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Bob Stephens, Director and Founder of the National Capital Art Prize talking about how entries have opened in the inaugural National Capital Art Prize which offers a prize pool of $45,000 across one of the broadest criteria ever offered in Australian art. The National Capital Art Prize is making Australia art history as the only art competition to allow entrants to paint any vision, such as portrait, landscape or abstract, and use any medium including oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, or pencil. For further details: www.nationalcapitalartprize.com.au

Chern’ee Sutton, Aboriginal artist and Kalkadoon woman talking about how the Royal Australian Mint launched Australia’s newest circulating coin inspired by her work, commemorating the Indigenous men and women who have served in the military. The design of the coin is rich with Indigenous and military symbols that represent the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have served in the Australian Defence Force. During the unveiling, Ms Sutton said “I am honoured to have designed this significant artwork that recognises my brothers and sisters who have bravely fought in every conflict Australia has been involved in, it is a timely tribute to their sacrifices made for all of us.

Leslie Shirreffs PSM, Wet Tropics Management Authority Chair talking about how a new report identifies climate change as the most significant threat to the rain forests of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area and that it is already impacting parts of the region. Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon says “As the report tells us, climate change is the most significant threat to our rainforests and as a government, we are taking strong action to combat it including setting ambitious renewable energy and emissions targets.

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