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Breast cancer awareness month

Widen campaign target, says Reaby By Megan Haggan

WHEN her then-boyfriend asked her to marry him, Linda Reaby told him he’d need to keep three things in mind: That he’d never be bored, that he’d need to cope with large phone bills and that, one day, she’d get breast cancer. She was right on all three counts. Twenty years ago, at the age of 44, Linda, who has since been named 2008 ACT Senior of the Year and received an OAM and AM, was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma, a slowgrowing breast cancer. She’s currently campaigning to have the Government’s breast cancer awareness campaign widened to target women aged 40 and older, as well as those aged over 69. “Because I’d seen my grandmother and my aunt die a horrific death from breast cancer – and at the same time that was happening, my mother had breast cancer as well – I decided I wanted to know as little about the disease itself as possible,” Linda told “CityNews”. “But at the same time, I was very vigilant about self-examination, and at age 40, I started to have mammograms. “I had mammograms at 40, 42 and 44, and at that third screening they started taking more and more images. Afterwards the radiologist called me

What can you do? CANBERRA is the breast cancer capital of Australia, says Linda Reaby and she wants women everywhere to start writing to their local MPs, to Health Minister Katy Gallagher and her federal counterpart Nicola Roxon about changing the target for free mammogram screening to everyone over 40 years. She’s already written to the Prime Minister, the Federal Health Minister, their counterparts in Opposition and another 35 relevant Federal ministers and senators. She says mammography screening


back, saying they needed more films and I started crying, saying that I had breast cancer.” The radiologist had noticed a subtle change between the new mammogram images and those taken at the earlier screenings – a change that turned out to be a tumour small enough that it would normally have been missed at an initial screening. Two more cancerous tumours were later found in the same breast. After a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, Linda went on

and the use of targeted drugs has been successful in reducing mortality from breast cancer in women from 40 to 69 by approximately 21-28 per cent at a participation rate of only 56 per cent. “In the long run, the Government will save money by detecting, through mammogram, breast cancers early resulting in a cure rates of about 95 per cent, rather than treating women for intermediate and advanced disease. “Also the psychological effects on families and loved ones will be greatly improved. This is not only a medical problem, but a social one entitled to the full force of national activism.”

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to become an adjunct professor at the University of Canberra and University of Kansas Medical Centre in the US. Originally from the US – her identical twin (the only woman in her family not to have been diagnosed with breast cancer) still lives there, hence the phone bills – Linda now lives in Belconnen. “I received an OAM in 1996 for my breast-cancer activities, especially the lobbying and initiation of Australia Breast Cancer Day in 1994, which is now an annual event; and in 2006 an AM for my breast-cancer activities and for excellence in nursing education.” She recently wrote to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to request that women aged 40 and over be targeted by awareness initiatives including reminder letters for mammography every two years. Current Government-sponsored advertising and media remind women aged 50 to 69 that they are eligible for free mammograms. “If you’re outside that 50 to 69 age group, you won’t get that letter and aren’t targeted,” Linda says – although free screening is already offered to women aged over 40. Mammograms are important for women aged 40 and over as small changes between screenings can indicate a hidden problem, as in her own case, Linda says. “If they’re over 69, they may either think that they are now in the clear, which isn’t the case; or that they’d like to continue having screenings but can’t afford it because they’re on the pension.” Linda encouraged women to teach their teenage daughters how to perform self-examinations – and if they’re aged 40 or above, to start having two-yearly mammograms themselves. “And we need to roll out money to save lives,” she says. “To save a young woman’s life so she can raise her family, or an older woman so that she can watch her grandchildren grow up – you can’t put a price on that.” For more information, call BreastScreen Australia on 132050.

Organisers of the event and Off London stylists Sandra Leemhuis, Luke Whittle and Annalise Gocevski.  Photo by Silas.

Hair-raising fundraising By Kathryn Vukovljak FUNDRAISING goes high fashion as hair salons across Canberra gear up for a night of hairdressing, music, dance and fashion. The Catwalk Hairdressing event at Holy Grail in Civic on October 31 will bring the hair community together and raise money for breast cancer research, says organiser Luke Whittle, a stylist at Off London. “My mum Sandra recently fought cancer, so it’s close to my heart. “Plus there’s an underlying feud between Canberra salons, but we’re all the same at the end of the day, so it’s great to come together noncompetitively for a change!” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Luke hopes the event will be such a big hit that it will

become an annual event. “It’s going to be pretty out there,” he laughs. “I think people will have a blast and really remember the night.” The event will include a catwalk show showing each salon’s fashion interpretations, themes and forecasts, as well as music by Drum Assault, celebrity DJs and dance by local group Jaffa Stix. The participating hair salons are Bentley’s of Canberra, Cataldo’s Salon, Form Haircutters, The Hairdressing, Next Hair, Anton’s Hair Studio, Axis Hairdressing, Sibu Hair, Fringe Hairdressing, TG Hair Studios and Off London. Tickets are $35 and are available from all participating salons and Parliament Clothing in Civic, Woden and Belconnen.

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Taxpayers picking up cost of missing Bill IT is just over a year since the former Liberal MLA Bill Stefaniak dramatically abandoned his party a heartbeat short of the election to accept the Labor Government appointment as Appeals President of the new ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The position he now occupies is a senior one with an annual salary of $238,198 which includes the option of a motor vehicle and 16 per cent superannuation and, by my calculation, he would have accumulated around three week’s leave by now. Researching the past nine months since his appointment, I can find only four cases in which he has been the decision maker. The last time Stefaniak made a decision on behalf of the tribunal (on kangaroo culling) was on June 22, more than three months ago. A President’s workload depends on what appeals are filed, and these are early days for appeals in the ACTCAT, so there may be an increase in workload in the future, but four decisions as Appeals President in the first six months and not one in the past three months, I think, warrants an explanation. [Mr Stefaniak was unavailable when we called his office, but ACTCAT’s registry confirmed that Mr Stefaniak was not sitting on any current matters. He was, “CityNews” was told, “working on the dayto-day matters of the tribunal”.] A “Canberra Times” editorial last year supported Stefaniak’s appointment declaring: “On the face of it, a commendable one, and likely to be applauded politely in Can-

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Appeals President Bill Stefaniak… “Working on the day-to-day matters of the tribunal”. berra’s political and legal circles”. However, at the time, this columnist railed against the appointment suggesting: “The Government sinecure that long-time Liberal MLA Bill Stefaniak has accepted raises both political and ethical issues. Politically, this move opens the electorate of Ginninderra and improves Labor’s chances for government. Ethically, the appointment of Stefaniak to the new ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal has an odour”. In June, Stefaniak was the presiding officer of the appeals tribunal in the Animal Liberation versus the Conservator of Flora and Fauna case.

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An examination of all of the cases on the tribunal’s website and a scan of the appeals of July, August and September shows other senior tribunal members handling appeals including Dr D McMichael, Mr R Nichols and Mr S Herrick. But where is Bill Stefaniak? Stefaniak presided over an eviction case on March 5 and sat on cases with decisions on May 7 and on April 21. The former regarded a matter of discrimination and the latter was a series of rulings and orders regarding planning issues such as the appropriate sites for balconies and rubbish collection as well as car parking for a multi-unit development. At the time of the kangaroo cull hearing there was a challenge to Stefaniak conducting the hearing on the grounds that, as a former major in the Army Reserve, he might have a conflict of interest. This was rejected by the tribunal. Compared to the range of conflicts of interest in his initial appointment, it was certainly a very minor matter. A reading of the decision reflects a thoughtful and sound legal judgement by Stefaniak and the other two senior members, Ms L Donohoe and Mr J Ash. While I continue to believe he should never have been appointed in the first place, it did happen – but the question now is: Bill Stefaniak has not been involved in a decision since June 22 – what is he doing to warrant his big salary package? Michael Moore is a former member of the ACT Legislative Assembly and an independent minister for health in the Carnell government.

The Weston Park monument to people who have lost their lives to illicit drugs.

A ceremony commemorating people who have lost their lives to illicit drugs will be held at a small monument near the Prescott Lane junction in Weston Park from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Monday, October 18. Organised by Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform, it is the 14th such service and Deputy Chief Minister Katy

Gallagher and Rev Graham Long, pastor of the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross, will be speakers at what has been previously a moving event that reminds those present and the broader community that more is gained from understanding, support and help rather than being judgemental and intolerant. The event allows parents,

siblings and friend to grieve in a way that has been made hard by community attitudes driven by the “war on drugs”. To have a family member or friend remembered by name at the ceremony, contact Marion on 6254 2961 or email .

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No worries, she’ll be right

JORIAN GARDNER steps in to defend the honour of pharmacy assistants and the Australian language… I HAD a birthday last week. I ignored it, in the main, as I do with most birthdays; only special birthdays require celebration – you know, 18, 21, 30, 40, and so on. But I had cause to think about what my future life might be like as I hurtle towards 40 after reading my “CityNews” colleague Robert Macklin’s column (CN, September 24) about how pharmacy shop assistants are “rude” to him wherever he goes; that they are “impatient” and “snooty”; that they say “no worries” when he says “thank you”. Am I to become a cranky old journo in my middle life? Will I start having pot shots at 15-year old pharmacy assistants? Macklin is a respected journalist, biographer and author; he is widely praised for his intellect and forward-thinking arguments on a wide range of matters – and he is PM Rudd’s official biographer; so any mate of Kev’s can’t be that bad right? But an entire column devoted to why pharmacy shop assistants seem rude to him? Umm, Macka, you’ve lost the plot. Coming from the biographer of a pollie who says “fair shake of the sauce bottle”, Macklin getting upset when someone says “no worries” is a bit rich – or “not a fair cop” in my opinion.

I once had a boss some years ago; she was from London, when I worked at the wonderful Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. She asked me to do something after a meeting and I turned around quite instinctively and said something like “will do, mate”. A few minutes later she came back to my desk and said: “Don’t you ever call me your ‘mate’. I am not your ‘mate’,” ranting about how she was my superior. I took a few minutes to think about, then walked into her office, and, in what I would later realise was the beginning of the end for me in that job, proudly gave her a speech about how I was an Aussie male and that I sometimes say “mate” and “no worries” (yes, Mr Macklin); that I occasionally let slip the odd “sweetheart” and “she’ll be right”; that after only a year or so in this country, she better get used to it “cobber” because some of us “blokes and sheilas” do, in fact, talk like that: We mean no offence, it’s just us. When, as I will be like Robert Macklin in the next few years as middle-age creeps into my life, I pick up my cranky-old-man medication from a southside pharmacy in Canberra and a smiling, fresh-faced young girl says “no worries” to me as she hands me change, I will remember to say “cheers, luv” and pop the pills before I write my next column.

