Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I believe lifelong learning and personal and professional development are important in all professions and workplaces. We all come to parliament with our own life experience, background and knowledge from prior professions and community involvement. None of us comes with a complete set of skills and knowledge of all the areas we are called on to consider in our roles here.
Ms FORREST (Murchison ) - Mr President, on 17 November the Governor, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner presented the 2018 Tasmanian Australian of the Year Award to an amazing north-west coaster, Scott Rankin. Scott and his family live in Boat Harbour. I am proud to have a man of such vision, compassion, talent and respect for others living in my electorate.
Ms FORREST (Murchison ) - Mr President, I recently attended the dedication opening of the Mount Lyell Disaster Memorial Park. The sculpture is a work of art and a credit to all involved, as well as being an appropriate memorial of a truly tragic event. The memorial provides a place for reflection and remembrance. The Mount Lyell disaster of 1912 was caused by an underground fire where smoke and lack of oxygen killed 42 men.
Ms FORREST (Murchison ) - The Balfour Correspondent is a beautiful book that takes us back to a time when Balfour was a busy mining town in the early 1900s. I have a copy of the book here if anyone would like to look at it.
Mr President, those who are friends of mine on Facebook would know last Friday to Sunday I attended an outstanding festival - The Unconformity in Queenstown. Honourable members will also recall I spoke about this festival a few weeks ago, encouraging others to go. Those who did not missed out on a world‑class event with world‑class entertainment.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, in recent times we have heard much of the challenges facing the west coast of Tasmania in terms of mining closures and the tragic loss of life of three mine workers and the significant loss of employment.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - question to Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council, Dr Goodwin.
Under the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Act 2013, a special advisory committee was established. When this act was repealed in 2014, a ministerial statement announced the establishment of a ministerial council on forestry.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, as you did early in the week, I acknowledge Bronte Charles in the Chamber. She is a work experience student from St Aloysius Catholic College who has had had the opportunity to work with me during this week, but more importantly to meet a range of other staff and become aware of the facilities and services provided around the Parliament.
Ms Forrest(Murchison) - Mr President, I have no doubt that all members support and are aware of the value of lifelong learning. After all, that is what we do every day in our roles here. I know I learn something every day, making it a very good day indeed. It is important to promote and support lifelong learning opportunities within our electorates and throughout the state.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, last year I spoke about the Wynyard Yacht Club being named Yachting Australia's Club of the Year, winning the award over much bigger and better resourced clubs around Australia.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I wish to speak briefly on adjournment to acknowledge the significant achievements of some Tasmanian sportspersons, in particular Richie Porte. Richie Porte achieved an amazing win in very tricky conditions in the Paris-Nice on Sunday. This young Tasmania has indeed done us proud and we may see him on other podiums in the future, possibly even the Tour de France.