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January 29-February 4, 2009

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Time to pay more to park By Jorian Gardner

CHIEF Minister Jon Stanhope will be campaigning hard this year to get paid parking introduced into the parliamentary triangle and all areas managed by the Commonwealth. It’s one of his agenda items for 2009 to get a positive outcome for the ACT in relation to equity in paid parking. “I propose to approach my Federal colleagues with a view to them taking seriously their responsibilities in this city for sustaining transport and transport systems and that involves introducing paid parking in the parliamentary triangle and other Commonwealth-owned facilities such as Russell,” he said. “None of us like paid parking, but this is a question about equity between employees and it is also about the Commonwealth Government accepting the responsibility and take the hard decisions that need to be taken in relation to climate change and the development of sustainable transport systems. “One of the difficulties that we

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face in relation to making public transport attractive and a more reasonable option, is that half the public sector – namely Commonwealth public servants – don’t have to pay to park. So there is absolutely no incentive for them to think about alternative means of transport; it’s not sustainable and it’s not appropriate for the Commonwealth Government – for the credentials it seeks in climate change – not to be responding or taking decisions that it needs to take. “No Government or minister wants to be associated with any charge on one’s constituents – one’s neighbours, family. “I’d like to say ‘let’s abolish paid parking’ but we haven’t and we won’t and nor can we responsibly do it. But we shouldn’t just ignore this elephant; it is unreasonable that the Commonwealth has consistently refused to confront this decision which every other government around Australia has dealt with. I will be asking them again, as I have done in the past, to address this particular issue.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER Silas Brown caught this young face of curious wonder amid the 35,000 people crowding the lawns in front of Parliament House for the annual Australia Day Live concert that celebrates the announcement of the Australian of the Year, awarded to the ACT nominee, Aboriginal leader Prof Mick Dodson. Australia Day honours – Page 8 Australia Day photos – Pages 9-10

ORDINARY Australians need a stronger voice when it comes to policy decisions, according to Yarralumla resident and business consultant Robin Brown, who is one of 150 people selected to participate in Australia’s first Citizen’s ParliaRobin Brown. ment. The Citizen’s Parliament, launched by the newDemocracy Foundation, will be held at Old Parliament House in early February, and will examine what participants believe are the limitations of our current system and put forward options for reform. “There are political decisions made by various levels of government all the time, by a whole range of agencies, and almost every day there’s a call for submissions on this or that, but the capacity for ordinary people to be involved in these is quite limited,” Mr Brown told “CityNews”. “Citizens’ and community organisations play a role, but I don’t think they’re adequately resourced to assist the general public.” Mr Brown said he would like to see community views counterbalance the influence held by industry, business and lobby groups. He said ordinary people needed a greater say regarding issues often discussed in international forums, such as food and environmental regulation. According to newDemocracy founder Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, the Citizen’s Parliament will empower the 150 attendees, one from each Federal Electorate, to have a say in the process of political reform. The newDemocracy Foundation (formerly newRepublic) is a not-for-profit organisation formed by people from all sides of politics.

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YOU can imagine the interest your article on Amanda Bresnan (“CityNews”, January 22) invoked when the sub-heading said that she was “passionate about metal health”. Many questions quickly sprang to mind. For example, what is metal health anyway? Is it some quaint new New Age philosophy? Does she consider elements such as gold, silver or tin to be more vulnerable to ill health than alloys (eg steel)? Are rusting and other such chemical processes examples of ill health involving metals? Are places like the refinery at Port Kembla havens of cruelty to metals? What does this say about mining towns such as Newman? What policy will the Greens pursue that will address this issue (eg hospitals for metals)?  Alas, the accompanying article did not answer any of these questions. It did invest a paragraph on her views on ACT mental health. I don’t know how significant that is, though.  

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THE new, sparkling National Portrait Gallery is using state-of-theart stupidity when it comes to its security. There I was, miles away, ponder-

Letters are invited from “CityNews” readers. Let loose to or write to the editor at GPO Box 2448, Canberra 2601. Letters of 200 words or less stand a better chance of publication. ing the finer points of a photograph (that was safely behind glass) when, out of nowhere, a security officer arrived suddenly warning me to stand back, sir, from the photograph, stand back! I had been seen on the security camera and the gallery staff apparently don’t like people getting too close to the works. He proved impervious to my reasonable protestations that there were no signs or lines to that effect and, anyway, it was a photograph behind light-reflecting glass and it was difficult to fully see it without getting a little closer. I have never been a threat to, nor touched, any piece of art in any gallery I’ve visited anywhere around the world. I comply fully with any apparent constraints. But to be publicly chastised in the gallery by an over-zealous security operative was embarrassing and sent me straight to the exit (as their security cameras will attest). So, how close is too close at the National Portrait Gallery? Don’t worry, Big Brother will let you know.

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THE Legislative Assembly’s Justice and Community Safety Committee will enquire into the delays, the cost of delays and the impact of delays in the commissioning of the ACT’s new prison, the Alexander Maconochie Centre. The prison was opened with great fanfare before the October election, but ongoing security delays mean that it is not expected to receive its first prisoners before the end of February.

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Prof Louise Mary Burke, Canberra, for service to sports nutrition. Keith Joseph Clarke, Kambah, for service to the indigenous community. Susan Claire Daw, Bruce, for service to people with a hearing impairment. Rodney James Driver, Fisher, for service to the trade union movement. Malcolm Linley Ferguson, Canberra, for service to the community of the ACT. Alan Foskett, Campbell, for service to the community of the ACT. Felicity Madeline Galvez, Canberra, for service to sport as a gold medallist at the Beijing Olympic Games. Howard Charles Grant, Fisher, for service to the community through the Canberra Woden Lions Club. Judith Anne Harris, for service through the Winnunga Nimmityjah


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Every night during the festival, the Fringe in Civic Square acts as the “Festival Club”, where patrons and artists can mingle for a late-night drink after their show. It has a program all of its own and is free every evening From February 6-14. On February 14, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s 29th Prom concert will take place at 5pm on the lawns of Government House, just before the National Multicultural After Party at Academy in Civic. A Chinese New Year highlight will be the National Multicultural Festival Dragon Boat Challenge on February 15, the final day. Okai-Davies says that his biggest joy as producer will be to stand anonymously in the crowd and watch the people having fun. “I get such a kick,” he says.

