Forum
Recently Mary hosted a second End of Life Forum at the ACT Legislative Assembly as part of her ongoing efforts to provide the community with an appropriate space to discuss end of life issues. The Forum, attended by many members of the community, was an effective platform for well-informed discussions that produced many recommendations for the ACT Government.
The forum was addressed by keynote speaker Dr Wendy Bonython, an Associate Professor in law at the University of Canberra who holds a PhD in molecular medicine and a Juris Doctor degree in law.
“The objective of this second forum was to open up the conversation to a wider section of the community to promote a continued discussion around end of life issues, Mary said.
“The varied views and opinions of the community members who attended not only created much-needed respectful debate, but also helped to broaden the views of many and better inform the community of the multitude of factors impacting the end of life, Mary said.
“The discussions produced recommendations which all aim to respect individuals and positively continue this important conversation,” Mary concluded.
From the Porter Report August 2015 - Students’ Ride on Track
Recently Mary officially opened a new bike skills track at Charnwood-Dunlop School in conjunction with the Ride or Walk to School initiative. The bike skills track was developed by the students’ leadership team as a response to students wanting more outdoor activity and, at the same time, incorporating their keen interest in bikes.
The track has been designed by local contractor, Darren Stewart of Makin’ Trax, while the landscaping was installed by local company, Out and About Landscaping.
“Importantly the track will be open for other schools to utilise and open after hours for the community to use as a whole, Mary said.
“Schools are a focal point for any local community. This project brings together students and teachers, in partnerships with surrounding schools, community and business organisations and the local community, Mary said.
“Thank you to all at Charnwood-Dunlop School who have made possible this valuable community gift,” Mary concluded.
From the Porter Report August 2015 - Students Pushing the Environment Boundary
Recently Mary attended the 2015 ACT Schools Constitutional Convention which provided invaluable experience to year 11 students in becoming better leaders and more adept thinkers and speakers.
The Convention, themed environmental issues, allowed students to explore contemporary constitutional issues, research the importance of the Australian Constitution to Australian democracy and debate contemporary Australian political issues.
“It was a lovely day filled with such bright-minded students speaking on important environmental issues, Mary said.
“Conventions such as these provide a valuable platform for students to further their knowledge and I wish all participating students good luck with their future endeavours,” Mary said.
From the Porter Report August 2015 - Technology Gives Hope
Recently Mary attended the Royal Society for the Blind and the Canberra Blind Society (RSB CBS) Overview launch of adaptive technology. The event is an annual expo that demonstrates technology that is specifically designed to enable people who are blind or have low vision to be independent and safe at home, to participate in the work place and in their community, playing an important part in assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision to lead the lives they choose.
The expo showcased lighting and magnifiers, hand-held GPS systems, daisy players, portable note-takers, Braille displays, stand-alone scanning devices, prodigi vision assistants and many more pieces of adaptive technology in their annual showcase.
“It amazes me how technology has come such a long way to where it can now offer some blind and visually impaired people support for interacting with other people and objects, Mary said.
“I encourage all to keep thinking big as you never know whether you come up with the next big thing to assist others,” Mary said.
From the Porter Report August 2015 - Volunteers Provide a Lifeline
Recently Mary attended the ACT Lifeline Volunteer Dinner to thank over 250 dedicated volunteers who volunteer their time to support Lifeline in providing their amazing 24/7 assistance to those in need.
The Christmas in July themed night was full of festivities, including dance performance from Casablanca Enterprises. The night ended with everyone receiving a small present from under the Christmas tree.
The ACT Lifeline Volunteer Dinner recognised the outstanding and extensive work of Lifeline volunteers and celebrates their dedication to such a successful and unfortunately vital service.
“As a former President of Volunteering Australia and CEO of Volunteering ACT, I recognise the important role volunteers play in our community. I particularly recognise the remarkable assistance Lifeline provides to people living with mental health issues and others overcoming adversity, Mary said.
‘The contribution of volunteers to the ACT community and surrounding areas is vital glue that binds and strengthens our community, yet often goes unrecognised. This is why the ACT Lifeline Volunteer Dinner was such a great event.’ Mary said.