Homes Amendment Bill No.6 of 2016 - Second Reading Speech

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I also thank the Leader for the informative briefing. We must look after vulnerable Tasmanians. It appears this bill will provide more affordable homes for disadvantaged Tasmanians. While I accept there are still some concerns held by some community service providers, there have been a number of groups satisfied with the bill. Others have advised that the proposed amendments have satisfied their concerns. While I agree with other members that consultation could have been better, there appears to be clear purpose and intent with this bill. It still allows the ability for parliamentary scrutiny in the future. We do need more affordable housing in

Youngtown Primary School and the Glenara Lakes Aged Care Facility Partnership

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I am pleased to speak today about a wonderful intergenerational partnership in my electorate of Launceston - the relationship between Youngtown Primary School and the Glenara Lakes retirement village at Youngtown, which dates back to 2008. At that time the school was running an outdoor gardening program under the leadership of assistant principal Mario Bergamin and teacher assistant Debbie Shegog. The program aimed to teach the children about principles of landcare sustainability by showing them what is involved in growing vegetables in the garden to putting it on the plate to eat. At the same time, the Glenara Lakes residents were keen to create b

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