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“RED Hot Latin Nights” is the theme to this year’s National Multicultural Festival gala dinner, to be held at the Hellenic Club on Wednesday, February 11. Organised by the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum, music will be provided by Selene y su Quimba and DJ Frank Madrid with special performances by the Tango Social Club of Canberra and the Manquehue Chilean Dance Group. CMCF Chair Sam Wong said: “In the past, we’ve had 500 attending and we expect to get around that again.” Mr Wong said he expected a significant attendance from Canberra’s diplomatic community. “We are very grateful for their support; the gala dinner would not be the same without them.” Special guests include the ACT Multicultural Affairs Minister John Hargreaves, Opposition Leader, Zed Seselja and the dean of the diplomatic corps and Mexican Ambassador, Martha Oritz de Rosas. Mr Wong said guests would be welcome to come in their national dress. “Of course, the favoured colours are red and black, but we want the event to be as colourful as possible,” he said. Tickets are $60 each and booking should be made at the Hellenic Club, on 6281 0899, by close of business on February 6.

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PERFORMERS Lani Gerrish and Amy Gale and sculptor Remo Vallance are the brains behind the big, bouncy burlesque festival in Fringe ‘09. Together they have cooked up “A Stacked Deck,” a sensual feast running from February 12-14. Gerrish competed last year as The Magnificent Liberté Belle in the annual “Miss Exotic World” competition in Las Vegas. On returning to Australia, she met up with an old high school friend, Gale, and they contacted the Fringe. This is their first venture together. “It’s all about razzle-dazzle”, the Canberra-based Gerrish says. Deploring the contemporary culture of talentless celebrities, she argues that acts like hers and even “Puppetry of the Penis” and “Dancing with the Stars” represent aspects of popular culture where the performers actually have skills. A former circus star and 10-year member of the travelling physical theatre company Strange Fruit, Gale now has two young children so is concentrating on production. Gale considers that the new-found public passion for burlesque is essentially “because it’s sexy.” Gerrish will be MC and perform a couple of acts in the central extravaganza, describing “A Stacked Deck” as “a three-day celebration of burlesque”. She amazes me by hinting at an educational aspect, “a kind of interrogation of the form.”  –Helen Musa

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Grabbed by a laconic loner do the Walt character. Nick Schenk’s screenplay lets Walt vent his grief, frustrations and anger in a well-balanced mixture of dignity, bad manners, self-discovery, salty vocabulary and wonderful, often bitter, humour.  If the film’s end is predictable, the manner of it is not. Walt and the priest find common ground through discussions about the nature of life and death. Through Thao and his older sister Sue, the Lor family shows him a path to goodness that will restore purpose to his remaining days.     “Gran Torino” observes its characters with dignity and affection in dramatic passages that shun hyperbole, cliche and misrepresentation in favour of a credible picture of their social environment. A great movie about mostly good people, giving a comeuppance to its bad guys in an admirable manner that they never expected, it’s sure to grab you, whatever your taste in movie styles may be. At all Canberra cinemas.

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this relationship parable from the novel by Richard Yates, whom literary pundits have described as the foremost chronicler of America’s suburban anxieties. No easier to get close to than “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” which covers much the same territory, the film’s most effective character is a PhD in mathematics (Oscar nominee Michael Shannon) whose brain, although fried by electrotherapy, retains sufficient awareness for him to tell April and Frank why their marriage is failing. The marvellous ending reminds us that nobody has a guarantee of immunity from relationship problems. At all Canberra cinemas.

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Landscapes from the localâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye THE ANCA Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Home Paddock and Beyondâ&#x20AC;?, features original and expressive landscapes by AG Stokes, whose oil paintings are based on the flat farmland around Kialla in the Goulburn Valley where his family lives. The exhibition runs until February 8. MUSIC for Everyone, the ACTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier community music organisation, is offering a program of classes, activities, workshops and performances for all ages, abilities and interests throughout 2009. The program features fun intro-to-music classes for kids aged 18 months to nine years; individual instrumental tuition for all ages, beginner to advanced levels; contemporary singing classes; drumming and percussion classes; and ensembles for adults and youth in strings, wind, guitar, saxophone and clarinet, plus an award-winning program of music for people with disabilities. Phew! More info from 6230 7190 or STILL on creative classes, the hugely successful Fresh Funk dance tuition and performances continue in 2009 at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. There are classes dedicated to hip-hop culminating in a large performance at the end of each semester at the Erindale Theatre. Classes range from junior girls, junior boys through to master class and adults. Call 6293 9041 for enquiries. THE Australian Youth Orchestra is coming to Canberra on February 11 with a powerful and popular orchestral repertoire, including Shostakovichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acclaimed Symphony No.5, Bernsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Story and Dukasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; symphonic poem â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sorcererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Apprenticeâ&#x20AC;?. Twenty-eight-yearold British conductor, Alexander Shelley, will make his debut with the orchestra. More info at THE ACT Greens seems to have no active interest in the arts. A quick look at its website

ARTS IN THE CITY By Jorian Gardner reveals that its policy document dated Friday, August 29, 2008 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; well before the October 18 election â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is still the only position the party holds on an area it professed to have so much interest in. Not much better from the Liberals, who still have their pre-election policy on line, and hardly a word uttered in her capacity as shadow arts minister by Vicki Dunne on arts policy since the election. Meanwhile, the website of Arts (and Chief) Minister Jon Stanhope reveals a plethora of press releases about the arts since his re-election and confirmation as the Minister in charge. SCREENACT, an ACT Government program managed by the Canberra Business Council, has announced six recipients of its screen industry Project Fund grants scheme. This is the second round for the 2008-09 year, and six projects will each receive up to $10,000 to develop or complete film, TV and digital media projects in the ACT. Documentaries dominated the field this time with a film about the state of Australian cinema; the story of the Australian locust plague; a new perspective on the first World War II attack on Australia; and a look behind the scenes of the international comic book industry.


