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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Page: 14679


Ms GAMBARO (Brisbane) (13:43): I rise today to speak for the last time for the year in this chamber. I want to take this opportunity to briefly reflect on the achievements of the past 12 months. As everyone in this House would agree, this year has been a very busy one, including for me in the electorate of Brisbane. We have seen many projects funded and many issues fought. We secured $750,000 for the Brisbane Inner North's Sporting Community and more than $150,000 for ANZAC Centenary Local Grants. We also delivered $125,000 for a food van for OzHarvest for the homeless in Brisbane. We also delivered $5.4 million for a new gate to the Enoggera Barracks and $5 million was signed off for the Brisbane Broncos for the redevelopment of community sporting facilities.

When we are not here representing our constituents, we are in the electorates meeting with many of those constituents. This year I have had a total of 50 mobile offices and I have had hundreds of private constituent appointments. We have rolled out four Green Army projects, opened numerous buildings and witnessed Brisbane recover from being a flood-wrought city to a metropolitan destination thanks to a Liberal government. But the year has also produced many horrific events around the world and, in this devastation, we have seen our wonderful city galvanised to bond, not to battle. As we head towards Christmas, I have witnessed a sense of optimism for the future and for the economy.