Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003
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DEBATES Thursday 19 June 2003 4445 I wish Mr Franklin and his family the very best for the future. I trust he will enjoy his retirement after a very active career in the Northern Territory Public Service. In the past few weeks, I have opened in a number of events in my electorate, especially in the schools. First of all, the Alawa Primary School sports day was held over three days, on 10, 11 and 12 June 2003, and the event was won by Goyder House. The children had prepared their own banners, and colours. The teams were Manton Crocodiles, green colour, with Trudi Goodworth and Bryan Astley as captains and Kieren McDonald and Ranelle Singh as the vice-captains; the blues, the Finnis Kingfishers, headed by Justin Lim and Jessica McMaster as captains and Shlok Sharma and Camille LeLievre as vice-captains; and the Goyder Dingoes with yellow colour, headed by Kevin Howard and Heather Mulholland as captains, and Paul Papapavlou and Stephanie Breuer as the vice-captains. Nakara Sports Day was today and I was very pleased to be there in the morning to declare the games open. It was a fantastic morning of a beautiful day, and the children were very excited about the sports days, two days before the holidays. There were a number of parents watching their children. I have to admit, I have been to the Nakara Primary School sports day before, and it is a big event, with a large number of kids participating and a large number of parents barracking. The four groups there were: Johnson, yellow colour, with Victoria Tracy and Eric Blanche as captains, and Taylor Noonan and Alex Bates as vice-captains; followed by Kingsford Smith with purple, with Haley Newy and Adam Schwarz as captains and Andrew Chum and Alice Cotton as vice-captains; Erhardt with the green colour, with Rachel McLean and Nathan Jones Cubillo as captains and James Carson and Grace Murphy as vice-captains; and last but not least, there was Hinkler with the red colour, with Max King and Claire Humphrey as captains and Amanda Riley and Yianni Lolias as vice-captains. I have a very soft spot for the children in primary schools, and certainly, many of them achieve not only in education but also in sports. Brienna Logie from Holy Spirit Primary School is going to Perth in July for the National Callisthenics Championships. She is a very good athlete and I have high hopes that she will finish in a very good line. Another exceptionally good athlete, who I had the honour to watch running last year, is Candice Liddy, currently studying in Year 8 at Dripstone High School, an ex-Nakara Primary School Citizen of the Year last year. She is going to represent the Territory in the under-15 Hockey Championships here in Darwin, during in the school holidays. The events do not finish there. Recently, I attended a function at the Darwin Surf Life Saving Casuarina, of which I am patron. I was pleased to be there when Mr Jim Luchich, the Manager of Darwin Theiss, donated a rubber duck, an inflatable rescue boat, to the club whose captain is Mr Gary McKinnon. The name rubber duck sounds funny, but the price is not; it cost in excess of $8000 and, together with a Yamaha outboard motor, in excess of $25 000. That is a wonderful donation that will help the lifesaving club perform its duties and train many athletes, junior and senior. Last but not least, the Dripstone Childrens Centre on Ellengowan Drive provides a great service to many residents in Casuarina. We all know how difficult it is to find a good child-care centre or, indeed, a child-care space in Darwin, with increasing demand by the young population. On 7 June, the Dripstone Childrens Centre held a fete that was a great success. A few weeks ago, the manageress of the centre told me of some problems with the centre. It is becoming old, and they cannot raise the significant amount of money they need to renovate; in particular the space for Year 2. I was pleased to offer them a transportable purpose-built child-care centre from the former Tiwi campus which is not being utilised any more. I took them to see it and they were very impressed by the quality of the structure, which has toilets and showers designed for the little citizens, and a purpose-built kitchen that is superior to what will you see around Darwin. I gave them the transportable child-care building, and I am very pleased to learn that the Development Consent Authority recently approved the relocation of it to the Dripstone Childrens Centre. I wish them every success. Mrs AAGAARD (Nightcliff): Mr Acting Deputy Speaker, the Queens Birthday long weekend also saw the annual celebration of Greek culture with the hosting of the Glenti by the Greek Orthodox community. The Glenti has been on the Darwin event calendar for more than 10 years, and has become bigger and better every year. This year was no exception, with Bob the Builder and presenters of The Big Arvo in Darwin to entertain the massive crowds. For the first time, Glenti ran over 1 days. Saturday night saw the introduction of a taverna night which, from all accounts, was a great success. Glenti is an opportunity for the various Greek community organisations to come together and showcase a diversity of culture within Greece itself, from the food to music and dance. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Greek youth of Darwin perform traditional dances. This year, there were dancers from Kalymnos, Crete, Cyprus
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