SUN RISES FOR TOWN

Port Hed­land has been beamed into tele­vi­sions across the na­tion, with Sun­rise pre­sen­ter Sam “Sam Mac” McMil­lan host­ing a live cross with Port Hed­land com­mu­nity group per­for­mances and res­i­dent Gina Kears­ley.

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Robert Dougherty

Port Hed­land was beamed into tele­vi­sions across the na­tion last Fri­day, with Sun­rise pre­sen­ter Sam “Sam Mac” McMil­lan host­ing a live cross with com­mu­nity group per­for­mances.

About 150 res­i­dents were up early for the broad­cast, which started at 2.35am, with the town star­ring as “P” of the pro­gram’s A To Z of Aus­tralia at Mara­pikur­rinya Park.

McMil­lan was wel­comed by Town of Port Hed­land Mayor Camilo Blanco, a per­for­mance by St Ce­cilia’s Catholic Pri­mary School, lo­cal Kari­yarra dancers and a demon­stra­tion by Hed­land Taek­wondo Club.

“(It is) more than just a min­ing town . . . I didn’t know the ex­tent of the in­dige­nous com­mu­nity here, I didn’t know about the tal­ent in the art and mu­sic scene here, lots of great sell­ing points here . . . and a lot of young fam­i­lies,” McMil­lan said.

“It will look fan­tas­tic on TV but it’s not just for us . . . if there is a big vi­brant com­mu­nity who’s happy and smil­ing, it’s a free ad­vert to the rest of Aus­tralia.”

About 25 chil­dren from St Ce­cilia’s sang The Dot Song, which they show­cased at Pil­bara Mu­sic Fes­ti­val ear­lier this year.

“It was spec­tac­u­lar, they (the kids) felt very priv­i­leged and they owned it, they were very ex­cited and I think they were a good way to show­case what we do have,” school arts co-or­di­na­tor Elise Batch­e­lor said.

“The arts and cul­ture of Port Hed­land we live it, it meant ev­ery­thing to them to share what they feel, it was great to be able to rep­re­sent that for the town. They were a lit­tle bit star-struck but very ex­cited.” HTC mar­tial artist Tore Bule-Turner, who per­formed a high kick dur­ing the taek­wondo demon­stra­tion, said he was im­pressed by McMil­lan suc­cess­fully break­ing a wood panel with a punch. “He’s a nat­u­ral, born for mar­tial arts . . . it’s been good fun, very ex­cit­ing,” he said.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Gina Kears­ley, who also starred in the live cross, said it had been the high­light of her day, when usu­ally she would be watch­ing Sun­rise while get­ting ready for work.

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Sun­rise pre­sen­ter Sam 'SamMac' McMil­lan singing with Port Hed­land res­i­dents dur­ing the live broad­cast last Fri­day. Pic­tures: Robert Dougherty

LEFT: McMil­lan with­Karen Munro and Tay­lor Hol­loway, 9 weeks. ABOVE: McMil­lan­watches on as Hed­land Taek­wondo Club's Tore Bule-Turner breaks a board mid-air.

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