Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 10 October 2006
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DEBATES Tuesday 10 October 2006 3137 As you are aware, Mr Deputy Speaker, CSC has a long and successful association with VET programs and this was recognised at this years NT Training Awards where the college received the Bill McLaren VET in Schools Excellence Award. This award recognises an outstanding program which delivers vocational education and training to school students. Also of note is the fact that CSC students are regularly represented at Territory and national vocational awards and competitions such as World Skills. Training is essential for the growth of the Territory which is experiencing a sustained period of high labour and skill demand. As a government we will continue to support and encourage the delivery of VET in schools program and the delivery of other VET training, particularly in the traditional trades. I was more than happy to congratulate everyone at the opening of the Skill Centre on the completion of the training facility. The principal, Mr Steve Sjoberg, does a fantastic job at CSC and he and his staff are to be commended for this occasion. Congratulations go to Tahnee Afuhaamango from Jingili who recently won gold, silver and bronze at the World Down Syndrome Swimming Championships held at the University of Limerick in Ireland during September this year. More than 300 athletes representing 21 countries participated including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Portugal, Ukraine, South Africa, Turkmenistan, Venezuela, the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Tahnee won trophies for fastest swimming in freestyle, butterfly and the individual medley. She broke four world records including the short course records in the 50m butterfly and 100m individual medley. Tahnees success was capped by being named Swimmer of the Meet. Well done, Tahnee. I am sure all members here tonight join me in congratulating Tahnee. On Sunday, 19 September, together with the member for Millner and the Coconut Grove Seniors Hall Committee, I invited members of the electorate to a picnic at the Water Gardens to enjoy the sounds of the Darwin City Brass Band. The brass band gave a wonderful performance for the seniors from Coconut Grove and everyone who came along. I was very impressed with the professionalism showed by the band. I thank Iris Beale, the president, and her band for coming along to this special occasion just to give the community the benefit of a wonderful musical interlude on a Sunday afternoon. It was fantastic to see Barrie Martin back on his feet following a very long recovery from a motorbike accident. He and Lai Yee, his wife, walked to the gardens and met up with Joy Pope, who is very well known in the electorate. Tilly Luis also gives a lot to the electorate and to schools in the area. Nicolas Villanueva, and Quito Washington who is, I am sure, known to a lot of people in this Assembly, was there with his family. Everyone really enjoyed the occasion. There is talk of making this an annual event but perhaps not on a football finals weekend. They did have a good roll-up. It was fantastic. It is an honour for me to be the member for Johnston, to interact and support the electorate. I am very grateful for the support that my electorate gives me. I so much enjoy this job, and I look forward to reporting to this Assembly at a future date about more fantastic goings-on within the Johnston electorate. Mr KNIGHT (Daly): Mr Acting Deputy Speaker, I rise tonight to talk about a particular event which has occurred in my electorate of which I am also very proud. It is an event that has communities within that electorate inspired, and was something I was glad to be a small part of. It was the Coomalie Junior Football competition which culminated in a Lightning Carnival held at the end of September. It was organised by Mr Cliff Walton, the Youth Sport and Recreation Officer with the Coomalie Community Government Council. Cliff did an absolutely wonderful job. He is new in that position and he managed to get a range of community members together and children from various communities into an event which I know they thoroughly enjoyed. The Lightning Carnival included 163 players. Coomalie Council takes in the Batchelor and Adelaide River areas and they worked with the Sport and Recreation Officer, Ms Rose Rowlings, from the Nauiyu Community Government Council. Rose is Cliffs partner so I guess they hatched that idea together and certainly the work that was done down at Nauiyu Community was very good. Over the period of the carnival, 350 people were included. They had 28 referees over that period and they certainly had a lot of adults helping out. Although there were primarily younger children, there were older players who came along and they helped out the younger players. There were no strict rules so players ended up filling in for other players teams. I attended the culmination of the Lightning Carnival, which was held at Batchelor. Prior to that, round one was held at the Adelaide River Oval and included teams from the Batchelor School, Adelaide River School, the Wooliana School, St Francis Xavier School and also from Cliffs previous association with the Scout Group, he brought a team down from Howard Springs Scouts.
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