Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017
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DEBATES Thursday 19 October 2017 2748 projectthere are too many to mention, but to deliver a project like that is amazing when you think of all the work that goes into it. Well done to the management staff at Gateway who pulled it all together including David Murray, the centre manager; Letchimi Wright, the marketing manager; Pater Cohalan, the operations manager; and Lindy Gibson, the administration manager. I thank Peter Coombes from Coombes Property Group too who was a developer of the project. He was there the first few days and it was great to have a chat to him and thank him for the investment in the Territory, particularly in Palmerston. I have frequented Gateway many times since it opened and I encourage people who are not Palmerston people to go there. I look forward to doing my Christmas shopping there and many residents in Palmerston will be doing that too. Thank you. Mr PAECH (Namatjira): Madam Speaker, I rise this evening to talk about a particular launch that occurred in the Alice Springs community on 13 September 2017. The Year 6 students from Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School, commonly referred to as Santa Teresa, became Australias newest authors and illustrators when they put together a book called Apmere Athyenhe Ltyentye Apurte: Our Home Santa Teresa. It is a collection of writings created through a series of workshops with Dr Anita Heiss and Leecee Carmichael. The stories illustrate the experiences of life on community including what people do for fun, who their heroes are and what places they consider special or sacred. I have a copy of the book here. It is very bright and the illustrations have been beautifully put together. Having spent time at Santa Teresa as a young child with my family, many of the illustrations bring back a number of childhood memories. We had the launch at the Alice Springs town library, a great facility. The library staff were very accommodating for the book launch with all the young authors. I thank Professor Peter Radoll, Dean of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy at the University of Canberra, and Dr Anita Heiss, who worked with Leecee Carmichael to put the book together. I thank Annie and Jules Fuller, the teachers at the Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School and the Year 6 class. I take the opportunity to thank Australias newest and youngest authors, the young children. I want to place on the Parliamentary Record Breanna Andelong, Lilian Cavanagh, Nahassan Douglas, Hayesle Hayes, Verona Hayes, JC Carey Hayes Conway, Savannah King, Shanara Lynch, Joel Palmer, Taylor Palmer, Gordy Hadley Pararoutta, Kurt Smith, Rekita Jade Smith, Tesharne Wallace, Lisa Young and Mathias Young. It is so great to see a Year 6 class in a remote community become Australias newest authors. I had the privilege of opening and launching the event, and buying a number of books. Today I was able to present the Minister for Education, Eva Lawler, and the Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, with a copy of the book. It is a great indication of working with young kids in schools to record what is important to them and what life is like in their communities. The book is also written in their mother tongue of Arrente. It is a bilingual book. It provides an opportunity for young kids in remote communities to understand that li ving in a remote community does not restrict you and your opportunities. The young kids at this launch were very excited, talking about the next big book they will put together. It is a fantastic opportunity. I am appreciative of having had the opportunity to participate. I thank Mandy Lear and Felicity Corbyn, who also helped put the book together and organise the launch. I encourage Members of the Assembly in whatever capacity they have to encourage more childrens books like this. I brought enough copies of the book to take out to all my other remote schools and show them the great work that can be achieved. Seeing the excitement on the childrens faces when they opened the book to their page and told me their story firsthand was great. I sat down with the kids to get them to autograph the page on which they created their story because they are now celebrities, best-selling authors. If any members are interested in a book I have copies in my office. You can check out the work of Australias newest authors and the Picasso illustrations, which the children have put together and are fantastic. Thank you for the opportunity to place my support on the Parliamentary Record and record these young kids names. I look forward to reading future best sellers from the young kids from Ltyentye Apurte.