Page 1664 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 7 May 2013

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Anyone who went out and saw the event would understand how much work must have gone into the production. The site at Brindabella Park was a perfect setting and was creatively fitted out, with superb lighting complemented with superb sound.

I would like to acknowledge the many magnificent designers who showcased their work: 4 Minutes 33; Andie Meredith; Anthony Capon; Aperiodic; Baku; Corr Blimey; dissonance; Edition; Gabrielle Everitt; Hunter; Jenifer Aniela; Karen Lee; Lisa T; M&TM; Materialbyproduct; Mont; Perpetually Five; Pure Pod; Rockstars and Royalty; Sarah Joseph Couture; Scarlette; Shekudo; Sofia Polak; Sovata; SZN; They Lied! We Can Fly; U.L.E.; and WND.LND.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the models who presented the designs so brilliantly. They were Aiko Mineishi; Alice Anderson; Alice Downing; Alistair Morrell; Alyce Bell; Amara Purnell; Angela Timani; Ari Schlumpp; Ariel Ayers; Asher Crawford; Barbara-Jane Kors; Billy Ileris; Carryn Jack; Clint Domine; Craig Barrie; Daniella Morr; Doris Gong; Ellen Hodgson; Emily Kwong; Emily Vrbenski; Emma Dobbie; Erica Foster; Gina Poulakis; Glenn Pain; Hayley O’Neill; Helene Jobard; Ilana Davies; Ingrid Elise Vennonen; Jay Coulton; Jessica Schembri; Jessica Tipping; Josh Nedelukovic; Julius Yate; Kate Cooper; Ken Scruton; Lara Schroed; Lauren Bland; Lauren Boric; Linsey Dewick; Lou Charron; Lym Garratt; Mat McRae; Melissa Obst; Melissa Swann; Mimi Fairall; Minthaka Wijeyaratna; Molly Folkard; Navchaa Tumurbaatar; Ole Hinder; Olivia McIntyre; Rachelle Dawson; Samara Purnell; Sarah Vaughan; Thomas Arbant-Zadier; Thomas Armstrong; and Ugh An.

Of course, I would also like to acknowledge Anneliese Seubert, who was the face of Fashfest and gave the event additional prominence and prestige. There were many people who contributed to make the event possible, including many generous sponsors and the front and back of house support.

The sponsors were the Centenary of Canberra, ACT Government, ActewAGL, Audi Centre Canberra, Canberra airport, Canprint Communications, Capital Training Institute, Chalk Design, Clarity Communications Australia, CMA Training Group, Dendy Cinemas, East Hotel, Eden Road Wines Australia, Eightysix, Elite Sound and Lighting, Evolve, Form Haircutters, GHD, It is isn’t it, Leighton Hutchinson Photography, M: Artistry, Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers, National Film and Sound Archive, Pictacase, Rojo Vinyl Customs, Screencraft, Shorty’s, SNP Security, Stricklands 1842, the Canberra Times, Tongue & Groove, Westfield Belconnen and Woden, WIN Television, and Zoo Advertising.

To put on events like this one requires vision, risk taking and the ability to convert an idea into reality. Canberra needs events such as Fashfest and we need people such as the Hutchinsons who are able to make it happen. I thank them for their ongoing contribution to Canberra and I join with thousands of others in looking forward to the next Fashfest. For more information, people should visit


MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (4.39): Tonight I rise to recognise the contribution young people make to their workplaces by offering my support to the shop distributors

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