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Help! We need some bodies, ACT Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Dr Christopher Peters says the world is facing an international skills crisis that Canberra can’t ignore. “The numbers are quite significant, about 47 per cent of Canberra’s working community are baby boomers and we’re going to need somewhere between 120,000-150,000 to replace these people,” he says. “If Canberra’s population doesn’t grow then the skills shortage will increase.” The ACT Government is all for skilled migration to Canberra, in fact, in 2006 it started a program to encourage it called “Live in Canberra”. This program gets about $200,000 a year in government funding and an equal part from the private sector, taking out advertisements at Floriade and the $2000 logo emblazoned on the hull of the ACT’s only entry in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race – an interesting marketing move in promoting a land-locked city with a lake beset by algae. Live in Canberra operates out of the Chief Minister’s office, so it’s impossible to get figures on how much staffing costs because the people who work on it are employed to do lots of things – aside from visiting the UK and South Africa in the name of migrant research. In May and June this year they will
(not just any bodies!) THE population of our nation is a hot topic with the 2010 Intergenerational Report predicting Australians to number 36 million by 2050, but with Canberra’s limited water supply and ever-increasing housing issues, should we be rethinking the migration call out? ELERI HARRIS reports... visit multiple career expos in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to tout the benefits of living in Canberra. Simon Kinsmore, ACT Government Communications and Engagement senior manager, says skilled migration is on the rise, but acknowledges that it is impossible to judge the impact the Live in Canberra program really has on professional relocation. “It’s a bit bold to say the Live in Canberra program is responsible for population increase or meeting need for skilled workers,” he says. “The proof of the pudding is in the net migration figures and population growth, but whether we can claim all those is debatable. “Our website gets about 12,000 unique visits a month and the database of people who’ve arrived in the last month stands at around 1200 people.” Dr Peters argues that while the success rate of Live in Canberra cannot
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Chris Peters... Zed Seselja... there’s no choice. housing issues. be evaluated, the program should be ramped up to meet growing demand for tradies and technical professionals. “Live in Canberra is a good start, but we’re going to have to gear it up or Canberra will face a skills crisis. “There are those entering the workforce now, like graduates, but that alone will meet less than half of our skills requirement. “The only other options are to encour-
age older people to remain in the workforce or to import people from overseas with the right skills.” Live in Canberra is mostly focused on Sydney right now because the majority of people coming here are from the western suburbs of the nation’s most populous city, but Peters thinks the program should be targeting international markets; workers from South Africa and the UK who are most easily pushed through the immigration system because they have transferable qualifications and already speak English. But Peters agrees, with an increasingly narrowing housing market, Canberra is in a catch 22. “We’re flat out building houses and apartments, but there still not enough to keep up with demand and not enough people to build them and there aren’t enough houses to put people in who move here either,” he says. Opposition Leader Zed Sesilja says,
while the Liberals are not opposed to increasing Canberra’s population, limited housing creates serious problems with any projected population intake. “I haven’t seen any compelling evidence to confirm that it’s [Live in Canberra] been particularly successful. “I really do believe that because they have so neglected housing affordability it has made it more difficult to attract people to the ACT than would ordinarily be the case.” Economist Ric Hingee is one of Live in Canberra’s most vocal critics, arguing that even if Canberra’s environment could support more people, the methods used by the program are unmeasurable and lack transparency. “If the system is working I don’t have a problem, but my problem is finding out if it is working,” he says. “They [the Government] are elusive about the costs and figures of people who have come who are actually working – not just children and family members. “There are no figures given to how long these people stay.” Hingee says Canberra would be better served by funding directed towards civic improvements. “If you make it worthwhile making it worth coming to Canberra by making it better, people would come here of their own accord – you wouldn’t have to go out shopping for them,” he says.
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CityNews April 1-7
Chef Geoff has a taste for Canberra’s delicious autumn COOKING is never a chore for TV chef Geoff Jansz – he says he even enjoys cooking for his family after a busy day at work. “It’s my way to relax, I can’t be stopped!” he says. “I think the family are happy about that, but even I get the ‘oh, do I have to eat that’ from my teenagers.” When he does leave his farm in Bowral – “produce abounds, it’s a joy” – Geoff says he loves to get to Canberra. “It’s not far down the road,” he says. “I love how Canberrans have such a strong sense of self and live such a uniquely Canberran life. “We visit often for Questacon, which my kids love, and for Ottoman Cuisine in Barton, it’s the best. Chef Sherif is a genius! “I enjoy the starkly different seasons in Canberra, too. “Autumn is my favourite, you’re saying goodbye to summer, but all the summer produce like tomatoes, zucchini,
COVER STORY By Kathryn Vukovljak eggplants are still great – sometimes at their best,” he says. “It’s a wonderful time, before we move into the slowcooking, braising style of winter.” Having been a food journalist, written three books, owned two successful restaurants and been an industry consultant, Geoff always seems to be on the go. Whether it’s developing his commercial products, working on his Food Store, travelling the world busy being a “gastronaught”, maintaining his farm or raising four children with his wife Angela, he never seems to stop. “We’ve got Natasha, 20, Olivia, 18, Harry, 15, and Jonny, seven. And they were all surprises, not just the last one!” he laughs. “I think life is what evolves around you, and it’s been en-
Geoff Jansz... “Autumn is my favourite.“ gaging at every point. I really enjoy my family, I’m a family man.” And do the kids help out on the farm? “No, they’re lazy!” he laughs. “I’m joking, they’re terrific kids, they’re interested and interesting, but helping out, no. When “CityNews” grabs Geoff for a
chat, it’s over the phone from a hotel room in Thailand. Enjoying some rare “chill-out” time with his wife sans children, he’s also taking the opportunity to experience authentic Thai flavours. “In Asia, they tend not to refrigerate as much as we do; for example, they might have caught some prawns in the morning and they’ll leave them at room temperature for eight hours – which isn’t enough to make them go off, but it’s enough to allow them to develop a different characteristic,” he says. “The food here tastes completely different, even though we have the same ingredients in Australia. “It’s more earthy, floral – and a little scary sometimes! But it’s all part of the adventure. I’m fascinated by flavours. “I’ve been looking closely at beef recently, at abattoirs, cutting rooms, exploring the flavour in beef and what affects it, is it the ageing process,
Locals to the rescue of a river THE Boorowa River catchment is located in the head-waters of the Lachlan River, just 1½ hours north-west of Canberra. Weaving its way through 182,000 hectares of agricultural land, it is the lifeblood of the community. However, intense tree felling and clearing for agriculture has had an almost fatal impact on the river. Lack of vegetation and rising water tables have been pumping salinated agricultural runoff into the river. In 2004, 26 tonnes a day was entering the river. The Lachlan River Recovery Project, an initiative of Greening Australia, began five years ago to manage the amount of salt entering the river system. Project manager Lori Gould is delighted with the progress of the scheme that, nationally, aims to restore more than 10,000km of degraded Australian rivers over the next 20 years. Volunteers have been fencing off erosion hotspots, planting native tubestock and direct seeding, which is all helping to regenerate the land and reduce salt entering the water. The project is a partnership between Lachlan Catchment Management Authority, Boorowa Landcare
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ENVIRONMENT By Tanya Davies and TransGrid and includes business, schools and the farming community. Seventy farmers are working to revitalise agricultural lands, and increase the sustainability of agricultural methods. As well as myriad volunteers ranging from schoolchildren to Buddhist monks, Canberra volunteers from Greening Australia’s Green Team make the journey to Boorowa three or four times a season to contribute to revegetation. “Last time we were there we planted 200 trees,” says Canberra volunteer John Sutton, a retired farmer and a member of the Green Team. “It’s lovely doing things for landholders, and working together to regenerate areas.” His regret is that farmers are stretched, but doesn’t see that volunteers can do very much more. “Many farmers need assistance with aftercare such as weeding,” he says.
things like that. It’s just a little journey I’m on.” It seems like Geoff is always embarking on a new adventure with food. Having graduated as a pharmacist, it wasn’t long after that he “jumped the fence” and opened his first restaurant in Picton, NSW. “I became fascinated by serving the freshest produce that reflects the local surrounds,” he says. “I started growing my own food, hunting game, breeding ducks – I threw myself into it all in a very genuine way.” His philosophy of cooking with the best ingredients, whether it’s home-grown or just sourcing the best quality available, was something he shared as host of “What’s Cooking” and as the food presenter on “Burke’s Backyard”. He currently presents Network Nine’s cooking show “Fresh”. Geoff Jansz, Canberra Centre, 4pm on April 1.
briefly French fun “LIFE is a French Cabaret” is the theme for breast cancer support group Bosom Buddies’ 15th birthday gala fundraising dinner to be held at the Corrina Ballroom, Southern Cross Club, Saturday, May 8. Entertainment will include cancan dancing, musical performances, clairvoyants and readers, and an auction. Tickets from 0406 376500 or 6290 1984.
