Arts deserves recognition

IN the past week we’ve seen two Clarence Valley products appear on the small screen.

First, Brynn Loosemore had a small speaking part in part one of Steven Spielberg’s epic TV drama The Pacific – which, in case you were wondering, was excellent. If you can get a copy, it’s well worth a look.

For those of you who did see it, Brynn was the young soldier early in the program who warned his comrades about poisoned coconuts.

Then last night Sabeena Malanis appeared in part two of Channel Nine’s hugely successful Underbelly series as the love interest of a young John Ibrahim.

While both Brynn and Sabeena’s parts were only small, it appears both actors are on their way to forging successful careers. As the adage goes, you have to start somewhere.

In an area where sport is king, their achievements could easily be overlooked.

But just as we fete our sporting stars, we should pay equal attention to those achieving success in the cultural sphere.

And there are plenty who fit into that category.

The array of talented and successful musicians who hail from the Valley; digital animator Brett Feeney, and; Cate and Hewey of dirtgirl world fame – to name but a few – each serve to remind us what people from regional Australia can achieve.

They are all tremendous ambassadors for the Clarence Valley.

In an area where sport is king, their achievements could easily be overlooked.



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