Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 2002
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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 November 2002 The career highlights for Joy are many and all impressive. I take the time tonight to focus on a very topical achievement. I believe her most significant achievement for not only the Northern Territory police but also for the people of the Northern Territory was the introduction of DNA technology to the laboratorys repertoire. To achieve this, Joy conducted a detailed feasibility study which included the researching of models on a international and national level, prepared detail budgets submissions and actively lobbied the then Commissioner Mick Palmer for the funding and approval for the implementation of DNA technology. Under Joys direction and guidance, the Northern Territory has been operating a successful DNA database since 1995. The Northern Territory has been using the DNA database as a crime solving and intelligence tool far longer than any other jurisdiction and on a per capita basis has mirrored the success rate of the huge UK database for many years. Her work initiated the very successful Operation Genes weep which resulted in over 200 hits in a few weeks and has lead to Operation Genesweep 2. Joy has recently been invited to join the governing committee of the Victims of Crime NT, the support group established to provide support services and direction to victims of all types of crime and their families in the Northern Territory. I commend the efforts of these estimable women to the House and I am sure that the House will join me in congratulating them for not just what they have achieved but also for their ongoing efforts. On 15 November 2002, I had the privilege of attending the start of a very special alliance in the northern suburbs. The Wanguri Primary School and the Village Shopping Centre in Casuarina have entered into a unique partnership that benefits both parties. Wanguri Primary has always been a smaller school in the northern suburbs but this alliance will hopefully gain it some important exposure and funding that will allow it to grow in size and statue. There are a number of benefits for both parties in this agreement. For Wanguri school the first benefit is that the Village Shopping Centre will host some of Wanguri's larger school events. Instead of being cramped in their library, Wanguri will have the option to host events in the large area of the Village. The second benefit for the school is additional areas to display school work With work going up in a public forum it will give the children a chance to show off their skills and for the people not regularly involved in the school to see what Wanguri Primary is all about. The third benefit to the school is assistance in school fundraising. A Wanguri school barrel will be placed in the shopping centre by placing a docket from any shop within the Centre with a contact name and details on the back. The Village will donate 1% of the docket total to Wanguri School Council to a maximum of $1200 a year. The first project that this money will go towards will be new play equipment. There is also a chance for monthly prizes to be won for the shoppers. In return, the Village Shopping Centre will get their logo on all Wanguri school letterhead. The newsletter will include advertising for Village shops and a commitment from the Wanguri council to shop at the Village whenever possible. I congratulate the principal, Sharon Reeves, Wanguri school chairperson, Lea Rowe, and the shopping centre mangers Mr Tony Miaoudis and DrEan Ong for this exciting venture as, to my knowledge, it is one of the first of its kind in the Northern Territory. I wish the Village and Wanguri School all the best of luck in the future with their alliance. I am sure it will be about for many years to come. One of the things that I am extremely proud of in my electorate is the way it looks. The people of Wanguri and Leanyer, especially the children, take a great pride in the appearance of our suburbs, and the 2002 Territory Tidy Town School Awards proved that. All four primary schools in my electorate picked up awards in this years 2002 Territory Tidy Town School Awards, with some of them picking up major awards. St Andrew Lutheran Primary received the Outstanding Commitment to School Environment Award, which is a great effort, and I congratulate staff, students and principal, Dennis Ruddiger. Holy Spirit Primary School received two awards: the first was for a school-wide award for an Outstanding School Project; the second was an individual award going to Alan Falkingham for Outstanding School Citizen. A great effort by Alan, and I congratulate him as well as his fellow students, staff and principal, Gill Webb. Leanyer Primary School received 10 awards, the most in the electorate. There were many individual and class or group efforts. Nadia Mahmood, Shiyao Zhu, Alana Michell, and Nikki Mclnnes all picked up awards for the Upper Primary Chuck that Sucker competition. They were awarded first, second, third and fourth respectively. It was a great effort by all four students to be recognised so highly in a Territory-wide competition. In the Bag the Bags competition, Leanyer finished first in both the Year 4 and under and the Year 5 and up categories. For the poster competition, the Leanyer Primary Junior Art Club came first for the Transition to Year 3 categoiy 3111
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