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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (12 October) . . Page.. 3026 ..

Canberra Institute of Technology - Indigenous Art

MR WOOD (5.56): A month or two ago I visited the workshop at the Canberra Institute of Technology where indigenous art is being taught and being carried out at a very high level. It is an area of interest to me and, I am sure, to many others in this town and in this Assembly. I was very encouraged by what I saw at the institute, with a high level of artistic skill being applied by people very early in their training. The work on display when I went there was very good to see. It is a program that I trust the institute will carry on for some considerable time, that will expand and that will bring more and more indigenous artists into its fold.

I was very pleased to see the workshop they had, which showed all the signs of great activity, very encouraging activity, although I guess space was fairly cramped. They could do with more space. I am sure that is one of the things Mr Stefaniak will look at in the future. Perhaps most encouraging of all about my visit was the absolute enthusiasm of all people there, both staff and students, towards the projects they are carrying out. It is that level of enthusiasm more than anything which will ensure the success of that course. Other members from time to time might like to turn up at the institute to see the quality of work and what is happening, and we might encourage them in these quite important creative endeavours.

Nara Women's University Scholarship

MR HIRD (5.58): Mr Speaker, I would like to inform the house that Belinda Brice, a student of the Canberra University, has won a scholarship with the Nara Women's University under the sister city arrangements which were negotiated by the Chief Minister and the former Government. I am delighted to inform the house that Belinda is the first student to be chosen under these circumstances. Belinda has taken the community's best wishes and an ACT flag to present to the Nara university. I am particularly proud for her parents and other members of the Belconnen community and for the University of Canberra. She is a bright, intelligent lady who will do well in her studies during the 12 months she is in that university in Nara.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 5.59 pm.

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