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of Successful Women in Business NOVEMBER 15, 2012




The Green minister goes to work ROBERT MACKLIN


Medal shame tarnishes a nation’s pride TIM GAVEL

Something about Lauren

In for a


surprise... Soprano AMELIA FARRUGIA goes down to the woods to sing

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Sparks fly on Danielle’s big day! CEDRIC BRYANT

To the root of the problem

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Fashion steps into the spotlight Libby Hill reports

CANBERRA may not be known for its fashion scene but there’s no lack of talent. Local stylist, designer and model, Hannah St James, is so confident in the depth of creativity here that she’s developed the capital’s first fashion festival. Avant Garden: Canberra Fashion Festival 2012 is to be held on November 23-25 and will promote the best of Canberra style. “We’re showcasing all local designers and a lot of the collections are exclusive so not only have they not been seen on the runway before, but they’ve never been seen at all,” Hannah says. The 24-year-old former public servant is now focusing full time on her business, House of St James, and has big plans to make Canberra’s fashion festival an annual event. She has aspirations to make it a week-long festival in the image of L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. “I’m passionate about promoting Canberra as the creative hub that I really think it is,” she says. “I’d really like to promote a more healthy body image... And I think Canberrans in general have a more conservative dress style and I’d like to see a

Hannah St James. Image by Dell, with make-up and hair by Jolina O’Hair. little bit more avant garde style or even just a little bit more colour on people. “I’d also like to get into helping environmental and charitable causes. I think that fashion and charity are a very logical match because they bring the people with money to the people who need money.” Avant Garden kicks off with VIP night on Friday, November 23, at Kremlin Bar, but the main event will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, November 25 at Hotel Realm and will feature catwalk displays of local de-

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signer collections, guest speakers and pop-up events. There will be an afterparty on Sunday night at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, on the ground floor of Hotel Realm. As well as a runway show, the festival will feature live music, dance, guest speakers with designers including Rockstars and Royalty, Zoe Brown, Caitleen Moloney, Alice Sutton, Hannah Knight, Stephanie Cooper, Janette Lenk, Pure Pod Sustainable Clothing, Sofia Polak, and millinery by Bronwen Stead and Cynthia Bryson.

Information at avantgarden2012. Tickets at

Judy gets a gong RETIREE Judy Ingle has received the Fred Hollows Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Helping Hand Award for her “legendary” efforts in fundraising for the foundation. Judy recently relinquished her 18-year volunteer role as chairperson of the Canberra branch of the Foundation, during which time she was responsible for raising many hundreds of thousands of dollars. The award was presented to Judy by Fred Hollows’ widow, Gabi Hollows, in Sydney. In the last five years alone, the foundation and its partners have carried out nearly one million sight-restoring operations and treatments. To find out how to support the Fred Hollows Foundation, visit


Photographer: Eric Piris of Red Photography Stylist: Hannah St James Hair stylist: Sara Jayne Burke Make-up artist: Claire Warmenhoven Model: Molly Folkard Molly wears: Corset, by Zoe Brown

Judy Ingle gets her award from Gabi Hollows, left.

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When grandies have to come out to play

Nitschke to visit

It’s reported that close to 40 per cent of the country’s 3.6 million children aged under 13 are regularly looked after by their grandparents or other family members while their parents work. LIBBY HILL calls into Canberra’s Grandparents’ Playgroup... THE Grandparents’ Playgroup started in Canberra about six years ago with five families, giving the grandparents a chance to bond with their grandchildren, talk about grandparenting, exchange ideas and just have fun. Anne-Marie and Spencer Bell moved to Canberra to be closer to their daughter, who has two children, Hugo and Ella. “We were totally new to Canberra and minding our grandchildren one day a week, we soon found that it was much nicer if we could be with other people who had small children, too, so there could be interaction there,” Anne-Marie says. They attended a Get Messy With Grandma session at the National Museum one day and met other grandparents who

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told them about the grandparents’ Playgroup. The children go to childcare two days a week in addition to the days spent with their grandparents. “We do it because we wanted the interaction with them. It goes both ways, it’s an opportunity for them to be closer to their grandparents,” Anne-Marie says. “When my children were small, both sets of grandparents were a long distance away, so I think that may be why I value so much the chance to be closer to them.” The Grandparents Playgroup recently won a 2012 Children’s Week award for child development. They meet every Thursday at the Botanic Gardens. More information at sites.

