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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 September 2010) . . Page.. 4239 ..

Finally, the Canberra Times fun run was held recently. I commend everyone involved in that and say well done to everybody who ran. I ran in it. I was a bit slower than I was at the Mother’s Day classic, I would have to say. Winter had not been kind to me; I was five minutes slower. I was sad to see that Mr Seselja was not there. I looked for him. Normally I look behind me, over my shoulder, to see if he is there. But no.

Mr Barr interjecting—

MR HANSON: No. He was not to be seen, Mr Barr. I was very disappointed. I was once again looking for him, but he was not there.

Finally, I would like to commend Ms Burch for her words on Pakistan. It is not often that I agree with what she says in this chamber, but I agreed with everything she said tonight and I would like to echo her sentiments.

ArtSound FM

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.40): As a member of community radio station ArtSound FM, I am pleased to advise the Assembly that ArtSound has been awarded this year’s ACT community media award. This award is sponsored jointly by the Public Relations Institute of Australia and the Chief Minister, and it marks continued cooperation between PR professionals and the media in Canberra.

ArtSound’s award recognises its many years of support for music and arts in the Canberra region. The citation reads “ArtSound FM’s many years of high quality music broadcasting by its dedicated volunteers and its encouragement of local musicians has enriched the life of the Canberra region”. Importantly, this award is not something that an organisation can apply for. Winners are chosen because they demonstrate best practice. The award is part of the PRIA’s national Golden Target Awards competition. ArtSound has become a contender for the PRIA’s national award for excellence, to be announced in Darwin in October.

ArtSound has been operating in Canberra since 1983 and has a strong focus on promoting local music and arts. ArtSound’s work in the community is not limited to radio broadcasting. ArtSound has been actively recording performances and now has the largest collection in the ACT of recordings of local concerts, recitals, book and poetry readings, plays and debates. This is testament to their commitment to Canberra’s flourishing arts community.

In addition, ArtSound offers sound preservation services to the public so that vinyl and tape recordings can be cleaned up and transferred to CD. Family sound heirlooms can thus be preserved for future generations. ArtSound’s professional recording studio is state of the art and boasts recording many commercial release CDs.

ArtSound’s activities do not stop there. It also offers training courses for anyone with a hankering to become a radio presenter. The courses are highly professional, run by experienced ArtSound presenters who between them have well over 100 years of broadcasting experience. A number of ArtSound presenters are now pursuing professional radio and television careers.

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