Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I think it is safe to say none of us here has any recollection of our time in utero during our mother's pregnancy or of our own births. The women and some of the men in this Chamber have clear and precious memories with the births of their own children, or even grandchildren if they were privileged enough to share such momentous events, as I have been on both counts. I can say with confidence a midwife is a key part of this memorable and life changing experience. This Thursday 5 May, midwives all across the world will be celebrating International Midwives Day 2022, embracing the theme 100 Years of Progress. This timely celebration will reflect on the progress in midwifery over the past 100 years.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I continue to be amazed by the talents of our local students, and their willingness to extend themselves, often well beyond their comfort zones, to perform on the stage for our enjoyment.
I was again fortunate to attend another wonderful high school musical production. On this occasion, Burnie High School's production of Sleeping Beauty - and who does not love a good fairytale - on Saturday 11 September at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - We hear a lot about placemaking these days, a process centred on the community's assets, focusing on its people and capitalising on their needs and aspirations with the aim of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness and wellbeing.
This process relies on strongly on community participation. Waratah-Wynyard Council has been doing some really wonderful work in this space in recent years and residents will be aware of a number of beautification projects taking shape, including improved walking tracks, more public art, beautiful seasonal garden tubs adorning the main street, and a new plaza complete with excellent facilities and beautiful public art in the town centre and almost opposite my office, which is lovely.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, an electorate familiarisation tour provides an opportunity for members to showcase their electorates on a rotational basis as a means of informing other members of some of the industries, businesses, enterprises, opportunities and challenges that form part of that electorate.
The electorate of Murchison is geographically large and diverse, and therefore impossible to cover in a few days. Consequently, King Island, a very important part of my electorate, needed a separate visit, which is important for members to understand.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I wish to pay my respects and acknowledge the passing of Vice Admiral Ian Donald George MacDougall, who passed away at the North West Regional Hospital on 1 July this year aged 82. Ian was a former submariner who rose to high ranks in the Royal Australian Navy and chose to retire to the town of Marrawah in the far north-west of my electorate. This was to be his final resting place.
He was laid to rest beside his wife, former journalist and television presenter, Sonia Humphrey, who died in 2011. It was reported that she laughed when she heard he had already organised burial plots for them
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, on 13 May 1885 the very first show was held at the historic Wynyard Showground in Jackson Street. The Wynyard Show continues to be held on the Saturday closest to 15 March each year. This show is one of Tasmania's oldest remaining centenary shows and it still retains its classic country feel, welcoming over 4000 visitors each year.
These are uncertain times for agricultural shows everywhere, but even more uncertain due to COVID-19. Next year's show is scheduled for 13 March 2021 and, all being well, it will be the 133rd show. Incidentally, the 2020 show was the last event I attended before the COVID-19 lockdown and even then it was apparent things were likely to change rapidly.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, in my contribution on Wednesday 3 June I recognised many longstanding businesses in Circular Head and I did not have time to name them all. As is often the case, you miss some because there are so many. I would, therefore, like to expand on the list of long-established small and medium businesses in Circular Head and further acknowledge as many as I can, knowing that I still may miss some. There are so many.
As previously stated, I had intended to make that contribution some time ago and had missed the opportunity, so some of the owners have changed and some businesses have had a name change, even in this time.
Mr President, I had intended to make this contribution earlier this year or even late last year but missed the opportunity. Since then, the lives and livelihoods of so many people have been turned upside down, none more so than the many in small-to-medium businesses and those employed in those businesses.
We all know these businesses drive the economy in many regions in Tasmania. They employ people of all ages, often providing the first opportunity for employment of young people in our regions and they boost the local economy in a number of ways. These businesses also often use local suppliers to support their business, adding value and benefit to the whole region.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, late last year, a community-minded and exceptional local football club won the Good Sports Club of the Year for 2019. The Redpa Football Club from far north-west Tasmania in my electorate of Murchison was crowned Good Sports Club of the Year. The club received this award for inspiring positive change and building a healthy family-friendly club. They received $1000 to mark their achievement.
To receive this honour, clubs have to demonstrate their commitment to building healthy and inclusive environments, where members look to work for each other in the areas of alcohol and tobacco management, safe transportation, healthy eating, mental health and positive spectator behaviour.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) Mr President, Live Well Tasmania is a not-for-profit community organisation based in Wynyard. Its mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of our community with a focus on disadvantaged youth. It uses a whole-of-community wellbeing approach.
It provides programs, projects, workshops and events in the community hub located in central Wynyard, just around the corner from my office. As noted on its website, Live Well Tasmania's vision statement is contributing to a world where everyone can achieve wellbeing. Its mission is helping youth in poverty achieve wellbeing. Its strategy is 'using research, evidence-based activities, collective impact (using partnerships to achieve joint goals) and the power of community'.
