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Sun newspapers Tue 24 May 2016



Sun newspapers Tue 24 May 2016


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News V1 - NTNE01Z01DS SUN NEWSPAPERS, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 03 Hannah Illingworth took part in the 2015 Launch program applications for 2016 are open now Picture: HELEN ORR perception of the burgeoning satellite city. There is a need to enhance the perception of Palmerston, to build a unique cultural identity and to foster pride in living in the area, the strategy reads. The strategy was prepared by arts consultants Jenny Kerr An artful idea for Palmerston THE potential for the arts to bloom in Palmerston is being stymied by a lack of communication between artists, according to a new strategy aimed at rectifying the issue. A five-year plan to help beautify Palmerston with art was released by the council last Thursday. The Draft Palmerston Arts Strategy 2016-2021 lays out a series of hopes and opportunities to enhance the and Lorna Secrett for the council, following a period of consultation that included a survey of 167 people looking at how important the arts were viewed by the community. Palmerston Mayor Ian Abbott wrote in an introduction about the pivotal role the arts would play as Palmerston moved forward. The need for a strategic and considered pathway to enhancing and building Palmerston as a place for artists and art was voiced loudly by our community during the extensive consultation that has taken place to develop this strategy, he wrote. One finding of the report, outlined in a section titled Issues and opportunities, revealed opportunities could have been missed due to a lack of communication between artists. Communication and connectivity is limited among artists and arts groups, leading to unrealised potential and opportunities, the report read. The section also pinpointed a lack of art facilities in the area. There are limited indoor and outdoor venues for arts practice, celebration and gathering groups together, and these are often unsuitable for these purposes. The strategy outlined a number of desired outcomes for the community to work towards to try to overcome such problems. These included securing partnerships with sector stakeholders, increasing participation and engagement in the arts, improving places and spaces and more. Residents have the opportunity to offer feedback on the strategy until June 8. To do so visit palmerston.nt.gov.au. PALMERSTON ARTS DARWIN council is recruiting young people aged 15 to 25 for its Launch Youth Events Team. They will help produce a series of pop-up gigs in 2016, and signature events for Youth Week 2017. Hannah Illingworth participated in last years event. (It) is such an amazing opportunity for young people in our community, she said. It has enabled me to really stretch myself and develop events that support our local community, such as the Good Vibes Skate Comp. Darwin Mayor Katrina Fong Lim is encouraging all budding event planners to apply. We value the contribution young people make to the community and programs such as Launch enable them to really shine, she said. The program includes training on topics such as marketing, sound and lighting, and production logistics, as well as hands-on planning and delivery. Applications close at 5pm on Monday, May 30. Launch yourself into exciting program of events Impossible to make decision KIDNEY disease patients are being forced to decide between a bed or a meal due to Centrelink rejections, says the Darwin Community Legal Service. The organisation put out a statement to coincide with World Kidney Week, which runs until May 28, that said patients had issues with the Newstart allowances. Patients report that after paying rent to an Aboriginal hostel, they only have $10 left from their Newstart Allowance many people have to choose between shelter, food and transport costs, the statement read. Kidney disease has a disproportionate impact on indigenous health; four to five times the rate of non-indigenous people are affected, and they are being diagnosed from a much younger age. For free legal advice about this, or any civil matter, contact DCLS on 8982 1111 or visit dcls.org.au. 8935 9922 | www.palmerston.nt.gov.au | Quality Advance Apartments Fully selF-contAined serviced ApArtments Exceptional Personalised Service First choice for all government, corporate and business accommodation needs Over 40 years experience in the hospitality - accommodation industry 9 years in the Darwin accommodation industry Phone (08) 8982 3100 | 55 Cavenagh Street, Darwin www.advanceapartments.com.au DARWIN WATERFRONT Saturday 28 May at the Darwin Waterfront 4pm 8.30pm Harmony Soiree Come and celebrate Darwins cultural diversity! Decorate your floating lantern, release it with the lantern flotilla and watch the fireworks finale! Prizes will be awarded for the best handmade lanterns. With fun filled activities, dazzling entertainment and delicious food from different parts of the world. www.multicultural.nt.gov.au