Keep the change, Mr Stanhope! THIS week I parked in an on street car park on Bunda Street with a maximum stay of 30 minutes. I went to the machine to get a ticket for the parking and noticed it cost 75 cents for the full 30 minutes. However, the machine did not accept five-cent pieces. How does one pay for the full 30 minutes then? I presume they’re hoping punters will put in 80 cents or better still a shiny dollar coin. Not a bad way to make even more money from the city parkers, hey?

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Facts of blood donating

ON behalf of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, I’d like to clarify several issues about vCJD or Mad Cow disease raised by Peter Marshall in his letter (CN, September 24) entitled “Why exclude some blood donors?” In the interests of protecting the safety of our blood supply, we don’t take donations from people who have spent a cumulative period of six months or more in the UK, during the period when the vCJD or Mad Cow disease was in the food chain i.e. from 1980-1996 inclusive. Nor can we accept blood from anyone transfused in the UK since 1980. I understand Peter’s desire to donate blood, but I’m sure he appreciates that the policy exists to protect our blood supply, while there is no simple blood test to detect the presence of vCJD. While there is a need to increase blood donations to meet demand, safety of the blood supply is paramount and the decision to defer donors is not taken lightly.

Tony Keller, National Donor and Product Safety Specialist, Red Cross Blood Service

Noisy, smelly fireworks

HOW grand a comment it is from Bill Masters (CN, letters, October 1) to say that: “If truth be known and a proper survey done, it would be revealed that a majority of the people in the ACT like the fireworks and want them to stay”. Has he done such a survey? Has he not been around animals and seen their distress when this happens? It is not just on the one weekend when these were legally permitted, but every

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other weekend around the official weekend. I do not like fireworks of any kind, I think they are a huge waste of money; they are noisy, smelly and pollute the atmosphere. When we get told the cost of these huge fireworks displays, especially at New Year, I just cringe at how that money could have been put to much better use. But then I know that is just my opinion and I don’t assume everyone, or the majority of people living in the ACT, feel the same as me. No, no, Mr Masters never assume.   Donna Beasley, Kingston

Emotional photo

THAT was a great photo by Silas in “CityNews” (“Farewell to schooldays”, CN, October 1). I was there with my Year 12 son as the boys had their emotional, formal farewell in front of the whole school.  The bonding of many of this new generation of potential leaders was wonderful to see, a credit to the school’s culture and will stand them in good stead in the years ahead.  I congratulate them all.

 Ric Hingee, Duffy

Drugs in prison

REPORTED drug use in the Alexander Maconochie Centre is another policy miscarriage by a laissez-faire approach to illicit drugs. The direction of the ACT’s Inside Out rehabilitative program is encouraging, but if referrals go to time-worn maintenance treatments, the AMC will need a revolving door. It is pointless to have a liberal drug policy and then to ask businesses and individual taxpayers to fork out millions to maintain people in their dependency. Any society led to believe that dangerous mind-altering drug use can be controlled legally long term without grave health damage has been seriously misled. I commend the ACT Corrective Services in their efforts to stop the entry of drugs into the AMC, especially when their strategies have to counter the limp hand of drug prevention in our community. 

Colliss Parrett, Barton


Police chief blunders on Balibo probe THE announcement by the new head of the Australian Federal Police, Tony Negus, that he will conduct yet another investigation into the death of five television journalists and crew members By Robert Macklin – including two Australians – in Balibo in 1975 was a mistake. Indeed, it calls into question the political and However, we can be sure that the Indonesian diplomatic nous of the new commissioner and Government and people see the inquiry as could well signal a very short term at the helm provocative, unfriendly and unnecessary. And of the AFP. at a time when the AFP (and the broader Rudd In the 34 years since the five men lost their Government) is relying on Indonesian co-operalives during the Indonesian invasion of Portu- tion in the fight against people smuggling and guese (as it then was) East Timor, the case has extremist Islamic terrorism, it is not just an act been permeated by an air of self-indulgent pug- of futility but of official stupidity. nacity from Australian journalists Indeed, I would not be surand anti-Indonesian racism from a prised if both Foreign Minister raucous crowd on the sidelines. Stephen Smith and Prime MinOn the way they have unfairly ister Kevin Rudd had found it traduced the reputation of Australnecessary to contact their Indoia’s most able and distinguished nesian counterparts personally diplomat of the last 40 years, Richard to smooth over the diplomatic Woolcott, who was ambassador to Jasolecism. karta at the time. And both major poThe AFP action flowed from litical parties have pandered to their the report of the NSW Coroner’s pressures by instigating a seemingly office on the death of the Britendless series of inquiries. ish cameraman among the five Each has revealed that the men ig– Brian Peters – in 2007. Comnored calls from colleagues to withmissioner Negus could – and draw from the area as the Indonesian should – have quietly combed army advanced. At least one ABC Tony Negus. the record, registered the futilreporter and other more experienced ity of further action and put the newsmen moved out of the firing line. They matter to bed. If he wanted to make a public anknew that the first rule is to remain alive so you nouncement, that was the time to do it. can to file your story. Instead, by trumpeting his initiative, he The Balibo five foolishly stayed behind and embarrassed his government and resuscitated filmed from the 400-year-old fort when the both the racists and the hairy-chested poseurs Indonesian forces reached the town. Buildings among the press. in the area were demolished and many people In 2003, the government of Victoria bought were killed. The exact circumstances of the TV the house where the Balibo five stayed and, as crews’ deaths are unclear, but we can be abso- it had fallen into disrepair, they renovated it lutely certain that the AFP investigation more to serve as a creche, a library and a vocational than three decades later as to whether anyone training centre. That was the civilised, subtle should be charged with a “war crime” will take and sensible response. us no nearer the truth.


Smarter approach to consultation THE ACT Government’s community engagement website has been upgraded to improve its ‘’look and feel’’, and search capability, says Simon Kinsmore, senior manager of the Chief Minister’s Department Communications and Engagement Section. “The ACT Government is committed to actively involving Canberrans in decisions on matters

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When size matters

... five to go. Here’s the first of the new drinking fountains to be installed in the city after a promised, but not delivered, mid-year roll out by TAMS. The department has said all new bubblers will be in place by December. – Jorian Gardner

Canberra’s stadium capacities are locking the city out of attracting major sporting events. TIM GAVEL looks at what’s what and what can be done.

THE Football Federation Australia has been talking to State and Federal governments about the need to upgrade facilities if we are to have a serious chance of hosting the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Unfortunately, Canberra Stadium is deemed unsuitable to host World Cup matches because there is a requirement that seating must be available for 43,000 spectators. At the moment, it comfortably holds around 24,000 to 25,000. I have spoken to the Canberra Stadium management and they say that it is physically impossible to increase the capacity to 43,000, which means we’ll need a new stadium to be part of the World Cup. Public consultation has taken place looking at the futures of Manuka Oval and Canberra Stadium. One proposal was building a new rectangular 43,000-seat stadium next to Canberra Stadium with rugby union, rugby league and A League soccer playing games there. Canberra Stadium would revert to an oval shape to cater for AFL matches with the hope that the new Western Sydney team will play up to five matches in Canberra from 2012, and that it will also provide for one-day and 20/20 cricket. Manuka would be converted to a community style sporting facility and the home of local club cricket and AFL Canberra matches. At Canberra Stadium, cricket could take advantage of playing under lights. The downside would be the huge cost of building the new stadium and converting Canberra Stadium to an oval shape. Don’t expect much change from $350 million. Who would pay? The ACT Government can’t be

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expected to cover the cost on its own. The ACT has already suggested that it will follow the NT and Tasmania in pulling out of bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, but will remain as part of the 2015 Asian Cup bid where the stadium requirements are less demanding. Another problem facing the ACT Government is the fear that if they build a new stadium for a month-long competition, who will use it in the future now that Canberra has failed to secure an A League team? Canberra didn’t get the 12th licence, but FFA chief executive Ben Buckley has told ACT Sports Minister Andrew Barr to not give up on the new stadium altogether, Canberra is still in the FFA’s plans for the future. Even if Canberra had an A League team, funding for a new stadium would still have to be provided by the Federal Government and, frankly, it appears unlikely that they would contribute $350 million. Another option could be a developer covering the cost in return for use of the area around the stadium for commercial purposes such as a retail centre and hotel. There is also the small hurdle of the ownership of Canberra Stadium to overcome. It is owned by the Federal Government with the ACT paying a “peppercorn” rent which may increase next year if no deal is in sight to hand it over to the ACT. A possible land swap has been discussed in return for ownership of the stadium but, again, nothing has been finalised.


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Porter wants John’s job LABOR backbencher Mary Porter is believed to be paving a way into the ministry, anticipating that gaffe-prone Minister John Hargreaves will exit the Government when he returns to work next week. Hargreaves has been away from work and believed to be considering his future since details of the incident of he and Liberal Deputy Leader Brendan Smyth high-spiritedly manhandling Green MLA Amanda Bresnan at a fundraising event emerged a fortnight ago.

Sources say the usually benign Ms Porter has been actively lobbying the Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and his deputy Katy Gallagher. At a public art launch when asked if he expected Mr Hargreaves to resign on his return, Mr Stanhope was uncharacteristically curt saying it was inappropriate to comment while Mr Hargreaves was on leave.

