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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993

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Parliamentary Record 21


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 1993 On Saturday 2 October, Brown's Mart celebrated 21 years of community arts, theatre and projects at the Town Hall Ruins, the Civic Gardens, Christchurch Cathedral and the mart. The entertainment included performances by community dance groups, musicians, percussionists, singers and artists. The celebrations started in Raintree Park and continued through the Mall to the ruins. The procession continued on to Christchurch Cathedral and then to the Civic Gardens and Brown's Mart. Throughout the progress of the procession and at the various stages, the crowd was entertained by singers, dancers and other artists. One of the features of that night was a performance and a speech by Robyn Archer, the Chair of the Community Cultural Development Board of the Australia Council. I take this opportunity to quote Robyn Archer from her address to the 21st celebrations: There is no better example in the whole of Australia of the way community art works and works to a T than in this city and via Brown's Mart. Here is a perfect model in which community arts really works. It has been going on behind the scenes for 20 years and in the last 5 to 6 years people have really started to take note. Everything you do is recognised and I want you to know that. Nothing better sums up much of what occurs in the Territory than Robyn Archer's comment that 'people look at what you do up here'. The events and projects that Brown's Mart has been involved in over the past 21 years have included dance performances, Aboriginal community performances, mural projects, music camps, film and television workshops, the yearly fringe festival, concerts, outback tours and arts education in schools. During the Brown's Mart celebrations, the Northern Territory government, in conjunction with the Australia Council, was proud to sponsor a residency for percussionist Greg Sheehan. Greg provided some great entertainment with his percussion skills. I acknowledge the role played by Ken Conway, the Executive Director of Brown's Mart Community Arts. Ken has been with Brown's Mart since its inception and is acknowledged Australia-wide for his contribution to the development of community arts. There are simply too many people involved to thank them all individually. For the information of members, I table the program for Brown's Mart Community Arts Inc 21st Birthday. My congratulations are extended to the 1993 Brown's Mart committee on their ongoing dedication to the Territory. The committee is as follows: President - David James; Vice-President - Mark Crossin; Treasurer - Sue Genner; and committee members - Annie Gaston, Michael Glasson, Christine Colton, Didge McDonald, Alison Dowell and Karyn Sassella. The patrons are Eric and Joan Johnston. Mr Speaker, tomorrow a little boy will be buried. This is a harsh and unforgiving place that we call Australia's Northern Territory. The pain and anguish of those touched by this tragedy is immeasurable. To Steve and Adele, I offer this small poem: A little boy lost, A little boy died, Mum and Dad, you did your best, Clinton Liebelt, in heaven's arms, God bless. 10 252

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