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Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017



Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017

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Parliamentary Record 8


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES Thursday 19 October 2017 2736 If you want to live a healthy life then you have to have a healthy diet. As adults, we know this. It is important that all Territory children learn this too. I like hearing about the proactive approaches schools take to address issues identified as gaps. I am pleased to learn about the healthy eating program that Manunda Terrace Primary School offers to students. The healthy eating program includes access to breakfast, recess and lunch for all students for a set fee. I spoke with a parent who accesses the healthy eating program. She sang the praises of Man unda Terrace Primary School. My constituent told me that the program makes her life and the lives of her children a lot easier in the mornings as she walks her child to school at 7.45 every school morning and knows they will receive a healthy breakfast, a healthy recess and a healthy lunch. The program also enables her to organise her children in the morning and not have to worry that her eldest child will run late for school because she has to prepare their breakfast, recess and lunch. I think the healthy eating program is a fantastic initiative and I would love to see it rolled out in more schools across the Territory. My colleague the, Member for Sanderson, has already spoken about the great work the Sanderson Alliance is undertaking to make a sustainable change in our community for the benefit of our children and their families. The Sanderson Alliance was established as a collective impact model comprised of schools in the Sanderson and Karama electorates, which were joined by local service providers and organisations that support families in our community. The Sanderson Alliance works to ensure that all our children are loved and safe; have a positive sense of culture and identity; participate and are included in the community; experience the best quality learning; have the material basics of life; and are healthy. We are working as a collective to achieve these outcomes for every child and their family in Sanderson and Karama. Although there are challenges and obstacles we must overcome, if we conti nue to work together, stay focused and include our community in our work, we can achieve whatever we set out to do. We can make a difference to the lives of our children and their families and, more importantly, we can provide our children with the chance to break the intergenerational cycle they may have been born into. I thank and congratulate the backbone facilitator, Ms Karen Cieri , for all of her hard work to drive the Sanderson Alliance. She continues to encourage all stakeholders to contribute and stay focused for the sake of our childrens future. Young children must be provided with regular opportunities to learn and develop. I acknowledge the amazing work of the Tata Family Centre at the Karama Primary School for playing its part in this area. The Tata Family Centre offers parent engagement programs, all-ages playgroups and a baby playgroup. The centre understands the importance of supporting parents and their young children. It provides a regular opportunity for parents to engage with one another, share their stories of parenthood and have their young children play together. Manunda Terrace Primary School also has a playgroup where parents of young children in the local community are encouraged to link with one another for the benefit of their children and themselves. I congratulate the school on its efforts to grow the membership of the playgroup by holding a monthly pop -up playgroup in the middle of the Karama Shopping Plaza. I have seen how the pop-up playgroup brings smiles to the faces of parents and their children. I encourage those parents who live in or near Karama to visit the school, find out more about this playgroup, and give it a go for themselves and their child. The Malak Family Centre does an incredible job looking after our young children. I have had the privilege to support Jo and her team in their endeavours for the past year. The centre continues to look at ways to add value for their children, families and staff. I commend them for all their hard work. I have heard only posit ive reviews from parents about the centre, and I have been fortunate to witness the kindness and professionalism of staff when I have visited. The Karama library provides an important and professional service to community members and visitors alike. Karen and her team are some of the most understanding and compassionate people I have ever met. They not only deliver a fantastic calendar of events, but they go the extra mile to ensure young children are cared for and safe. I was stoked to be able to team up with the library staff in July this year for a special NAIDOC Week reading. As someone who does not have their own children, I assumed I would just rock up, read a book and that