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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 1994



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 1994

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Parliamentary Record 6


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Wednesday 23 November 1994 ago and continued simply as a curiosity that was used for the Finke Desert Race once a year. I have not been unable to find out where expenditure on this road figures in the budget. The cost must be in the vicinity o f $250 000. The honourable minister may be able to advise me about that. It would appear that an excellent road is being developed from Alice Springs going south at least as far as Ewaninga. I hope that the minister will be able to advise how he is able to find money to upgrade that section, which I believe has virtually no local usage and public usage by any significant number o f vehicles only once a year, when he cannot find the money to maintain other local roads, even to the extent o f basic grading o f sections like the stretch to Old Andado and other areas around my electorate. I look forward to receiving some answers on this from the minister. M r BALDW IN (Victoria River): Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise in the adjournment tonight to mention briefly a couple o f events that occurred recently at Port Keats in my electorate. The first was the graduation ceremony o f one Miriam Nemarluk o f Port Keats who recently completed her teaching diploma at Batchelor College. Miriam, who studied at Our Lady o f the Sacred Heart School at Port Keats before attending Batchelor College, is one o f a number o f people who have come up through the education system at Port Keats, in particular Our Lady o f the Sacred Heart School, and have gone on to qualify as teachers. The ceremony, which was attended by many community members and Batchelor College staff, was significant because it was held at the school in Port Keats. Miriam asked for this to be done to enable her to include family and community members and also, and more importantly, so that the students at the school could attend and take part in the ceremony marking Miriams achievements. This is important because graduations such as this provide a goal and people such as Miriam provide role models for the younger members o f the community. She is to be congratulated on requesting that the ceremony be held there. The ceremony was attended by a number o f others who have followed the same path to graduation as that taken by Miriam. I congratulate Miriam on her dedication and the hard work she put into achieving her qualifications, and I wish her all the best for the future in her teaching career. On the same day as that ceremony, and also at Port Keats, Our Lady o f the Sacred Heart held its first ever school fete and Sister Elizabeth, the principal o f the school, invited people from the local community as well as the neighbouring communities in the region - Palumpa, Peppimenarti and Daly River - to join in for the day. It was a day enjoyed by all, including myself, but especially by the kids who had never experienced anything like it before. It was plain to see that they were enjoying themselves as they climbed up and down the greasy pole and found themselves very welcome at the food and drink stalls that were available and the novelty stalls that are normally found at fetes o f this kind. I extend my thanks to Sister Elizabeth and to the staff o f Our Lady o f the Sacred Heart School for their invitation to me and I thank them also for inviting me to the graduation ceremony. In a different area o f the electorate, and quite some time ago, a rodeo was held. This event was a first for the people o f Timber Creek. I refer to the Ngaliwurra Rodeo, the first all-Aboriginal rodeo. I mention the event now primarily because o f the photo coverage 1872