Page 3466 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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After the school was closed in 2006, the Village of Hall and District Progress Association worked to protect and promote the museum. The museum is set up to replicate a small school of the inter-war period. The museum has a large collection of material relating to the Hall-Ginninderra district. It also holds an extensive collection of school text books and primary school library books dating back from the late 19th century.

As well as its regular exhibitions, the museum also puts together special exhibitions, including wonderful exhibitions to commemorate the centenary of Anzac earlier this year. The Hall school museum is managed by the honorary curator, Phil Robson. Phil is assisted by an enthusiastic group of volunteers from the friends of Hall school museum as well as the Hall progress association. I also acknowledge that the community has a special relationship with the Hall Rotary Club.

Members may be aware of the recent difficulties faced by the Hall school museum. It appears that the government may want to charge an exorbitant amount for the museum to continue in the school building. I urge the government to work with the museum to ensure that it can continue to provide a wonderful community resource for the people of Hall and the whole of the ACT at a reasonable expense. It is a very special precinct, and I think it is yet to reach its potential.

I recommend members who have not already taken the trip out to Hall to visit the museum and experience the very special village. For more information about the Hall school museum, I recommend members visit their very informative website at

Ausdance ACT Youth Dance Festival

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (6.08): On Friday, 18 September I was pleased to attend the Ausdance ACT Youth Dance Festival 2015, called “Explorations”, which was held over three nights at the Canberra Theatre. This was the 31st annual youth dance festival, and over 32,000 students have participated since its inception. The Ausdance ACT Youth Dance Festival has been providing young people in Canberra with the opportunity to dance in a professional theatre environment since 1985. For many young people, this amazing event will live with them as perhaps their only opportunity to experience a full theatre production. It works with them in many ways: it builds self-esteem and teamwork and supports their expression of how they are feeling.

But it is more than the show itself; it supports the dancers all the way through from when they come up with their concept, through the design work and the choice of music as well as the actual dance. There were works from 35 of our region’s high schools and colleges, and I take this opportunity to acknowledge all their hard work and dedication. Firstly, to Danielle White, youth dance festival director; Emma Dykes, Ausdance ACT’s PR and marketing; Lauren Honcope, president, Ausdance ACT board; Laura Pearce, vice-president, Ausdance ACT board; Nicole Price, treasurer, Ausdance ACT board; Emily Appleton, secretary, Ausdance ACT board; and Ausdance ACT board members Kim Degenhart, Bianca Gomez and Sue Jones. Also

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