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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 that has been given to the rodeo in the well-known national magazine Australian Style. It contains very extensive photo coverage as well as some written material. The rodeo was held at Timber Creek earlier this year and was a combined effort o f Aboriginal groups in the area, the Timber Creek Community Government Council, local businesses and various individuals. I might say that the Northern Territory government assisted with getting the event under way. It was the first ever o f its kind. The event was a definite success, and I take this opportunity to speak about a couple o f the individuals who are certainly worth mentioning in connection with this event. The first is Darryl Hill o f Timber Creek. Darryl was instrumental in the realisation o f the original concept o f an all-Aboriginal rodeo. He managed to find the resources and gather the commitment o f community members and others in the area to ensure that the rodeo was a success. Darryl is well known for his efforts at various levels throughout the rural community in and around the Victoria River District. This year, he was recognised for his past and present work when he was awarded the Territorian o f the Year Award. Another well-known character from those parts who played a big part on the day was Jack Liddle from the Bulla Camp Community, who took over early on the day as the MC o f events. Jacks rough and ready style was well received. The fact that Jack has been around in these parts for a long time certainly gave him the advantage o f knowing most o f the riders, their backgrounds and their family histories. He was a very well-informed MC and contributed strongly towards making the day the success that it was. The rodeo was very well received and very well patronised by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people from Timber Creek and its environs, the stations in the area and people generally in the Victoria River district. Many Aboriginal cattlemen, past and present, took part in the events. People like the Jones family, who are now the owners o f Fitzroy, were participants. They were spurred on by their father, Jerry, among many others. The days events were followed by a dance on the Saturday night. It is significant to note that the Aboriginal people had requested the steering committee to ensure that light beer only would be sold during the weekend. That request was met and it ensured that a good time was had by all. There were no disputes, the police were not called out at all and the event was very well received by all. As I mentioned, many o f the old Aboriginal cattlemen from the area were there urging their sons and grandchildren to have a go at the events. They were attempting to rekindle the zest that they had for that lifestyle, certainly for horse riding, cattle management etc, and to give their kin a taste for it. All in all, the rodeo was a well organised event that was enjoyed by all who attended. I congratulate all those involved, in particular the organising committee. I also offer congratulations for the coverage that the national magazine gave to the event. I for one certainly will be looking forward to next years Ngaliwurra Rodeo at Timber Creek. Mr STO NE (Industries and Development): M r Deputy Speaker, the adjournment debate provides me with an opportunity to recognise the contribution o f another o f our Territory families. Tonight, it is my pleasure to talk about the Hannon family. John Hannon arrived in Australia in 1879 from the town o f Flag Mount in County Clare. Like many other Irishmen, he left his mother country during the potato famine and, with his wife, Bridget, and 6 children, he headed for Australia by ship. Several months later, the family had arrived in New South Wales and moved on to Goulburn where John obtained 1873