DR Philip Nitschke, the leader of the voluntary euthanasia movement, will be making a low-key visit to Canberra next month to “update” members on the latest developments. His talk, on December 1, at the Hughes Community Centre at 1pm, will cover the latest legal and scientific advances for the terminally ill who want to end their lives. The lecture is restricted to members of Exit International, but membership is available at the door for a $100 fee. Exit’s ACT Co-ordinator, David Swanton, said the fee was used to assist Dr Nitschke to spread the message in Australia and overseas and there were already more than 100 members in Canberra.

Burbury high tea

Three-year-old sisters Sabah and Jade with their grandmother Gloria Jackson at the Grandparents’ Playgroup.  Photo by Silas Brown

LOCAL mum Kylie Denney is organising a high-tea fundraiser at The Burbury, Barton, on November 24, for the Canberra Shepherd Centre, which has helped her family since discovering their two-year-old son was profoundly deaf. Tickets are $84 and include champers, sweet and savoury delights, tea, coffee and a goodie bag for each attendee. All funds raised go to the centre, which teaches deaf and hearing impaired kids to listen and speak. Bookings to 0417 233970 or kynwill@homemail.

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Lake surf boaters rise to the challenge SHE does it for the adrenalin rush, to ride waves and save lives, and yet rower Pip Butt and the rest of the all-girl crew of local surf boaters train in the extremely flat and non-surfy Lake Burley Griffin.

Kathryn Vukovljak reports

keeps us in touch with the surf.” The crew, known as the Broulee Capitals, are in Adelaide competing for the first time in Rescue 2012, the Life Saving World “Yeah, we do an ocean sport in a landChampionships. locked city!” says Pip, who belongs to the Training for this in Canberra is somewhat Broulee Surfers’ Surf Lifesaving Club. “We of a challenge, says Pip, since the oar-driven struggle with the cold, too, when training on surf boat is designed to enter the ocean from Canberra winter mornings. the beach in heavy surf or large waves. “What’s great about the sport, though, “There’s a sort-of beach by The Boat is that in order to compete you have to do House Restaurant near Russell, where we 25 hours per year patrolling the beach – we practice our launches,” she says. “I use need to have at least the bronze medallion the term beach loosely... we just have to for surf lifesaving. pretend!” “We spend a minimum of one day a month It’s been a big year for the crew, the in the summer patrolling at Broulee, which majority of whom come from land-locked parts of the country and moved to Canberra for public service jobs. In January, the crew came fifth in the George Bass surf boat marathon, the world’s longest surf boat race. At the end of the 2011-12 season they were the Far South Coast sprint champions. Two rowers from the crew were part of the Queen’s Jubilee boat pageant held in London in June, and the crew also won the 10km Pambula Club to Pub endurance race and came second in the 12km Georges River Rooster Run endurance race. “There are so many exciting things you can do as part of a novice crew – it’s great,” says Pip. Since training on the lake is very different The crew’s sweep Gary Pettigrove and from hitting the surf, sweep Gary Pettigrove rower Pip Butt.

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Surf boaters, from left, Annie McAppion, Amanda Brian, Teresa Comacchio, Nicole Cobb, Megan Bancks, Vikki Fisher and Pip Butt.  Photos by Silas Brown says they hope the conditions at Christies Beach will suit their skills. “Our inexperience does show in choppy conditions, but once we’re past the waves and out in flat water, we really shine,” he says.

Pip says their strength as a crew is endurance, or “rowing boats down”. “We may not get off the beach and past the waves first, but once in open water we can usually catch up to crews and, after turning the buoy, it’s anyone’s race to catch

and hold a wave,” she says. “We’re also hoping our endurance sets us up to be able to dig that little bit extra and find more power when we have to! “The ocean is a great leveller, though – anyone can win on the day.”

