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Monday, 20 September 1999
Page: 9922

Mr SIDEBOTTOM —I would like to recognise two major achievements associated with my electorate on the north west coast of beautiful Tasmania. The first is Smithton Primary School's recent National Literacy Award to the value of $10,000. This award recognised outstanding achievements in the provision of literacy programs and outcomes. Smithton Primary School's success at the national level is a tribute to the school's positive emphasis on literacy and numeracy programs, yet mixed with a diverse program of social sciences, the arts, health and recreation. This diversity of educational opportunity and emphasis on public education is also duplicated throughout the primary education system in my electorate, and I acknowledge the highly professional, dedicated teaching contribution of its many fine teachers.

The second achievement is the bronze medal won by the Tasmanian under 16 touch football side at the recent national championships held at Gosford, New South Wales. This was Tassie's first ever medal and its first finals series. Tasmania beat the Northern Territory three tries to two, finishing behind powerhouses Queensland and New South Wales. Tassie scored against every side in the competition, which is testimony to its quality tactics and plays.

Eight members of this successful side came from the north west coast, including all-Australian representative Mark Holloway from Devonport, who also won the championships encouragement award. Mark at 15 years of age is already a member of the state men's senior team—a very notable achievement. Ben Dick from Wesley Vale, Jonathan Tibbits from Ulverstone, Sam Reid from Squeeking Point and David Ritchie from Devonport were also members. More parochially, from my own village of Forth there were three locals—twins Kester Takayama and Jeremy O'Wheel and Matthew Whittle. (Time expired)