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Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 9 May 2017



Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 9 May 2017

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Parliamentary Record 5


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




pp 1623 to 1686


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DEBATES Tuesday 9 May 2017 1681 We also had Heritage Week in Alice Springs. I am very fortunate to live in and represent an electorate with such a strong history and so many heritage sites, including the Telegraph Station and the Old Gaol. Some fantastic historic sites are part of Heritage Week each year. Heritage NT and the National Trust did fantastic work. I acknowledge Kevin Diflo, who was involved in organising a lot of the events and is a driving force. He is a strong part of our community and I thank him for his volunteering. I attended the seniors morning tea, which was fantastic. I heard some fantastic yarns and tales of Alice Springs past. Loraine Braham, a former member of the House and former Speaker, is always there with a great story on Alice Springs, so it was great to see her at that morning tea. There were many well-attended events at the library. I acknowledge the work of the Alice Springs library. It is a very well-supported service and the council should be very proud of the work they do. We have some amazing librarians. Every time there is a week like this, there are events at the library. There were three events during Heritage Week at the library, so I thank them for their work. Thank you also to all the volunteers who made Heritage Week such a success in Alice Springs. Ms MOSS (Casuarina): Mr Deputy Speaker, tonight I wish to put on the record some of the achievements in my electorate of Casuarina and also to say thank you. I wish to express my deepest thanks to Laura Mulready at Dripstone Childrens Centre. Many people in our community know Laura Mulready and have their children at the childrens centre at the front of CDU on Dripstone Road. Many know that Laura will be moving back to Ireland soon, after running the centre over the last two years. We know how valuable and hard-working carers are as they work with our kids in the early years of development. It has been an absolute pleasure to meet Laura and see the positive achievements and milestones at the childrens centre since her appointment, especially in the centres environment. The outdoor play space is looking beautiful and it still holds so much potential. It just got a new bee hotel added to the improved garden. I have to say a big thank you to the department of Primary Industry, which came in to teach the children about bees, which is pretty cool. The childrens centre now has a distinct focus on loving nature which permeates through all their activities and identity. It is truly something that the children, families and staff can be proud of. It is all about naturebased play and there is a much broader community engagement focus at the childrens centre, which I think is brilliant. Dripstone Childrens Centre has three new additions that we should welcome: Tilly, Rosie Lala and Cottontail, the rabbits. And the chickens are laying eggs, which is a great experience for those kids. Last year was Dripstone Childrens Centres 30 th birthday bash, and it continues to go on from strength to strength, particularly under Lauras leadership. I was very happy to support National Science Week activities last year; we made ice cream out of liquid nitrogen and we froze and smashed flowers. Everyone was pretty delighted, including me. I thank Laura and the parent body for their immense work in creating such a positive learning and nurturing environment for those children. I wish Laura all the very best on her next chapter and look forward to catching up with her at the centre later in the week. I wish her well. I also note that last sittings I talked about those in my electorate who were finalists in the NT Young Achiever Awards. On what is one of the most positive nights of the year, I was really pleased to see Rian Smit from Lyons receive the PTTEP Health and Wellbeing Award for her mental health LGBTQI advocacy. All the finalists and winners on the night are inspiring leaders in our community, and it is an important reminder to us all about how much our young people contribute on a daily basis to our community. They are not just leaders of tomorrow; this is what they do day-in and day-out as Territorians. They are leading today, and the Young Achiever Awards is a brilliant example of that. It is a brilliant time for us to recognise it, but we need to recognise it all year round. The Young Carers Award always gets people choked up; the room is always incredibly supportive. Young people, families and community members are getting out there and supporting our young leaders. It is an absolutely brilliant night, so it is important that we remember outside of the Young Achiever Awards to continue to be cheerleaders for our young people.

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