The following is a speech made by Steve Minnikin MP in Queensland Parliament sitting Thursday 23 August 2012.
Mr MINNIKIN (Chatsworth—LNP) (2.45 pm): It is with great pleasure I rise to support a wonderful Queensland organisation—The Tertiary PLACE based in MURARRIE in Brisbane’s east. The Tertiary PLACE provides creative and educational day programs for adults with disabilities by way of the continuance of postschool education. The organisation was founded by Nona Westenrieder and Angela Leneham—sisters who had a dream of providing lifelong opportunities for adults with disabilities following the acknowledgment of a lack of similar opportunities that are available to their non-disabled peers. Nona and Angela strived to provide a place where people with disabilities could access a tertiary education and continue formal learning. Thankfully for our South-East Queensland region, Nona and Angela achieved their dream and are able to create ‘authentic opportunities for people who have never been stars to take centre stage’.
Recently, I had the privilege of being invited by my colleague the member for Bulimba to participate in SportSTAR, an initiative of The Tertiary PLACE, that enables people with disabilities over the age of 16 to participate in a weekly sporting program. SportSTAR encourages participants to learn a new sport, better their skills at the sports they love, and improve their health and wellbeing—all the while doing so in a supportive and safe environment. SportSTAR is particularly crucial in facilitating a weekly social experience for participants. It also fosters strong connections in our community between individuals and our sporting and recreational clubs.
I was especially pleased to learn that SportSTAR is run from a fantastic Brisbane sports hub in my electorate of Chatsworth—the Clem Jones Centre at Carina. The key focus of SportSTAR is the breaking down of barriers for people with disabilities and empowering participants to realise their potential. A disability is not prohibitive to engaging in physical and social activities. In the last few weeks I have had the privilege of meeting with several families from my electorate, all of whom are supporting children or adults with disabilities. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge them and to thank them. As a member of the Newman government, I will work hard to ensure that the waste and debt we have inherited from the irresponsible former Labor government is reduced so that in the near future we may fund further disability services for our communities.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the member for Bulimba for inviting me to participate in SportSTAR and introducing me to the work of The Tertiary PLACE. I would like to acknowledge other colleagues of mine who attended on that day—the members for Greenslopes, Capalaba and Mansfield and the Assistant Minister for Sport, who all participated in a meet and greet. The basketball game was enjoyable, but we were no match for the guys from SportSTAR. I am extremely proud to stand in this House today and support The Tertiary PLACE and the fantastic opportunities it provides for people to take centre stage and realise their dreams.
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