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WALLFLOWERS look out: red lipstick is a strong trend for 2009. According to Linda Riddell, national training manager at Natio, red lips make a strong, bold statement. “Red lipstick has been around for many years: Cleopatra and Marilyn Monroe wore red, and today we have Gwen Stefani,” says Linda. “Red is versatile and appeals to all sorts of people.” Women who are wary of red can try red gloss instead, Linda says, as it gives a hint of colour to the lips without making a bold statement. Choosing the right shade also makes a big difference – generally, women with “warm” skin, which has yellow undertones, suit scarlet and other yellow-based reds. Women with “cool” complexions, which have a bluish or

cool pink undertone, look good with blue-based reds, such as cherry shades. However, this isn’t an absolute rule, so Linda suggests trying several red shades when selecting a lipstick. “The right shade will stand out.” Red lipstick does need some care in application, as it’s not as forgiving as lighter shades – if lipstick bleeds or feathers, it’s obvious to all. “Start with a bare lip, and put foundation or concealer over it,” Linda says. “This gives you a base to work with. “Then choose a lip liner which is as close to the same shade as possible. Outline the lips, then fill them in with the pencil. This creates something for the lipstick to adhere to. “Then put lipstick over the top, and maybe a little gloss as well.”

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Lips and eyes Red lips are versatile, and can be worn as part of several “looks”, says Linda. “A lot of women go for soft, natural eye colour when wearing red lipstick; they may use bronzer on their eyes as well as their cheeks. Brown shades always look good with red lips. “Red lips with lots of mascara and a bit of eyeliner looks stunning – it’s a very classic look. A lot of young girls, when they’re going clubbing, will team red lips with vibrant, strong eye colour for a strong statement. “Red nail polish is booming at the moment – you can complement red lips with red fingernails and matching toenails as well.”

1. Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Crème Lipstick in Gipsy Scarlet, $46, (from February 22). 2. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Alarm, $9.95. 3. Benefit Full-finish Lipstick in Flirt Alert, $30. 4. Pupa New Chic Lipstick in Shade 22, $29.95. 5. Clarins Joli Rouge Long-Wearing Moisturizing Lipstick in Clarins Red, $40.

I’M a bag lady. Next to shoe shopping, hunting for a new handbag is definitely among the top five things I love doing most. There is just something hugely satisfying about finding that perfect bag. Selecting the right bag is a bit like finding the perfect partner. Firstly, there are lots out there and you have to accept you will make mistakes along the way. In particular, avoid shopping when you are desperate, for example when you know you have to get one quickly to take to that wedding or class reunion. Haste compromises judgment and you will inevitably settle for the wrong one and be full of regret in the morning. Secondly, if you’re looking for something for the long term, don’t fall for cheap imitations. They may look good for one season, but they quickly show the wear and tear and if you use them every day you can bet your bottom dollar they will soon come apart at the seams. That said, never spend a fortune on one of those signature fashion bags that quickly date and become an embarrassment to cart around when the novelty has worn off. Always remember, if you just go for looks alone you’ll almost certainly be doomed for disappointment. Thirdly, it’s true, size does matter (at least in the bag department). At the moment, fashion dictates that the bigger your bag, the better. Many of us are sporting large knapsacks packed to overflowing, but if you’re a mum like me, you’ll know this is inevitable anyway. When my first child arrived, I searched desperately for the best-ever baby bag, but I never really found one that I liked or worked well enough to do away with my own handbag. But this hasn’t been a problem with number two. With big bags now in fashion, I just load everything into one of these mega bags. Nappies, bottle, wipes, tissues etc all fight it out with sunscreen, sunnies, purse, diary, pens, mobile, assorted keys, novel or magazine, bottled water, and assorted medicines. Throw in on top of that all the stuff the children slip in such as half-eaten lollypops and various toys, and the arguments that of bigger is better are irrefutable. Now, I admit there’s a downside: I dread having to find the car keys, and when my mobile phone rings I know it will be buried somewhere towards the bottom. And things can just disappear. I have found some important stuff such as medical prescriptions hidden deep in what my husband refers to as the Tardis. But the current fashion for big bags is one of those rare occurrences when style and the practical needs of mums actually coincide. And it doesn’t hurt that they say carrying a really big bag makes you look smaller either! Of course, it does all weigh a tonne. But we all know you have to suffer for fashion.

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Lie To Me

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Don’t even try to deceive Dr Cal Lightman (Tim Roth, right). A brief curl of your lip, eyebrow furrow or sideways glance is enough to tell him you’re lying – then all he has to do is find out why. Lightman runs a private agency contracted by the FBI, local police, law firms and individuals to ferret out the truth of tricky cases. Intriguing psychological insights and a pacy script make this new US series worth a look.

Maeve O’Meara must be the envy of foodies across the nation – it’s her job to eat delicious, exotic food. Thanks to Australia’s multicultural society, our lucky host doesn’t even need to travel overseas to sample world cuisine. In the season finale, O’Meara (above) enjoys Jewish food, and of course, food and culture are intertwined, so O’Meara takes care to learn about the rules of food preparation and Sabbath traditions.

A hotly anticipated remake of the clever UK series, Life on Mars tells the story of Detective Sam Tyler (Jason O’Mara, above), who is involved in a car accident and wakes up 35 years in the pastwhere his fellow detectives are casually racist, sexist and immoral. Tyler feels as lost in this decade as he would on another planet, and constantly searches for a way back to the 21st century.

This thoroughly enjoyable BBC drama follows sassy, Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, above) and her team of “old dogs” – Brian (Alun Armstrong), Jack (James Bolam) and Gerry (Dennis Waterman) – as they investigate unsolved crimes. When a man wins a legal battle to return the wreck of his prized sports car, Pullman decides to look into the five-yearold case of his wife’s death at the wheel.