Ms FORREST - Mr President, I was caught up in a demonstration outside Parliament House this morning when I was already running late after having some medical assessments and then having my driveway blocked by a builder from next door. Feeling somewhat frustrated I got caught up in the protest outside, which denied my access to the building, which we know is actually illegal. It was interesting because it gave me the opportunity to speak about what I am speaking about now, with the protesters there and the media in attendance. I will continue my presentation on the basis that I have already talked a bit about it.
SPECIAL INTEREST MATTERS Tuesday 17 September, 2019
Ms FORREST - Mr President, recently I visited Epiroc's Tasmanian operations in Camdale near Burnie. Epiroc is an international company based in Stockholm, Sweden, with its Australian headquarters in Perth, Western Australia. It is an industrial company created in 2018 when it was split off from Atlas Copco, a company founded in 1873 in Stockholm. The company makes mining and infrastructure with manufacturing plants all around the world, including Sweden, the United States, Canada, China and India.
Ms FORREST - Mr President, I recently attended a reception to celebrate the return of some historic items to Queenstown, including a beautiful necklace previously owned by Marion Sticht, the wife of Robert Sticht, a former mine manager for Mount Lyell mine. Robert Carl Sticht worked for the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company, initially as a metallurgist and later as a manager, from 1895 to 1921.
Marion Oak Staige and Robert were both born in the United States and left for their new home of Queenstown, Tasmania shortly after marrying in 1895. Marion and Robert Sticht were important figures and community leaders in Queenstown.
Mr President, in Tasmania we have just enjoyed Ten Days on the Island. This year's event was held over three weekends, with four days in the north-west, three in the north and three in the south, with some installations extended across that period.
I acknowledge the fantastic work of CEO Jane Haley, Creative Producer Vernon Guest, and Artistic Director Lindy Hume, who were supported by the board under chair Saul Eslake.
In five minutes I cannot possibly do justice to the amazing program so I will mention a few events from each region. I hope all members took the opportunity to attend some of the events of Ten Days. The events were structured to maximise on other events in the state and international events, including International Women's Day.
SPECIAL INTEREST MATTERS Tuesday 20 November, 2018
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, the Wynyard Tulip Festival is held annually to celebrate spring, and the amazing colour of our Wynyard landscape continues to go from strength to strength. This bold display of colour is the highlight for people travelling to and from Wynyard airport as they fly over Table Cape and see the amazing display from the air. The success and growth of this festival is in no small part pretty much down to one person - Chantelle French, the Community and Events Officer at Waratah-Wynyard Council.
SPECIAL INTEREST MATTERS Tuesday 18 September, 2018
Ms FORREST - Mr President, my electorate certainly has some very good sportspeople and I am going to speak about another one now.
Honourable members might recall me speaking about the world-class and internationally recognised Wynyard Yacht Club in the past, noting the amazing achievements of the club and some of the individuals involved in the club. Today I particularly note the incredible achievements of Chris Symonds and his coach and sailing partner, Mike Darby. For those who do not know, Chris has serious mobility challenges due to advancing motor neurone disease and relies on a mobility scooter to get around.
SPECIAL INTEREST MATTERS Tuesday 18 September, 2018
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, the mission of Big hART as stated on its website is -
'It's harder to hurt someone if you know their story.' Our work sheds light on invisible stories, bringing hidden injustice into the mainstream. These stories make it harder to hurt someone - on an individual, community and policy level. Our work demands best practice, and we strive for generational change.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, it is with great excitement I speak about The 2018 Unconformity. Members will recall me speaking about this amazing arts and heritage festival that is held every two years in Queenstown on our beautiful west coast. The Unconformity is a contemporary arts festival exploring the paradoxes of Queenstown, a small mining community in the electorate of Murchison on our wild and mountainous west coast.
Ms FORRESTNext (Murchison) - Mr President, I speak today about a festival based on the north of the state, in Launceston. I encourage all members to come and experience what I know will be a great event, from 5 to 9 September 2018. I declare an interest in this festival, being a member of the board of Junction.
To give a little of Junction's history, the Junction Arts Festival was first presented as a one‑off event annexed to the 2010 Regional Arts Australia National Conference - Junction 2010 - which was hosted and organised by the Tasmanian Regional Arts in Launceston.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, an abundance of research highlights the importance of play in children's development and learning across all cultures, particularly in the years from birth to eight years. Many experts in the area believe it is impossible to disentangle children's play, their learning and their development. Of course, play does not happen in a vacuum. It is usually undertaken within a physical and social space and after the age of four to five, much of this play occurs within the school environment.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I recently attended one of my favourite pastimes, a musical production at a high school in my electorate. This time it was Marist Regional College's production of High School Musical.
All involved in this great production did an incredible job. The energy was palpable and the opening night went off without a hitch. I thoroughly commend all who took part in this production, including the almost 90 students involved as actors, musicians and backstage and front of house staff. They have been working on this show for eight months, with rehearsals three times a week until more recently, when they had rehearsals every second day in their own time.