Fine International Fare in Moonah
It was my great pleasure to officially open the Moonah Taste of the World Festival, held at Benjafield Park in the heart of my electorate. This was the seventh annual Festival which I have supported and seen grow in popularity every year.
The event celebrates cultural diversity, multicultural heritage and social inclusion in the Glenorchy municipality and southern Tasmania, through food, dance, art, craft and music.
The Festival showcases and encourages everyone in our community to celebrate a broad range of cultures including Indian, Bhutanese, Liberian, Tibetan and many more. The rich cultural diversity that migrant communities bring to Tasmania makes an invaluable contribution to the fabric of our society, particularly in Glenorchy.
Glenorchy is the most culturally diverse municipality in Tasmania, with 17.8% of residents in West Moonah alone speaking a language other than English at home, compared to an average of 4.5% statewide.
This week being Harmony Week it is fitting there are more than 30 food stalls selling delicious cuisines from across the world, as well as performances and demonstrations, and the Festival always has something for the whole family to enjoy.
The Tasmanian Government has also been a long-term supporter of the festival, and I am again pleased to continue supporting it this year with $8 000 towards staging costs for the event.
The Glenorchy City Council and the Council’s Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee have played a vital role in the Festival's organisation, and I congratulate them all on another spectacular event.
Estia Greek Festival
The Estia Greek Festival is a popular community event that brings people together to celebrate and share in our diverse culture, heritage and tradition.
Now in its 24th year, the street festival highlights the richness of Greek culture and Tasmania’s decades old love affair with Greek food, produce and hospitality.
Presented by Tasmania’s Greek community, the festival again features music, dance, arts and crafts, fine cuisine and beverages.
The Tasmanian Government has been a proud supporter of the Estia Greek Festival for many years and we are again delighted to support the 2017 celebrations.
The Festival typically attracts 10,000 people proving its ongoing popularity. Events like this are an important part of community life and allow us all to celebrate our shared stories and history.
My congratulations to the Estia Greek Festival organising committee, the Greek Community of Hobart and all the volunteers who help to make this such a vibrant street festival and a highlight on Hobart’s events calendar.
Tasmania’s Future Disability Services Leaders
The Tasmanian Government is committed to a strong disability and aged services sector with a strong and committed leadership to deliver the assistance and care Tasmanians with a disability or the aged community need.
Today saw the start of the new National Disability Services (NDS) Future Leaders Program 2017, supported through funding from Skills Tasmania.
This 10 month leadership course, delivered by Avidity Training & Development in collaboration with NDS, will provide tailored and recognised training and development to new and emerging supervisors, and aspiring and recently appointed leaders in the carer and services profession.
The program is structured around monthly two day workshops across the 10 month duration where participants can take their newly acquired skills back to their workplaces from day one.
This course will give these leaders of tomorrow extra tools to lead the direction of this sector, especially under the changing and evolving landscape of the NDIS.
Disability services are crucial across the nation, but especially in Tasmania – the last ABS statistics ranked Tasmania has having the highest rate of disability in the nation at over 23 per cent of the population.
It also goes without saying that our population is ageing – we have more seniors than ever before and it is a growing task to provide the services that our older Tasmanians need as they reach their later years.
And I also believe that the area of intellectual disabilities and illness are receiving more acknowledgement than they have in the past.
We also have some 24 000 ‘Community and Personal Service Workers’ is Tasmania – this is around 11 per cent of Tasmanians who choose this career – so leadership is vital.
In addition to receiving Certificate IV qualifications in Leadership and Management, participants will gain skills in personal and professional transition to leadership - Leading Self, Leading Others and Leading in a Workplace.
The program is also designed to build strong and connected network of carer and services professionals across the State to lead the sector forward.
The NDS Future Leaders Program will make this sector even stronger and provide a better quality of life for our aged and Tasmanians living with a disability, as well as those living with a mental illness.
Further information on National Disability Services and the Future Leaders Program 2017 is available at www.nds.org.au
Archer's Classic Return
As Liberal Member for Denison and Speaker of the House of Assembly nothing will silence long time supporter of the iconic Mother’s Day Classic from strapping on her running shoes for another big year in Hobart.
Elise Archer will again return as a participant and special guest on stage at this year’s event on Sunday 14 May at the Domain Athletics Centre.
“I always look forward to attending the Mother’s Day Classic which is fully embraced by our local community, and promotes such an important message,” Ms Archer said.
“One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime – touching the lives of friends, family and loved ones. Luckily, survival rates are improving, but there is always a need for more investment in vital research, and support for these women and their families."
“I encourage everybody to come along this year and join me in supporting this worthy cause.”
Mother’s Day Classic CEO Sharon Morris said the event was a powerful day for families and friends to support breast cancer survivors and those who have lost loved ones to the disease, it was also going to be one of celebration this year.
“The MDC has raised over 30 million dollars for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and the events like Hobart has played an enormous role in helping us reach that amazing figure,” Ms Morris said.
“This year marking our 20th year is a testament to everyone who has attended the event, volunteered, or worked for MDC over the years. It’s an amazing achievement."
“We want to celebrate the enormous contribution the Mother’s Day Classic has made to breast cancert research. We have more to do, but before looking focusing on the enormous challenge that faces us in the future it’s important to celebrate the success of the past.”
The Mother’s Day Classic will be held in more than 100 locations, from capital cities to remote towns, all around Australia.
Registrations are OPEN NOW at http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/register/
Tasmania to Welcome Queen's Baton Relay
Inspirational Tasmanians from all walks of life are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton in Tasmania as the State prepares to host the Queen’s Baton Relay in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Across Australia approximately 3,800 baton bearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the relay.
Communities large and small around Tasmania will be showcased to the world as the eyes of the Commonwealth follow the Baton’s journey.
The Baton will visit six local communities over three days from Wednesday 7 February to Friday 9 February 2018.
They will inspire community pride and build excitement for the largest event to be staged in Australia for a decade.
The Queen’s message is held within the Baton and will be read aloud at the Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018 to officially open the Games.
Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer, said she is proud to present all Tasmanians with the chance to be baton bearers.
Ms Archer said the event will shine a light on all the things that make our State so special.
From today until 15 May 2017, anyone can nominate a person who inspires them to be great.
Games organisers are looking for people who:
•Have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary; or
•Have made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community; or
•Have excelled, or aspire to excel athletically or personally; or
•Contribute to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community;
•Are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017; and
•Are an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).
Nominations can be made at gc2018.com/qbr.
Festa Italia Streets Ahead on Fun
Now in its eighth year, the Festa Italia Street Festival will be held this Sunday, 19 February at Federal Street in North Hobart.
The Festival showcases the diverse culture, customs and traditions of our Australian Italian community and I encourage all Tasmanians to embrace this wonderful community family-friendly event, with free entry.
As we’ve come to expect there will be a range of delicious traditional Italian food and drink on offer; spaghetti eating competitions; grape squashing, pasta demonstrations and much more.
Each year family and friends come together to enjoy the wonderful entertainment of local Italian artists, comedians and musicians.
The Festa Italia Street Festival highlights to Tasmanians the richness of Italy’s culture and Tasmania’s love affair with Italian food and produce, and it is fitting that people from different cultural backgrounds and all walks of life will celebrate the Festival together.
Having had a strong and close association with our local Italian community for many years, I congratulate the 2017 Festa Italia Committee and the Australian Italian Club on the growing success of the Festa Italia Street Festival.