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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...
You are warmly invited to attend an information session
Keeping older people and their pets together: supporting older pet-owners at home.
Presented by the Pets and Aged Care Steering Group
Thursday 27 March 2014 from 10 am-12 noon-
Hughes Community Center,Hughes Shops, ACT
RSVP to email@example.com or02 62731054 (leave a message)
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 February 2014 - COMMUNITY FEEDBACK
The Riverview Group has opened their shopfront at the Kippax Shops and it is now open to visitors to come and have a look the proposed developments in West Belconnen.
Mary attended a community feedback session on Saturday morning and encourages other interested members of the community to come along and have their say on the project. It is a good opportunity for the community to give feedback and have input into the planning of their suburb, in the early stages of the project.
Also, the Riverview Group will shortly commence community consultation looking at how the existing Kippax Centre can provide for a growing population.
Community Feedback Sessions on the Kippax Centre are being held on Thursday the 27 March from 3.30pm – 6.30pm and Saturday the 29 March from 10am – 1pm. Or you can drop into the shopfront during business hours. Project updates are also available online and you can register to receive more information at http://talkwestbelconnen.com.au/register-interest/
From the Porter Report February 2014 - CAT AWARDS COME TO TOWN
On Saturday 23 February the Canberra and Area Theatre Awards were held at Llewellyn Hall. The Awards are a chance to promote live theatre and recognise outstanding talent from across the region. Mary, speaking as patron of the awards, was pleased to announce this year’s Professional Development Scholarship winner.
“Last year I established the Mary Porter Professional Development Scholarship and this year we received almost twenty nominations and the decision about who to select was a most difficult one. I want to thank both Coralie Wood and Stephen Pike who assisted me in the process” Mary said.
The winner, Thomas Walsh, is well known to the CAT Family, having been nominated for a number of CAT awards over the last seven years- including Best Newcomer in a School or youth musical, Best Lighting Design for a Play and Best Youth Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.
Thomas has been performing since the age of six and during that time he has been nurtured by the longstanding CAT member company, the Bay Theatre Players. With their help and support, he has been accepted by NIDA to study production.
Mary acknowledged the courage of young people pursuing a career in theatre, saying “Since I became involved in the CAT Awards more than a decade ago, I have always been inspired to see the many young people who got their start in professional theatre by winning a CAT award and, as you know, many of them say that winning that award is what gave them the confidence to seek to pursue a career in the professional theatre.
There would be few, if any, more difficult careers to choose, and I am full of admiration for those young people who do make the decision to follow their dream.” A very excited Mr Walsh gave a gracious acceptance speech to a packed house. No doubt his is a name to watch out for.
From the Porter Report February 2014 - WELCOMING UC’S NEW CHANCELLOR
At the National Press Club on Thursday 20 February, Mary joined a diverse contingent of media, academics and dignitaries in witnessing the installation of Dr Tom Calma AO as Chancellor of the University of Canberra.
During his address to the national press club Dr Calma outlined his vision for the Tertiary Education sector and greater participation by Indigenous Australians.
His 2005 Social Justice Report laid the foundation for the Close the Gap Campaign; a collaboration of some 40 Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian health and human rights groups. Dr Calma takes over the role of Chancellor of UC at a time when the university is expanding rapidly and pushing for both academic and research world rankings. You can watch the full video story by UC at http://www.canberra.edu.au/monitor/2013/april/26-tom-calma.
From the Porter Report March 2014 - CANBERRA UNITED
On Sunday 23, February Mary attended the end of season function for Canberra United. The team narrowly missed out on a grand final berth, going down to Brisbane Roar in the semi-final.
During their impressive season, Canberra conceded just 8 goals in 12 regular season games. Defensive players featured prominently in the awards, including American recruit, Kendall Fletcher (pictured above), who won the Players’ player award.
The team finished on top of the table at the end of the season, a result of their hard work on and off the field. The 2014-15 season is shaping up to be a good one as the W-league continues to grow. In the meantime, the Canberra roster has earned a well deserved, albeit short, off-season.
The three players selected for national duties will have the chance to hone their skills at the very highest level and represent Canberra with pride; bringing back valuable international playing experience.
Mary congratulated the team, CEO Heather Reid and her support staff on a great season, and looked forward to cheering them on next season. Details of fixtures can be found at http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/canberraunited
Mary with Kendall Fletcher, the Canberra United Players-Player for 2013/14
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