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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

New chairs to join Australia Council boards

Media Release
14 May 2009

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced the appointment of two new chairs to boards of the Australia Council. Mr Garrett congratulated Mr Mark Bin Baker, who will chair the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board (ATSIAB) and Dr Matthew Hindson AM who will chair the Music Board.

"Mr Bin Baker and Dr Hindson bring significant career and life experience to the Australia Council," Mr Garrett said.

"With a career spanning more that 20 years, Mr Bin Baker is a significant figure in the preservation of Australian Indigenous culture through the arts, much of his adult life having been dedicated to encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to claim, control and enhance their cultural inheritance.

"He was recognised for this lifetime of work in 2007 when he was awarded the NAIDOC Person of the Year and in 2008 when he was nominated for Australian of the Year.

"Mr Bin Baker will bring a new level of insight and experience to the ATSIAB, the Council's lead authority on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, and the key promoter of the integral link between these cultures and Australia's national identity," Mr Garrett said. Dr Hindson brings more than 25 years of experience composing orchestral, ensemble, chamber, piano and choral music to the Music Board.

"Dr Hindson is renowned in Australia and around the world for the quality, variety and complexity of his compositions," Mr Garrett said.

"Taking a contemporary approach to composition within a classical framework, Dr Hindson has produced some of Australia's most memorable and enduring music.

Mr Garrett said these talents, recognised in 2006 when Mr Hindson was made a Member of the Order of Australia, will complement the commitment of the Music Board to supporting original work of the highest quality that ensures a strong arts sector and reflects Australia's cultural diversity.

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. It enriches the lives of Australians and their communities by supporting the creation and enjoyment of the arts. The Australia Council cultivates the nation's creativity by investing in artists and arts organisations working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, community partnerships, dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and multi-artform practices.

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