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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 1 May 2003



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 1 May 2003

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Parliamentary Record 11


Debates for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005




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DEBATES - Thursday 1 May 2003 had a most difficult time in reaching their verdict. The contribution of young people to community and civic projects is most impressive, and gives me terrific confidence for the future o f the Territory with young citizens such as these. This evening particularly, in view of this historic session o f Alice Springs Parliament, I would like to pay tribute to the finalists and winners who came from Central Australia and share with you some of their successes and endeavours. Two young people made the finals for the ConocoPhillips Environment Award. At just 22, Craig Woods is an inspiration to his peers. Craigs commitment to environmental issues is ongoing; he has demonstrated a focus in his studies, completing a Certificate IV in Ranger Law Enforcement, Certificate III in Civil Construction and an Indigenous Heritage Management training course at James Cook University. Craig is a Pitjantjatjara Warlpiri man living at the Mutitjulu community within the Uluru/Kata-Tjuta National Park. In addition to his studies, Craig is fluent in three languages: Pitjinjatjara, Walpiri and English. He began his ranger traineeship in July 2001, and is currently studying his Certificate III in Lands, Parks and Wildlife Management as part of his Environment Australia traineeship. Craig is responsible for reporting in the areas o f walking track repairs, fence repairs and erosion. He also assists with rock art protection. His contribution helps minimise the environmental impact which the mass volume o f visitors can have on the world-famous park. He is an excellent role model for young Aboriginal people through his stable work ethic and community involvement. The other finalist for the ConocoPhillips Environment Award is Glenis McBumie, who is also just 22. Glenis is currently completing her third year o f a horticultural apprenticeship at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Last year, her work attracted considerable interest when she developed and presented a paper on The Germination of Central Australian Plant Seed after Long Term Storage to an international audience at the International Plant Propagators Societys annual conference. Glenis has a record of achievement and commitment to environmental issues. During Year 12 at Centralian College, she was awarded the NTCE Academic Excellence Award for Biological Science. In addition, she has successfully completed a Green Corps traineeship in Alice Springs, working and training in conservation and the environment. Last year, Glenis was invited to be one of the three Youth Ambassadors for the Outback. This involved travelling to Sydney with the Lord Mayor, taking part in official launches while in the company of the Deputy Prime Minister or the Prime Minister. Glenis is seen as a leader in the community and an important role model in encouraging young people to pursue careers within their local communities. Her research and efforts as an apprentice have both already had a positive impact on seed propagation, both in the Territory and elsewhere. Glenis was recognised for her efforts and awarded the winner of the ConocoPhillips Environment Award. It is not only in the area of environment protections that young Centralians are shining. Two young Centralians were finalists in the Perkins Shipping Regional Initiative Award. At 26, Leandrea Fry has given a great deal to community life in her home town of Tennant Creek. Leandrea holds the position of Youth Team Leader, Sports and Recreation, at the Community Development Unit in Tennant Creek. Her responsibilities include coordinating after school programs and school holiday programs for youth within her community of Tennant Creek. Leandrea has also worked in the area of sport and recreation and community development for the past six years, working with young people to develop life skills and drug awareness education. She has undertaken many courses throughout her career to educate herself and multiply her skills. She has completed study in such diverse areas as cross-cultural awareness, fat loss management, applied suicide intervention skills, various safety management and training courses, and has even qualified to become a licensed coach driver. Her ability to communicate with young people in particular who are often going through difficult periods in their lives, has made her a role model in the community and an inspiration to all. Another finalist in the same category, the Perkins Shipping Regional Initiative Award, was Sarah Chunys. Her speech at the awards dinner moved the crowd alternatively to both tears and laughter as she shared her heartfelt experiences with us. Sarahs passion is educating society on mental health issues, particularly focussing on young people. She is a proactive community member with a passion for education of mental health issues. She has an enthusiastic campaign for community organisations, schools, parents and families to be more aware of mental health. Through her efforts, she has successfully enlisted the support of many agencies around Alice Springs. Sarah was responsible for coordinating and hosting a mental health forum during Mental Health Week last year. She is currently involved with the Life yellow ribbon program, and has committed many hours volunteering with the mental health team, Mental Health Association, the Life Promotions Unit and Alice Springs Youth Accommodation and Support Services. In addition, Sarah has been invited to be a 4002