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Falklands : Motion for Adjournment Speech by the Honourable Mr Gavin Short, MLA
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 24.04.2014 (Article Archived on 29.05.2014)

Mr Speaker, Honourable members, I actually leap to my feet with joy in my heart today.

Motion for Adjournment Speech by the Honourable Mr Gavin Short, MLA

Mr Speaker, Honourable members, I actually leap to my feet with joy in my heart today. When I was first re-elected I remember some of my Colleagues sitting down in this little group and saying in this House we shall not repeat what has been said before, we shall not make comment on it. And today I hear each one of us merrily breaking that. And I am happy because right from the start I did not believe in curtailing the freedom of speech in this House which was what was being done so I hope that this long continues in this vein.

First of all I am going to join in in breaking the rules. I only have a meagre amount but on the budget I am probably a bit more chilled than some of those that spoke before so being an old hand I have seen this. In my very first budget session I came out of the first day very much suicidal – thinking we were doomed. And you get the same thing every year and yet in the end you come out with a very good budget that keeps essential services running, delivers projects in the Capital side which of course drives money into the economy and keeps things going. I don’t think this year is going to be any different from the ones that have gone before in all honesty. So I think we will get there.

The Honourable Roger Edwards said – and rightly so – that Stanley is not the Falklands. You need to get out there. So I would say that I will be crossing the pond again this weekend. I am going to the West so I hope it doesn’t upset the weather any more than it is already.

As I say I have only got a very meagre amount because I thought I wasn’t allowed to comment on anything much.

It’s mostly PWD type things. I am happy and indeed grateful to the PWD lads and lasses for continuing their clean-up campaign around Stanley during the winter. And in case anyone has missed it I would like to give it a plug. It was out in last week’s Penguin News. It basically says that the PWD Highways continues to provide a free service for the removal of personal and residential heavy waste that an individual cannot remove themselves. This service does not apply to the commercial industrial waste. And if you want more information then give Sally Minto a shout on 27387. Basically if anyone has old vehicles, they can certainly take advantage of this offer I would urge them to call that number.

It was a subject that came up on face-book during the run-up to last year’s elections about the state of some people’s yards. Obviously it’s for people themselves to make that call. You can’t take a dislike to somebody’s yard and call PWD and have them take away somebody else’s valuable goods away.

On the same vein I was actually happy to receive an e-mail from Tim Miller yesterday saying that this afternoon, in fact, the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will be out and about between 2 and 4 and they will be zooming around town pulling out thistles and any other weeds that get in their way. Apparently they can earn their Scout environmental badge by doing this so I think we should see a few keen fellows out there today going for it.

I take my hat off to them and hope they have a great time. I am sure that all in the House will wish the Beavers, Scouts and all the rest the best for their endeavours but I would also like to thank all those involved with these and other groups who give up large amounts of their time to making sure that youngsters have something positive to do should they wish to join those particular groups.

I was rather disappointed to learn that somebody from Conservation – I believe we have somebody down from invasive species unit – or something at “Q” was unavailable to give the kids a chat about the invasive species as we should never lose any opportunity to enthuse our youngsters about the wonderful, natural environment. That surrounds them. And indeed the invasive species like thistles are really getting a hold in the Stanley area and other parts of the Falklands. And if not checked will indeed change the landscape of the Falklands.

Alas I do find myself being drawn inexorably back towards this thought again. I have heard that thistles are under control but certainly based on the evidence that I gained as I walked through the whole of town a few weeks ago now I certainly would beg to differ with that opinion.

I know that a contractor has sprayed quite a bit of Stanley now for the PWD. Seed still has to be taken away in some areas and I know also that the PWD crew also have been out trying to do their best to get rid of the things as well. I would ask once again that private property owners join in in trying to get rid of these things. I think it will take about two years concerted effort to try and get back to where we were before things really did slip this year.

So with that Sir I will sit down and thank you very much.

 

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