– Jorian Gardner


Why Hanson likes to listen Dashing Liberal Jeremy Hanson is no stranger to being a target; he served with distinction in Iraq, but now he’s in the Government’s sights. JORIAN GARDNER spends some time in the trenches with him. LIBERAL health spokesman Jeremy Hanson has been getting up the nose of the ACT Government in his first term as a politician, and it shows. Chief Minister Jon Stanhope must be rattled; he continues to highlight Hanson’s seemingly good performance by taunting Opposition Leader Zed Seselja about stepping aside for the new kid on the block. “We’re all waiting for you, Jeremy! Why not just take the leadership now?” Stanhope snipes across the Assembly during Question Time. Sounds like Hanson’s been having some success if he’s in for that sort of attention from the Chief. His consistent attacks on Health Minister Katy Gallagher and his stinging assessment of Corrections Minister John Hargreaves over his “poor handling” of the ACT’s new prison have struck a chord with some people in the community. Hanson says he’s trying to listen to the average Canberran and that the insular, insider’s view of the ACT Assembly is of no interest to him. “I had a guy painting in my house just the other day and he said: ‘You know, you guys (the Liberals) are doing a good job and I have had enough of that other mob. We are looking forward to another election so we can get rid of them’. “This is typical of the reaction I hear from people everywhere I go and these are the people we need to be speaking to – the painters, and the plumbers and the public servants because they are the ones that have to live with what you do

– and they are the ones that will tell you how you are really going, too!” Hanson took his seat in Molonglo after the last election after spending 22 years in the Army in many different roles and locations, both within Australia and overseas. He has commanded of an infantry parachute company, peacekeeping in East Timor, and the Australian Army Training Team in Iraq. For his service to the Army he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours and was also awarded an ADF Gold Commendation for his leadership in Iraq. He first came to Canberra in 1986 when he attended Duntroon and following numerous postings, he settled in Canberra where he now lives with his wife Fleur and two young sons. If the ACT needed a defence minister, then he’d be a good choice, but for the moment it’s health, corrections, police and indigenous affairs that are taking up most of his time. “The government is performing poorly, I think, on a range of fronts,” he says. “Their lack of agenda is evident, there’s murky factional stuff and infighting. There are questions about nearly every portfolio – financially as well as their management. You can see it now not just with Hargreaves in Corrections and Gallagher in Health, but in Treasury through to Education Minster Andrew Barr’s appalling decisions of late. “The Government is just now waking up [after last year’s election] with a big hangover and all they are doing is spending lots of pokies money.”

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THE Australian Native Plants Society’s annual spring plant sale will be held on Saturday, October 17, in the southern car park of the Australian National Botanic Gardens from 8.30am to 2pm. A wide range of high-quality native plants, priced from $4 to $7, for new and established gardens will be available including local species and cultivars suitable for the Canberra climate. Society members able to help at the set-up or at the sale itself should contact John Carter on 6231 7055 or

Animal heroes

THE International Fund for Animal Welfare is calling for nominations for its Animal Action Award. Friends, relatives or colleagues of animal heroes who have accomplished outstanding work with wildlife or domestic animals are encouraged to nominate individuals for an award. Write, or email IFAW before October 30 to IFAW Action Awards, 6 Belmore Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, or, email with IFAW Action Awards in the subject.

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Jeremy Hanson… “The government is performing poorly, I think…Their lack of agenda is evident, there’s murky factional stuff and in-fighting. Photo by Silas.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has released a discussion paper on roadside memorials to will assist in the development of a formal policy on the placement of roadside memorials in the ACT. “We all respect the need for people to erect roadside memorials, however, they have been the subject of community debate for some time. There are differing views on roadside memorials in the community and this consultation process will allow everyone who has an interest in this matter to be heard,” he said. The discussion paper is available from or from Canberra Connect Shopfronts and ACT Public Libraries. Comments close on October 16.

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Arts guidelines are ‘ridiculous’ By Jorian Gardner

LIBERAL Leader Zed Seselja has lashed out at Chief Minister Jon Stanhope over his handling of new “conflict of interest” guidelines set out by ArtsACT for key community arts organisations, labelling them as “ridiculous.” ArtsACT has decreed that the boards and staff of key arts organisations must avoid conflicts of interest regarding program delivery. The guidelines state that: “In particular, key arts organisations’ board members cannot be employed, or otherwise remunerated by the organisation in any capacity. Board or staff members also cannot benefit from the organisation’s programs or services” and that the “organisation needs to advise ArtsACT of any conflicts or potential conflicts and how these conflicts will be resolved.” The new guidelines are at odds with the laws governing associations that say that while a member of a board can still be renumerated by the organisation, they cannot participate directly in decisions which effect that remuneration. “Jon Stanhope's restrictions

on the membership of boards of the key arts organisations are ridiculous,” Mr Seselja told “CityNews”. “He says that anyone who is a paid employee, indeed anyone who receives any kind of benefit from an organisation, can’t sit on its board. That means the very people who know how the arts really work are not allowed to have an official role at the most senior levels. Jon Stanhope's restrictions are already causing problems for arts boards, and could create absurdities worthy of Beckett.” Mr Seselja said that ways the guidelines could be enforced shows how preposterous they are. “For example, a board could not have members who have technical expertise if those members make a living utilising that expertise for the organisation,” he said. “Arts boards are now waiting for Jon Stanhope to be sensible; I think they may be waiting some time.” Mr Stanhope’s office declined to comment and two separate calls to the head of ArtsACT, David Whitney, were also unreturned.

The treat that told a story By Catherine Carter

Taste of local history ANTOINETTE Buchanan, senior heritage librarian at the ACT Heritage Library holds the Pearce Primary School Cook Book from 1970. “This recent addition to the library significantly ads to the collection of a range of community cook books from the 1930s,” says Antoinette. “It’s Canberra’s history in terms of food and entertaining. You can see

the tastes change as the fashions do. For instance, in this cook book there are no curries or anything like that, but by the ‘80s there are Thai curies and all sorts of things.” And her favourite recipe in this book? “It’s my own Aunty Pam’s recipe for her famous ‘busy day’ pudding.” Photo by Silas.

A recent trip overseas took me to Paris, where I bought myself a special souvenir treat ­– an unconventional shirt from the very grand department store, Galeries Lafayette. I returned home, only to find that I could have bought the same shirt in a boutique in Civic! This experience has led me to reflect on what a cosmopolitan place Canberra has become. A certain amount of international flavour has to attach itself to a national capital, of course. The presence of so many international embassies guarantees that. And, of course, Canberra is home to many national cultural institutions as well, including the Museum of Australia, the National Gallery, and the National Library. But our cosmopolitan nature as a community is more than that imposed on us by our national role, and it can, I believe, be overlooked because our city is so spread out. And we are cosmopolitan. Certainly, Canberra has grown up over recent years. It is just a pity that many of us have to drive so far to enjoy participating in our city's cultural identity. This is the downside of all thinly spread communities, and ours is no exception. Our local craftspeople and artists are gaining mainstream audiences in the Handmade Market, Kingston Market and other fairs, fetes and festivals, and everywhere we gather for shows, meals, festivals and events. There is a palpable sense of the community uniting to enjoy itself and our maturity as a city is something we should all be able to celebrate and share. As the population grows (as it inevitably must) the right planning will make the ACT's cultural heart more accessible to more Canberrans. Catherine Carter is the executive director of the Property Council of Australia (ACT).

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How to tell a long weekend from petrol prices in Canberra





‘Aunty’ Lynne’s big plans By Kathryn Vukovljak IT’S not enough to raise a few dollars by rattling a tin, says Galilee’s new CEO Lynne Harwood. She believes not-for-profit organisations need solid business acumen to succeed – and she brings it in spades. It’s the killer combination of business skills and compassion that gets results, she says. “My aim is to make Galilee an effective, efficient, fully-functioning business. The bleeding heart stuff only gets you so far. I’m here to do business!” she told “CityNews”. Galilee is a not-for-profit organisation working to help disadvantaged children and young people in the community. Lynne has big plans to grow the organisation and drive it into the future. “Striking a balance between strategic business fundamentals and empathy is intrinsic to success for the not-for-profit sector… organisations who don’t do this will fall by the wayside,” she says. “Government funding is not enough to feed us, we are constantly seeking donations and corporate sponsorships, and seeking partnerships to enhance the work we do.” After 14 years as an accountant, Lynne admits she needed a change and has spent the past six years as CEO of Home Help Services ACT. “At the moment Galilee is very spread out, with the school at Kambah Pool Road and other sections dotted over the inner south. My aim is create a single hub at the school, and I also plan to grow our existing programs, with emphasis on parental skills, prevention rather than cure, mentoring and support for 8-12 year olds, plus vocational training for 16-21-year-olds,” she says.

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Cricket tickets Tickets for the Prime Minister’s XI versus West Indies match, to be played at Manuka Oval on Thursday, February 4, are on sale with the cost of some family tickets (two adults and three children) cut by up to 17 per cent. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketek on 132849 or on-line at

Beauty tips

CELEBRITY make-up artist Rae Morris will demonstrate and answer questions on how to achieve the latest looks at free beauty workshops at Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden at 11am and 2pm respectively on October 17.

Time to smile

Mark Van Weelde, managing director of the teeth-straightening system Invisalign, left, presents Dr Spiro Pazios, of Manuka Smiles, with a plaque recognising the clinic’s status as “Platinum Elite” Invisalign providers.

Scary fun

WITCHES, ghosts and little devils are all welcome at the free Halloween parties at Toys“R”Us Belconnen and Majura Park at 1-3pm and 3-4pm on October 31. Kids are asked to dress up in the Halloween costumes.

Chopper nosh

THE Manuka restaurant Le Rendezvous has raised $1250 for the Snowy Hydro SouthCare rescue helicopter service from its 45th birthday celebration.

Computer recycling Galilee’s new CEO Lynne Harwood… “The bleeding heart stuff only gets you so far. I’m here to do business!” Photo by Silas. “I’m a big believer in prevention rather than cure, so that’s close to my heart. I want to see more proactive programs to stop the cycle so the child can progress into young adulthood. Also everyone deserves love so I’m looking at different ways to make sure that kids get that.

“My skill, my contribution to the organisation is structuring effective not-for profit organisations that can do good, I’m not a hands on person with children… I want to provide programs and funds for the people who do that to be able to look after more children. Mother to none, aunty to lots.”

OLD computer equipment including keyboards, mice and more of any brand can be recycled at a community recycling day at the ANU campus car park, opposite Old Canberra House, Lennox Crossing, between 9am and 3pm on Saturday, October 17.

Airport plan

Canberra Airport’s 2010 Preliminary Draft Environment Strategy has been released for 60 business days of public consultation. The strategy is available for viewing on the Canberra Airport’s website at or by calling 6275 2222. The deadline for written comments is 5pm, Wednesday, December 23.

all about Majura Park

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Modern office with everything Environmentally friendly • 10 minutes to the city • Parking • Buses to the door • Open spaces • Child care • Shops • Cafes and food outlets “MAJURA Park is more accessible than any other commercial precinct in Canberra,” enthuses Alex Smith, Canberra Airport manager of commercial leasing. “The roads around the airport have had major improvements making it less than 10 minutes to the city and the buses come right to the door of the buildings. “We have car parking, too – a combination of low cost, staff and free parking to suit everyone’s needs – that’s besides the fantastic open spaces, the many different cafes and food outlets across the development and wonderful modern architecture with landscaped external and internal atriums!” And Mr Smith has grounds to be enthusiastic; Majura Park is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after addresses for businesses in the ACT. As he says, its accessibility and environmental credentials are a step above any other commercial leasing opportunity in Canberra at the moment. Majura Park is now in full leasing mode and presents a rare opportunity for companies in the market to lease premises with unrivalled facilities in a family friendly environment. “Canberra Airport was the first private business to include child care facilities as part of our planning – now we have three centres with one specifically on site in Majura Park,” says Alex Smith. “It’s that added convenience that makes a worker’s day that little bit easier. You can drop the kids at child care and walk straight into your office to start your day. It’s part of the family focused philosophy of the whole team at Canberra Airport.” He says it’s not just the “touchyfeely, family-friendly” aspects that appeals to potential businesses about moving to Majura Park, the on-site management is a huge bonus.

