Councillor MARX: Thank you Madam Chair. I rise to speak briefly on the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Convention that I attended with Councillor MURPHY some weeks back, and my apologies for not speaking sooner. As you know, I had to leave early last week so it was when I was going to talk about it. Anyway, look I just wanted to say that it was a very good convention and I thank the Lord Mayor for giving me the opportunity to go along and attend that event. It's always very worthwhile to not only meet with all the mayors from around Australia but also other Councillors, and I have to admit that this time there was a whole lot of new faces of different Councillors that hadn't been there previously, so it's always good and a couple of them have already been in touch with me via Facebook about a few issues, so that's good.
Councillor MATIC mentioned that we've picked up the MobileMuster Award which, you know, being the largest Council in Australia is not that difficult to do. They are a different—other categories that other councils do win and in particular, I want to mention that the evening as always includes a gala dinner and always has an emcee and a guest speaker. This year, it was Dr Chris Brown, the Bondi Vet and as you can imagine, he was extremely popular with the female Councillors. We all ran up and wanted our photos with him.
He did a trivia night and he was extremely knowledgeable and very funny and he was a great emcee. He was there on a more serious note though. He was talking about pet friendly cities. It's something that he's very keen to encourage. So as my role as Deputy Chair of Field Services, I thought it was—I was obligated to give him my business card and ask him to contact me and I would make sure that he would be well received here at Brisbane City Council should he ever want to come and address us about that issue.