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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 12 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 3763..


We went from Tarago to Bungendore, where we were greeted by the townspeople of Bungendore. We did a lap of Bungendore and then stopped at what is called Frog Hollow, which is the parking area on the side of the roundabout. We had a wonderful lunch, did some briefings and continued on to Canberra for the Spin events.

The Spin events were run at the TAMS depot at 255 Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick. There were car displays. There were displays of music and dance all afternoon and well into the night. Mark Seymour from Hunters and Collectors formed a band called the Petrosexuals, which you may have seen on advertising. They got the crews dancing well into the night.

There are a number of people I would like to thank for the event: the organisers, of course, the National Trust and Chris Wain. He did a fantastic job for the event. I have mentioned the HMAS Albatross base commander. I mention also Jon Rose, the composer of the Canberra Pursuit, and Beth Sometimes, the curator of the Museum of the Long Weekend. The event patron for the rally was Mark Carmody. He did a fantastic job. There was a presentation dinner on the Sunday night. Mark wore what we thought might have been the official floral emblem for the centenary rally, a pinus centorious that was named for the event.

I also want to note some other people that attended the event: Mr Nowak with, as I mentioned, the 1912 Overlander, which was the oldest car in the event. Mr Bill Lewis from the vintage motorcycle club on his BSA Rocket 3; Mr Peter Fitzpatrick, who had the Summernats Holden on display out at the TAMS depot; Julius Goboly who had the FE Holden or Effie, as it is nicknamed, on display at the Spin event as well. And, of course, I mention the organiser of the Spin event at Fyshwick. Congratulations to all of them.

Belconnen High School—navaratri celebration

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.08): I rise this evening to speak about Gujarati Samaj of the ACT and its recent navaratri celebration. On 12 October I attended the navaratri celebration held at Belconnen High School. Navaratri is a traditional Hindu festival dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. The word "navaratri"means nine nights, and the festival runs for nine days and 10 nights. This year the Canberra festival was the only one in Australia to take place over all nine nights. The festival included Garba and Dandia dances and feasts of Indian vegetarian food. The Garba is a traditional folk dance and involves women dressing in elaborate costumes and dancing around the Durga idol accompanied by music and singing. The Dandia is a variation of the Garba, which involves dancing with colourful sticks. I was very pleased to participate in that.

Gujarati Samaj of the ACT brings together Gujarati people in Canberra to celebrate their traditional cultural pursuits, including song and dance and religious celebrations. Gujarati people are involved in many Garba and Dandia performances at religious institutions, multicultural festivals and other public and private concerts. Gujarati people in Canberra come from the Gujarat state in India as well as other parts of India and the rest of the world. There are many Gujarati students who have come to


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