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Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Ms Burch) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Kulture Break

MR WALL (Brindabella) (5.42): On Thursday, 12 November I had the privilege of attending Kulture Break’s thankyou event for sponsors and supporters of the great work that they do in our community throughout the year. Kulture Break, led by the ACT local hero for 2013, Francis Owusu, and his team do a fantastic job introducing and using arts as a form of expression to empower young people’s lives throughout the ACT. Focusing on the delivery of dance classes, mentoring and socials skills, with programs run both in house and throughout the ACT and public school system, Kulture Break are a well-respected and well-known charity service provider.

As founder and CEO of Kulture Break, Francis Owusu started Kulture Break in 2002. This charity provider was born out of Francis’s desire to give back to the community. Kulture Break, as Francis has so aptly put it, is a reflection of his belief that life is characterised not by what you have received but by what you give.

Aside from their in-house dance programs, Francis and his team run two other very successful programs: every chance to dance, which is an online dance resource program for primary schools created by Francis to meet the needs of schools at a curriculum level; and one of the most well known programs run by Kulture Break, dance nation, held each year with participants from schools throughout the ACT.

Dance nation enables individuals and schools to come together through dance, with this year’s theme being freedom. This program is designed to enhance student wellbeing, dance skills and social skills as well as community connectedness.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Francis, his staff and volunteers for their continued contribution to Canberra’s youth. I also thank Kulture Break’s major sponsors, who have helped them—not just this year but for a large number of years—to carry out the fantastic work that they do in the community. Those sponsors include Maxim, the Tuggeranong Hyperdome, Lennock Motors and Synergy. I thank them for their continued support of this vital organisation.

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