Page 202 - Week 01 - Thursday, 10 February 2022

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Caroline Stacey is the Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of the Street Theatre. She has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the performing arts through administrative roles. Through 16 years at the Street Theatre, Ms Stacey has facilitated the emergence of a new and vibrant artistic community in the ACT, with many works and careers of artists being created and developed. Many of us will be familiar with Ms Stacey’s work, whether it be in her capacity as a director, producer, set designer or dramaturg over many years. She was also named 2012 ACT Artist of the Year.

Justine Curnow was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in leading the national assistance package to sustain and revive the arts and entertainment sectors through the COVID-19 pandemic. These sectors have been amongst the hardest hit over the past two years and they are still doing it tough. The initiatives that Ms Curnow developed were all the first of their kind in the commonwealth arts portfolio and have provided much needed support for the arts and entertainment sectors during 2020 and 2021.

I also acknowledge the Medal of the Order of Australia awarded to the late Kerry Allen for service to the arts through music education. Amongst many other contributions, I note Mrs Allen’s many years as a conductor of the Canberra Boys Choir and Canberra Children’s Choir, as well as president of Kodaly Music Association for 10 years. Mrs Allen’s legacy is certain to live on in the many children that she taught.

Finally, touching on my role as Minister for Human Rights, Bonnie Carter was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia—Bonnie is also in my electorate of Ginninderra—for her absolutely outstanding and tireless advocacy in the space of supporting parents who have suffered a miscarriage or a stillbirth. She has been a pleasure to work with and, as many members in this place know, together with her husband, Steve Carter, she has done incredible things at the Canberra Hospital to support parents who might be grieving. They have been fantastic to work with as we developed the commemorative certificate for those people who have had a miscarriage before 20 weeks. I offer very warm congratulations to her, too.

It is a pleasure to put on the record the ACT government’s thanks to these incredible people that I have just mentioned and to all ACT recipients of an Australia Day honour. They do so much for our community and we are truly grateful. I present the following paper:

Australia Day awards—Canberran recipients—Ministerial statement, 10 February 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Seniors, Veterans, Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health and Minister for Mental Health) (10.15): I rise also to congratulate all Canberrans

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