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The Green minister goes to work

Republican lecture

Michael Moore comments

THE appointment of Shane Rattenbury as Minister with responsibility for roads, rates and rubbish is a masterstroke by the returning Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher. However, the primary challenge for the Labor Party and the Greens will be about retaining strong, positive relationships within the cabinet while being able to air differences of opinion in the chamber of the Legislative Assembly and in the public arena. The Greens in Tasmania have managed their role within cabinet successfully since the last election. The same occurred in SA with independent Rory McEwen and the National Party’s Karlene Maywald under Labor Premier Mike Rann. Similarly, my own role as an independent minister in the Carnell and Humphries Liberal Governments was strongly dependent on high levels of reciprocal trust. The challenges are greater for Rattenbury than they ever were in my case. Apart from his critical role in cabinet, the new Greens minister has to reassure his party that his actions are consistent with the party’s policies

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher with her new ministry, from left, Shane Rattenbury, Joy Burch, Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell.  Photo by Silas Brown and principles. In my case, there were very few cabinet meetings where I did not exempt myself from discussion and decision. In practical terms, I would step outside the cabinet meeting room while the rest of cabinet would make their decision on matters with which I disagreed and wait to be invited back in for the next agenda item. The debate would then continue on the floor of the Assembly or in the public arena and through the media. In the case of Shane Rattenbury, the judgements he makes will always be monitored and evaluated, not just by the people, but probably more stridently by members of his own party. He will have to balance the responsibilities he has as Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Corrections, Housing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and

Ageing against the demands being made by the party. He does have one considerable advantage. At this election the Greens clearly demonstrated their ability to take responsibility – at least in an economic sense – by carefully pricing their policies and explaining to the electorate how they would be financed. Following the successful negotiations outlined in the parliamentary agreement, Rattenbury is now in a better position to deliver than any of the Greens have been in the past. The health portfolio has always been considered the “poison chalice” and the Chief Minister’s personal commitment in this area has her shouldering the responsibility once again. There will be significant challenges implementing the national health reforms at the same time as delivering

on local health issues. The support of the Greens will be vital. The issue of a needle and syringe program in the prison has now been tested in the election and the mandate given to Gallagher, as health minister, and Rattenbury, with corrections, to work together to deliver on their joint commitments as outlined in the “Parliamentary Agreement for the Eighth Legislative Assembly”. In Canberra the issues around rates, roads and rubbish are almost as contentious as health and remain high in the minds of the electorate. On the one hand, Rattenbury has the ability to prove that the Greens are capable of handling the challenges of such responsibilities. On the other hand, he has the opportunity to ensure that Canberra becomes one of the most environmentally responsible urban communities in Australia. In doing so his own party and his constituency will understand the decision he has made to accept this ministry. The reality is that the ACT Legislative Assembly, with its 17 members, will better serve the community with the arrangement being undertaken than had Rattenbury remained on the cross-benches. Michael Moore was an independent member of the ACT Legislative Assembly (1989 to 2001) and was minister for health.

HISTORIAN Dr James Curran, of the University of Sydney, will present the National Republican Lecture, “Republican Reset: The lessons of history and a way ahead”, at the Wesley Centre, National Circuit, Forrest, 6pm, on Saturday, November 24. There is no charge for the lecture. More information at 6257 3705 or

Christmas cards... THE Combined Charities Christmas Card Shop, in the foyer of the City Uniting Church, Pilgrim House, 69 Northbourne Avenue, Civic, is open until December 13. Run by volunteers, it opens weekdays from 10am to 3.30pm and sells Christmas cards and small gifts from not-for-profit organisations, including Advocacy for Inclusion, Anglicare, Australian Breastfeeding Association, Cancer Council ACT, Epilepsy Association ACT, Glaucoma Australia, Heart Foundation, Legacy Club of Canberra, MACE, National Trust, OVCAN, RSI Injury and Overuse Association, Sharing Places and Uniting Church. Over more than 25 years, the shop has raised more than $680,000 for local charities.

… and appeal MLA Mary Porter has launched UnitingCare Kippax’s Christmas appeal, “Let’s Give everyone a Christmas”, for donations or volunteers. “As we look forward to spending time with family and friends, we should all think of ways we can extend the hand of friendship to those who may find Christmas a tough and challenging time,” she said.