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6.05 Born To Be King: Prince Charles At 60. (G, S) 7.00 News. (S) 7.30 The 7.30 Report. (S) 8.00 Choir Of Hard Knocks Opera House Special. Jonathon Welch and the Choir of Hard Knocks travel to Sydney to perform at the Opera House. (PG, R, S) 9.00 1983: The Brink Of Apocalypse. Reveals how Soviet fears of an imminent nuclear attack by the US on November 8, 1983, pushed the world to the brink of war. (PG, S) 11.20 Munich: The Real Assassins. (M, R, S)

6.10 Time Team: The Secrets Of The Stately Garden. (G, R, S) 7.00 News. (S) 7.30 The 7.30 Report. (S) 8.00 Lead Balloon. (PG, S) 8.30 Doctor Who. Travelling into the far future with Rose, the Doctor visits New Earth and becomes drawn into the sinister machinations of the Sisters of Plenitude and their suspiciously effective hospital. (PG, R, S) 9.15 Doctor Who Confidential: Cut Down: New New Doctor. (G, S) 9.35 Bastard Boys. Part 4 of 4. (M, R, S) 11.10 Lateline Business. (S) 11.40 Shrink Rap. (M, R, S)

6.00 Art Museums Of The World. (Final) (G, S) 6.30 Nigella Express. (Final) (G, S) 7.00 News. (S) 7.30 The 7.30 Report. (S) 8.00 The New Inventors. Hosted by James O’Loghlin. (S) 8.30 Spicks And Specks. Hosted by comedian Adam Hills. (S) 9.00 Chandon Pictures. (M, S) 9.35 Seven Periods With Mr Gormsby. (Final) (M, R, S) 10.00 The Robinsons. (Final) (M, R, S) 11.05 Lateline Business. (S) 11.35 Miniseries: To The Ends Of The Earth: Close Quarters. (2005) (MA15+, R, S)

6.00 News. (S) 6.30 Outback Wildlife Rescue. (G, S) 7.00 Tennis. Australian Open. Day 14. Intro. (S) 7.30 Tennis. Australian Open. Day 14. Men’s final. From Melbourne Park. The two finalists of the men’s singles draw compete for the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and the first prize of $2 million. Hosted by Johanna Griggs. Commentary from Jim Courier, John Alexander, Todd Woodbridge and Roger Rasheed. (S)

6.00 News. (S) 6.30 Today Tonight. (S) 7.00 Home And Away. (PG, S) A desperate police chase ends in tragedy. Alf learns the truth about Bridget. 7.30 How I Met Your Mother. (S) (Return) 8.30 Desperate Housewives. (S) (Return) 9.30 Brothers & Sisters. (S) (Return) 11.30 30 Rock. (PG)

6.00 News. (S) 6.30 Today Tonight. (S) 7.00 Home And Away. (PG, S) 7.30 RSPCA Animal Rescue. (G, S) 8.00 Find My Family. (PG, S) 8.30 Packed To The Rafters. While on jury duty, Ben meets Kat, a massage therapist with a refreshing perspective. Dave’s fledgling business struggles under the weight of too much work, until he gets a helping hand. (PGnsv, S) 9.30 All Saints. The day’s events will lead Mike to a decision that could change everything at All Saints. (M, S) 11.30 Dirty Sexy Money. (M)

6.00 News. (S) 6.30 Today Tonight. (S) 7.00 Home And Away. (PG, S) 7.30 Australia’s Got Talent. (S) (Return) 8.30 Criminal Minds. After a self-confessed serial killer turns himself in, the team has to work quickly to locate a missing mother and her children before it’s too late. (M, S) 9.30 24. Jack Bauer is subpoenaed to help the FBI investigate a new, home-grown terrorist cell. (M, S) 11.20 Disorderly Conduct Caught On Tape. (M)

7.00 News. (S) 7.30 Cricket. One-day international. Game 1. Australia v New Zealand. Second session. From the WACA. Commentary from Mark Nicholas, Richie Benaud, Michael Slater, Ian Healy, Bill Lawry, Mark Taylor and Ian Chappell. (S) 11.15 Movie: Money Train. (1995) (AV15+, R)

6.00 News. (S) 6.30 WIN News. (S) 7.00 A Current Affair. (S) 7.30 Two And A Half Men. (PG, S) 8.00 The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon and his friends are mystified after a young graduate student becomes attracted to him. (PG, S) 8.30 To Be Advised. 9.30 To Be Advised. 11.40 Just Shoot Me! (PG)

6.00 News. (S) 6.30 WIN News. (S) 7.00 A Current Affair. (S) 7.30 Wipeout Australia. (PG, S) 8.30 To Be Advised. 9.30 The Allan Border Medal. Australian cricket’s annual awards ceremony, from Melbourne’s Crown Palladium. One player will win the prestigious Allan Border Medal, presented to Australia’s best cricketer of the past 12 months. (PG, S) 11.30 Seinfeld. (PG)

6.00 News. (S) 6.30 WIN News. (S) 7.00 A Current Affair. (S) 7.30 Domestic Blitz. (PG, S) 8.30 To Be Advised. 9.30 To Be Advised. 11.30 Just Shoot Me! (PG)

6.00 Out Of The Blue. (PG, S) 6.30 The Biggest Loser. (G, S) 7.30 So You Think You Can Dance Australia. (PG, S) 9.00 Movie: Election. (1999) Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell. The star pupil at a Midwest high school is determined to become president of the student government, but a disgruntled teacher is determined for her to fail. (M, S) 11.05 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart: Global Edition. (MA15+) 11.35 The Office. (PG)

6.00 The Simpsons. (G, R, S) 6.30 Neighbours. (G, S) 7.00 The Biggest Loser. (PG, S) 7.30 So You Think You Can Dance Australia. (PG, S) 8.30 Movie: The Devil Wears Prada. (2006) Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt. An ambitious young woman scores a job working for the ruthless and cold-hearted editor of a leading fashion magazine. (M, S) 11.25 The Late Show With David Letterman. (PG)

