Ang Kalatas | Vol. 2 No. 8 | May 2012 www.kalatas.com.au
Julie Owens MP “did time to keep kids out of crime”
The Elephant in Blacktown Arts Centre
Blacktown Arts Centre is proud to announce the first recipients of its 2012 Performing Arts Residencies. ‘The Elephant in Manila Zoo’ is a collaborative project by writer Martin Ponferrada and performers Valerie Berry and Felino Dolloso, to be in residence at the Blacktown Arts Centre from 7 May 2012.
Pictured from le , One World Sports Bar owner Rod Solmon, MP Julie Owens, and Parrama a Lord Mayor Lorraine Wearne
Parramatta Police Community Youth Club (PCYC) held an offbeat fund-raising program, ‘Time 4 Kids’, during Youth Week 2012 on April 13-22.
A feature had the Federal MP for Parramatta Julie Owens, Parramatta Lord Mayor Lorraine Wearne, and other community leaders ‘’doing time to keep kids out of crime’’.
Members of the local community “did time” in a make-shift PCYC jail cell in front of Parramatta Town Hall and relied on their friends, family and professional contacts “to raise bail” in order to be released, according to Parramatta PCYC manager Jeannie
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response to addressing the needs of patients from diverse backgrounds includes multicultural health units in Local Health Districts and statewide services such as the: · NSW Refugee Health Service; · Transcultural Mental Health Centre; · Diversity Health Institute;
· Multicultural Health Communication Service;
· Multicultural HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Service; and
· Service for the treatment and rehabilitation of torture and trauma survivors.
Minister Skinner said that these local and statewide services were supported by designated multicultural and bilingual staff. This will increase the speed
in administering medical assistance to the various multi-cultural multizones locals communities as it improves the quality of implementation accurately.
“The NSW Government is committed to its goal of keeping the people of NSW healthy and reducing unnecessary hospitalisations, and I am delighted to see that this policy will aid the Government in achieving this goal,” Mrs Skinner said.
“The policy and plan will serve as NSW Health’s multicultural forward plan, and it importantly addresses research that shows language barriers have a negative effect on the utilisation and acceptance of health care,” she said. I witnessed the enthusiasm and NSW Health has a proud history in providing innovative programs to maintain and improve the health needs of NSW’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Over 30 years ago it was one of the first governments to launch a health care interpreter service.
“The NSW health care interpreter service, which is largest NSW public sector interpreter provider, delivers interpreter coverage across the entire NSW health system 24 hours a day seven days a week,” Minister Skinner said. Eliminating that language barrier is
“Ms Owens did her time in a jail cell and in prisoner gear and raised $1,435 to bail her out,’’ Ms Banks said.
“This is a great opportunity to get behind a great local cause during Youth Week. “Parramatta PCYC and PCYCs around the country play a vital role in supporting our youth to stay out of trouble, out of gaol, and positively connected to our community. “My only worry was that people might pay more to keep me in there than to get me out.’’ To make donations to PCYC, visit http://www.pcycnsw.org/
imperative in establishing medical accuracy! “The importance of this service is highlighted by it’s frequency of use - more than 475,000 times last year.”
Minister Dominello said that NSW was recognised internationally as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse states in the world.
Understanding the needs of various ethnic migrant groups adds empowerment within the communities. In the next few years, they have planned to improvise its resources in other languages intended to adjust to diversity by increasing more interpreter services which has 45 listed languages currently. Peter Todaro said, NSW Multicultural Communications Service Director.
“With people from over 200 nations and some 200 languages spoken, multiculturalism is a great asset for NSW and we improve that asset through this plan which aims for improvements in the health of our diverse communities,” Minister Dominello said. “While the overall picture of migrant health is a good one, the plan recognises that there are specific needs in specific communities that need to be addressed, including through prevention strategies, and that is very welcome. Specific needs of ethnic groups needs to be recognized accordingly. “NSW Health’s new plan follows the O’Farrell Government’s improvements to the Multicultural Policies and Services Program (MPSP) which seeks to help Government agencies deliver appropriate services for the diverse community of NSW, as well as it’s the O’Farrell Government’s Multicultural Advantage Action Plan which seeks to maximise the benefits of our cultural diversity,” Minister Dominello said. “I commend Minister Skinner and her departmental team on now moving to directly meet the performance standards of the MPSP, as no coordinated plan was regularly developed under Labor. It shows our Government’s commitment to delivering for our ethnic communities, as we do for all our citizens,” Minister Dominello said.
The script explores political corruption in the Philippines through the relationship between an isolated ex-President and his young visiting nurse. Based on the life of ex-Philippine president Joseph Estrada, the play is a satirical interrogation of the political history of the Philippines and its effect on the diaspora community. “The Blacktown Arts Centre Performing Arts Residency program is a fantastic opportunity to develop and incubate new work. By selecting work by local artists or work that demonstrates a strong connection to the region, this initiative invests in local talent and ensures the continued creative development of the Blacktown community”, said Mayor of Blacktown City, Alan Pendleton
Martin Ponferrada is a Blacktown resident and experienced director and short- film maker, ‘The Elephant in Manila Zoo’ represents his first foray into playwriting. During his residency he intends to use access to the Blacktown Arts Centre theatre space and the $5000 budget awarded to him and his collaborators to workshop this script into a performance work. This exciting two-week
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residency will take a raw script and manipulate it and will culminate in a showing of the work on Saturday 19 May at 3pm. Martin, Valerie and Felino will be mentored by experienced writer and dramaturge Paschal Berry.
Paschal has a long relationship with Blacktown Arts Centre, developing theatre- work ‘The Folding Wife’ here in 2007 and staging the hugely popular performance ‘Within and Without’ at Blacktown Arts Centre in 2011. Berry states, “Martin Ponferrada has created a fast paced, dynamic and politically timely work in this draft of ‘The Elephant In Manila Zoo’. I’m fascinated in where he would go as a young writer and I believe he has chosen the right collaborators to bring life to what he has created.”
The Blacktown Arts Centre Performing Arts Residency program was established in 2008 and aims to fund and provide space for the development of new performance works. The residencies give priority to local or Western Sydney artists, work that has strong thematic links to the Blacktown area or projects that directly engage the local community. Past artists in residence include Marian Abboud and Vicki Van Hout, Weizen Ho and Garth Paine, and Jonathan Nanlohy.
Blacktown Arts Centre Performing Arts Residency 2013 applications will open in September 2012. For more information contact
Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Rd Blacktown, www.ar
or 9839 6558.
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