Alex Smith… “You couldn’t be greener anywhere else in Australia, in our view.” “We are on-site owner-managed, which is a huge advantage,” says Alex. “We are a one-stop-shop when it comes to leasing here. You’re not dealing with a real estate agent; our commercial leasing team can help you with everything. Having all aspects of your property managed on site with easy communication with the head office is important and something that our tenants rate as one of the biggest benefits of leasing at Majura Park.” Responding to market trends that have seen many workplaces move to a more open-plan office environment, Majura Park has significantly increased the ceiling height over and above a

traditional office environment. “It’s all about bringing the ‘outside in’, which research shows significantly improves worker satisfaction also improving energy efficiency. A happy worker is a productive worker!” he says. The building has already attracted three tennants – Kellogg Brown and Root Pty Ltd, The Centre for International Economics and the Australian Medical Council. But it is the green credentials of the Majura Park development that has really caught the attention, recently taking out the 2009 Excellence Award for Environment and Energy Efficiency from

the NECA and the 2009 Environmental Best Practice Award from the MBA. “You couldn’t be greener anywhere else in Australia, in our view,” says Alex. “The building is designed to emit up to 55 per cent less CO2 emissions than a typical five-star rated building. We operate from an energy efficient central tri-generation plant – the biggest in the southern hemisphere – that burns gas to create electricity and then converts the waste heat to heat and cool the buildings rather than using two separate systems. “We also have a black water recycling plant – most people are using only grey water. All liquid waste,

including sewerage, gets puts through our recycling plant and is used in things like toilet flushing and drip irrigation systems. We can do an impressive 100,000 litres a day in recycling and we hope to be doing more in the future.” Typically “going green” has been seen as an expensive exercise, but with the over all scale of operations at Canberra Airport, this new technology is accessible to everyone – at no greater cost. “Companies are not paying any more to be cleaner and greener at the airport, rather they are joining our ‘environmental crusade’ to be more energy and water efficient for the long term.”

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Majura Park

All the convenience of a town centre WITH the retail conveniences of a town centre, Majura Park’s office accommodation is a fresh approach for any government department or private sector tenant looking to make statement about their business’s location and customer service profile. Majura Park, situated on the northwest precinct of Canberra Airport, is located off Majura Road, an arterial road that also provides an alternate route from Canberra’s newest northern suburbs to the Canberra CBD. It has easy proximity to all Canberra suburbs and commercial areas including Russell (seven minutes), Civic (10 minutes) and Parliament House (10 minutes). With more than 26,000sqm of A-grade office accommodation complete and a further 45,000sqm approved for construction, Majura Park is the epitome of green built building technology. The commercial building has a dynamic contemporary design with a combination of blue and white metal panel walls and off-white architectural pre-cast concrete and full height glass to the building entry tower. The properties have a clear point of address and identification that is independent of other buildings located in the precinct. Majura Park’s commercial accommodation is complemented by its own café (opening early

2010), Majura Park Childcare Centre, conference room and theatrette. Within a minute’s walk to the front door of Brand Depot, Majura Park is a practical alternative to the clutter of CBD office space. Integral to the success of Canberra Airport is the property management and asset planning skills of its property management team. It is recognised as leaders in the field for its absolute commitment to tenant service – ranging from project management of the establishment of new tenants into its portfolio, to ensuring that the maintenance and support delivers the highest quality office environment for tenants to conduct their business. There is a dedicated property and tenant co-ordinator for each commercial precinct. Canberra Airport, is a Canberrabased family owned company with aviation as its core business. It is also a property developer, retail, commercial and industrial building owner, designer and manager, with an impressive list of award- winning accomplishments. Fundamentally, the company is a long-term owner. It has a workforce of more than 90 property management and development professionals, all with an absolute commitment to providing excellence in customer service.

Facilities at a glance Parking

There is a combination of dedicated shaded parking, ample on-grade staff car parking and generous set-down areas. Car parking is available in abundance, with low-cost, all-day parking spaces for cars and motorcycles. One-hour parking zones are available for visitors directly in front of all buildings.


ACTION now offers a full range of bus services to the airport precincts from all over Canberra including services to Brindabella Business Park, Majura Park and Fairbairn.

Dedicated facilities in each building.

Recreational facilities There is plenty of room to stretch your legs in Majura Park. Park employees can take in the scenery of the runway, enjoy the young, landscaped gardens, free tenant barbecue areas, kick-about oval or take a rest on the large grassed areas.

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Rewards program All staff working at Canberra Airport have free access to the Canberra Airport Rewards Card. The Airport

Rewards Card program has operated successfully for four years and provides employees of Majura Park, Fairbairn and Brindabella Business Parks with access to discounts around the Canberra region. There are more than 50 rewards partners and over 75 individual exclusive offers for businesses in and around

Canberra. Some providers include: • Hoyts • McDonalds • Novotel Crackenback • Bing Lee • National Gallery of Australia • Pialligo Estate Winery • Blockbuster • Fat Goanna Café

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Energy-saving technology Canberra Airport understands the contribution made by commercial buildings to greenhouse gas emissions and recognises the important role that sustainable development can make in meeting Australia’s international greenhouse obligations. This understanding underpins the decision, 10 years ago, to embrace green building principles; deciding that environmental sustainability would underpin its approach to future development of the airport. As part of this approach, the corporation has built one of Australia’s largest on-site tri-generation plants – a smart energy-saving technology unmatched anywhere else in Australia – and has plans in place to build a further three, including two in the new terminal. Majura Park houses one of the largest tri-generation plants in Australia. Tri-generation is a process where natural gas is used as the input source of energy to generate electricity. Excess energy, that would have otherwise been lost during the production of electricity, is utilised to heat the buildings in winter and cool them in summer using a state-of-theart absorption chiller. The hot water that is generated is then available for

use as domestic hot water. All the Majura Park buildings are serviced by tri-generation for house power, heating and cooling. The buildings are modelled to emit 75 per cent less CO2 than a conventional building and approximately 55 per cent less emissions than even a 5-star NABERS building. By emitting 55 per cent less carbon compared to a 5-star NABERS building (the previous highest benchmark for energy efficiency), Majura Park trigeneration plant has set new standards for buildings and infrastructure in Australia. All of the three state-of-the-art buildings far exceed the Commonwealth Government NABERS energy rating requirements by being designed to emit approximately half the carbon dioxide of a 5-Star NABERS energyrated building. Each building has been designed to achieve a minimum equivalent of a 4 or 5-star Green Star rating. Majura Park was purpose built to recycle all water from the site, including black water, grey water and storm water off the roof. While the recycled water is not used for drinking, it is predominantly used in the building’s toilets and landscaping.

The best in conferencing Park High quality child care wins awards THE precinct has a state-of-the-art conference centre that offers a theatre with tiered seating for 97 people. The theatre also boasts assisted-hearing systems for the hearing impaired, digital audio systems for speech reinforcement, audio-visual presentations and touch-screen controls on the lectern to guide all audio-visual displays and room lighting.

The facilities, located at 11 Lancaster Place, are suitable for the public and private sectors and designed for strategic planning sessions, annual general meetings, business seminars, conferences, board meetings, training sessions, product launches and media conferences. Also within the centre is the Cotter Room, a meeting room that can be transformed into various configurations for up to 30 people. Other features include, data projector with wall-mounted input and audio reinforcement, motorised projection screen and a whiteboard. This new centre brings our conference and meeting facilities to a total of 10 meeting rooms and two custom-made audio-visual theatres across the airport. For more information call 6275 2222.

National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) – 2009 Excellence Award for Environment & Energy Efficiency: Delta Building Automation in conjunction with Brooks Marchant Industries recently won the award for environment and energy efficiency for works at Majura Park – Central Services Building, located at the Canberra Airport. Master Builders Association – Environmental Best Practice Award 2009: Majura Park won the commercial building “Environmental Best Practice” award for the Central Services strategy, tri-generation and the black water treatment. Awarded to Construction Control. Keep Australia Beautiful – ACT Sustainable Cities Award 2009: Majura Park‘s Central Blackwater and trigeneration plant was highly commended for excellence in water conservation. Awarded to Construction Control.

Parents of children in formal child care are increasingly concerned about staff ratios and the quality of care their children receive. Co-owners of the new Majura Park Childcare Centre, Natalie Colbert and Fiona Keyes have quality care at the centre of their philosophy. Offering more than just a child care service, Majura Park Childcare Centre, at 1 Wellington Place, has pre-school teachers on staff and are planning maths, science and French language activities; a full educational experience for children. They also have a qualified chef on-site preparing fresh food from scratch, even pasta and ice cream, each day. Children at the centre are immersed in a learning world of excellence enhanced through new, purpose-built facilities and highly trained, motivated staff. The environment provided is carefully planned and organised to maximise the children’s opportunities to explore and learn using all their senses. Children and babies aged six weeks to five years are accepted by the centre.

Hours are from 7.30am to 5.45pm. For more information call 6257 7100, email au or visit www.majuraparkchildcare.

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Majura Park

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Shopping galore within easy reach TRADE Secret offers the latest looks and fashion essentials all at up to 60 per cent less than you’d pay at other stores. Trade Secret has fashion for the whole family; from bubs and littlies, to girls, boys and teens of all ages, as well as ladies’ and men’s fashion for all occasions. All garments are first quality and there are no seconds or samples. There’s also a great selection of homewares at discounted prices.

THE Majura Park precinct offers plenty of convenient, retail choice with Brand Depot, Jim Murphy Airport Cellars, Chemist Outlet and Trade Secret within easy reach of the commercial offices. Brand Depot offers 1700 free car parking spaces and 90 retail stores selling both national and international brand names at prices up to 50-70 per cent below normal retail prices. It is open until late each weekday to allow customers to shop after work. Brand Depot, anchored by a Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Lollipops Playland and Paul’s Warehouse stores, boasts a 250-seat food court (Refuel Lounge) that overlooks Canberra Airport’s main runway and a suite of parents’ services and offers that are second to none. LOCATED adjacent to Trade Secret and Chemist Outlet is Jim Murphy Airport Cellars. As with Jim Murphy’s Market Cellars in Fyshwick, shoppers can expect the same high level of expert knowledgeable service, and extensive range of wine, beer and spirits. With more than 30 years in the business, Jim Murphy is one of Canberra’s most- respected wine retailers. Airport Cellars stocks a complete range of wines, spirits and beers at competitive prices. Jim specialises in fine wine ranges as well as local and imported brands.

