Page 102 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 27 November 2012

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The centenary team is also working with multicultural groups and seniors. Our multicultural community will be front and centre throughout 2013. The harmony bus will bring together various multicultural and broader ACT communities who will travel by bus to visit a number of ethnic and cultural venues in an aim to foster ongoing community relations and empower prominent community leaders in local communities to gain a better understanding and appreciation of diversity and shared values of respect and harmony.

Museum of the long weekend is an intergenerational project that will engage a group of youths who will be mentored in filmmaking skills and who will then interview our seniors about their recollection of recreation and holidays. The films will be played in vintage caravans on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin in October 2013.

In addition, a number of large-scale community engagement projects will engage the wider community. Fifty-one projects have been funded through the million dollar centenary community initiatives fund which supports the capacity of the community to extend their existing programs and to support new initiatives.

On a grassroots community level, centenary club of the month will be awarded to the sporting team, club or organisation that celebrates and recognises the centenary of Canberra through their own networks. There will be one winner each month from February to November, when the final 10 winners will have the opportunity to win the centenary club of the year.

A range of large-scale productions will be for all the Canberra community, but the centenary celebrations will also bring together the various residential communities across Canberra. Having lived in Belconnen all my life, I will be looking forward to the range of exciting events that the centenary year will bring to the Belconnen town centre and surrounding suburbs. Highlights for next year include the exhibition Terrain: mapping Strathnairn at the Strathnairn Arts Association in Holt in May, and there will the wind, air, water centenary kite festival on Lake Ginninderra.

The Belconnen Skate Park will host the Australian female skateboarding championships in October. The University of Canberra and the Belconnen Arts Centre will be presenting a program of events in 2013. One of the highlights includes Crosscurrents, a performance featuring artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and disciplines. The performance will address ethnicity, creativity and the power of cultural interchange in the national capital. One of Australia’s foremost ceramic artists, an exponent of the modernist movement in Japanese ceramics, Hiroe Swen will present a solo exhibition in October and November at the Belconnen Arts Centre.

Mr Assistant Speaker, the importance of next year’s celebrations will not be lost on the ACT community.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (4.19): I will take up where Ms Berry finished off. I am sure it will not be lost on the people of the ACT. But the question is: will it actually reach the rest of the country? I think we are all looking forward to next year—certainly to seeing the first half of the production; I cannot wait to get volume 2 for

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