I draw the House’s attention to the upcoming Tuggeranong Community Festival, of which I am patron. The festival is one of the many community festivals held in my electorate. The Tuggeranong festival began in 1988 as a small gathering and is the longest running event of its kind in the ACT. The festival is a free event for the community, organised by an army of dedicated volunteers, particularly Michael Lindfield and Jill Faulkner. The festival aims to bring the diverse Tuggeranong community together, recognise local citizens who have made a valuable contribution to the community, develop long-lasting partnerships between the local members of the community and between local groups and businesses and raise awareness of the vast array of sporting, artistic, civic and cultural opportunities open to those who live in the Tuggeranong Valley.
The festival will be held over three days, beginning this Friday night with the Streetlight Soiree, a street party with multicultural foods, street stalls and rides and amusements. Tuggeranong’s buildings will also be lit up with moving images as part of the Street of Lights display. The festival will also include the Leonid Film Awards, which recognise Tuggeranong’s young short-film makers and gives them the opportunity to have their films seen on the screen for the very first time. These are only some of the many highlights of what I am sure will be a great weekend. I would like to detail all the events but the sheer number of them prevents me. It is a testament to the vibrancy of the Tuggeranong community. I pay tribute to those who have volunteered to organise this festival, and I am proud to be patron.