Greening Australia’s Lori Gould with land owner Tim McGrath. The restoration has also resulted in Southern Pygmy Perch and the Yellow Spotted Bell Frog being discovered in unexpected areas. The Southern Pygmy perch has been relocated to a protected area and there is potential for the frog to be moved, too. To date, Greening Australia has restored more than 600 kilometres of
degraded rivers. While it would cost too much to calculate salinity again, Ms Gould says the project is able to judge its success “by the improvements to vegetation, biodiversity and macro-invertebrates at the site, and the amount of sediment entering the river.” firstname.lastname@example.org
QUEANBEYAN City Council will apply to the NSW Minister for Local Government for a special rate variation of 5.8 per cent to apply to this year’s rates for the maintenance of roads, footpaths, parks and sports fields. Mayor Tim Overall said that council historically had allocated insufficient funds to adequately maintain these assets and that “little was being done to fund their ultimate replacement once they reached the end of their economic life. Every council in NSW is struggling with this same situation due to the impact of 33 years of rate pegging. NSW has reached a critical tipping point in respect of asset maintenance and renewal.”
CityNews April 1-7
When shock turns cruel
THE tragedy at Narrabundah was the catalyst for an amazingly busy week on the phones of talk radio. On my program at 2CC, we struggled to cope with the weight of phone calls. On the Monday morning, it was all about shock and disbelief. As the week progressed, the blame game really took hold. People have been quick to blame the police and to call for a cessation of police pursuits. I know this has been a devastating tragedy, but I think before we ban police pursuits, we have to ask the question: What is the alternative? If the bad eggs know that police will not pursue them, car insurance premiums would go through the roof. They’d be stealing cars left, right and centre, knowing that as soon they were mobile in their “new car” they’d be untouchable. The consequences of such anarchy could be as tragic as what we saw on Canberra Avenue, but on an even greater scale. I don’t believe the police can be blamed for this accident. I don’t know that the
WHAT is it about a tragedy that inspires members of the public to open up and talk about their feelings, asks 2CC breakfast announcer MARK PARTON? courts, magistrates or the Government can be blamed, either. The late Justin Williams is the only one who can be blamed. Justin was a troubled, stupid young man whose life was punctuated by the shocking choices that he made. He seemed to have a disconnect with the rest of society. He couldn’t see that his actions had such a dramatic effect on the people who were close to him and members of the public that he had never met. What’s saddened me, almost as much as the tragedy itself, is the disconnect and the lack of humanity that so many Canberrans have shown when responding to it. I can’t get my head around the concept of sending a Facebook message to Justin’s mother telling her what a good thing it is that her son is dead.
I understand that he was a serial criminal. I understand that many people are angry with him, but come on, show a bit of respect. The boy is dead. He was somebody’s son. He was somebody’s brother. He hugged people, he laughed, he starred in school plays and he once blew out five candles on a birthday cake. Yes he was a dope, but he was still a human being. One of the things that makes Australian society different from others is that in this country every individual life is important. Justin Williams wasted his life and killed three innocent people in the process, but his family and friends have still managed to find things about his life to celebrate. In a civilised country like this, at this troubled time, we should let them grieve in as much peace as they can find.
Police get the inside word Police and the Australian Institute of Criminology have joined forces to combat alcohol-fuelled violence around Canberra, writes ELERI HARRIS WITH violent crime on the up, the Australian Institute of Criminology is gathering information about Canberra’s nightlife so ACT police can develop solid evidencebased strategies for dealing with boozed up anti-social punters. Along with stakeholder interviews, the AIC is conducting an online survey of community and business perceptions of alcohol use and violence in Canberra – specifically looking at the hotspots of Civic, Manuka and Kingston. AIC researcher Anthony Morgan says the survey will provide the foundation for measuring perceptions of violent crime and police responses to it in the capital. “It’s going to set the baseline for us being able to measure the impact of policing strategies. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that re-
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Researcher Anthony Morgan... “Our role is collecting the information that will enable insight into how well police strategies are working.” ally the only crime type that’s currently increasing across Australia in every capital city is violent crime and so there’s a particular interest around alcohol-related violence, given that we know a fair proportion of violent incidents are alcohol related. “So we actually put together this idea of looking at what police can do, what police can do better, in terms of reducing those issues associated with alcohol, particularly in entertainment precincts – an obvious hotspot for violence and a range of other problems.
“We’re surveying community members and businesses to get a sense of current perceptions of problems associated with licensed premises around Canberra and, I guess, some of their views regarding what strategies might be effective in reducing those problems. “Our role is collecting the information that will enable insight into how well police strategies are working and also how they can be better targeted with some of the issues in the two locations. “It’s [the project] actually a pilot and something we’re looking to expand into other jurisdictions which is actually working collaboratively with police to improve policing.” Aiming to put a report out mid-year, the AIC needs hundreds of responses for the research to be of any significance and are appealing to all cross-sections of the Canberra community to participate. The survey will be online until April 16 and is open to businesses in the areas and community members who have visited Civic, Kingston and Manuka at night in the last 12 months. Go to http://www.tinyurl.com.au/4ed
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Tough times for Katy BY appearances you would think that Chief Minister Jon Stanhope would be the “workhorse” and his deputy Katy Gallagher the “show pony”. Not so. These days the Chief Minister seems to be distancing himself, where possible, from the eye of controversy, leaving it to Gallagher – with the portfolios of Treasury and Health – to deliver the bad news and to wear the tough decisions. Just after the Stanhope Government came to power, in late 2001, the benefits of the GST combined with the rapidly escalating demand for land provided a windfall for the ACT coffers. At the time, Stanhope spent heavily, increasing the numbers of public servants, purchasing roadside art, building a single-lane Gungahlin Drive Extension and generally being anything but frugal. Tightening the belt demands hard decisions and difficult priorities. This is the responsibility assigned to Gallagher, who enjoyed a short breather when she took up Treasury thanks to the Federal stimulus package. But things have changed and the Treasurer will have now to drive hard decisions. Gallagher has also responsibility for health at a time when hospitals are on the national and local agenda. At the local level, she has to negotiate with Calvary over the best solution for a public hospital that is currently managed by the Little Company of Mary, an order of fewer than 100 nuns throughout Australia – the majority
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of whom are past retiring age. No wonder the proposed negotiations will be conducted with the diocesan Archbishop, Mark Coleridge. These will not be easy negotiations – it is already apparent that the best solution is to phase out public funding of Calvary hospital and begin constructing a genuine public hospital close to Gungahlin Drive in Mitchell where it can be accessed easily from North Canberra, Belconnen and Gungahlin. The trouble for the Government is that a sizeable proportion of the population enjoys having public funding used to provide Catholic branding to a public hospital. The show pony image for Jon Stanhope will mean that he takes part in the negotiations – but stands a little aloof. If things do not go well and the community reaction gets too intense, he can step in (statesman-like) to resolve the issues and emerge smelling like roses. But if the workhorse Treasurer and Health Minister can handle the dual poison chalice, Gallagher will consolidate her position as pretender to the throne and be ready to take over when Stanhope steps down. Michael Moore is a former member of the ACT Legislative Assembly and an independent minister for health in the Carnell government.
