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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 November 1999



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 November 1999

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Parliamentary Record 20


Debates for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 November 1999 after-hours school care, playgroup, over-3s program, education and health seminars, and accesses an outlet for emergency funding. We have approached the federal government and are still waiting for that response. The centre does play a critical support role in our community, and needs additional recurrent funding to continue in that role. Waterwatch in Gove has the honour of being named Gapuwu Melngu Mala/ne, which, in local language, means water for people to watch. Its been operating in Nhulunbuy for about 4 years. The regional coordinator, Denise Spencer, trains community volunteer monitors in chemical and biological sampling and testing procedures. The results are kept on a database program to which the community has access. They monitor a number of sites at Yirrkala, the town and the Nabalco site, as well as Elcho Island and the Wessels. This year, Waterwatch played a leading role in organising the first-ever open discussion about water quality issues between government, industry and local citizens. It was an important meeting because local indigenous landowners, the director of Mines and Energy, the manager of Water Quality NT, the Nabalco environment manager, Miwatj Health, Yirrkala Landcare, Dhimurru, the NLC and school groups addressed water quality issues. Its the philosophy of Waterwatch to work towards negotiation and communication about their particular issues. Waterwatch is a program that trains Yolngu and Balanda to do this work. This year theyve had training sessions with Dhimurru rangers, Miwatj Health workers and Yirrkala Landcare, as well as an increase in the volunteer community members. They also had a combined weed eradication event where all the vested interests got into the lagoon scrub and pulled out weeds. Sixty-five people pulled together to make it a special day. Some Year 9 students studying the Dhangu Matha Aboriginal language are heading off to Bremer Island next week on a cross-cultural awareness course. Students and staff from Yirrkala will also be attending. The clan, elders and Rarriwuay Marika, an Aboriginal and Islander education worker, are planning the activities for the children. This was a very successful camp last year. High school students to receive principals awards this year are James Shea, Mitchell Fleming, Shaana Moohan, Ben OBrien and Saul Campbell. The primary school was paid a visit by Val Mamuat and Karen Munroe from the NT School of Languages. They were there to conduct professional development for upper primary teachers on Languages other than English, LOTE. Organisers for this years Christmas craft fair, Kay Bames, Marie Pickup, Ruth Glasrin, Colleen Owens and Glenda Schmidt have raised approximately $1500 which is being donated to the RSPCA this year. These women have worked hard throughout the year holding stalls and selling raffle tickets and then organising the Christmas craft fair. This year there were only 33 stalls but the goods on sale were of a high standard. Mr ADAMSON (Casuarina): Mr Deputy Speaker, I want to acknowledge the efforts once again this year of the organisers and the participants in the 1999 NT Childrens Week. Childrens Week is held each year during the week of the Universal Day of the Child, the fourth Wednesday of October. It is funded by the federal and Northern Territory governments and sponsored by the Darwin City Council. A total of $6000 is paid annually to support Childrens Week throughout the Territory, most of which is paid out in encouragement awards of $30 to $50 to non-profit organisations. The grants can only be used to promote an activity during Childrens Week to help to increase community awareness of the needs of children. Many of the grants go out to rural and remote areas and are used to bring families together from large distances to have a family fun day. The organisers of this years activities were convenor Margaret Reilly from the Darwin City Council, Jo Bruce from the Playgroup Association, Barbara Pickert from the Australian Early Childhood Association and Sarah Belsham from the Girl Guide Association. Activities took place in Alice Springs, Katherine, Adelaide River, Freds Pass Reserve, Palmerston and Darwin as well as some of the more isolated communities. Government and non-govemment organisations presenting activities and information displays throughout the Territory included Darwin Public Libraries, Sponsor Family, Family Day Care, the Darwin Toy Library, the Playgroup Association, the Australian Early Childhood Association, Playgym, the Darwin Fun Bus, the Down Syndrome Association, Centrelink, Casuarina Senior College, Parents as Teachers, Kidsafe, the Preschool Teachers Association and the Girl Guide Association. Groups providing entertainment, particularly at the opening to which again I was privileged to be invited to perform the official launch, included the Gymnastics Association, Austin Martial Arts, the