6.00 The Simpsons. (G, R, S) 6.30 Neighbours. (G, S) 7.00 The Biggest Loser. (PG, S) 8.00 Bondi Rescue. (PG, S) 8.30 NCIS. After being exposed as the mole inside the NCIS, Special Agent Michelle Lee is forced to co-operate with the team to free her kidnapped daughter. (M, S) 9.30 Lie To Me. A team of behavioural experts led by Dr Cal Lightman utilises their skills in detecting when people are lying to solve crimes at the behest of law-enforcement authorities. (M, S) 11.15 David Letterman. (PG)

6.00 The Simpsons. (G, R, S) 6.30 Neighbours. (G, S) 7.00 The Biggest Loser. (PG, S) 7.30 So You Think You Can Dance Australia. (PG, S) 9.00 House. The doctors investigate after a fitness guru on an all-natural diet collapses while filming a video. Cuddy is forced to move into House’s office. Kutner starts up an online medicaladvice website using House’s name. (M, S) 10.00 Life. (M, S) 11.00 News/Sports Tonight. (S) 11.45 The Late Show With David Letterman. (PG)

6.00 Thalassa: Grey Nomads In Morocco. (G, S) 6.30 World News Australia. (S) 7.30 Lost Worlds: The Truth About Killer Dinosaurs. (PG, R, S) 8.30 Nuremberg: Nazis On Trial: Rudolf Hess. Part 3 of 3. Nathaniel Parker revisits the Nuremberg trial of Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy in the Nazi Party. (PG, S) 9.40 Speer And Hitler. Part 3 of 3. Follows Third Reich architect Albert Speer during his 20-year jail sentence in Spandau. (PG, R, S) 11.15 Movie: Little Otik. (2000) (MA15+, R)

6.00 Global Village: Umbria. (G, R, S) 6.30 World News Australia. (S) 7.30 Top Gear. (PG, S) 8.30 South Park. The real reason behind President Obama’s run for the White House is revealed. (M, S) 9.00 Drawn Together. (MA15+, R, S) 9.30 World News Australia. (S) 9.55 Market Update. 10.00 Pizza. In response to government bans on fire crackers and new working-for-tips laws, the pizza shop workers suffer more grief than usual. (M, R, S) 11.25 Movie: The Princess Blade. (2001) (MA15+, R)

6.00 Global Village: Exccentriiiks. (G, R, S) 6.30 World News Australia. (S) 7.30 Can Dogs Smell Cancer? (PG, R, S) 8.30 Blood And Guts: A History Of Surgery: Bloody Beginnings. Part 5 of 5. Presenter Michael Mosley finds out about the dark and barbaric early days of surgery. (M, S) 9.30 World News Australia. (S) 9.55 Market Update. 10.00 Hot Docs: The Dark Years. Part 3 of 3. (S) 11.25 Movie: Machuca. (2004) (M)

6.00 Global Village: Exccentriiiks. (G, R, S) 6.30 World News Australia. (S) 7.30 Food Safari. (Final) (G, S) 8.00 Tales From The Palaces: A Thing Of The Past. (G, R, S) 8.30 Long Way Down: Chinteche, Malawi To Maun, Botswana. In Malawi, Ewan and Charley spend some time learning about the community by visiting shops and meeting villagers. (M, S) 9.30 World News Australia. (S) 9.55 Market Update. 10.00 Movie: Everybody Is A Killer. (2004) Samuel Le Bihan. (M) 11.30 Movie: Dealer. (2004) (MA15+, R)

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6.05 Kidnapped. (Final) (PG, R, S) 7.00 News. (S) 7.30 Cherub Of The Mist. (G, S) 8.25 News. (S) 8.30 Movie: Stepfather Of The Bride. (2006) William McInnes, Noni Hazlehurst, Alex Dimitriades. A young couple decides that the best way to demonstrate their love for each other is to make their wedding a big one. (M, R, S) 11.35 Movie: The Guinea Pig. (1948) (B&W, PG, R, S)


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Strap on your three-inch sparkly heels, your funky street shoes or whatever footwear takes your fancy because this fabulously energetic series is back. Enthusiastic dancers from all over Australia bust their best moves for the judges in the hope of winning a place in the top 100 and a ticket to Sydney. Hosted by Natalie Bassingthwaite (above).

Tuesday, SC Ten, 9.30pm

February 1-7 The Devil Wears Prada

Movies Election

Monday, SC Ten, 8.30pm

Sunday, SC Ten, 9.00pm Most politicians’ first taste of running for office comes at high school and writer-director Alexander Payne’s satirical eye captures those early steps brilliantly. Matthew Broderick is teacher Mr McAllister, who is desperate to stop the unstoppable juggernaut that is goody-two-shoes Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon, above) from becoming class president.

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Sympathy For Lady Vengeance

Fresh-faced college graduate (Anne Hathaway) ventures to New York looking for her first job, landing an assistant role at a prestigious fashion magazines. The trouble is her ruthless and cynical boss (Meryl Streep, above) is intent on making her life hell. With plenty of underlying tragedy, this is way more than just a fashion industry satire.

Thursday, SBS, 10.00pm

This is the third offering from Park Chanwook’s ultra-violent series, hot on the heels of his shocking Sympathy for Mr Vengeance and Oldboy. Similar themes of abduction, imprisonment and violent retribution are used, but this time the central psychopath is a wrongfully imprisoned woman (Lee Yeong-ae, right) who plans some poetic justice for the man who framed her. Not everyone will be able to hack the savagery, but if you like your horror extra dark, take note, this is how it’s done.

