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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 2002



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 2002

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Parliamentary Record 9


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




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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 November 2002 They are all delighted that, during the Masters competition, they were able to have a training workshop with the Olympic gold medal winner, Kerri Pottharst. She was very encouraging and enthusiastic about the schools involvement in the Australian Schools Championship this year. Whenever we send students away it costs so much, but they have raised over $3000 as a group through such activities as envelope stuffing for the Masters Games, food stalls, chocolate sales and all those things. I wish them well and hope they do well in their first attempt to participate in the Australian Schools Volleyball Championships. I seek leave to have their names incorporated into Hansard. Leave granted. Coach Manager Jody Eckert Dean Williams Pip North VC Beck Tudor Jo Kesby Danni McGinness Carly Spencely Brittany Fischer Alex Pollitt Captain Captain David Tudor VC Nathan Flanigan Chris Bullock Jake Bruce Matt Morton Dan Goringe Mrs BRAHAM: I also make mention of Braitling Primary School, which happens to be one of my favourite schools, as you can imagine. This year, a group of their students entered the Natural History Challenge. The title of the project they did for the challenge was Voyages and Journeys. They decided to research the history of one of the early Italian families who came by boat from Italy to Australia and then settled in Central Australia. They put together this history of the migrants of Central Australia, and the vital role they played, particularly in mining. They had a suitcase as their museum display, because many migrants arrived just with a suitcase as you can imagine. The Ragonesi family went out to the Winnecke gold fields and it must have been such a hard life for them to have done it. So the suitcase had photographs and the handicrafts and all the little things that they had then. It was such a striking exhibition of that journey the Ragonesi family made, commencing their new life in the Centre of Australia after leaving Italy. It was very fitting that they used the Ragonesi family because that family has direct links with the Braiding school. Many of their descendants have attended Braiding, and there are currently three great-grandchildren there. The principal, Mary Blaiklock, grew up with the Ragonesi children in Central Australia. Her parents also were part of the Italian migrant families who came from Italy onto the gold fields. The exciting thing about it, when they entered this, is that they did so well. They won first place in the Northern Territory Awards for the Year 5/6 level. They won for the museum display and primary sources. As well as that, they have been awarded the best overall entry in the Northern Territory from Years 5 to 12, receiving the Chief Ministers Young Historian Awards. I am pleased to say that the Chief Minister attended the school assembly and presented this award to the young students. Most exciting for them also, is that they are going to be attending the national championships as they went on to win at the national level. They will travel to Parliament House in Canberra in December for the national presentations. They are particularly chuffed about all this. I make mention of these students: they are Steven Crawford, Sianne Van Abkoude, Lauren Hicks and Misha Wakerman. They are typical of young, confident students today who have done this. Their teacher is Sue Endean, who has been involved in many of these projects in the past. It is a great credit to them. I congratulate these young students from Braiding Primary School for the tremendous effort they have put in and for receiving a prize in the national presentations. I know that they will do their school proud at the presentations in Canberra. I also opened the Alice Springs Quilting Club exhibition this year. The Quilting Club has been established in Alice Springs since 1981. They have been holding their exhibitions at Araluen since it was opened in 1984. The exhibition was fantastic in my opinion. I am not a quilter so I can only just admire the work of these people. This year, they had to actually have their display in Witchettys, not in one of the galleries. I mention this because, since 1984, they have always held their exhibition in a gallery. It has always been well received and they have had many visitors - hundreds - to have a look at their exhibition. So it was a little sad that they were not allowed to be in a gallery this year. This brings me to a point that I want to raise. I feel as though Araluen is beginning to lose what it was meant to be. It was established a long time ago by a gentleman called Jonah Jones, who had the foresight to establish a community art centre in Alice Springs. When it was first built, everyone use to laugh and call it the egg factory because it looked like a big tin shed. However, it has developed into a beautiful art exhibition area and governments over the year have certainly improved and upgraded it. It was meant for community groups to use and community groups have used it a lot. We have the Centralian Art Award, the Art Exhibition, all sorts of things go in there. Many of the community groups would sit the galleries and by doing that they would earn points which would assist in the cost of hiring 3119