Page 1001 - Week 03 - Thursday, 10 April 2014

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The centenary was as much about looking forward as it was looking back. One of the great strengths of our centenary celebrations was engaging so many sections of the community and bringing them together in a range of celebrations that will continue. Unmade Edges—Distinctive Places engaged our villages and communities on the edge of Canberra. Most of them have been through massive change over the past century as a result of the needs of a growing capital.

It was only a few months ago that I was in Pialligo launching the work of Sui Jackson. It was inspired by the nearby Molonglo River. His work symbolises Pialligo’s distinctive place in the Canberra community. Another river, the Murrumbidgee, inspired Marily Cintra’s exhibition in the Tharwa community hall. Malcolm Cooke captured imagery of the village’s proud agricultural history of wheat and wool production. Dan Stewart-Moore responded to the resilience of the Uriarra community with his work “loop”, symbolising the 100 blocks in the village and its circular shape. In Stromlo, the residents joined artists Daniel Maginnity and Hanna Hoyne in creating bush furniture from green waste and celebrating the forestry roots of the village.

In Oaks Estate, the faces of former residents made a haunting return in the 59 images projected onto the iconic water tower by artist Michel Starling. Huge pastes-up produced by Rachel Bowak of famous local characters such as Bede Tongs were a major talking point in the community. In Hall, a group of artists—John Reid, Marzena Wasikowska, Amanda Stuart, Carolyn Young and Heike Qualitz—came together to produce performance, photography, sculpture and imagery reflecting the vibrant and rich history of the village and its surrounds.

The works by these 14 artists are as varied and as wide as the communities they represent. Unmade Edges provides an opportunity to engage a new round of audiences to open their eyes to the nature of Canberra’s rural communities and how they have contributed to the development of the capital and to the national story. In this exhibition, the artists reflect on the process and show us what happened next in their journey.

I say special thanks to Ann McMahon, who created this exhibition, and also thank the artists, who obviously took great care and thought in working with those communities. Debate will continue for years about the legacies of our one very big year. Some centenary benefits will only be apparent in the decades to come, but I am pleased to see that this exhibition, Unmade Edges, carries its statement into Canberra’s 101st year and beyond.

Tuggeranong Hawks Football Club

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.48): I rise today to speak briefly about the Tuggeranong Hawks Football Club and their “Pat yard blitz”, which occurred on Tuesday night this week.

Pat McLindin is the patron of the Tuggeranong Hawks Australian Rules football club. With her husband, Darryl, Pat helped form what was originally the Eastlake-Woden football club. The club evolved over the years into the Tuggeranong football club. Pat

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