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The politics of pink I’VE always been fond of pink, so when I had a baby girl it came naturally to embrace all things pink. Four years on, her bedroom is fit for the princess she is – and there’s no prize for guessing the colour theme. But I do understand that some people are a bit pinkaphobic. And for those of us who aren’t into the whole pink thing, the plethora of pink that adorns just about everything for little girls must indeed be frustrating. However, I have been surprised to discover just how political the colour pink is. For some mums, pink is not merely a bad choice, it’s positively evil. “Pretty in pink” is nothing less than the first step towards gender stereotyping, subordination and oppression. In the UK there is even a lobby group waging a war against pink. The Pinkstinks campaign which has thousands of supporters, blames pink for many of the woes women have suffered in society and calls for parents to boycott pink in kid’s clothing and toys. Pinkstinks’ argument is that while toys for boys encompass every aspect of life imaginable – construction; science; adventure; role play; physical and educational – in the so-called “pink alleys” of toy stores, the choices for girls are more limited. They see pink as leading girls to value passivity over initiative and curiosity; a pretty face over intelligence, leading to later insecurity, poor perceptions of body image and limited career choices. I was initially pretty dismissive of all this:
MUM IN THE CITY By Sonya Fladun Sexism, body image and poor self-esteem is about much more than pink. But on reading their website, they got me thinking. We do need to look at promoting to girls more toys and games that encourage greater diversity of skills and interests. And we also need to challenge the stereotypes, and get more princesses heroically rescuing princes and choosing a high-powered career over domestic life in some boring, drafty old castle. But anyone who thinks pink encourages passiveness has never met my sword-fighting, Margret Thatcher-channelling, four-year-old daughter. She regularly goes around decked out in her fairy-winged pink tutu, yet doesn’t take a backward step when dealing with older, bigger bullies in the playground who annoy her, or worse hit on her rather softer and more sensitive big brother (who, by the way, loves yellow). Girls should be allowed to embrace their pinkness and differentiate themselves from boys, if that is their inclination, and still be offered all the choices that life has to offer. Because, the truth is, my little girl – and I suspect most of her pink brethren – would be much more likely to be attracted to a science kit, telescope or worm farm if it were, well, obviously a really cool girl one, you know, in pink!
High praise for airport open day THE Canberra Airport Open Day was excellent! It has to be one of the best free events in Canberra for young families. We’ve got two toddlers, so many of the larger events just go over their heads and they get bored, but this was brilliant, with lots going on in a small, well-organised space – plane acrobatics, getting up close to a hot-air balloon, fire trucks and police cars, being able to touch and go inside fighter planes and big airliners (although there was a fair bit of queuing involved for the planes). They got stuck into the rows of jumping castles and the animal farm, too. Parking was easy and close to the action. We spent less than $10 for a great morning out, and that was a couple of dollars to Rotary for a sausage sandwich and a donation to go inside a DC-3 – hardly anything you’d begrudge paying for. Well done to the airport – they do this really well!
Kim Harvey, Ainslie
Committed to change
I WRITE in response to the letter ‘“Senator smiles?” from Ric Hingee, of Duffy (CN, March 25). Since at least 2002 I have worked closely with the Superannuated Commonwealth Officers’ Association and the Defence Force Welfare Association on the issue of Commonwealth and Defence Force Superannuation Pensions. Since the release of the Matthews review and the Government’s response in August, I have written to and met with Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner expressing disappointment at our government’s response. I have advocated the adoption of an alternate means of indexation. I remain committed to the campaign for fairer indexation of Commonwealth Superannuation and Defence Force pensions and I urge you to take part in driving this issue forward. You can find more information on my website www.katelundy.com.au or those of the Superannuated Commonwealth Officers Association www.scoa.asn.au and the Defence Force Welfare Association www.dfwa.org.au.
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briefly Hour of power CANBERRA’S Earth Hour’s energy saving equalled an estimated reduction of 17.86 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 4.15 cars off the road for a year. Sales marketing and corporate affairs director Paul Walshe said ActewAGL would purchase 283,356 kWh of GreenPower for electricity used during Earth Hour, which would be the equivalent to taking up to 71 average cars off the road for a year.
Crace begins CONSTRUCTION of the first homes in Crace, a new suburb in Canberra’s north, has begun. Project director Ian Dawkins says all of the Crace partner builders, including APA Homes, Classic Constructions, ADR Homes, Vogue Constructions and Today’s Homes and Lifestyle, are well underway with construction activities, and new homes will quickly start appearing.
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Global accounting group gets local face ACCOUNTANCY network Moore Stephens Australia has expanded into Canberra, with a new addition to its national network of eight independent firms of business advisors and chartered accountants in all mainland capital cities of Australia. Moore Stephens Canberra, previously known as Ascent Audit and Governance Services, joined the national and global network of 351 independent member firms with 630 offices in 98 countries, in March. Managing partner Adrian Kelly said his firm Ascent and Moore Stephens share a vision for the future. “We’re very happy about joining the network,” he says. “We have benefited from our previous association with Bentleys over the years, and it has been an amicable departure, but our firm is now looking to build on our core strengths of external audit, internal audit and risk management. “Moore Stephens is stronger in these areas and is investing in them for the future. “It’s not a merger or a takeover – we’re an independent member firm,” he adds. “We feel our future lies with the Moore Stephens network, which has the size and infrastructure that supports the challenges facing our assurance clients.” Adrian says there is also considerable appeal in Moore Stephens’ very strong and cohesive Australian and
Recognising that internal audit is becoming more focused on business improvement and less on compliance, the firm’s service approach assists its internal audit clients achieve their strategic business goals. Other services provided by Moore Stephens Canberra include risk management and advisory, financial accounting, reporting and budgeting, fraud risk assessments and fraud control plans, legislative compliance framework, reviews and strategic asset management. Stephen Humphrys, chairman of Moore Stephens Australia, says that securing a firm in Canberra has been a strategic priority for Moore Stephens for some time. “Not only does Ascent bring to the Moore Stephens’ partners, from left, Adrian Kelly, Eric Hummer, Selina Stanford, Tony Brine and Trevor Vivian. network outstanding technical skills, international network, which will open everything the network has to offer.” clients with attention to detail and a knowledge and experience, but having up “exciting” opportunities for his firm’s The firm has operated in Canberra level of understanding of their business a highly regarded and well-connected clients and its people. since 1992, providing audit and assurthat larger firms with competing member firm in Canberra opens up the Moore Stephens Canberra has five ance, internal audit, risk management resource demands are unable to match.” critically important government market partners – Adrian Kelly, Eric Hummer, and financial consulting services to With regard to its external audit serv- for the rest of the network,” he says. Selina Stanford, Trevor Vivian and Tony a growing range of Canberra-based ices, the firm has developed a strong “We have worked hard to build a Brine – and 25 staff. government, not-for-profit and comrelationship with the Australian National network of like-minded firms committed “We are a high-quality audit and mercial clients. Audit Office, says Adrian, and agencies to success by delivering quality work for governance firm with excellent Austalian “Our strengths lie in our ability to that the firm audits on behalf of ANAO quality clients, but not at the expense Government contacts, networks and resource assignments with experienced include the Australian War Memorial and of the quality of life of our partners and contracts,” says Adrian. senior staff, our commitment to the Australian Federal Police. staff. “It’s our aim to grow further, but in maintain consistency of personnel, and Over the past four years, considerable “We also aim to deliver to our a measured, sustainable way. We’re our collaborative approach to engage- investment in a robust methodology and member firms appropriate, high-quality looking forward to achieving this with ments and client management,” says quality assurance regime has assisted centralised resources with a conservasupport from the Moore Stephens Adrian. the firm to win a strong foothold in the tive cost structure designed to deliver network, and to engaging fully in “These strengths enable us to provide Canberra internal audit market. maximum value.”
