Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1893..
Miroslav Bukovsky, trombonist James Greening, drummer Colin Hoorweg, vocalist Vince Jones, sax player John Mackey, guitarist Mike Price, and pianist Matt Thompson.
Miroslav Bukovsky was born in Czechoslovakia and grew up listening to jazz on the then illegal Voice of America late-night broadcasts. When the Soviet army invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, Bukovsky left his homeland and made a new and highly successful life in Australia. In doing so, he founded several jazz bands, including the award-winning Wanderlust.
Canberra has a long and proud history of supporting jazz. In recognising International Jazz Day, I am proud to acknowledge the work of our jazz musicians and the pleasure and enjoyment they bring to audiences here in Canberra, across Australia and around the world.
Reconciliation Australia and Rotary Club of Canberra
MR HANSON (Molonglo) (6.48): I rise tonight to talk about the Reconciliation Australia and Rotary Club of Canberra evening of Australian music event on 27 April 2012 at the residence of the Austrian ambassador. I acknowledge that Minister Bourke was there also. The event was done in partnership with the Rotary Club of Canberra and Reconciliation Australia, but it obviously relied on the very generous support of the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria and Mrs Andrea Porias. The ambassador is a Rotarian and is clearly a very generous and very well-regarded individual.
The evening involved a great array of entertainment. In particular, there was a special guest appearance by Christine Anu. If you have never heard her perform, she is spectacular. We were also entertained by the Ryebuck Bush Band, who provided us with a selection of Australian ballads, including a singalong. The MC of the evening was Ross Solly from the ABC. All proceeds went to support young Indigenous persons to participate in the Rotary youth leader award—that is, RYLA—and the Rotary program of enrichment, RYPEN. The remaining funds will be allocated to selected projects developed by the sponsored participants.
As well as the music there was artwork to be seen. There was a very nice buffet. There was great warmth and generosity on the night. I would like to commend all of those who were involved but, in particular, Gill McFeat, who played a key role in the organisation of the evening.
This was just one event, one activity, conducted by the Rotary Club of Canberra. They do fantastic work across our community. If you go to their website you will see an extensive list of youth programs, vocational activities, international programs and community service projects. It certainly made me very proud to be a Rotarian, to be there on the evening, and also to see some of the other great work that they do.
In recognition I would like to pay note to the board: president Phil Byrne, president-elect, Natalie Vandepeer-Bradley, secretary Jeff Bradley, treasurer Paul Street, membership Govert Mellink, foundation Gerard Brennan, sergeant Alison Russell-French, international service Michele Whitters, community service Yvonne Luxford,