It was nice to shake hands with Peter Garrett Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts who I describe as a wonderful asset to Australian cultural influence. One of the privileges of working in the press game is that you get to meet some of these human demigods when they descend down from the mountains of power and influence and mingle with mere mortals. Far greater minds and writers have written volumes about Peter. Suffice to write that I found Peter to be a patient listener to the orbiting throng competing for his attention. Peter Garrett announced new funding for three Cairns arts activities while visiting the Cairns Regional Gallery with the Member for Leichhardt, Jim Turnour.