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Hot fun with lots of hiss THE sights and sounds of vintage steam trains will return to the ACT from 9am to 4pm on Easter Saturday with the running of the annual Easter Steam Spectacular, which showcases local rail heritage – and attracts Canberra families keen to experience a bygone era. This year’s spectacular at the Canberra Railway Station, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, will feature: • Ever-popular steam train rides with loco 3016 (built 1903) between Canberra and Queanbeyan, with a special mixed train shuttle in the afternoon using vintage freight vehicles from the Canberra Railway Museum. • A display of historic locomotives and carriages at Canberra Railway Station – a chance to get up close to artifacts such as steam loco number 1210, now 132 years old – and best known as the locomotive which hauled the first train into Canberra in 1914. Also there will be a vintage diesel locomotive, a vintage sleeping carriage and a historic Pullman car serving a morning and afternoon tea. • Family Fun activities such as a jumping castle and face painting, provided by the Gecko Gang. • A vintage engine display by the Canberra and District Historic Engine Club. Contact the Australian Railway Historical Society (ACT Division) on 6284 2790. Further information at www.trains.org.au
Nursery hosts kids’ egg hunt ON Easter Sunday, Rodney’s Nursery in Pialligo will be the venue for a family charity event to raise money for the 4TylerJames Fund. Tyler James is a five-year-old Canberra boy who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at age two. Neuroblastoma is the fourth most common childhood cancer and accounts for eight to 10 per cent of all cancers in children. Along with an Easter egg hunt and a chance to find the “big golden egg”, children can register to enter their own, hand-made Easter bonnet. The event, organised by children’s boutiques MissChief Maker and Brindabella Baby, kicks off at 1.30pm, with the hunt commencing at 2pm. The afternoon will also feature a sausage sizzle, wine tastings, demonstrations, market stalls, facepainting, a pre-hunt book reading by Tania McCartney and a post-hunt book reading by Ingrid Jonach. Hunting bags, gift bags and name tags will be provided for registered children. As places are limited and registrations should be made at www. misschiefmaker.com.au/events.
Pialligo shoes step into an art form PIALLIGO Plant Farm’s Gallery 12 is showing “The Art of the Shoe”, a mixed-media exhibition which uses paintings and photographs of shoes, plus sculptures in ceramic, wood and soft fabrics to highlight the beauty of the shoe, says Geoff Cleary, owner of Gallery 12 at Pialligo Plant Farm, Pialligo. “The show features 15 artists, some of whom have up to 10 pieces and others have
just one,” Geoff says. “Linda Davies has made a beautiful ceramic shoe and handbag set, while local artist Julie Aston, who’s also the creator of the quirky gates around Pialligo Plant Farm, has used metals and fabric to make several pieces, including painted antique shoe lasts. “Painter Jan Weir, known for her heavy layering of thick oils on canvas, has moved
from her usual seascapes to make eight, lovely, whimsical pieces relating to the theme,” he says. “The Art of the Shoe” is open seven days a week (except Good Friday), and will close on April 12. Gallery 12, Pialligo Plant Farm, 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo, 6247 5752
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There’s lots to do around the town Best of the best
Democracy at work
Up close with water
A market to relax
“Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond”
“Australian Democracy: more than 2000 years in the making”
“Water: H20 = Life”
Hall Market Sunday, 10am-3pm
BRAVE the queues and catch this epic, record-breaking exhibition before it goes! The National Gallery of Australia has extended “Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond”, for two weeks. The works of art usually reside at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and their visit is a first for Australia – and only in Canberra. Visit nga.gov.au/MasterpiecesFromParis/ for opening times, or call 6240 6411
SEE Australia’s democracy in its historical and geographical context. View a first edition of Thomas Paine’s “The Rights of Man”, published in response to the French Revolution, and learn about Catherine Helen Spence, who fought for women’s suffrage. Exhibition access included in the museum’s entry fee. Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House www.moadoph.gov.au, King George Terrace, Parkes, 6270 8222. Daily 9am-5pm – adult $2, child $1, family $5, concession $1
National portrait photos “National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010” THE annual National Photographic Portrait Prize promotes the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by professional and aspiring Australian photographers. There is a prize of $25,000 for the most outstanding photographic portrait. National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace Parkes, call 6102 7000 or visit www.portrait.gov.au. Open daily 10am - 5pm, entry is free
All you need is... “Of Love and War” LOVE touches us all. During times of conflict it plays an important role in the lives of our servicemen and women; the sweethearts and lovers they left behind or those they met while serving. This exhibition looks at the impact of war on these relationships and the ways in which Australians incorporated affairs of the heart into their wartime lives. Australian War Memorial, Special Exhibitions Gallery www.awm.gov.au Treloar Crescent, Campbell, 6243 4211. Daily from 10am-5pm
EXPERIENCE water like never before in this thought-provoking, entertaining and inspiring exhibition. Learn how water shapes our planet and nearly every aspect of our lives. Discover what you and your family can do to protect and conserve our planet’s water. See interactive displays and live fish and frogs. This international exhibition features a special section devoted to Australia’s own water story. National Museum of Australia www. nma.gov.au Lawson Crescent, Acton, 6208 5000, 9am-5pm daily
WONDERFUL variety, quality and pricing of goods makes Hall a must for those who enjoy markets in a relaxed atmosphere. Items available include craft, timber products, pottery, leatherwork, jewellery, toys, preserves, cakes, fruit and vegies, plants, poultry, food and refreshments. All items must be hand produced, grown or crafted by the stallholders. Come stroll among the trees, stay for lunch and enjoy the live entertainment and children’s activities. Hall Fairgrounds, Hall
Aisles of treasures
Free Bunny photos
Old Bus Depot Markets “Portobello Road” Sunday, April 4, 10am-4pm
Free photos with the Easter Bunny March 27 until April 3 (excluding Good Friday)
FOR Easter Sunday, the focus is on antiques and collectables. Browse the aisles of eclectic and interesting treasures – retro decorative art, antique jewellery, quirky collectables, china and art glass, linens and lace, silver and restored pieces. Old Bus Depot Markets, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
GET your child’s photo taken with the Easter Bunny. You’ll receive one free 5x7cm photo per child per day, printed within 60 minutes (same day for busier periods). Additional photos can be purchased for $5. Brand Depot, Majura Park, 11am-2pm daily
Easter church services St Luke’s Anglican church Newdegate Street, Deakin. April 2, 10.30am, Good Friday Story for Families. This family friendly service aims to interactively tell the story of Good Friday. It includes drama, story, explanation of traditions, and time for prayer and reflection. April 4, 6am, Easter Dawn Service. Join us on the lake at Yarralumla Bay (at the bottom of Hopetoun Circuit) as we watch the sun come over the lake, celebrate with Holy Communion, and share in the joy of the resurrection of Jesus. We finish with hot cross buns and an Easter egg hunt. April 4, 8am, holy communion,
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traditional APBA Prayer Book service. April 4, 10am, family service. A joyful and interactive service for people of all ages. Includes new and old music, children’s program, holy communion and morning tea.
St John’s Corner Constitution Avenue and Anzac Park West.
St Philip’s Anglican church Macpherson Street, O’Connor. April 1, Passover Dinner and Maundy Thursday service. April 2, noon to 3pm, Good Friday. April 4, 6am, lighting of the new fire; 7am, Eucharist; 8am-9.30am Easter celebration breakfast; 10am sung Eucharist.
April 4, 6am Eucharist & lighting of the St Christopher’s Cathedral new fire Rev Paul Black. Manuka. 8am, sung Eucharist, Rev Margaret Campbell. April 2, 3pm, Good Friday service. 9.30am, church family Eucharist Rev April 3, 7.30pm mass. Black. April 4, 8am, 11am and 5.30pm, Easter 11.15am, choral Eucharist Rev Black. Sunday mass. No evening service.
