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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 13 February 2014



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 13 February 2014

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Parliamentary Record 10


Debates for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016




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DEBATES Thursday 13 February 2014 3431 Ms PURICK: Go, Freds Pass! I congratulate Litchfield Council staff for putting together such a great event this year. The senior Citizen of the Year Award winner was Frank Dunstan. Frank Dunstan has spent many years volunteering with St John Ambulance, is a volunteer firefighter among a couple of the things he does, and is definitely a worthy recipient. He has given a lot to not only the rural community, but the Northern Territory community as a whole. He also wrote a book recently, about the history of St John volunteers in the Territory. He kindly gave me a copy of the book, which is a good and interesting read. Well done to Frank Dunstan. The junior Citizen of the Year Award went to Nicholas Brustolin, who has given much and helped the community, especially in the area of young people. He is involved with the Scouts. He is an older Scout now, but is happy, I have been told, to pitch in and help everyone, particularly young people. He seemed a bit shy when he was receiving his award, but I know from what was said about him he was a worthy recipient. The Community Event/Group of the Year Award for the rural area was the Coolalinga Markets. There is not a better recipient than the Coolalinga Markets. It took the gamble, quite a few months ago now, to move from its past premises in the shopping area to the Freds Pass Reserve under the big shed, and has gone from strength to strength. It organises special functions, raises money for breast cancer, raises money in association with the Biggest Morning Tea, runs Mothers Day raffles and gives money to all the various community groups around town. There is lots of fresh produce, arts and crafts not too many bananas, sadly, but I am sure they will come back when the government is kind enough to donate new banana fruit trees to those who have lost their banana orchards. Well done and congratulations to Trish and her committee for the Coolalinga Markets for being the event of the year. There were two Mayor awards. Mayor Allan McKay gave two awards. One was to Ray McCasker, who has, for many years, been involved with Southern Districts Football Club. He is a mad keen football person who was a player in his time. He was president for many years and did much for young and not-so-young footballers, and womens football with Southern Districts Football Club. He was not backward in coming forward in trying to promote mens health issues along the way. Well done to Ray. Also, Sharon and Broderick Crook of the Bush Baptist Church received a Mayor Award for the work they do in our community, particularly with young people. They have a drop-in centre, youth accommodation, a boxing troupe and music. The member for Nelson and I have been to many of their functions and they always put on a good show. They do what we need done in the community without fanfare. Well done to them. Thank you also to the Lions Club. The rural Lions Club provided all the refreshments and the Rotary Club provided the barbecue for the morning. Thanks again to John Wilson or Noddy as we know him for organising the fun run. Thanks to the Humpty Doo Scouts and the Guides. George Kasparek and Becky Myers organised the young Scouts, Guides and Brumbies for the flag raising. There were a few small issues getting the flag to open but, eventually, it opened and was a good sight. Thanks again to Litchfield Council, Mayor Allan McKay, his councillors and staff, because it was a good morning. It was a little steamy and hot, but that is what you get at that time of the year. Thank you to everyone. Well done. The next matter I will talk about in the five minutes I have is that we will have a Freds Pass Rural Show this year. Freds Pass Rural Community Show is back again mid-May. I think it is 22 May ... Mr Wood: Better than Alice Springs. Ms PURICK: Better than the Alice Springs Show, said the member for Nelson. It is a Top End rural show which is back on the agenda. The show committee is furiously writing letters to the Chief Minister, ministers, departments, sponsors and display people. Around 60 to 80 people want to put on a display of some kind or use some space. It has been a pretty hard road. They have had to undertake many negotiations with the Freds Pass management board, but they have now been finalised. They have their agreement, their licence in place and are keen to make the show a real rural show. The theme this year is Paddock to Plate. That is not an original theme for our country, but we need to get focus back on farm people because it is the farm and bush people who provide what we eat, drink and wear in our everyday lives. I say thank you to that committee. Congratulations, and I know you will put on a terrific show. To Karen Relph; Leanne Dix; Michelle Parker; Krissi Besic; Georgie McMaster, who has helped with some behind the scenes legal advice; Mary Burgess; and Keely Quinn, well done and thank you. We know the horse people will be involved. They always put on a good show and many people come to shows just to watch those magnificent