Page 4367 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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I would like to take a moment to acknowledge those who are part of the band and who performed at the anniversary concert: Geoff Grey, Keith Helgesen, Michael Kamen, Malcolm Arnold, Paul Lavender, Paul Hart, Chris Claoue-Long, Amy Barker, John Wickerson, Michael Gill, Clare Banks, Stephanie Hillman, Mirja Mclean-Engstrom, Stefanie Watts, Sarah Pfeiffer, Nicola Kovacs, Anita Scherrer, Gerhard Reubel, Neil Woodhams, Keydan Bruce, Gerard Sloan, Brooke Gale, Grace Brayshaw, Dom Galloway, Peter Palmer, Mark O’Leary, Steve Weller, Liz Royal, Scott Levers, Tim Benson, Anna Doukakis, Brooke Zotti, Manning Fell, Simon Hukin, Michael Jackson—not that Michael Jackson—Mark Anderson, Simon Mitchell, Thomas Manley, Emily Pollnitz, Sandra Cruikshank, Lucy Merritt, Bob Wood, Sharon Robinson, Paul Goldsbrough, Jason Henderson, Bruce Smyth, James Baldwin, Jessica Moya, Paul Parolo, Bernie Evans, Sandra Nielsen, Allen Phillips, Rebecca Gibbs, Caitlin McAnulty, Stephanie Hally-Burton, Thomas Manley, Mami Iwashita, Sue Bailey, Caroline Christenson, Jono O’Rourke, Natalie Walker, David Johnson, LynJess Steward, Gemma Cook, Sarah Watson, Wang Woody, Jordan London, Carly Brown, Helen Rodgers, Jarod Esposito, Katherine Power, Julie Watson, Mike Butler, Jenny Geldart, John-Henry Te Hira, Mike Hauptmann, Tony Sillcock, Andrew Pengilley, Jason Henderson, Alicia Perritt, Vince Tee and Jenna Hinton. I guess that is why it is called a big band.

I pay tribute to all the band members and supporters who have been a part of this wonderful group for the past 88 years. It takes hours, indeed, years of practice, dedication and passion to be an ongoing part of our community in this way for so long. Congratulations to the Canberra City Band.

Capital Arts Patrons Organisation

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (6.59): The Capital Arts Patrons Organisation—CAPO—is a non-profit group of volunteers that has supported Canberra and regional arts for 30 years. CAPO is essentially about Canberra business people coming together to support our artists. Before coming to this place I had been a CAPO board member and had been attending CAPO events for many years. I was very pleased on Saturday night to present the 2013 fellowship at the 30th CAPO fine art exhibition and auction at the new venue of the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

In its 30 years CAPO has distributed over $1.8 million in arts scholarships and awards raised from the Canberra business and arts communities. Goods and services donated to CAPO by Canberra businesses and artworks donated by Canberra artists are sold at the annual CAPO auction, and it is certainly an event I recommend to anyone who wants to survey the Canberra arts scene to see what is happening here and now.

The CAPO board brings together expertise, as I said, from business, the arts sector and marketing to support our arts community. The CAPO fellowship is CAPO’s most prestigious award and comprises a substantial grant enabling an artist to work independently on a work or body of works for an extended period. In 2011 Heather Burness used her grant to visit Yirrkala and continue a collaboration with Yolngu artist, Naminapu Maymuru White. Last year, Bob Boynes used his fellowship to

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