6.05 Planet Earth: Ocean Deep. (Final) (G, R, S) 7.00 News. (S) 7.30 The 7.30 Report. (S) 8.00 Everest ER. (Final) (G, S) 8.35 The Unteachables. (Final) The nine teenagers face their final challenge when they take on the role of teachers at a local primary school – a task that should help them empathise with their own educators. (M, S) 9.30 Who Killed Dr Bogle And Mrs Chandler? (PG, R, S) 11.00 Lateline Business. (S) 11.30 Live From Abbey Road. (M, S)

6.05 Pilot Guides. (Final) (G, S) 7.00 News. (S) 7.30 Stateline. (S) 8.00 Kylie Kwong: My China. (Final) (G, S) 8.30 Miniseries: Trial & Retribution XII: Paradise Lost. (2007) Part 1 of 2. DCI Connor and DS Satchell arrest the boyfriend of a schoolteacher for her murder, only to find that the case may be related to a series of sexual assaults that have been plaguing the local community. (M, S) 9.40 The Complete Guide To Parenting. (M, R, S) 11.10 Rage. (M)

6.00 Totally Frank. (G, R, S) 6.25 Minuscule: Nap Time. (G) 6.30 Gardening Australia. (G, S) 7.00 News. (S) 7.30 New Tricks. (PG, R, S) 8.25 News. (S) 8.30 The Bill. Officers think it’s an over-reaction when Inspector Gold orders the use of stop-and-search powers in her clampdown on youth disorder. After a disturbance at a bank by a female customer who smells of petrol, Sgt Stone believes the crime matches the pattern of a series of aggravated burglaries a few years before. (M, S) 11.20 Rage. (M)

6.00 News. (S) 6.30 Today Tonight. (S) 7.00 Home And Away. (PG, S) Ruby’s wild side gets Xavier in trouble. Has Miles finally uncovered the truth behind Melody’s behaviour? 7.30 Ghost Whisperer. (PG, S) (Return) 8.30 Grey’s Anatomy. (S) (Return) 11.00 Beauty And The Geek. (PG)

6.00 News. (S) 6.30 Today Tonight. (S) 7.00 Home And Away. (PG, S) 7.30 Better Homes And Gardens. (G, S) 8.30 Movie: Supernova. (2005) Luke Perry, Tia Carrere, Peter Fonda, Clamency Burton-Hill. A team of scientists race against time to stop an impending apocalypse. (M, R, S) 11.55 Movie: Conan The Barbarian. (1982) (M, R)

6.00 News. (S) 6.30 In The Bush With Malcolm Douglas Pt 1. (G, S) 7.30 Kath & Kim. (PG, S) 8.00 Fawlty Towers. Basil is terrified of Mr Hutchinson, convinced he is a hotel inspector there to scrutinise everything. (PG, R, S) 8.30 Movie: Sister Act. (1992) Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes. A lounge singer on the run from the Mafia takes refuge in a convent. (PG, R, S)

6pm – Turner Classic Movies (417) An understudy (Twiggy) in a dance show gets her big break and dances with the show’s star (Christopher Gable).

Hair and Make-up 8.30pm – Fashion TV (254) A look at the latest hair and make-up trends plus beauty tips on how to achieve the runway looks and how to get noticed.

saturday, 7

Massive Engines – Bikes


friday, 6

The Boy Friend


thursday, 5

Sunday, February 1


9pm – Discovery Science (310) Motorbikes offer the closest relationship between man and engine: They are, essentially, an engine you sit on. Ducati, of Italy, have been making their mouldbreaking bikes since the end of World War II.

Camp Lazlo 6PM – CARTOON NETWORK (203)

6.00 News. (S) 6.30 WIN News. (S) 7.00 Cricket. One-day international. Game 2. Australia v New Zealand. Second session. From the MCG. Commentary from Mark Nicholas, Richie Benaud, Michael Slater, Ian Healy, Bill Lawry, Mark Taylor and Ian Chappell. (S) 10.00 Sneak Peek. (M, R, S)

6.00 News. (S) 6.30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos Summer Series. (Final) (G, R, S) 7.30 Movie: Stuart Little 2. (2002) (G, R, S) 9.05 Movie: Cliffhanger. (1993) Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner. A mountain rescue expert turns the tables on violent gangsters who crash in the Rocky Mountains with suitcases full with money. (M, R, S) 11.30 Movie: The Fog. (2005) (M)

6.00 The Simpsons. (G, R, S) 6.30 Neighbours. (G, S) 7.00 The Biggest Loser. (PG, S) 7.30 The Simpsons. (PG, S) 8.00 The Simpsons. Marge, feeling her kids do not want to spend time with her anymore, takes in neglected son and town bully Nelson Muntz as her surrogate child. (G, R, S) 8.30 Law & Order. After discovering that the suspected suicide of a novelist was murder, the detectives’ investigation focuses on a cult leader and the victim’s husband as possible suspects. (M, S) 11.30 News. (S)

6.00 The Simpsons. (G, R, S) 6.30 Movie: Honey. (2003) (PG, R, S) 8.30 Movie: Billy Elliot. (2000) Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jamie Draven, Gary Lewis, Stuart Wells, Mike Elliot, Billy Fane. An 11-year-old English boy, living in a rough mining town, decides to attend ballet lessons despite his father’s opposition. (M, R, S) 11.40 Movie: American Pie. (1999) (MA15+, R, S)

6.00 Global Village: Exccentriiiks. (G, R, S) 6.30 World News Australia. (S) 7.35 Rex In Rome. (Final) (PG, S) 8.30 Carla Cametti PD. Using a clue from Matt, Carla finally discovers who ordered the hit on herself and Jack. (M, S) 9.30 World News Australia. (S) 9.55 Market Update. 10.00 Movie: Sympathy For Lady Vengeance. (2005) After spending 13 years in jail for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, a young woman sets out to take revenge on the man who was really responsible for the crime. (MA15+)

6.00 Global Village: Exccentriiiks. (G, R, S) 6.30 World News Australia. (S) 7.30 Fairytales Exposed: Facts Behind The Fiction: The Star Money. (PG, R, S) 8.20 Father. (S) 8.35 As It Happened: Churchill’s Bodyguard – Nazi Sniper Plan. (G, R, S) 9.30 World News Australia. (S) 9.55 Market Update. 10.00 Best Undressed. A behind-the-scenes look at Australia’s longest running and most politically incorrect beauty contest, the Miss Nude Australia Pageant. (S) 11.00 Movie: DarkBlueAlmostBlack. (2006) (MA15+)

6.00 Classical Destinations: Warsaw & Krakow (Chopin, Szymanowski). (G, S) 6.30 World News Australia. (S) 7.30 MythBusters: Phonebook Friction. (PG, S) 8.30 Iron Chef. (G, R, S) 9.20 RocKwiz. (S) 10.00 Movie: A Real Man. (2003) Mathieu Amalric, Hélène Fillières, Pierre Pellet. A computer expert depressed by his lack of success in life tries to deal with his unravelling marriage to a successful executive. (MA15+, R)

When the Jelly Beans lose their new pet snake in their cabin, Patsy shows up to save the campers from being swallowed one by one by the vicious little garter snake.

