The Desert Lantern Restaurant was the setting for a recent luncheon celebrating the achievements of extraordinary Territory Women.
Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Women’s Policy, Marion Scrymgour, attended the much anticipated luncheon and took the opportunity to release “Building on Our Strengths – A Framework for Action for Women in the Northern Territory 2008 – 2012”.
The Framework organises issues identified by Territory women, into five key areas for action: Health and Wellbeing, Safety, Economic security (through education and employment), Participation and Leadership, and Life Balance.
The luncheon also included the Tribute to Territory Women, and this year there were five recipients.
Mrs Wallace – An Eastern Arrente elder, world renowned artist, author, teacher and mentor.
Mrs Glenda McCarthy – Recognised for her contribution to youth in the community.
Mrs Lesley Reilly – Recognised for her contribution to improving the lives of community members through her long term advocacy for social justice.
Mrs Susan Hutton – Recognised for her contribution to improving the lives of Indigenous children, and as an inspirational role model in the field of science.
Mrs Eliza Tuckwell – Recognised for her pioneering spirit and for her involvement and contribution to the Territory Community (Post Humus).
More than 100 guests including local politicians and other dignitaries joined with the families of recipients to celebrate the occasion. The Salvation Army Ladies Choir and local soloist Hannah Morrison provided entertainment for the afternoon’s proceedings.
Pro Vice Chancellor – Community & Access Don Zoellner said that as part of the Northern Territory Government – Charles Darwin University Partnership Agreement, CDU joins in celebrating the success of these ordinary women, doing extraordinary things.