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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 1 August 2017) . . Page.. 2302 ..

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (4.48): I can confirm that the opposition will be supporting these technical amendments.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Ms Berry) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Ms Jenny Deves

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for Regulatory Services, Minister for the Arts and Community Events and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (4.49): I rise to acknowledge Jenny Deves, a remarkable woman and a passionate supporter of the arts in Canberra. It is with great sadness that I inform the Assembly that in May this year Jenny passed away after suffering injuries sustained during a fall. Jenny leaves behind her devoted partner, Michelle Frost, whose presence I acknowledge here today, along with Jenny’s mother. Jenny also left behind her children, Jack and Claudia, and her extended family.

Her extensive involvement with and impact on the arts in the ACT and beyond are well known. Jenny was a lifelong passionate advocate for visual and performing arts, and she continued her deep engagement with the ACT arts community despite suffering a cerebral haemorrhage in 2000. Michelle’s loving support and care for Jenny were important factors in enabling her to continue to contribute so extensively to the Canberra arts community.

Jenny had a rich and varied career in the arts, encompassing music, theatre, craft and design. She worked for Musica Viva, studied music at the Sydney Conservatorium, gaining an Associate Diploma of Music in 1976, and worked for the Nimrod Theatre Company. She studied print, design and typography at the Sydney College of TAFE, and she achieved a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from the Queensland University of Technology. She was also qualified in events management and marketing.

Jenny worked as the deputy administrator of NIDA from 1985 to 1993, before she and her then partner moved to Canberra to raise their children. In 1994 Jenny took up the position of executive director of Craft ACT, moving seamlessly from the performing arts to the visual arts. Her commitment to seeing our craft sector realise its full potential turned Craft ACT into a highly recognised professional organisation.

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