Who’ll Age Worst? 7.30PM – DISCOVERY HOME AND HEALTH (309)

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6.00 The Simpsons. (G, R, S) 6.30 Neighbours. (G, S) 7.00 The Biggest Loser. (PG, S) 8.00 Bondi Vet. (PG, S) 8.30 Law & Order: SVU. Detectives investigate after a sevenyear-old boy caught driving a van claims that his actions were provoked by a need to escape from his abusive foster family. (M, S) 9.30 Life On Mars. After a New York detective is involved in a car accident in the present-day, he mysteriously awakens back in the ’70s. (M, S) 11.15 The Late Show With David Letterman. (PG)


6.00 News. (S) 6.30 WIN News. (S) 7.00 A Current Affair. (S) 7.30 Getaway. (PG, S) 8.30 To Be Advised. 9.30 To Be Advised. 11.30 Seinfeld. (PG)

Wannabe actresses Kat and Bex like to think they’re the picture of bohemian chic, but with work and income scarce, booze, cheap food and late-night bar jobs are taking their toll.

Outbreak 8.30PM – MOVIE EXTRA (413)


A thrilling story of an expert scientist who must find a cure for a deadly virus that could wipe out a nation in a few weeks.



Comfort at Conder calling Conder

rIchArD LuTon ProPErTIEs

Valentine’s Day

Address: 17 Russell Drysdale Crescent, Conder. Price: $659,000. Inspection: By appointment. Agent: Geraldine Collison, of Richard Luton Properties, on 0419 208244.

$1m face-lift for Garran shops WORK on a $1 million face-lift for Garran Shops has started. “Locals can expect to see new lights, car spaces, paving upgrades and a play space for children in the unused space opposite the shops,” said Chief Minister Jon Stanhope. “Residents and traders were consulted on the upgrades and many of their suggestions were incorporated into the final design.” The work is expected to be completed by June. Upgrades to the centre include: • New lighting to enhance security. • Upgrades to paving, including a gently graded

path from the bus stop to the centre to help pedestrians and people with mobility issues to move about the shops. • 14 car spaces in Garran Place and at the rear of shops. • New seats, bins, bike racks and a public noticeboard. • New play space, trees and seating for the unused space opposite the shops. “The ACT Government is committed to a rolling program of improvements to Canberra’s shopping centres to ensure they meet community needs,” Mr Stanhope said.

LIc’D AgEnT cAnbErrA WIDE PTy LTD T/A rIchArD LuTon ProPErTIEs • 12 bougAInVILLE sTrEET, MAnukA AcT 2603

THIS fully renovated family home at Conder offers spacious accommodation and low-maintenance gardens. With its blend of Federation and contemporary styling, quality inclusions and neutral décor, the lightfilled house has a flexible floor plan flowing throughout three living areas. The large formal lounge/dining room, along with the master bedroom suite, provide a parents’ space, while the informal family areas include a stylish new kitchen, two bedrooms, main bathroom and family room opening to a covered rear entertaining area and garden. With rumpus room, bedroom/study and laundry opening out from the family room there is the potential for a teenage/grandparents’ retreat. The house is within walking distance of Lanyon Marketplace, St Clare of Assisi and Lanyon High schools. EER: 2.


Richard Luton Properties proudly present their annual Valentine’s Day Charity Ball with all profits going to The Heart Foundation ACT Date Saturday 14th February 2009 Venue The Ballroom, The National Convention Centre, Canberra Time 6.30pm Pre-dinner drinks in the Ballroom Foyer Tickets $150 per person via or call Justine Simonds on 02 6163 5421 Dress Formal / Masquerade Entertainment provided by ‘Casual Sets’ Major Auction Item* 2 tickets to New York with 5 nights accommodation at a 5 star hotel in New York * reserve price

Live and Silent Auctions

An Affordable Lifestyle in Bruce


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This year Philip Kouvelis will celebrate his 30th


year in his own agency in Canberra. Having commenced his career in early 1973 Philip opened his own business in July 1979. If you wish to have your home sold or rented by a highly experienced

1&2 Bedrooms from $290,900 to $365,900 EER5-6

agent in a personal and professional manner please

Government grant of $21,000 for 1st home buyers*

contact Philip today either by phone 62851590 or or call in and discuss your business over a coffee at paparazzi@garran cafe.

Experience does count !! Philip Kouvelis Real Estate Garran Shopping Centre, Garran, ACT Telephone: 6285 1590


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one of Canberra’s most desirable suburbs. Located near beautiful parklands, the AIS, CIT, Canberra Stadium and Belconnen, The Hub at Bruce offers an environmentally conscious, hassle-free lifestyle at an affordable price. The choice is yours … 1 or 2 bedroom apartments in close proximity to numerous shopping, community and lifestyle conveniences and just 7 km to the City! Phone Vlada on

0404 891 155 Sales Office Thynne Street, near Kinloch Circuit, follow signs from Ginninderra Drive. Open 12.30pm - 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday. * Conditions apply. Stamp duty $20 for one bedroom units.