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Blending fictitious love into history “THE LAST STATION” (M) BLENDING a fictitious love story into recorded history, Michael Hoffman’s filming of Jay Parini’s novel about Leo Tolstoy’s last summer in 1910 engages and ultimately rewards our involvement without pandering to box office conventions such as violence, fantasy, extra-terrestrials or clichéd comedy. Chertkov (Paul Giamatti), zealot CEO of the pacifist Tolstoyan movement, engages Bulgakov (James McAvoy) to report to him as Tolstoy’s secretary. Hoffman’s screenplay strengthens the film’s dramatic thrust by bringing Bulgakov together with the luminously lovely but fictitious Tolstoyan acolyte Masha (Kerry Condon) in an affair embroidering the film’s fabric, a concession to dramatic convention, a charming sub-plot complementing the power and emotional energy characterising Tolstoy’s 48-year marriage with Sofya during which she bore 18 children (of whom, five did not survive) while he wrote “War And Peace” and “Anna Karenina”. The drama’s core inexorably approaches Chertkov’s visit to Tolstoy’s home to persuade him to bequeath his estate to the movement, not Sofya. Christopher Plummer gives a careercapping performance as Tolstoy. Helen Mirren’s magnificent Sofya dominates the action, emotions and passions of a powerful and often humorous film which offers the added delight of some vintage steam railway sequences. At Dendy
CINEMA By Dougal Macdonald
Helen Mirren as Sofya in “The Last Station”.
“THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO” (MA) TELLING the substance of Steig Larsson’s forensic novel with vigour, credibility enhanced by passages that seem at first to lack it, and unabashed treatment of some rather disagreeable themes, this is as satisfying a movie in any genre as I’ve seen for some time. A judge sentences investigative journalist Mikael to three months for libelling a financier in a progressive monthly. Before his confinement starts, industrialist Henrik (Sven Bertil-Taube) en-
gages him to investigate the 1966 disappearance of his niece. Researching Mikael’s prosecution, Lisbeth, cyber-sleuth for a metropolitan daily, hacks into his laptop. Mikael’s enquiry for Henrik gets stalled. After Lisbeth gets magnificently even with sleaze-bag attorney Bjurman (Peter Andersson), who has taken stewardship of her income and her body, Mikael persuades her that it’s to her advantage to work with him. Sub-plots come together including residual Nazi attitudes in Sweden, family tensions, abuse of pubescent girls and multiple sex-slayings. Director Niels Arden Opley guides the film deftly through that gruesome-sounding catalogue with just enough visual and verbal reference to explain what’s happening without descending into explicit sensationalism. Although Michael Nyqvist as Mikael gets lead billing, the film’s real energy source is Noomi Rapace’s superb Lisbeth. At Greater Union, Dendy
“MICMACS À TIRE-LARIGOT” (M)
FRENCH vernacular is a wonderful thing. Advised by my bi-lingual French dictionary and Nouveau Petit Larousse, English options for the title of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s clever and wonderfully funny film exploring aggressive stupidities that mankind inflicts on itself, might include “underhand intrigues, pouring wine into one’s mouth from a height, somehow involving an ancient flute”. Jeunet says he intended to convey “shenanigans”. A surgical team decides not to remove the bullet in the head of orphan Bazil (Dany Boon) and sends him back to the street. A scavenger who finds him sleeping rough brings him to a wonderful cave beneath a Paris rubbish-dump, the tire-larigot, home to a multi-skilled bunch of vagabonds who build incredible creations from salvaged materials. “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON” (PG) The street knows Bazil’s taken the bullet. Somebody finds the discharged cartridge showing it was made in the armaments factory run by de IF you’ve seen the trailer for this CG animation, Fenouille (Andre Dusollier) whose passion is exyou’ve seen the best of it. panding his collection of expensive exotic curios. In a Viking tribe plagued by marauding dragHis rival Marconi (Nicholas Marie), whose factory ons, most men are bulky, hairy, thick between the across the street makes identical products, is also ears and violent. None of those, Hiccup (voiced by a collector. Jay Baruchel), a grave disappointment to his dad Deciding that revenge will help Bazil to feel the chief (Gerard Butler), toils and invents in his loved, his new family members devise a stratauncle’s armory and dreams of slaying dragons. gem for punishing de Fenouille by destroying During a raid, Hiccup brings a dragon down his factory plus the collateral benefit of putting when his new-design weapon shears off its tailMarconi out of business. plane. When he finds it, he cannot bring himself It’s delicious zany comedy of quirky characters to kill it. He fits a prosthesis and embarks on a with wacky abilities. For example, La Môme campaign to persuade the tribe that dragons Caoutchouc, a contortionist who can bend herself are actually friendly chaps in economic thrall to into any desired shape. Calculette who counts the biggest baddest dragon of them all. objects and measures distances merely by glancDean de Blois’s film is probably too mature ing at them. Fracasse (the wonderful Dominique for kids and too simplistic for adults. Derivative Pinon, a regular in Jeunet’s films) little, ugly but of several better films exploring interaction with the heart of a lion. Remington who creates between humans and CG fantasy animals plans and speaks in aphorisms and maxims that – “Where The Wild things Are” and “Avatar” delight the ear. come easily to recent mind – it muddles More than cinema of the absurd, “Micmacs” its accents something awful, from broad, says something of value. The experience of working-class lowland Scots to New York east watching it is no less joyous than its content. side. Its worthiest element is the imagination Served with Jeunet’s inimitable exuberance, it applied to designing dragons and compiling an matters little that only Frenchmen inherently amusing field guide to them. understand its title. It’s fun for everybody. At Greater Union, Hoyts and Limelight At Dendy and Greater Union
Works inspired by history EIGHT artists interpret the Canberra Glassworks in a terrific exhibition inspired by its history as the Kingston Power House, with works nestled in unexpected corners throughout. In “Roots of Power”, Simon Maberly has attached large, found root systems to steel and implanted them in the outside hopper outlets from which they descend as though desperately seeking earth. Bjorn Goodwin’s massed clumps of globes jostle drunkenly from points both outside and inside the centre, while his group of eight large fibreglass tree stumps anchors the outside square. Jacqueline Bradley’s found door and window frames recall the role of the power station in the domestic realm and Kristin McFarlane’s wonderful chandeliers and glass reinterpretations of powerhouse components encapsulate the history of the coal to power, power to glass progression of the site. Geoff Farquhar-Still transforms the lift into 18 CityNews April 1-7
VISUAL ART “powerHouse” Canberra Glassworks, Kingston, until April 29 Reviewed by Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak a watery, serene space that uses sound and reflective vinyl to echo the buildings past and present incarnations. Excitingly, Nicholas Folland presents a living sculpture where ice grows around a copper armature, the surface gleaming with drops of moisture in stasis, the whole emitting breaths of cold air. Trish Roan interprets the building’s windows with a fine installation of perfectlyformed, water-holding glass spheres, which hang against the mezzanine walls and multiply the window’s light. Deirdre Feeney, who has collected external and internal images of the building over time, projects these on to a wondrously constructed glass re-interpretation of the building’s smokestack.
arts&entertainment By arts editor Helen Musa “PEOPLE go to the circus to be frightened, but they don’t want the performers to be hurt,” Michael Edgley tells me. He should know. Not only is he often too scared to watch his show’s “amazing motorbike act”, but has he been running the Great Moscow Circus since when his father died in 1967. It’s six years since we last saw Edgley’s Moscow Circus in Canberra. The present edition of the circus began playing in Brisbane in September 2008, and after 15 to 16 months, half a million people have seen it. With the increased population of Australia, he believes he could keep it going perennially. “But,” he swears, “One of my big, basic principles is that it must be a totally different show each time.” One thing about the Moscow Circus that fascinates Edgley is the huge age-span to which it reaches. He has noticed people as young as three and as old as 93 looking on with excitement. “We fight to make it affordable at just over $30 a head,” he says. As for competition, he was an enthusiastic partner in the first two tours of Cirque du Soleil, but sees it as essentially a more theatrical act than circus, with its emphasis on production, lighting and music. But in his view, beyond the big capital cities, it just wouldn’t pay. Edgley explains that the Moscow Circus is now a brand. “We always have Russian actors in the show,” he says, and his eldest son Mark is engaged to a Russian girl in the show. But what was once a Soviet Ministry of Culture venture is now a private enterprise to which he and tent-master Harry Webber long ago acquired the licence. These days, fees go directly to the original Moscow-based circus company, which
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always has a say in what goes into the show, but rarely stands in the way of non-Russian talent when it’s needed. Edgley cites the presence of a 16-year-old Tasmanian boy, William Campbell, who came in as a localcolour performer with his Diablo act and is now a permanent feature of the circus. Edgley is especially proud of the circus’ contributions to charity, which in Canberra will consist of 800 free seats given to the Snow Foundation for free tickets to go to disadvantaged people and 400 seats which have gone to Rotary, which will sell them to give to the Southcare Helicopter. Most of all, he loves what has become of his (and the Webbers’) family business. “The majority of our performers are in their 20s and 30s – good-looking, young people – although our main comedy man is in his 50s… it’s absolutely thrilling.” And his motto? “Make it different and make it interesting.” The Great Moscow Circus, Brand Depot precinct, April 9-26. Bookings 0429 667269, 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au
The Great Moscow Circus’ “amazing motorbike act”... “People go to the circus to be frightened, but they don’t want the performers to be hurt,” says promoter Michael Edgley.
