On Tuesday 19 June 2018, the 2nd sold out Annual Lockhart River Charity gala will take place at the Brisbane club. A total of 25 paintings were selected from Lockhart River Arts Centre for the gala auction sale. The Art Centre artists will receive over $20,000 in sales from this gala auction and incremental funds raised will be put back to life changing projects in the Lockhart River Community including Puuya Foundation. In 2017, the inaugural gala auction also held at the Brisbane club raised over $50,000 with all proceeds going back to Lockhart River community which included Lockhart River artists benefitting from the auction sale.
Why the Gala Auction? Nance Haxton, the two (2) time Walkley award winning journalist with a proven excellent reporting track record over 20 years visited Lockhart River with Professor Paul Simshauser in April 2018. She conducted interviews with key stakeholder executives and artist in the community and has compiled this pod cast titled “Griffith’s Remarkable Tales – Lockhart River”. Nance is due to travel to New York for another award presentation in the week ahead. I encourage you to spare a moment to listen to this pod cast as it provides substantial insight to why we are having this charity gala and the tangible benefits to the community.
The pod cast features interviews with Professor Paul Simshauser, artist Patrick Butcher, Art Centre Manager Enoch Perazim, Mayor Wayne Butcher, Lockhart River State School Principal Siobhan Jackson and Puuya Foundation CEO Denise Hagan.
The charity gala was an initiative of former Director General of Department of Energy and Water and Lockhart River State Government Champion, Professor Paul Simshauser in 2017. Professor Paul is now the Executive General Manager Corporate Development with Infigen Energy and passionately continues this vital support in 2018. A special thank you to Professor Paul Simshauser and Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor Wayne Butcher and all stakeholders for working hard together for the charity gala.
The link to the pod cast is https://soundcloud.com/user-101730111/griffiths-remarkable-tales-lockhart-river
Below is a full extract from the pod cast online introduction from Nance Haxton.
"An Aboriginal community in far north Queensland could hold the key to cleaner and more reliable power supply for isolated indigenous communities throughout Australia and the Pacific. The small township of Lockhart River on Cape York Peninsula is nestled in bushland, 800 kilometres north of Cairns, surrounded by pristine beaches and rainforest.
It’s idyllic, but incredibly remote. So much so it’s not even on the national power grid. Lockhart River relies on expensive and dirty diesel fuel to keep the lights on, and power the town’s businesses and homes. Until now. And it all comes down to solar power.
In this episode of Remarkable Tales, Griffith University Journalist in Residence, Nance Haxton reports from Lockhart River on how solar power is powering the town’s businesses, schools and homes." End of extract.
Written: Enoch Perazim, Corporation Manager
19 June 2018