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CHEMIST Outlet is a full service pharmacy offering products at up to 50 per cent off normal retail prices. Open seven days, the store is one of Canberra’s biggest discount pharmacies offering a wide variety of health and wellbeing product lines. Chemist Outlet stocks a wide range of over-the-counter medicine, a variety of health foods, cosmetics and supplements. It is a full-line pharmacy with the added bonus of being a mini health and beauty supermarket.

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At the launch of Viktoria Novak Design, National Press Club, Barton

Iulia Lungu, Saira Mueller and Felissa Burton

Shane Armstrong and Anne Parker

Tamara Lai, Leane Belmonte, Chris Tamvakis and Ali Price

Peta Marechal, Masha Zaric, Anna Dicvollo, Megumi Masumoto, Eliza Anlezark and Natasa Zaric

Suzie King and Sonja Mikic

CAM & LISA in the morning

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Marietta Rudolf and Sarah Gallagher

Agapy Efkarpidis, Cassie Gillis, Jamie Wilson, Jenna Oldham and Johnathan Efkarpidis

Donna and Shireen Hanson

Sam Marciano and Alexa Zulian

Meg Rice, Kimberly Mackrell and Caila McQueen

Natasha, Jovan and Milena Nikolevski

Danielle Neale and Brie Purnell

Suzi Jose and Justine Fardell

Miles Blicharz, Viktoria Novak and Christopher Chilvers

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At the ACT Order of Australia Association’s cocktail party, Yarralumla

Chris Peters, Kate Carnell and Brian Acworth

Jennie Rodtke and Di Mitchell

Jason Thurgar and Katerina Kountchenko

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Jenny Sullivan, Margaret Hughes, Gladys McLean and Shirley Gollings

Dianne Trewartha, Mark Cranfield and Patricia Clarke

Peter Lawler with Helen and Russell Bielenberg

Ian Gollings, Ann Gration, Bernie Sullivan and Garth Hughes

Bob Newman, Joyce and Len Goodman with Evol Mcleod

Graham Jensen and Andrea McCourtie

Bridget and Brian O'Keeffe, Liz McDonagh and Heather Domaschenz

Joy Warren with Mandy Thomas Westende

all about living Big field for short film prizes

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Addicted to alliteration? ARTS IN THE CITY By Jorian Gardner

“Miracle Fish”… a little boy is picked on at school.

By Helen Musa ACTING director Kris Kerehona was not giving away too many secrets about who's on the screening list for the 14th Canberra Short Film Festival. Entries closed only at the end of September and the judges – VFX supervisor for "Transformers" Paul Kirwin, Canberra International Film Festival’s Simon Weaving and ScreenACT’s Monica Pender – will have a hefty number to narrow down. Competition will be fierce for the $2000 National, $1000 National Youth (under 25s), $1000 Parlour Wine Room's Canberra & Region and $500 University of Canberra's National Schools' competitions prizes. Kerehona is convinced that this year they’ll take the short film form to a new level. There'll still be a Peoples' Choice award, though. "CityNews" twisted his arm sufficiently to discover that there are two standouts so far. One, “My Uncle Bluey”, tells a story about a long lost, estranged uncle rediscovered after his death. The other is “Miracle Fish”, about a little boy who gets picked on at school so is driven to faking illness. It becomes a nightmare scenario that hints at the terror within today’s schools. Kerehona laments the fact that we've always been in the shadow of Melbourne and Sydney, even though on a per-capita basis we have the highest number of filmmakers in the country. And at the top we have outstanding documentary makers such as Andrew Pike, SilverSun Pictures, Bearcage Productions and Robert Nugent. So what is a short film? It can be anything from a 32second montage to a 20-minute drama. The average is about 10 minutes, but with a good story, well told, “you don’t really need much longer than seven minutes”. Audiences from the short film festival include the regular Canberra punters, schools and tertiary audiences and, because of the national competition, interstate visitors in their 30s to 50s.

“My Uncle Bluey”… story about a long lost, estranged uncle.

The Canberra Short Film Festival, October 15-17, Dendy Cinema, Canberra Centre. For information visit

“Till three knocks”.

CALLING all ACT writers: Are you addicted to alternative areas of alliteration? Like to mix bards and beer? How about rhyme and strine? If you do then perhaps a performance at “Poetry and Prose at the Pub” will lift your literary wings. This new last-Sunday-of-themonth opportunity for writers will be launched at Filthy McFadden’s Irish Pub, Green Square, Kingston, at 2pm on October 25. DISCO balls, karaoke and a daring all-female cast tell the story of a woman no “man” can contain in Bell Shakespeare’s latest production of “The Taming of the Shrew”. Directed by Marion Potts (“Othello”, “Hamlet”, “Venus and Adonis”), this new production of Shakespeare’s controversial comedy takes the politics of marriage to ludicrous heights. Always a favourite with local audiences, Bell’s production plays at The Playhouse until October 17. Bookings on 6275 2700. “WILOSOPHY” is Wil Anderson’s new standup show that, he says, “will pretty much solve all the world’s major problems and change the way you look at life – or it may just be 70 minutes of the funniest shit I can think of said in a row.” His new show will be at The Playhouse, at the Canberra Theatre Centre, October 29-31. Bookings on 6275 2700. VETERAN Sydney playwright and director Ernest Macintyre is back in town with "Antigone in Sri Lanka" at the Belconnen Theatre on October 10. Though Sophocles' play was written in 442 BC, it has often been adapted into modern situations and Macintyre gives it a Sri Lankan twist when the sister of one of the dead rebels defies the president of Sri Lanka by removing her brother’s body from a mass disposal site for burial. Just as with the Greek play, this shows individual human rights clashing with the state's rules. M16 FYSHWICK’S studio artist for 2009, Taree Mackenzie, has curated an interesting selection of recent video works by emerging artists titled “Some recent video work from Melbourne”. It runs until October 18.

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The work and words of Bob Dylan THIS is the first of what will be an exhaustive and possibly the most comprehensive two-volume look at the work and words of Bob Dylan. It is a testament to Dylan’s prolific output (his 47th album is to be released this month) of tunes that the sheer volume of work over more than 50 years is now capable of attracting academic attention usually reserved for classical works. Author (and Dylan obsessive) Heylin anchors this first volume to Dylan’s formative (and later some of his finest) writing starting in 1957 and up to “Blood on the Tracks” (1973).


“Revolution In The Air – Songs of Bob Dylan Vol 1: 1957-1973” By Clinton Heylin, published by Hardie Grant Books ($45). Reviewed by Ian Meikle What sets this study of 300 songs aside is that he has arranged the book in the chronology of when the music was written rather than when it was recorded and released. Which is interesting

CD REVIEWS By Jorian Gardner

‘Tosca’ with an English accent By Helen Musa VETERAN English-born director Hugh Halliday has been a dancer, actor and rock drummer. With 35 years in opera behind him including, a stint with Michael Edgley directing a stadium production of “Aida” for Singapore, Perth, Auckland, and Brisbane, Halliday is staging “Tosca” at the Canberra Theatre for the Melbourne Opera. Puccini wanted his operas to be accessible, so the performance will be in English. With the help of the 44-piece Melbourne Opera Orchestra and 27 talented Canberra choristers supervised by the ANU’s Alan Hicks, this should look like a grand opera, even though as Halliday says “it’s really a three hander.” The three hands are, of course, the jealous but passionate opera singer Tosca, sung by Antoinette Halloran, the revolutionary artist Cavaradossi, played by Jason Wasely and the Machiavellian Scarpia, performed by Gary Rowley, best known to Canberra audiences as Rochester in Stopera’s “Jane Eyre.” “Tosca” bombed in January 1900 when first staged but, packed with melodrama and fabulous tunes, it won’t bomb here. “Tosca”, Canberra Theatre, October 17.

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and irritating because we can be so conditioned by the progressive release of albums that it can be jarring when a song is listed out of the context of that experience. For example, the middle verse of “Blowin’ in the Wind” was written much later than the first and third verses, and the songs on the album “John Wesley Harding” were written before some of the songs on “The Basement Tapes”. Does any of this really matter? Probably not, but for Dylan tragics it does provide an almost forensic Bob Dylan… an almost forensic insight insight to the singer’s evolution as a writer. to the singer’s evolution as a writer.

Eels, “Hombre Lobo”

EELS’ seventh studio album “Hombre Lobo” is the ever-changing project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett (aka “E”) and is the band’s first recording since 2005. “Hombre Lobo” was recorded at E’s studio in Los Angeles and it shows with, with a refreshingly live feel. With collaborators Kool G Murder (bass, keyboards and guitar) and Knuckles (drums and percussion), this album delivers old-school, dirty sets of rock as well as gravelly voiced ballads.

Wu Tang Clan, “Chamber Music”

CHAMBER Music, from hi-hop collective the Wu Tang Clan, is throw-back sound inspired by classic soul and kung fu imagery. The album features a combination of new, inventive beats and live instrumentation by Brooklyn soul band The Revelations. Feature artists include Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, RZA, alongside classic hip hop MCs such as AZ, Havoc (Mobb Deep), Masta Ace, Sadat X (Brand Nubian) and Sean Price (Heltah Skeltah). It’s hip-hop out on the edge that will appeal to early ‘90s clubbers.

Antoinette Halloran plays the title role in “Tosca”.

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, “Under the Covers Vol. 2” MATTHEW Sweet and Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs return with “Under the Covers Vol. 2”, (volume one was covers of music from the ‘60s) and finds the two taking a leap through the ’70s. But it’s an underwhelming CD that uses simple arrangements of songs such as Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” the Grateful Dead’s “Sugar Magnolia” and Bread’s “Everything I Own”. All basically modern, easy listening.

Todd Snider, “Excitement Plan”

SNIDER’s finger is simultaneously on the pulse of American history, politics, and the spirit of the current generation. With an acoustic guitar in hand, Snider takes a shot at the mixed-up priorities of modern-day US, reflecting variously hope and humour. Lyrically, Snider sometimes courts an early Tom Waits, and, with catchy harmonica riffs, he vocally follows in the footsteps of folk-country protest legends such as Dylan and Woody Guthrie in the songs “Bring ‘em Home” and “America’s Favourite Pastime.” Followers of Australian Xavier Rudd will recognise the symmetry here.


