Territory Stories

Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 14 February 2007



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 14 February 2007

Other title

Parliamentary Record 12


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




Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory





Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication


File type



Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory



Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

DEBATES Wednesday 14 February 2007 3893 Denise Smith is a person who has made a significant contribution to education in the Northern Territory over many years. I am sure that members will join with me in wishing her the very best for her retirement and thanking her for her major and long-term contribution to education in our Territory. It is nearly the end of February, and I take this opportunity to look back over the end of 2006, which was a very busy time in my electorate. As always, the schools were busy with end-of-year presentations and concerts, and farewelling the students who moved on to high school and middle school. It is always an absolute pleasure to attend these events, which take an enormous amount of planning and preparation. It is a fantastic opportunity to see the schools and students achievements over the year. I attended the Leanyer Primary School end-of-year awards night, and I had the honour of presenting the Paul Henderson Year 7 Academic Achievement Award to Anika Sorensen. Congratulations Anika, and good luck at high school; I am sure you will excel. I would also like to congratulate Courtney Chin from Leanyer, who was awarded the Board of Studies Year 7 Achievement Award and nominated for the Administrators Medal. Courtney then went on to be awarded the Administrators Medal for the Northern Suburbs. Well done, Courtney. The St Andrews and Holy Spirit schools also held fabulous end-of-year presentations. It was fantastic to see so many students doing so well at school. It was great to attend the end-of-year concert at Wanguri Primary School. It was a marvellous night, thoroughly enjoyed by family and many others. Late last year, I had the sad job of farewelling the principal of Holy Spirit Primary School, Gill Webb. Gill has been a fantastic principal at Holy Spirit over eight years, I believe. Gill will be sadly missed by all of the staff and the students at Holy Spirit. Gill has moved on to another principal position within the Catholic school system. Gill, I wish you all the very best and thank you for the marvellous job you have done at Holy Spirit over the years. However, this year, we welcome Bernadette Morriss as the new principal. Welcome to the school, Bernadette; I am sure you will enjoy and do a fantastic job. I look forward to catching up with Bernadette soon. The Christmas spirit was alive and well around Leanyer and Wanguri, with many houses adorned with thousands of Christmas lights. Congratulations must go to Franco and Jenny Zuccarato who live near me in Haritos Street in Wanguri. Franco and Jenny did a marvellous job of covering their house with Christmas lights and were deservingly awarded the Power and Water Show Santa Where You Live competition prize yet again. That is two years running that Franco and Jenny have taken out an award. Franco, in particular, spends hundreds of hours putting the lights together, and it brings so much joy to probably many thousands of people who come from all over Darwin and Palmerston to see their home in Haritos Street. The amount of joy it brings to those people and to those kids is just indeterminable. Franco and Jenny, thank you for your wonderful Christmas spirit. Hotham Court is in Leanyer as well, where many homes compete and did an amazing job. Lyons development is coming along very quickly. I conducted a site visit with the member for Casuarina over the last week or so. It was great to see the development coming along so well. The public ballot for Stage 1 of Lyons was a roaring success, with 31 blocks sold on the same day. Stage 2 is expected to be released in or around April, with the ballots held in May. Fifteen Defence Housing Authority homes have commenced construction, with a further 11 homes due to start soon. The builders who are participating in the Lyons Greensmart Display Village should be announced shortly, and the display village is due for completion mid-year. The neighbourhood facility is well under way and should be ready to move into around June. It is fantastic to see homes going up at a cracking pace and the suburb coming along so well. I held my annual electorate Christmas party at Tracy Village on 11 December. It was a fantastic night. It was a great chance to catch up with community members and neighbours. These are the people who have supported me over the years, so it was great to catch up with them all before the busy Christmas holiday season kicked in. I also had the pleasure of attending the Leanyer Seniors Village Christmas lunch. It is always refreshing to see the seniors. They form such a tight knit community within the village and are always a joy to spend time with. Well done to John and all the residents who organised the party. It was great to see you enjoying the Christmas spirit. I also attended the Cambodian-Australian Community Christmas party. It was a great night filled with food, laughter and lots of people getting together. Congratulations to President Con and the rest of the committee and the organisers for a great night out.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain the names, voices and images of people who have died, as well as other culturally sensitive content. Please be aware that some collection items may use outdated phrases or words which reflect the attitude of the creator at the time, and are now considered offensive.

We use temporary cookies on this site to provide functionality.
By continuing to use this site without changing your settings, you consent to our use of cookies.