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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 1683 Since then Kim has jammed with Kasey Chambers, performed at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, been invited to play at the Adelaide River country muster, Darwin Show and local pubs. She has done radio interviews and made her way to Tamworth for the 2013 festival. Her song Blue Skies made her a finalist in the 2013 NT Song of the Year Awards. In January 2014 Kim was on her way to the CMAA Academy of Country Music to study all aspects of country music with the likes of Amber Lawrence, Pete Denahy, Kevin Bennett, Tamara Stewart and many other great country music influences. What an opportunity! The academys graduation concert was a great surprise for Kim, as her now husband, Tim, surprised her and proposed. They married in June 2014, and I have stalked their wedding photos; there is no shame in that. They have an appropriate country feel to them. Good on you, Kim. In December 2015 Kim began hosting a weekly country music hour on a local community radio show, Darwin 97.7, every Wednesday evening, a role she has very much enjoyed. Kim has since been spending her time writing songs and playing gigs, and she recently recorded her first album, Blue Skies., which features a truck load of her own songs. The music is definitely country, very laid back, and reflective of her life in the Territory. If anybody wants a copy, she has them on hand. In a recent interview, Kim provided a tip to young musicians that they should enjoy themselves on stage. From my observations she certainly does that. Having read a recent biography of Kim, she tells of a lack of self-confidence due to getting teased. It is very clear to me from her performance a couple of weeks back, at the salubrious Noonamah Tavernour Speaker of the House was there as wellshe has overcome that lack of confidence. It was fabulous to see her on stage. Last weekend she performed at the Katherine Club. It is great to see her taking her music out of Darwin. This weekend she will be headlining at the Freds Pass Show. Everybody will get an opportunity to listen to her. That is an opportunity for us to get out and support her before she becomes too famous to know that any of us exist. Well done, Kim. Keep kicking your personal goals, and keep shining the Territory light. You make us all proud; we will be watching you as you go. Mr SIEVERS (Brennan): Mr Deputy Speaker, I want to update the House on the grounds in Palmerston. On Saturday afternoon the Member for Drysdale and I attended the opening of the Palmerston Spanlift Stadium, home of the Satellite City BMX Club. As assistant minister for sport, and proud resident of the Palmerston community, I had great pleasure in attending and opening the fantastic event. The Northern Territory Government spent $1.98m upgrading Spanlift Stadium to refurbish the track and install a roof over the complex. The single span roof built by Spanlift Australia is 68 metres wide by 105 metres long. When the 7104 square metre roof was lifted into place it was the biggest roof lift ever carried out by Spanlift, and possibly the biggest in Australia. It is huge. The new facility will help local BMX riders to improve their skills during the Wet and Dry Seasons. It will also enable the Satellite City BMX Club to host local and national competitions, which have a positive financial flow-on effect to all of Darwin and Palmerston. Many years ago some of my sons raced at the same BMX track. The sport of BMX helps build teamwork and great friendships while being a fast and exhilarating sport. BMX racing is now an Olympic sport. This new facility and our NT riders will be working toward the ultimate test in October, when the club hosts the 2017 NT BMX titles. I am informed the Satellite City BMX Club has lodged an expression of interest with BMX Australia to hold a national series in 2018. This would provide a potential economic benefit to the local community. I want to convey a huge thank you to Daniel, Plugger, the committee and the community members who got behind this project and finished it. It is fantastic to have this Olympic sport and one of the best infrastructures in the great city of Palmerston. I am sure that now we have this state of the art BMX venue, with a lot of practice we will be soon our Palmerston BMX riders in the Olympics.