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By Village Building Company


0412622420, email

Canberra Central 6295 4999

36 Colquhoun Street




Bricks & Mortar Real Estate Pty Ltd trading as PRDnationwide Canberra Central 100 Giles Street Kingston ABN 89 521 891 951

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SoutHSiDE oASiS Set opposite parkland with great street appeal , this spacious and attractive 4 bedroom home will both excite and delight a family that loves outdoor living. During these warm summer days, just picture yourself entertaining friends and relatives in the open plan kitchen and family areas, whilst having the comfort of being able to watch the kids play from inside the home. When friends and relatives do arrive your entertaining options are endless, with the stunning inground pool (with waterfall), timber deck off the family room and low maintenance garden and gazebo. The location of this family home is ideal as it is minutes to the Tuggeranong Town Centre whilst being even closer to Woden Plaza. AuCtioN: oN SitE 11AM 21St FEBRuARy oPEN: SAt & SuN 12:00 - 12:45PM

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• 5 bedrooms + ensuite • Reverse cycle air cond. • Large ‘great’ room • Opt fireplace & alfresco


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$38,000 Bonus for 1st Homebuyers only. $24,000 government grant + $7,000 builders discount + $7,000 developers discount limited time only. All packages are subject to site costs. • Either choose from our great range of 3, 4 or 5 bedroom Home + Land’ packages or choose your own builder • 15mins to Queanbeyan, 20minutes to Fyshwick, 30minutes to the City centre • Freehold Land — NO time limit to build and NO Government housing • Close to shops, child care centre, schools, local cafes, restaurants, wineries & antique stores

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New Listing!! I am a little dated but my presentation can not be faulted! You will be impressed by the 4 bedroom/ ensuite with a large kitchen & family room The formal living areas are also a good size. The kitchen looks out on to an impressive covered carport/ pergola which offers ample space for outdoor leisure time and an area for young children to play in .The garden is very neat and private, perfect for young children& pets. This home is perfect for a family as it is close to all the amenities. EER 4.5

Ewa Skoczek 0414 665 626 CALWELL

3 Bedrooms, Double Garage PLUS Double Carport!!! New Listing!! This delightful 3 bedroom home will not last long on the market…. Perfect for 1 st home buyers or down-sizers, this home features great size bedrooms – all with BIR and big enough for at least double beds and still have room to move – open plan living with floating timber floor boards, RC/AC, stainless steel oven and dishwasher, double carport (or large covered entertaining area) PLUS double garage and extra off-street parking. Small neat rear yard and an easy care garden out the front. DON’T MISS OUT!!! EER 0

Kate Williams 0408 186 532 $300 000 - $330 000

Very Appealing Property!


Absolute Quality – 5 bedrooms, ensuite, large living areas, magnificent kitchen

This 3 bedroom, single level townhouse located in a quiet complex is a must to inspect. The bedrooms are a good size and you will be impressed by the size of the living areas. The family room off the kitchen provides extra room for your convenience. The kitchen boasts a window looking out over a private & compact backyard. A pretty fernery meets you at the front door. The carport is attached & there is storage as well. Gas heating. EER 0

Give yourselves plenty of time when you come to inspect this home - its myriad features will keep you meandering around the home and grounds for more than the usual 10 minutes. Superb formal lounge and dining rooms with hardwood floors and views to the Hyerdome; massive kitchen with a view to the wonderful rear garden; family room which flows to a huge covered deck with inbuilt spa; dedicated office with its own entrance; glorious gardens and grounds; ducted heating & cooling; 4 car garage. This is truly a home to be proud of. EER 1

Ewa Skoczek 0414 665 626 GORDON (Stage One)

$445 000

Bigger Than Ben Hur.

Well, not quite, but bigger than most 3 bedroom homes around. Almost 170m2 (that’s 18 sqs in the old money), huge kitchen with an over-supply of cupboards and bench space, family room, ensuite/ powder room, double garage with internal access and a better-than-most address. See for yourself. EER 3.5

Andrew York 0418 624 411 BANKS

$335 000 - $375 000

Returned to the Market!!


Paula Guy 0418 285 737 $329 000

Perfect Presentation -Look No Further!

A Dual Occupancy!!! You pay half the rates, insurance and water, what a saving!.This is truly a very appealing property. Boasting street frontage, 3 bedrooms and 2 living areas with an attached carport. A secure backyard for your pets or children. EER 3.5

Ewa Skoczek 0414 665 626 BOYNTHON

$625 000 - $695 000

$499 000

Unbelievable Opportunity!!

The purchasers could not proceed, so you get to reap the benefits!!! Up for grabs again is this immaculate 3 bedroom home with ducted cooling, floating floors & totally renovated within the last 12 months!! Stunning inside & out & located in a quiet culdesac. Be Quick!!! EER 3.5

* Walk to Work or stroll around the lake. * Space to spare - 4 Bedrooms, ensuite, WIR & more * Extra Powder room downstairs * Double Garage with internal access & Remotes * No Body Corporate Fees–Do as you please!! EER 4

Betty Wark 0408 166 833

Betty Wark 0408 166 833


$520 000

Best Value in the Valley

Large (217m2) split level 4 bedroom ensuite family home with rumpus, designed and positioned to maximize the magnificent views on offer with a large wrap around deck for extended living. This home has ducted heating, cooling and vacuum, alarm, spa, covered deck EER 1.5

Wayne Kennedy 0414 622 926 BANKS

$417 000

New Ensuite, Great Family Home!!

This contemporary home offers 3 bdms, ensuite PLUS study/4 th bdrm (all bdrms with BIR), covered timber deck, separate dining area, lounge & family rooms, child & pet friendly yard, large garden shed & double carport. EER 2.5 OWNERS KEEN TO SELL.... DON’T WAIT.

Kate Williams 0408 186 532

WANNIASSA HILLS $495 000 - $545 000

Not For The Traditionalists.

Magnificent log cabin on a large, private, rustic block at the head of a cul de sac. Pitched timber ceilings, beams and feature walls, stone fire place, huge open plan living area, full length verandah, private pergola. 4 beds, ens, spa, ducted heating, R/C A/C and a ‘feel’ that needs to be experienced. EER 0

Andrew York 0418 624 411 CLEAR RANGE

$380 000 - $ 420 000

Rare River Frontage Land

Freehold elevated land with Murrumbidgee River frontage, 18ha (44 acres) not far from from Lanyon. Approved building envelope with several house sites all with river views in unspoiled native forest with abundant wildlife, all this and the privacy of country life just a short drive from the ACT.

Wayne Kennedy 0414 622 926


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