One of the two winning sculptures... Dave Argaet’s vision of a submerged house and water-tank, “Sands of Time”, in brick, iron, timber. Photo by George Mackintosh.
Sculptures share top prize By Helen Musa THE inaugural Weereewa Sculpture Prize has gone jointly to two striking works of art installed on the ancient bed of Lake George at the end of Lake Road, Bungendore. As sturdy art-lovers journeyed around the 29 sculptures submitted, judge Wendy Teakel and head of sculpture at the ANU School of Art, explained how she had divided the first prize victory between two joint winners, Dave Argaet’s vision of a submerged house and water-tank, “Sands of Time”, in brick, iron, timber and a skeletal horse sculpture, “Adrift”, made of steel and salvaged
objects by Andy Townsend and Suzie Bleach. The two winning entries shared in the $5000 prize money donated by energy company Infigen, while the third prize of $1000 went to Tracey Love for “Carbon Lockup”, with a highly commended going to Mike MacGregor for his steel sculpture “Sowing Change”. Ms Teakel said she had taken into account the materials used, the three-dimensional quality, the originality, the relationship to the lake and the answers to the question “did I get it?”. She expressed the hope that this might be the beginning of a major sculpture award for NSW. CityNews April 1-7
Halal’s tasty call to faithful I ALWAYS feel healthy when eating Middle Eastern cuisine. For the most part, it’s low in saturated fats, dietary fibre and celebrates the benefits of quality olive oil. Better still, is that this amazingly diverse type of food packs a punch on taste. The Turkish Halal Pide House at the Yarralumla shops is nothing flash. Far from it. But the extensive (and inexpensive) menu and, for many, being able to eat 100 per cent fresh Halal, are major draw cards. This small operation has an outdoor seating area and two small, indoor seating areas – one to the left of the front door and one to the right. The middle is where customers line up to order, and line up they do. A steady stream picked up large orders of take away when we were there, but only for a few moments because the service is quick, quick, quick. The term Halal describes anything permissible under Islamic law, including with diet. Certain foods and drinks are lawful and others, such as pork and alcohol, are not. So the Turkish Halal Pide House is not licensed and byo is not permitted. We began our dinner with one of the eight dips on the menu, which we had never tasted before. The chilli and walnut dip was a rich colour and delighted us with its texture and bite. The Kabak Mucveri, fried zucchini puffs
DINING By Wendy Johnson with a delicate yoghurt sauce were excellent – light, fluffy and big. And this brings me to a gentle warning. It’s easy at the Turkish Halal Pide House to get stuffed on dips and entrées, meaning you have to be a marathon eater to get through your main (or, if you wish, get them to pack up what you could not get through). Next came the mains. The Pirzola, marinated lamb cutlets with herbs were tender and a full-flavour sensation. So, too, was the spicy sliced chicken and the Tavuk Gogusu, marinated chicken breast. The chicken – both the breast and the spicy sliced – was a bit dry and overcooked, but it didn’t stop us from digging in. All mains come with a huge serve of rice and fresh salad decorated with thinly grated carrot. The Turkish Halal Pide House has been serving those who live, work and visit Yarralumla for eight years. Service is seven days and starts early morning, around 9.30. Turkish Halal Pide House... packing a punch on taste. Turkish Halal Pide House, 47 Novar Street, Yarralumla. Photo by Silas
Singing praises of home By Helen Musa WHEN Canberra-raised tenor Christopher Steele swept into town recently with his wife and two-year-old daughter, it wasn’t difficult for him to sing the praises of his home town. After all, Steele had just left behind a bitter European winter and an even worse one when he toured the US with the eccentric “Opera Show.” Here, he noticed immediately, “the parks, the space the open air – Canberra is looking fantastic.“ Steele was keen to talk about his coming concert at the Italian Cultural Centre with Stopera. Steele will share the stage with sopranos Rebecca Collins, whom he knew when they sang in opera choruses together in the old days, and Rachel Duncan. Accompanied by Stopera director Vivienne Winther, they’ll be performing all those popular arias and duets from “La Traviata”, “Rigoletto” and “West Side Story” and throw in a bit of “O Sole Mio” and “Time to Say Goodbye.” Steele, now 37, left for London some years ago to study and trod a hard road until he started getting top roles in contemporary operas such as “Letters of Love Betrayed” staged in a small
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theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has also performed for the English National Opera and the Welsh National Opera. But though he is no longer a starving artist, Christopher Steele... Steele still takes regular vocal training in an effort to raise his pitch. While he doesn’t mind singing a bit of Puccini in concerts like the one he’ll do here, he calculates that he is still two years away from singing the lead roles such as Rodolfo in “La Boheme” in a big opera house. Happily, there are composers who are “really healthy” for singers, such as Donizetti and, on a good day, Verdi. So Steele will keep on training, urging towards that perfect top “C”. And, by the way, when is a proper time for a tenor to stop taking lessons? “Never!” says Steele. “A Night at the Opera”, Italian Cultural Centre, Forrest. 8pm, April 10.
ARTS IN THE CITY By Helen Musa
Max to wax about Henry TRUE blue Aussie theatre celebrity, the actor and writer Max Cullen, will be at The Street Theatre with his own work, “Faces in the Street – a Salute to Henry Lawson” from April 10 to 24. It’s part of the theatre’s “Solo at the Street” project, which will see also works by David Finnigan and Bill Zappa. Bookings to 6247 1223. YOUNG writers were recognised at the ACT Association for the Teaching of English’s Litlinks Writing Competition 2009 Awards Ceremony, held at the National Library recently. The UC’s Anthony Eaton selected Jessica Swann, of Erindale College, as overall winner and runnerup was Rachel Stokker, from Lake Tuggeranong College. RACHEL Develin and Jenny Blake first became friends while working together at WIN TV in the 1990s and are now holding an exhibition at The Q – Queanbeyan, until April 10. Both have strong views about the media and, in the show, Develin uses discarded “media” materials Rachel Develin’s “Media to create glamorous Bouquet”... made from kitsch, while Blake’s DVDs, copper wire and response to the film strips media in painting is “total escapism”. THE next David Pereira Cello Series is a wild one: Canberra director and puppeteer Catherine Roach and Cathy Petocz have created a new puppetry performance for Ivana Troselj’s new work “On Broken Glass”, where the cello becomes the voice of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid. “The Three Sisters”, by composer Marian Budos, tells of three princesses proving the extent of their love for their father. Children are especially welcome to the performances at Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, at 7.30 pm on April 9 and 3pm on April 10; and at 2pm on April 11 in Crisp Galleries at Bowning. PIANISTS Marcela Fiorillo and Phillipa Candy, and soprano Louise Page, with Guitar Trek, head the line-up for a fundraising concert for the victims of the recent earthquake in Chile. It’s at The Playhouse on April 9. Bookings 6275 2700.
