Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993
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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 1993 Keats. Mass was led by Fr Cyril Connolly and Deacon Boniface Perdjert. Traditional dancing and singing during the service was provided by 3 community groups. Constable Ruth Whitford carried the Australian Flag into the church. Constable Scott Rose read the first lesson from the Old Testament and Sergeant Geoff Sullivan addressed the large number of people who attended the service. Geoff thanked everyone for attending, especially those who travelled long distances to participate. He explained that National Police Remembrance Day has existed only for about 4 years. It is a day on which police men and women stop nationally to remember those police officers who have died while carrying out their duties. Geoff explained that, since the formation of the Northern Territory Police Force, 4l police officers have died. Present at the Port Keats memorial service was Hazel Price, wife of late Senior Constable Allan Price who died while effecting an arrest at Mataranka on 10 December 1981. Sergeant Sullivan paid tribute to Allan Price, better known as 'Pricey'. Pricey joined the NT Police Force in 1961 and, in a career spanning some 20 years, he served in a number of stations and sections of the Northern Territory Police Force. Most of these were bush police stations and they were often in the most isolated localities. On 15 September 1978, Pricey was transferred to Port Keats as the new police station's first Officer in Charge. He remained at Port Keats until November 1981 when he was transferred to Mataranka. Sadly, he died on duty at Mataranka shortly after his arrival. Geoff went on to say that being a police officer can be a stressful, dangerous and, at times, thankless task. At other times, it can be extremely rewarding. He reminded people that police are not superhuman beings possessed of wondrous powers. They are ordinary people serving the community. Their services are often most in demand when individuals or whole communities are suffering extreme stress or trauma. He ended his address by saying that he and all other police officers hope the courage, fairness and devotion to duty displayed by their fallen comrades will continue on in the proud tradition of the Northern Territory Police Force. He is sure they will. Following the service, lunch was provided at the police station and, later that afternoon, an enjoyable barbecue was held. Finally, I would like to talk briefly about a couple of the community newsletters that are produced in the Victoria River electorate. These newsletters freeze some of the events that capture the imagination and interest of a community at a particular time. I am sure that they will be important historical documents one day. One of these publications is the Junction Journal from the Douglas/Daly area. Actually, I must confess that I was not aware of its existence until its 2 editors, Sue Shotton and Julie Muirhead, contacted me asking for help to secure a photocopier. At the same time, they sent me a copy of the Junction Journal to peruse, and I was strongly impressed with the high quality and professionalism of its production. Not only was it a good, long read and well laid out, but the stories and items were interesting and said much about life in the Douglas/Daly community. In what other community newsletter would you read articles about belly-ache bush, external parasites of poultry and safe periods for re-entering sprayed areas, side by side with recipes for home preserves, a poem by Billy Miller called 'The Booze on the Button', and the progress of the Douglas/Daly Social Club swimming pool, all complete with photographs and graphics. It contains plenty of other articles and information as well. 10 271
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