Room to groove, room to eat; a room to enjoy DINING

By Wendy Johnson IT’S all happening in Kingston, with the opening two weeks ago of The Kennedy Room, an impressive and massive bar/restaurant that has added an exciting and much-needed new dimension to this part of town. Owned by Dimitri Eliopoulos, The Kennedy Room (not a night club, by the way) has great street presence with its large outdoor area for 50, which was packed the night we arrived. The “presence” continues indoors which, by design, features different zones, all pretty funky in their own right. The lounge to the left is a comfy spot to “people watch”, as is the seating area to the right near the long, magnificent bar. Then there’s a dining section, with full table service, and a second eating area (order at the bar and the food is brought to your table). The menu is not extensive, but it is impressive, which is not surprising given that Nick Carter (former Anise and artespresso) is at the helm. We decided to share several tapas items and a pizza. The tapas starts at $7 for gourmet, small, black, wild olives (marinated, but not too salty) with Italian ciabatta bread and goes to $26 for an antipasto

The Kennedy Room… An impressive and massive bar/restaurant.  platter. Or, for fun, order the edamame (green soybeans boiled and tossed with sea salt and a little soy sauce). We began our little feast with melt-inyour-mouth caramelised roast pork belly with chilli and coconut vinegar, giving this dish a light Asian touch ($14). It was divine. Next was crab and prawn ragout stuffed into a pastry parcel and served with chilli jam – the pastry airy and crisp. The lightly fried calamari was equally delicious. It was unbelievably tender and spiced with black pepper and sumac, a sensational spice commanding you to fall in love with Middle Eastern flavours ($14). The pizzas range from $18 to $22. We had half Patatam (potato, garlic, tomato, mozzarella, rosemary oil and sea salt) and half Estuario (barramundi, prawns,

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roasted garlic, tomato and mozzarella). Like most dishes on the menu, the pizzas are “familiar, but different”, says Nick. We were convinced to try the caramelised pear pizza with cinnamon cream and a touch of yoghurt to give it a bit of tang ($11) and we were glad we did: Absolute yum factor. The Kennedy Room has great acoustics with two different music zones and Dimitri promises diners won’t be violated with “doof-doof” music. Refinements are still being made, including a courtyard early next year, but in the meantime the place is already proving to be a great addition to Canberra’s social scene. The Kennedy Room, 25 Kennedy Street, Kingston. Open seven days, call 6162 2318.

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Christmas functions

Beat stress, book Planning an unforgettable Christmas function in Canberra needn’t add to your Christmas-time stress. Book the office Christmas party or client event now… that’s the message the venues in this feature want to get across. Avoid disappointment by planning the party early to make sure you get your preferred venue and date. Unless you want to see your workmates huddled around the smoky makeshift barbeque in a colleague’s garage in Charnwood drinking bad cask wine, then make sure to book your venue early to avoid missing out. Ensure everyone in the office feels able to

Colour and excitement SUNDAY, November 29 is one of the highlights days of Canberra’s social scene and an opportunity to offer clients or associates something special for an end-of-year function or Christmas get together; the colour and excitement of thoroughbred racing at the 2009 Kennards Hire Canberra Cup at Thoroughbred Park. Get a group together and enjoy the atmosphere that only The Canberra Cup can bring. There are packages available to suit all types of groups, large and small – as well as all types of budgets. For more information call 6241 3888, email canberraracing@thoroughbredpark. or visit www.thoroughbredpark.

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participate: Doing a “secret Santa” may be fun, but make sure you set a purchase limit that’s considered reasonable not only by the CEO, but by someone on the office junior’s salary. Don’t forget to offer an option for special dietary needs, such as vegetarian or gluten-free diets. Music! Muzak! Music! Think about your music choice like whether to engage a DJ or a covers band. Remember, you are catering from everyone from the bean counter to receptionist.

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Sisters with lots of options THE Pavilion on Northbourne’s Christmas party options include the Tropical Atrium, function rooms or an intimate lunch in Café Glasshouse. The hotel can cater for up to 200 guests with their award-winning chef turning out tantalising menu options. With easy access and free on-site parking, the Pavilion on Northbourne is a great option for festive celebrations. Its sister hotel, Quality Suites Clifton on Northbourne, is also in Christmas planning mode with a plethora of different packages from three-course menus to a buffet at competitive prices. Its new outdoor beer garden is another option for an end-of-the-year celebration. The hotel also provides free parking and is within walking distance to the city. For information phone 6262 6266.

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Christmas functions

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Pleasing any palate RYDGES Capital Hill’s popular Figtree restaurant prides itself on offering a huge range of catering options to please any palate. The Figtree festive buffet lunch package – at $38 per person – comes with a glass of champagne and a range of culinary delights to impress guests, including oak-smoked salmon, a traditional roast turkey with brandy butter and old-fashioned roast potatoes. Close to Parliament House, surrounded by the busy business districts of Barton and Parkes and only a five-minute drive from the Civic, Rydges Capital Hill provides a convenient location for any office Christmas party – and the chance to kick on afterwards at their watering hole, “inBARgo”. For more information contact 6232 0362 or visit

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THE legendary Rex Hotel offers eight function rooms – including the Grand Ballroom (with its stunning travertine marble feature wall) to the more intimate Campbell room (with its high ceilings and baby grand piano) – and is able to cater for 14 to 260 guests. Guests have a grand sense of arrival, with cars able to sweep up to the front door of the dedicated events foyer. They say that local produce and freshness are paramount in the creation of menus and a variety of foodand-beverage packages are available or they can create an individual menu experience. For more information call 6248 5311 or email


elebrate at the Rex Celebrations nd their true home at the Rex.

There is no better way to show your appreciation to colleagues than to host your Christmas party in one of our function rooms. Let us organise your special gathering relaxed or formal, cocktail or banquet.

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Room with a view

WITH spectacular views from across Lake Burley Griffin and out to the hills, Rydges Lakeside’s 15th floor BG Skyline Restaurant can offer a sophisticated “wow factor” for a Christmas celebration. Executive Chef Vince McAviney has put together a range of packages to suit any needs, with his speciality a Mediterranean-influenced buffet that includes chilled seafood as well as a chef’s carvery and salads and desserts. Treat your guests to a complimentary glass of Moet champagne on arrival, and there’s the start of a stylish and exclusive Christmas party that will leave guests breathless. For more information contact 6247 6244 or visit

Spread the party wings WITH seven dedicated function rooms and two restaurants, Rydges Eagle Hawk Resort has a venue to suit any organisation’s end-of-year function. There are also a two picturesque outdoor areas – the under-the-stars pizza bar or the Poolside area. Catering options abound with the ability to cater for an extravagant end-of-year celebration or a quiet Christmas lunch with colleagues. For instance, at $59.50 a person, the buffet menu includes antipasto and seafood platters, as well as a barbeque and a dessert buffet. “Our team can help come up with creative ideas for your function, all while you sit back and relax and let us take care the event,” said general manger James Martin. For more information call 6241 6033 or visit

Hats off to Viktoria’s launch


WORDS: Kathryn Vukovljak PHOTOS: Silas Brown EXQUISITE peacock feathers, hot tropical blooms and elegant monochrome stripes with bolts of vibrant colour hit the runway at milliner Viktoria Novak’s new-season collection launch to an adoring crowd at the National Press Club. Every hat, fascinator and hatinator was custom-made by the young designer, with painstaking attention to detail taken to ensure they matched each outfit. “The range was very personal, very much my own style,” Viktoria told “CityNews”. “The show was a mix of vintage designs and clothing I made myself, but the millinery was the star. I believe in selecting only the best materials and custom dyeing where necessary. “Not a detail was spared – every jewel, every feather, every piece of fabric I used had to be an exact match.” Gorgeous new accessories can update any outfit and make it of the moment, says Viktoria. She adores vintage clothing and has been collecting items since she was seven years old. “Ever since then, I’ve dreamed that one day I would be able to dress and style beautiful women in my creations – my dream has officially come true. I keep pinching myself!” says Viktoria. Viktoria’s mission is to bring fascinators into year-round wear. “They don’t have to be just for the races,” she says. “In this collection I designed some traditional race wear, but there were chic evening fascinators and even a holiday fascinator, to go with a beautiful tropical print dress. “I absolutely love colour, the brighter the better as far as I’m concerned – and I think that’s evident from the launch,” she says. “My unique style hasn’t changed over the years. My designs always come back to the core of me – quirky, bold, bright and beautiful!”

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Don’t be brow beaten FULL brows are in fashion again, because they soften the face and give focus to the eyes, says a spokesperson for The Brow Bar, which is opening stores around the country. “Even the fullest brows need to be maintained well,” she warned. “Beautifully manicured full brows can create an enhanced youthful look and increased sex appeal.” But what if we followed the trends too closely in the ‘90s (or ‘70s!) and we’ve got gaps to fill – or worse, nothing left but skinny arches? “Brow powders are a girl’s best friend, coupled with a brow gel or grooming product,” she advises. “Fill your brows in with powder, with light, feathery strokes, using a make-up brush. “Seal your perfect brow shape with a brow grooming product; or if it’s a brow emergency, a soft hold hair spray on a new baby toothbrush is a fantastic quick fix!”  –Megan Haggan

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Mum in the City

Embrace the early yuletide! I’VE rarely been in a hurry about Christmas; it still seems like it was only last week that our kids were sitting on Santa’s knee for their annual Christmas photo. So it came as a bit of a shock when, while walking through a department store last week, my children started to shriek with excitement that it was Christmas! Their sharp eyes had instantly homed in on the Christmas baubles and tinsel. I know the retailers deny it, and I don’t know if any one actually keeps a record, but it does seem that the Christmas decorations go up earlier every year. Before long I think Christmas really will begin in July. The appearance of tinsel heralds nearly three months of lobbying by our children that will become all the more frenzied as Christmas toy catalogues start arriving in our letterbox. It’s tempting to deplore the early arrival of Christmas advertising because at one level it’s just another manifestation of our commercial culture. However, it may actually be good thing. After all, there’s nothing wrong with anticipating all the fun and joy that should come with Christmas (although prolonged exposure to Christmas music may cause psychosis). And maybe it is never too early to start preparing for the big event; Christmas is an expensive time of year, especially if you have children. So if you stick to a budget, it does make sense to plan ahead, shop around and spread the cost over three months rather than try and cram everything into the last couple of weeks. Yep, embrace Christmas early this year rather than deny the inevitable, that’s my cunning plan. Then, hopefully, Christmas this year will be free of all that last-minute frenzy and stress and we can focus on what’s really important at Christmas – family, friends, relaxing and having a good time. Sonya Fladun

your week in the stars With Joanne Madeline Moore October 12 - 18 ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20) This week’s New Moon promises a relationship renaissance. The challenge is to get the balance right between give and take. [Just make sure you’re not doing all the taking, and others all the giving!] Attached Arians – it’s time to kick-start a stale partnership. For single Rams – love and learning are linked.

TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 20) Your hedonistic tendencies are highlighted as you indulge in good food, fine wine, champagne, chocolate and other tasty treats. [Your current motto is courtesy of Oscar Wilde - born October 15 - “I can resist everything except temptation.”] Make sure you do something creative every day this week.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) It’s the perfect week to enjoy the things that turn you on [like love, friendship, conversation, socialising, reading …] as the New Moon activates your entertainment zone. However it’s not a good time to make important decisions, as you’re feeling contrary and indecisive.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22) Too much work and too little play can make you cranky and difficult to live with. The New Moon activates your home zone, so it’s time to re-adjust your home/work balance so that it is in fact balanced! Some Crabs will make a fresh start via a spring clean, renovation, house move or new room mate.

LEO (July 23 – Aug 22) Two-way communication is a top priority this week. Don’t always jump in and hog the conversation – perhaps it’s time to do less talking and a lot more listening. Mars marches into your sign on Saturday, which will boost your confidence levels – and your bossy streak!

general knowledge crossword No. 232 ACROSS 4 Name a popular large Australian parrot. 8 What is another term for a hypodermic needle? 9 What is an excessively stingy person called? 10 Which word describes penetrating mental vision or discernment? 11 What are measured movements, as in dancing? 12 What are the poisonous fluids secreted by snakes and spiders? 14 Name the fruits of the oak tree. 18 Which polygon has 10 angles and 10 sides? 21 Name the 20th letter of the Greek alphbet. 22 In earlier days, what were police officers called? 23 Quito is the capital of which South American republic? 24 To move from a higher to a lower place, is to what?


2 Which unit consists of 12 dozen, or 144? 3 What is a transposition of letters, used to form a different word or sentence? 4 The remote interior of Australia is known as the Red what? 5 Name a well-known football code. 6 What do we call the skin of animals prepared for use by tanning? 7 Name a lofty South American mountain system. 13 What is a central part about which other parts are grouped? 15 Which temperature scale is used in Australia? 16 Name an oft-used term for black eyes. 17 Something new could be said to be what? 18 A person who has been tricked has been what? 19 What are wild, or domesticated web-footed birds? 20 Which vehicles are used for conveying loads over snow or ice?

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VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sept 22) You set yourself extremely high standards. And this week’s Virgo/Libra emphasis could see you overdose on trying to be absolutely perfect. Take three deep breaths and repeat the following mantra “It’s okay to make mistakes, and perfection is a goal – not a destination.”


LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 23)






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Sunday’s New Moon is in your sign, so it’s the optimum time of the year to dream big dreams and initiate projects. But make sure your creative plans aren’t just surface gloss and glamour. Don’t be a lazy Libran! At some stage you need to roll up your sleeves and get to work, as you put ideas into concrete action.


SCORPIO (Oct 24 – Nov 21)


It’s time to turn your attention inward and get to know yourself better through some quiet contemplation. A fresh start is likely in an important area of your life, as your intuition points you in the right direction. Expect flashes of ESP, an insightful dream or a fateful meeting with someone special.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21) You need to push through with challenges at work. When the going gets tough, Sagittarians start achieving. Jupiter moves forwards this week, so you’ll get your mojo back [plus your enthusiasm!] and be ready to take on the world. Travel, study and local community connections are also favoured.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19) It’s high time you reassessed your career aspirations. Are you pursuing your professional dreams and heading in the right direction? [Which, for ambitious Capricorns, is only one way – up.] If not, then some adjustments may be necessary. Learn to delegate, otherwise you’ll just end up being a tired and grumpy Goat!

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18) Avoiding responsibilities [especially at work] will only complicate matters and make them more confusing. Plan to be professionally proactive, rather than reactive. What you want and what your loved ones need are two different things at the moment. You crave independence, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20) This week’s New Moon lights up your sex/money zone, so you can expect exciting developments to do with lust or loot. Romance is also highlighted – especially from Thursday through to Sunday. You’ll feel drawn to intense or powerful people but make sure they influence you in positive, productive ways.

Copyright Joanne Madeline Moore 2009.

Solution Crossword No.231 B R E A C E S I P S T O A P I B O R X



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all about property

Delightful entry to inner north Alex Eimerl… “Be sure to ask what can be done to make the property more saleable.”

Sales star says ask the right questions “This three-bedroom, privately built home will delight buyers seeking entry into Canberra's inner north,” says selling agent Nicky Symon. “The sun-drenched home has been freshly painted and offers a spacious living area that faces due north and opens through glass doors to a deck and an established garden featuring mature trees.”

ALEX Eimerl, winner of the Leading Agents of Australia Award for the ACT and Salesperson of the Year at Peter Blackshaw Real Estate, Manuka, says he has sold 108 properties entirely on his own over the past year; a leap over his 70 sales, the previous year. Alex says potential vendors need to ask prospective agents the right questions. “Test the agent's knowledge by asking the prices and addresses of properties sold in the particular area as well as how many properties they have personally sold,” he says. “Be sure to ask what can be done to make the property more saleable.”

The floor-to-ceiling, north-facing windows and mature deciduous trees ensures the house and its outdoor living areas are warm and sunny through the colder months and cool and shady through the heat of summer. Other features include an upgraded kitchen featuring stainless-steel appliances, a single carport and gas heating.

Address: 27 Blacket Street, Downer. Inspection: By appointment. Auction: On site, 11 am, Saturday, October 24. Agent: Nicky Symon, Peter Blackshaw Inner North & Rural, 0418 285797 or 6262 9413.




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Surrounded by a delightful, low maintenance cottage garden this charming 2 bedroom single level town

Nestled in a peaceful tree-lined street this fabulous 3 bedroom ensuite home is perfect for a young couple

residence is ideally located in sought after Yarralumla. A northerly aspect is a feature of the elegant formal

or the young family. The spacious lounge & dining room features a picture window with ambient leafy

lounge & dining room whilst the generous family room opens to an attractive private courtyard. The compact

outlook & boasts beautifully polished timber floors throughout the living areas, whilst the adjoining kitchen

kitchen is in good condition & includes granite bench tops. Both bedrooms are doubles & have built in robes.

overlooks the blossoming rear yard which is perfect for children & pets to roam. There’s also a pergola

There is internal access from the single garage to the laundry. Located in a quiet street a few minutes stroll

covered timber deck, ducted heating, air conditioning & single car accommodation. EER 1.5

to Yarralumla’s popular shops & cafes. EER 0.5 Auction on site 1pm Saturday 24th October

Auction on site 2pm Saturday 24th October

Bronwyn Mcgrath 0412 631 763

Vaughan Liddicoat 0438 637 689 or Albert Stavaruk 0418 628 641

Peter Blackshaw Manuka 6295 2433

Peter Blackshaw Manuka 6295 2433





This is an outstanding opportunity for those seeking affordable access to the Inner South & for those

In a superb location within an easy walk of parkland and popular local shops, a spacious solid brick 2

looking to build a substantial, new residence in a prime location. The property is very well positioned on

bedroom home in very good condition with generous rooms and tremendous potential. Large and private

a generous 997m2 (approx) block in an excellent, elevated location close to the lake, the surrounding

block of land (901m2) offers excellent scope for extension or redevelopment. Delightful character, polished

parklands, the local shopping centre and the Parliamentary Triangle. Live in as is, extend, refurbish or

timber floors, single car garage. Quiet tree lined street close to Manuka, Kingston and Fyshwick. EER 0.5

demolish & build the home of your dreams. EER 4 Auction on site 11am Saturday 31st October

Auction on site 11am Saturday 24th October

Open 11 – 12pm Saturday 10th October Mary Debus 0414 623 876

Andrew Chamberlain 0412 411 422

Peter Blackshaw Manuka 6295 2433

Peter Blackshaw Manuka 6295 2433

Belconnen 6251 9111

Gungahlin 6241 9444

Inner North 6262 5122

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Manuka 6295 2433

Tuggeranong 6296 7077

Woden 6282 4488


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Limited selection of: • 1, 2 bedroom ensuite and 3/4 bedroom ensuite apartments. • Living areas from 66m2 to 156m2 plus basement parking. EER 4+



Located at the junction of Yarralumla and Deakin, Curtin offers all the advantages of the Inner South ... without the price tag. Astute HOMEBUYERS and INVESTORS have long realised that the best potential for future Capital Gain is found in areas LIKE Curtin ... still affordable, yet adjoining exclusive Inner South precincts which have priced themselves out of the (rational) market. And Curtin, with its proximity to City, Lake and Parliament ... its trendy village atmosphere and excellent child-care facilities ... is fast becoming THE aspirational suburb (especially in professional / academic circles).