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Hot pizza business delivers for Paul “EAGLE Boys is a great business to be in – everyone likes pizza!” says Eagle Boys Gungahlin franchisee Paul Park. For Paul and his wife Lisa, who runs the business with him, being big fans of pizza helped them start their own successful family business. “The only problem nowadays is that sometimes we’re so busy running around and serving customers that we don’t always get the time to enjoy them. Still we’re happy to share our passion for pizza with our customers and see them enjoy our hot and tasty pizzas.” Paul says he had been a public servant for 26 years, and was ready for a change. “We were very keen to start our own business,” he says. “Various family members have had hospitality businesses over the years. “We looked into Eagle Boys, we liked the product, and it seemed like a really good opportunity for us. It’s certainly been a great experience so far.” Eagle Boys Gungahlin opened in December 2009, and Paul says that in three months he’s had fantastic feedback. “We get lots of positive phone calls about our food,” he says. “We had one gentleman call up and say: ‘I’m 59 years old, I’ve never tried Eagle Boys before and it’s the best pizza I’ve ever tasted’. Hearing things like that is just wonderful. It’s very satisfying.” “We always use fresh ingredients, and source from local suppliers wherever possible,” he says. Paul lives in Gungahlin, a couple of minutes from Eagle Boys, and says he enjoys supporting the local community. “Gungahlin is a growing area, and we love it here,” he says. “We give back to the community through providing food to sporting groups, schools and the drop-in centre.” Eagle Boys Gungahlin, Shop 108, Gungahlin Square, Gungahlin, 6241 1946
Franchisee Paul Park, of Eagle Boys Gungahlin... “We always use fresh ingredients, and source from local suppliers wherever possible.”
Light side to tasty pizzas experience in the retail food industry. It operates a network of more than 300 stores across Australia, making more than 16 million pizzas a year, generating a turnover of more than $160 million. Having recently opened its 300th store, in Sydney’s Ryde, Eagle Boys is working on a $20 million expansion strategy which will cement the company’s position as the country’s second-largest pizza maker, according to Michael Standley, franchise sales manager for NSW/ACT. Big plans for expansion into Canberra are also underway, he says. Created by Melanie, the “Lighter Choices” “Over the next 12 months we’re aiming to range consists of five gourmet pizzas made using open six stores across the ACT,” he says. “There a special light, white sauce – giving full flavour will be two in Belconnen, one in Braddon, one without the fat – and without compromising on in Chisholm, one in Queanbeyan and one in the size, she says. Mawson area.” The five light pizzas form part of Eagle Boys’ “In recent months, we’ve seen inquiries from new menu, which features 31 new items – the potential franchisees soar,” he says. “Each company’s biggest menu overhaul in its 23-year month we receive anywhere up to 250 individual history. inquiries from people wanting to join our awardIt also includes five new premium pizzas, five winning system. kids’ meals, five new side dishes, three new “This puts us in a great position to be able desserts, a gluten-friendly pizza base and a new to select those budding entrepreneurs who we drinks range. feel best suit the Eagle Boys system and will be “We’ve created innovative pizzas, devilish des- successful in driving their own franchise.” serts and sumptuous sides like potato skins and The launch of a new “national phone name” lasagne,” Melanie says. “Each one is delicious.” in March is expected to add to brand identity Eagle Boys Pizza is one of Australia’s leading recognition, says Michael. “Instead of rememfranchises, with more than two decades of bering a number, just think 1300 EAGLE BOYS.”
EAGLE Boys Pizza has undergone a major menu overhaul, becoming the largest Australian pizza maker to offer a range of full-size pizzas which are at least 92.7 per cent fatfree, according to its executive chef Melanie Townsend.
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vironment is losing valuable energy, money and comfort,” says an Energy Imaging spokesperson “We can quickly and accurately find these hidden leaks and help you fix them, by accurately diagnosing the problem areas using thermal imaging and air-leakage analysis.” Many energy auditors rely on a visual inspection and a questionnaire to develop an energy-saving retrofit plan for a building. “Unfortunately, this approach means concealed gaps and leaks go undetected. As a result, building owners often spend money on energy-saving measures which are undermined by the constant, but hidden, leakage through gaps in insulation and air leaks in the structure.” Energy Imaging diagnose the problems, by physically testing the building, and then develop a prioritised fix-it plan. Sealing air leaks and thoroughly insulating can reduce heating costs by 30-50 per ENERGY Imaging’s testing has shown that cent. Reducing air leakage is a simple DIY air leakage and poor insulation are major job for most households once they know problems in Canberra dwellings. where the leaks are. “Gaps in insulation and air leaks in your Energy Imaging, 8 Wiluna St, Fyshwick, building means that your home or work en- 6100 4014
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Design for comfort DESIGN and siting are crucial to building an energy-efficient home in the Canberra region, according to Leslie Paton, of Paton Constructions. “By making use of our clear, sunny winter days and relatively cool summer nights, it is possible to build a comfortable home that does not require active sources of heating and cooling,” he says. In winter, this means maximising north-facing window areas to allow the sun’s warmth into the home. This energy must then be stored in internal thermal mass such as a concrete slab floor or areas of internal brickwork. The stored energy needs to be retained through the use of good insulation in the external walls and ceilings, he says. In summer this means minimising the effect of the hot summer sun through use of roof overhang to shade windows. West-facing windows should be minimised and well-shaded, and external walls and ceilings need to be well insulated. Cooling the home’s internal thermal mass overnight through good cross-ventilation helps to keep the interior cool the following day.
environmental benefits “Using these simple criteria will keep a house warm in winter (15-25°C) and cool in summer (20-28°C) without the need for heating or air-conditioning,” says Leslie. Today there are also many new appliances and fittings available that will enhance the energy efficiency of your home, such as solar hot-water systems, water-efficient fittings and back-to-grid solar panels. Paton Constructions, 214 Binowee Drive, Googong, 6298 1900
Ian creates the water features himself, so each is original. “If you’d like your water garden to be an accent feature, choose a striking water bowl with a bit of height,” says Ian. “In it you can place tall water plants like papyrus, lepiromia or iris. “If you’re more interested in the plants and water, choose a low, wide bowl, giving the ability to fit more plants, fish and possibly a small fountain.” Bliss Garden and Giftware, 8 Beltana Road, Pialligo, 6257 8358
which allows eligible card holders to apply for the installation of the Caroma Slimline Connector Suite model for free (normally $390 after the ACT Government rebate). There is a limit of one free toilet suite per eligible household. For information and to arrange an installation, visit www.thinkwater.act.gov.au or call Canberra Connect on 132281.
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“OUR points of difference are that everything we build is quality, and that we do all we can to ensure that it is also as energy SMALL water gardens sound lovely, are efficient as possible,” says Karen Fisher, relatively inexpensive, easier to maintain THE Toiletsmart program, which was director of DR Fisher Building Projects. than a large pond and can be placed in scheduled to close on June 30, 2009, has “We aim to do all the little things at the a small area such as a patio or balcony, been extended, according to the Departoutset that can make a home very cheap says Ian Eaton, owner of Bliss Garden and ment of Environment, Climate Change, to run – and they’re not hard things,” she Giftware at Pialligo. Energy and Water (DECCEW). adds. “We custom build, depending on “Small-container water gardens are The program assists ACT residential our clients’ desires and the aspect of the actually a collection of submerged potted property owners to replace single-flush block.” plants, so redesigning a planting is as toilets with four-star, water-efficient 4.5/3 DR Fisher can help with the design, selecsimple as moving the pots around,” he litre dual-flush toilets. tions and overall finish to complete a home, says. This program is only available to ACT according to Karen. “And the plants are tough – most homeowners for residential properties con“We spend as much time as necessary are hard to kill and require virtually no nected to ACTEW’s water supply network. with our clients to make sure we achieve maintenance. To be eligible for the ACT Government exactly what they want, within budget,” “All you need is a sunny spot with at least rebate, the new dual-flush toilet suite must she says. six hours of direct sun a day, something be supplied and installed by a fully“Our team has been working together that holds water, and a few plants.” licensed Master Plumbers Association ACT for some time now and this gives us the Bliss sells garden furniture, arches, pots plumber participating in the delivery of the ability to provide you with reliable, profes– some that are new to Australia in an ToiletSmart program. sional and quality work.” unusual jade green glaze – as well as water For a limited time, a special pensioner DR Fisher, Unit 3, 45 Sheppard Street, features in a variety of shapes and colours. concession card offer is also available Hume, 6260 1742
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CityNews April 1-7
High tea hits the jackpot WORDS: Kathryn Vukovljak PHOTOS: Silas Brown A TERRIBLY civilised time was had by all at the second “Hats and Gloves” high tea fundraiser on the lawns of Government House, in aid of Malkara School, Garran. Lisa Tremopoulos, member of the Friends of Malkara organising committee, says the fundraiser was a fantastic success. “All the ladies turned out in their finery, with lots of beautiful hats and gloves of course, and some gentlemen even came in top hats and tails, which was lovely to see. “And we raised more than $50,000 for Malkara School – and that amount really means a lot to the school, with their need for so much specialist equipment. “Fortunately, the Governor-General has invited us back for next year, so there will be a third ‘Hats and Gloves’, I’m happy to say!” Lisa says that everyone seemed to particularly love the fashion show. Compered by Sarah Kelly, winner of Fashions on the Field at Flemington last year, the fashion parade was divided into daywear, racewear and eveningwear, and saw Victoria’s Models strutting the catwalk in clothes by Soho/Momento, hats by Canberra milliners Cynthia Bryson and Christine Waring, and with hair by Anton’s.
