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Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 17 October 2007



Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 17 October 2007

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Parliamentary Record 17


Debates for 10th Assembly 2005 - 2008; 10th Assembly 2005 - 2008; Parliamentary Record; ParliamentNT




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DEBATES Wednesday 17 October 2007 4899 Francis Allan, Norman Eagle and Glen Summers for their input. I know they are looking forward to the teams success. Year 11 representatives are Rachael Boor, Stephanie Braun, Tom Hamilton, Shane Johnstone, Gabrielle Morriss, Damien ODowd, Thomas Scanlan and Tim Woolfe. The Year 10s are Kevin Luke, Clare Paynter, Chris Taylor and Alex Willoughby, and from Year 7 is Chris Gill. Team Managers are David Barrett and Martin Willoughby. The Technical Advisor is Felino Molina, and the Support Team is Kym Butler, Robert Allan and Marilynn Willis. I congratulate all of them on being involved in the team. I know they have been going through qualifying and scrutineering at the moment at the Darwin Show Grounds and Exhibition Centre. I understand the Chief Minister has a reception for them at Parliament House on Friday night. I look forward to catching up with them, and I wish them all the best as they work their way down the Centre. They have control stops at Katherine, Dunmarra, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Cadney Homestead, Glendambo, Port Augusta and Adelaide. It is going to be a big week for them and I wish them a safe and successful trip. Mr McADAM (Barkly): Mr Deputy Speaker, this evening I pay tribute to a remarkable person whose work has contributed significantly to the development of library and education services in the Northern Territory. This week marks the retirement of Robin Hempel, the Manager of NT Librarys Reference Services, after 45 years at Education and Library Services in the ACT and New South Wales but, for the most part, in the Northern Territory. Some of the highlights of Robins illustrious career have included working at NT Library, Manager of Taminmin Library between 1995 and 2002, Project Librarian in 2003, and Manager of Reference Services since February 2004. Memorable occasions have included her appointment as Librarian-in-Charge of Alice Springs Public Library after previous employment at the National Library of Australia in 1964-65. Robin served the communities of Katherine, Daguragu, Bamyili and the Tiwi Islands as a teacher and community librarian between 1969 and 1976, making the front cover of the Australian Library Journal in April 1977 with her article, Pumpuni, Pumpuni! How the Tiwi learned to love their library. Robin achieved significant funding awards for projects including Innovations in Social Science for Catholic Education between 1980 and 1983; Hyper-highway to Humpty Doo and Preserving our Past while at Taminmin Community Library between 2000 and 2002; and successive Adult Learners Week Awards at NT Library between 2003 and 2007. Robin was awarded Master Teacher status for Excellence in Teaching Practice at Casuarina Senior College between 1990 and 1995. Other awards included Daguragu Dreaming, a presentation at Australian Library and Information Associations National Public Library Conference in Perth in 1999. The Australian Library and Information Association is the professional organisation for the Australian Library and Information Services sector, so this achievement highlights the national industrys recognition of Robins work. The Australian Library and Information Association seeks to empower the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services to the nation through leadership advocacy and mutual support. Robin was convenor of the ALIA Top End 2003-04, with the launch of the first ALIA Top End symposium Power Our Territory: Information Literacy for the Development of the Northern Territory. Robin Hempel was awarded the Litchfield Shire Citizen of the Year in 2002 and was instrumental in establishing the Family History Service at the NT Library, launched by Hon Delia Lawrie MLA, in February 2007. In parting from NT Library, Robin said: Two things I take with me; the friendship and support of colleagues and the appreciation of clients from all ages and backgrounds. It has all been so much fun. On behalf of the Northern Territory government, I sincerely thank Robin Hempel for her contribution to life in the Northern Territory, her dedication to the development of education services, particularly the NT Library, and I wish her well in her retirement. I also adjourn tonight in respect of Mr Jeff Stead, the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, who is retiring at the end of this year. Jeff has been the CEO at the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority for the past four years. He has had a long association with the Northern Territory, commencing as a Patrol Officer in Training with the then Welfare Branch in January 1972. His work in the Territory is a bit like: Ive been everywhere, man. Jeff has a huge intellectual presence to match his huge physical presence. People describe him