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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 1682 Congratulations to all of the winners, including Young Achiever of the Year, Mark Munnich. It has been a privilege to watch Mark grow over the years. His ongoing commitment and passion for the Northern Territory is undeniable. Many people have had the privilege of talking to Mark. He is very bright, has a fire in his belly and has a lot of energy. I do not know where he gets it all from. He has a lot of energy to make a difference in the Territory and he made an impression in this House as a member of last years Commonwealth Youth Parliament. We are so fortunate to have such a vibrant youth community and a bright future. When we have so many conversations about young people in our community that are often in a negative light, it is important we continue to recognise that. Mrs WORDEN (Sanderson): Mr Deputy Speaker, I am standing up tonight to talk about an exceptional Territorian, an up-and-coming country singer. We are fortunate tonight that she has come in to join us. Born and bred Territorian, Kim Koole. What an awesome name! I am a relative novice in regard to Kims singing, but my good friends, Raquel and Ambrose Nichols-Skene, who many in the House will know, are fans. Ambrose has been playing in her support band. I am lucky they introduced me to her music very recently; it is nothing short of impressive. I am now the proud owner of Kims new CD, and it plays in the electorate office on a regular basis, whether my Electorate Officer likes it or not. Whilst Kim is not a Member of the Sanderson electorate, the Member for Karama is very fortunate to have her in her electorate. I am happy to consider her an honorary member of the Sanderson electorate because she fits in her well with our hard-working, happy and positive community. Darwin also offers us three degrees of separation, and I have discovered that Kim is the daughter-in-law of my great and long-term friend, Peter OHagan, who many of us know not only from the Labor Party, but also from his great work with the Rapid Creek Landcare Group. Kim grew up in Darwin, with plenty of fishing and camping trips with familya fairly normal Territory life from what I hear from my colleagues, who were very lucky to be born in Darwin. That is most peoples experiences here in the Territory. It makes us jealous every time someone jumps up and tells us all about it. I am told that on these family trips Kim was exposed to a variety of music influencesone of my favourites, Creedence. I am not so sure about the Eagles or Slim Dusty. I am more of a Charley Pride and Robert Cray girl. But we can agree on Creedence as a decent musical influence. I am also advised that Kim began singing at the ripe old age of five, in various church productions. While most of us were off playing with our dolls or in the back yard with sticks and action figures, Kim was already honing her craft. She knew from a pretty young age that she wanted to seek out a career as a singer, and it is great to see her now keeping true to that path. At the age of 11 she joined a local community band as one of four lead singers. That is pretty amazing in itself. They sang at various community events, including a festival held at her primary school. At 12 she was introduced to country music, which is a genre she loves. A year later she began to learn how to play the guitar and commenced the next steps in starting to write her own songs. I am sure Kim attended Marrara Christian College, which gives her more right to be an honorary constituent of the Sanderson electorate. Kims story is much like most musicians in the Territory in that she did not pursue her dreams until after she finished school, but was confronted with the harsh reality of the industry and the directionless attitude that many school leavers face. I think many of us can relate to that. After a short dabble at university, Kim, on her mums urgingmums always urge their kids to do the right thingentered a few local talent competitions, winning each one. There are no surprises there. She was then recommended to compete in the Adelaide River country music talent competition, which she did. Again, no surprisesKim came out with first place in song writing, second place in vocals and the overall prize of a scholarship to the CMAA Academy of Country Music in Tamworth. Once you have listened to Kim, those accolades will not surprise you.

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