Short and flirty Willow cocktail dress with scalloped hem.
Camilla and Marc backless evening dress in hot red.
Silver-grey silk Willow dress with draping and killer shoulder pads.
Trelise Cooper’s silk “Twist and Shout” dress is perfect for race day.
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your week in the stars With Joanne Madeline Moore April 5 - 11 ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Pace yourself on Thursday, when tricky Moon/Mars aspects leave you feeling impulsive and irritable. The main quality you need to cultivate this week is patience. You’re keen to escape from present difficulties but the motto for the moment is “Good things come to those who wait” – especially when it comes to love.
TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 20) Avoid being too safe Taurus! An adventurous approach will transform your world and bring more love and passion into your life. With Venus in your sign (until April 25) your appreciation of the arts is intensified. So it’s a fabulous time to soak up some culture and creativity at a concert, book reading, art exhibition or movie festival.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) Twins crave constant communication but this week you’ll need to temporarily escape the hurly-burly of the social world and spend some quality time on your own. You’ll also be drawn to the hidden and mysterious – anything from a good mystery novel to digging up a fascinating secret.
CANCER (June 22 – July 22) I’ve got two words to describe this week, Crabs – it’s complicated! You’ll have more ups and downs than a rollercoaster, as you veer from irrational behaviour to calm contentment – and then back again. Try to maintain a sense of perspective and resist the urge to over-react to well-meant criticism.
LEO (July 23 – Aug 22) With Mars in your sign, you’re a Lion with extra courage as you dare to dream and take on mighty challenges. In between juggling family and work responsibilities, make sure you stretch yourself in new directions. Your quote for the week is from Claire Booth Luce: “Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.”
general knowledge crossword No. 255 ACROSS
1 Which term describes something composed of elements of different kinds? 8 What is another word for the surrounding atmosphere? 9 What is a false name? 10 Name a member of an indigenous armed resistance to an invader. 11 What is a sudden interruption to the supply of blood to the brain? 12 Name another term for a trick or artifice. 13 Which type of corgi is quite wellknown? 16 What is a rush, or grass-like plant, often growing in wet places? 19 Which oft-used Latin word means "therefore"? 21 Name the hit musical - the film version starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. 22 What is an alternative term for a layabout? 23 Name the mountain volcano on Ross Island Antarctica. 24 What is another name for pharmacists? 25 A sofa is also known as a what? 1
LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 23) The Sun shines on your love life (until April 20) and gives your partner an extra golden glow of gorgeousness. So it’s the perfect time to pamper them with lashings of love, as you show them how much they mean to you. Singles – with Mercury and Venus in your intimacy zone, you need to look for a lover who is also a friend.
SCORPIO (Oct 24 – Nov 21)
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VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sept 22) Saturn moves back into your sign this week, so it’s time to be a vigilant Virgo as you tie up loose ends and complete unfinished projects. This weekend’s Piscean Moon encourages you to be more sensitive towards others. They may not share your close attention to detail, but they have many other talents to offer.
2 Name a river that flows from Tibet through China to the sea. 3 What are redemptions of kidnapped persons, for a price? 4 Which bush bread is made from flour and water? 5 What are short, simple songs? 6 Name the aromatic seed of the anise. 7 Which term describes that which defines the main interest? 13 What do we call a sorcerer or wizard? 14 In Christian belief, who was the proud archangel who fell from heaven? 15 Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake for being a what? 17 What is a component part of a whole? 18 What is an action intended for effect? 20 A female monster is called a what?
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Secretive Scorps have strong beliefs, but you often hide your true feelings, for fear of revealing too much of yourself. This week’s stars encourage you to be frank and straightforward with others; to stand up for what you believe in; and tell it like it is. Come the weekend, you’re in the mood to socialise with family and friends.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21) This week favours fostering relationships with family, friends and neighbours. And, with the Sun lighting up your sport/hobby zone, it’s also time to pull on your running shoes, hit the gym or turn up the music (loud) and start dancing. For Sagittarians who are sick of being single – love and work are lusciously linked.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19) Friends and finances are a messy mix on Thursday so try to keep the two separate. Whether you tackle a DIY project, play gracious host or help out in your local community, home sweet home is the place to be this weekend. Leave work problems outside the door as you luxuriate in the pleasures of casa Capricorn.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18) Aquarians love to have all the latest gadgets. But, with Jupiter, Uranus and the Moon all in your money zone, watch that your urge to splurge doesn’t get out of control as you turn impulse buying into an extreme sport! This week, ignore advertising catalogues, avoid window shopping – and leave your credit card at home.
PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Pisceans are masters of avoidance, as you swim around ‘issues’ and side-step challenges. With Jupiter (planet of confidence and bravado) in your sign (for the first time in 12 years) it’s time to tune into the fearless and feisty Fish within. Be inspired by, Bette Davis: “The key to life is accepting challenges.”
Copyright Joanne Madeline Moore 2010.
Solution Crossword No.254 A B H I N M A T E T C A W I C K E T Q L H U O E B E G G A R U O E B L U R R I O R O N A M E S A I E O C A T A L O
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CityNews April 1-7
A lush and elegant haven in Kambah WORDS: Kathryn Vukovljak PHOTOS: Silas Brown ELEGANCE, formal design and an abundance of lush, green planting combine to create a private, relaxing garden where the whole family loves to chill out, say owners Kim Brady and Darrell Skidmore. The couple’s stylish garden in Gleneagles, Kambah, will be open on the weekend of April 10 and 11 as part of Australia’s Open Garden Scheme, a not-for-profit organisation promoting the pleasure of gardening. “The garden is semi-formal with an Italian influence,” says Kim. “I love structure and balance, with a rustic touch. I’m inspired by Melbourne landscaper Paul Bangay.” A formal fountain, large pool, columns, loggia and multiple plantings of stunningly bright-green mop-top catalpas, hedges of conifers and box and Chinese star jasmine are the main features. Immaculately clipped shrubs frame views over the golf course beyond the back gate. Over the past 10 years, Kim has created many points of interest and little secret corners in her showcase garden, which is viewed from every room in the house and is in keeping with its formal style. “I don’t think the garden has ever looked as outstanding as it does right now,” she says. Proceeds from the weekend will go to the Stroke Foundation. Kim and Darrell’s garden at 19 Apperly Close, Kambah, is open April 10-11 from from 10am-4.30pm. Entry is $6, under 18s free.
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TALK-back radio announcer MARK PARTON reflects on the public reaction to the aftermath of the horrific crash at Narrabundah; SONYA FLADUN di...