Page 240 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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The Meredith and Peter Crowley best production of a school or youth musical went to Guys and Dolls by the Combined Canberra Grammar Schools. The Tim Dalton of Luton’s best production of a school or youth play went to The Burning by Canberra Grammar School. The Queanbeyan Players best production of a variety show went to Wagga Wagga Takes Two by SFP Productions. Recruitment Systems’ best production of a play went to Under Milk Wood by Canberra Repertory Society.

Recruitment Systems’ best production of a musical went to Avenue Q by SoPopera! and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change by Queanbeyan City Council. The Financial Index best contribution, on or off stage, by a senior went to Launa Boucher. The Canberra area regional excellence award went to Queanbeyan Players for 50 years entertaining Queanbeyan and the region and Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society for their support of young people and theatre in Cowra through amalgamation with YAMA youth performing arts.

The Ryleho in the spirit of the community award went to Circus 35 South for providing healthy lifestyle opportunities for young people on the south coast of New South Wales. The ActewAGL gold CAT award went to Kevin Beatty for outstanding achievement in original scripts, performance and direction for Molonglo Players. The Mary Porter professional development scholarship went to Thomas Walsh.

Finally, I would like to thank the judges who do a wonderful job and volunteer so much time and their own resources: Edwin Briggs, Peter Dark, Dave Evans, Ian McLean AM, CSC, Chris Neal, Terry O’Connor, Charles Oliver, Stephen Pike, Oliver Raymond OAM, Norma Robertson, Rose Shorney, Anne Somes, Bronwyn Sullivan, David Whitbread, Don Whitbread OAM—and, of course, a very big thanks to Coralie Wood OAM.

Aboriginal Hostels Ltd

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (6.33): Aboriginal Hostels Ltd is doing great work not only in our local community but also at a national level. Last year the AHL celebrated an important milestone—40 years of service as a provider of temporary accommodation for thousands of Indigenous Australians. Its many hostels all over Australia provide a safe haven for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people needing temporary accommodation away from home. The hostels provide accommodation for people who have had to leave their local communities for a range of reasons, including needing medical treatment or students relocating to undertake studies.

Since its humble beginnings in 1974, AHL has grown from one small hostel in Brisbane into a premier service provider nationally. AHL continues to play a significant role in the lives of Australia’s first people by providing more than 500,000 nights of safe and affordable supported accommodation. From its head office here in Canberra, AHL manages 51 hostels nationwide, and it continues to support local events, including the National Multicultural Festival and NAIDOC on the Peninsula.

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