Across only 25 apartments, the Architects of No. 15 have produced a highly individualised range of designs ... from a CHIC STUDIO of 58m2 to what is, in effect, a comfortable FAMILY HOME of 156m2. The intention was to encourage a broad, socially desirable mix of resident age brackets ... and consequently a MODEL LIVING ENVIRONMENT. This is the style of development Canberra SHOULD have! Completion anticipated March 2010. To discuss, please call Lily Rimanic on 0418 263 040

Isabella Pl. $375,000

3br, Ens + Family Room ... Compact Garden

20a Mollee Cres

Exhibition Sun 11.00 – 12.00 noon 11th October

The FRONT dwelling on a dual-occupancy block at the ELEVATED end of a quiet loop street. Its the ‘original’ home on this site, freshly rendered to match the new dwelling at rear. The ambience is bright and welcoming ... with a SEGREGATED main bedroom and ensuite near the formal lounge / dining area ... 2nd and 3rd bedrooms off the family area. Its (separate) FAMILY ROOM opens onto a huge, covered pergola ... which virtually spans the compact, mostly-paved garden ... and connects to its stylish, integrated double carport. New carpets, ducted gas heating and a brand-new gas instant hot-water system make this APPEALING, AFFORDABLE home ... sooo COMFORTABLE. EER .5 To discuss, please call Lily Rimanic on 0418 263 040

Isabella Pl. $450,000 Stunning Single Level Home ... Brand New

20 Mollee Cres

Exhibition Sun 12.30 – 1.30 11th October

The rear dwelling of this dual occupancy is a truly stunning single-level home ... just completed, it’s brand NEW and ready for IMMEDIATE OCCUPATION ... with carpets, tiles and ducted gas heating included. Open-plan, the interior offers 3 bedrooms, ensuite ... a large well-appointed kitchen (stone and stainless steel) and double garage with internal access. Floor coverings, paintwork and fixtures have been professionally co-ordinated and the effect is vibrant yet classic ... perfectly complementing its bright, NORTHERLY ASPECT. Tucked into a compact garden, with lovely silver birches framing the driveway ... this is an ideal home for time-poor PROFESSIONALS ... or RETIREES with style. EER 5 To discuss, please call Lily Rimanic on 0418 263 040 CityNews October 8-14  33

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   

First time offered in 60 years Yarralumla, 11 Macgillivray Street This well maintained 2 bedroom brick cottage with timber floors is ideal for extension. With solid brick construction and well positioned on the block it allows for a wide scope of additions. If you are looking for the perfect knock down rebuild the dimensions work well with 23m (approx) wide street frontage and 35m (approx) long side boundary (one of which faces north) - your design options are extensive. It is becoming increasingly difficult to acquire an original property in this most sought after suburb. Opposite parkland and the Yarralumla Oval with a short walk to Lake Burley Griffin. This superb location enjoys close proximity to all the lakes amenities including bike paths, BBQ areas, parks, playgrounds, the Southern Cross Yatcht Club and much more. Surrounded by beautiful homes and set on the high side of the street, there is little to fault this outstanding position. 2 BED




OPEN: Sat 3:00 - 3:45pm PRICE: Offers over $800,000 CONTACT: Jeremy Francis 0418 429 470 Matthew Wenman 0417 078 080 6295 4999 CityNews October 8-14  35

N O U C TI A SEA BREEZE ESTATE 17 Wattlebird Way


I Need You……


Forthcoming Auction

View by appointment Melissa Williams 0408 253 481

BROULEE 2/13 Coronation Drive Designer Duplex – Huge Water Views Reward yourself with luxury. While money can’t buy everything, here is your opportunity to purchase a delicious slice of Broulee. Fabulously finished, this stunning, brand new, open plan residence is gorgeous. Embrace an outdoor lifestyle on either of the two sunny decks, savor the timber flooring throughout the living areas and enjoy the elegantly designed bathrooms. Not to mention the master bedroom which has great sea views and with the beach across the road, it doesn’t get much better than this.




Price by negotiation View 17/10/09 @ 2pm, or by appointment Melissa Williams 0408 253 481

A 20 UC .1 TIO 1. N 09

…to complete me! I’m an absolutely brand-new, single level brick and tile home that’s mostly complete - and boy, am I worth looking at! Huge north facing lounge area opening out to the proposed back deck and the privacy of a reserve. My beautiful stainless steel kitchen flows comfortably into the family room. Latte tones throughout add timeless elegance, and naturally all of my bedrooms have built ins, and ensuite in the master bedroom. Add internal access garaging for two cars and I am the perfect blue print for your new home.





River Frontage + Jetty + Slipway Right on the Moruya River with permissive occupancy of a private jetty/slipway is this interestingly refurbished, north facing contemporary brick, glass and steel residence. The smart entry hall leads upstairs to a delightful living area with sensational 360 degree views of river and mountains through spectacular floor to ceiling windows. Wake up to morning sun and dine al fresco on the generous sundeck by the river. Other features include guest accommodation, study, workshop and wine cellar and an artistic, low maintenance garden. Five minutes to airport, surf beaches, racecourse, hospital and golf course.

MALUA BAY 28 Tallawang Avenue




Views to Seduce You Price $750,000 Address 261 North Head Drive View Sat 10/10/09 @ 4pm John Haslem 0418 514 399

If you thought you had seen all the breathtaking views that there were - look again! Nothing short of sensational vistas across the rolling surf to the headlands and ocean will more than impress. In this smartly designed residence on 765sqm there’s heaps of space for the family including two master bedrooms with ensuites a piece, a spacious bed/sit loft, a fabulous outdoor entertaining area, a large garage with work area plus twin carport and boat hardstand. A quick stroll and you’re on one of the best surf beaches around. Indulge yourself for the coming summer!


20/11/09 if not sold prior View Sat 10/10/09 @ 3pm John Haslem 0418 514 399


MORUYA 261 North Head Drive

Batemans Bay

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Open House




4 bed | 3 bath | 2 car | pool

295b Broughton Vale Rd, Berry | Sunday 10:30am – 11:30am

6&+/,&+675((7Magnificent in its grand proportions and elegant style, this imposing property is a refined residence of distinction. Traditional details combine with an inspired contemporary design to create a tranquil oasis in the heart of the diplomatic precinct, arguably one of Canberra’s finest locations. Positioned on a large 1767m2 block in a setting of unmistakable prestige and spectacular natural beauty close to Lake Burley Griffin, bush and parklands, this captivating masterpiece of sophisticated luxury provides an inspired haven for living and entertaining in a prized location. Features of this spectacular residence include elegant formal reception rooms with an open fireplace, magnificent dining room with a seating capacity of about 20 people, light-filled informal living areas flowing outdoors, 4 large bedrooms, 2 with ensuites, study, gourmet kitchen with quality finishes throughout, numerous private alfresco spaces, a large inground pool with a water fountain, and spectacular park-like gardens. A rare landmark Yarralumla residence. EER 3.5.

Private hideaway Situated only 7 minutes drive away from the township of Berry is this sunny 7 acre hidden hideaway. The terrain is mostly cleared and crowned by rainforest; this creates an exclusion zone from the outside world. A comfy stressed cedar home consists of 4 bedrooms with extensive use of glass paneling allowing maximum natural light which reďƒ&#x;ects to the ambiance of the main living area. A standout feature of the house is the beautiful polished brush box timber ďƒ&#x;oors in the living room. The tranquil setting is the perfect place to escape to.


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For sale

WEB ID NSW5176349

Elders Berry, 121 Queen Street, Berry 4464 1600


Yarralumla | The Jewel Of Yarralumla By Negotiation






$339,000 - $495,000



Located just 13km from Gunghalin & 23km from Murrumbateman this inspirationally established property ideally suits a wide range of rural activities, particularly horses.

• Attractive development of 4 new shops featuring generous window display areas, 12 composite parking bays & landscaped gardens

• 200 prime pasture improved acres, 3 dams & bore

• Located in heart of Murrumbateman village, just 75m from the Barton Highway

• 1920’s 3 bedroom timber cottage with 2nd dwelling approval, 2 cabins

• Unit sizes range between 75.5m² to 113.3m², each with its own wc/shower facilities, climate control systems


• 60ac with 37 horse/large animal paddocks, 8 stables, 26 livestock shelters, 80mx40m dressage arena, round yard, electric fences, gravity fed troughs, prepared base for approved indoor arena, wash bay • 60ac of excellent grazing/cropping land, 80ac of lightly timbered mixed agistment land


• Perfect for most business operators, including the professional, restaurateur, baker & retailer • Optional customised fit-out packages available • Dynamic local demographic, socio-economic & tourism growth shifts


Auction to be held on site. 1.00pm Saturday the 10th

• Planned Barton Highway duplication will fuel population expansion


John Lennie, Elders Real Estate, Dickson 0407 417 783


Elders Dickson 6230 0599 71 Woolley Street, Dickson

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�� PELHAM CLOSE � Inspect this renovated four bedroom executive residence in prestigious Chapman, just a few minutes walk from the scenic Cooleman Ridge walking trails. Brilliant for indoor/ outdoor entertaining, oering functionality for the whole family on a generous 1,211.1m2 holding with park-like grounds and ample room for a pool or tennis court. The excellent ow through-out places this home above most others, so rare that serious buyers should really view today! EER 0.

ďż˝/�� STATE CIRCLE - Two bedroom modern apartment with two bathrooms, an oďŹƒce nook and a generous combined lounge, dining, kitchen area that opens onto one of the two courtyards. Well designed easy care kitchen features stone bench tops, stainless steel Miele appliances plus generous cupboard and bench top space. Complementing this apartment are two side by side secure underground car parks and a large enclosed storage area. Video and intercom controlled entry. EER 6. Open: Auction: Details:

By Negotiation



Saturday 1-1.45pm On Site 12 noon, Saturday 31st October Greg Hedger 0427 214 337



BELCONNEN 6253 2323

Open: Details:


DICKSON 6230 0005

MANUKA 6260 8999

Saturday 12-12.45pm Tim Dalton 0403 953 056



WESTON CREEK 6287 1600



WODEN 6281 6900


Homes you can afford

2 bedroom homes from $281,900 3 bedroom homes from $299,900 Land from $205,000*

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3 bedroom homes from $389,900 EER5-6


Government grant of $14,000 and stamp duty concessions for approved 1st home buyers

Government grant of $14,000 and stamp duty concessions for 1st home buyers*

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Phone Vlada 0404 891 155

Phone Darren 0404 891 145


Sales Office Oodgeroo Avenue, off Gungahlin Drive, Franklin. Open 10.30 - 4.30 Sat & Sun, midweek inspections by appointment.



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at a price you can afford. Enjoy a lifestyle surrounded by parklands, bike paths and prestigious new homes in the central suburb of Franklin. Brought to you by national award-winning company, The Village Building Co. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find better value than in Stonebridge at Franklin. What are you waiting for?



* Conditions apply. Stamp duty concessions for home sales less than $415,000.


6242 5999



Flexible house with five bedrooms WITH an elevated rear aspect with views to the Brindabellas, this renovated family house is nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac in Hughes. Generously proportioned and featuring high ceilings, the double-brick property offers a flexible floor plan and would be suitable for an extended family or anyone wanting to work from home. “The accommodation includes graceful living areas designed to capture the northerly aspect, a beautifully appointed kitchen featuring stone bench tops and five double bedrooms with two ensuites,” says selling agent Nicky Symon. “Plantation shutters, Roman blinds, polished oak timber floors and an open fireplace create an elegant and comfortable ambience. Other features include a double garage with internal access, alarm system, ducted reverse-cycle air-conditioning and an abundance of storage.”

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47 Birdwood Street, Hughes Saturday and Sunday 12 - 4pm or call to make an apppointment on

6299 9411 or by email Address: 9 Smyth Place, Hughes. Inspection: By appointment. Auction: On site, midday, Saturday, October 31. Agent: Nicky Symon, Peter Blackshaw Inner North & Rural, 0418 285797 or 6262 9413.

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