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the gadfly

Medal shame tarnishes a nation’s pride Metallurgical research reveals that the metal used in Victoria Cross medals comes from one of the most disgraceful conflicts in British history, says ROBERT MACKLIN AFTER the splendid ceremony at Government House where Cpl Daniel Keighran was invested with the VC, the TV news reported that the medal, like all its predecessors, was struck from the original Russian cannon captured by the British during the Crimean War. Though it was only the third Victoria Cross For Australia to be awarded since its inception in 1991, this gave the story the added gravitas of a noble tradition. Alas, it was not true. In fact, metallurgical research by our own War Memorial conducted in the 1990s has revealed that from 1914 the cannons gradually dismembered to supply the medals were not Russian at all. Instead, they came from one of the most disgraceful conflicts in British history. I discovered this startling fact when researching my 2008 book, “Bravest”, with the co-operation of the then-director of the AWM, Gen Steve Gower. He provided me with the results of the metallurgical analysis, by Dr John Ashton, of 54 VCs then

held at the AWM. It revealed that the composition of the metal and the method of casting left no doubt that the cannons were Chinese and almost certainly had been captured during the 1842 Opium War. The one-sided “war” followed demands that the Chinese open their ports to the opium trade. When they resisted, British expeditionary forces from India ravaged the Chinese coast and dictated the terms of settlement. The British then used the opium they had grown in India to pay for tea from China and, not incidentally, to addict and debilitate an entire nation. Dr Ashton confirmed his results with a similar analysis by the British Royal Armouries but, perhaps not surprisingly, they were given scant publicity. So the myth prevails; unbeknown to Cpl Keighran, he bears on his chest a reminder of one of the most unsavoury events in history. So, what to do? We can gloss over the issue like the Brits and pretend it’s all tickety-boo. Or we can take the opportunity to assert our unique national identity as the

Hawke Government did in breaking the imperial bonds to create the Victoria Cross For Australia two decades ago. But if we were to choose the Australian way, what would take its place? We could follow British tradition and select the captured weaponry of an enemy such as the German Amiens Gun now displayed outside the War Memorial. It contains enough metal to decorate our heroes for evermore. Alternatively, we could melt down pieces of the Japanese midget submarine or some captured munitions from the battle of Milne Bay or the Kokoda Track. But I have to say it seems a little perverse to use enemy materiel to create a quintessentially Australian decoration. No doubt there are plenty of authorities in Defence and the AWM better placed than I to sort through the possibilities. So, here’s an opportunity for Defence Minister Stephen Smith to task a committee to find an agreed alternative. He would write his name in history. And given the attachment of his military underlings to “tradition” – however misplaced – it would itself be an act of conspicu- Cpl Daniel Keighran VC... only the third to be awarded the ous gallantry. Victoria Cross For Australia since its inception in 1991. Photo by Lauren Black, Department of Defence

The Victoria Cross For Australia... metallurgical research by the War Memorial reveals the metal comes from one of the most disgraceful conflicts in British history.

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Big ideas for Maureen’s small world IN a cramped living room, a Laura Edwards young boy sits by the fireplace reports playing with a toy car. Next door, his mother is on a rocking chair, It takes Maureen about three or four a serene smile on her face. And years to finish a house, and she dediupstairs, grandpa has fallen asleep cates eight hours a day to her work despite suffering from multiple sclerosis. on the couch. With the disease often leaving her

But these aren’t real people, and this is far from a real house. Every smile, outfit and nook and cranny has been lovingly created by Maureen Caelli, in one of the many doll houses she makes from scratch. Maureen‘s Chifley home is filled with her creations, from a huge, threelevel Victorian-era museum to a small bakery – and each one tells an entirely different story. “People say walking in my home is like walking into a fairyland or another world,” she says. “I have a lot of people come here because they hear from word of mouth. I’ve got people who bring their families, they treat my place like a museum.” Maureen first started making and selling doll houses about 20 years ago, and has created about 15 since. “I’ve had an interest in doll houses and art since I was a small child and, for me, this was a hobby,” she says.

housebound, she says her creations can offer an escape. “I’ve had MS for most of my life, so have never really been able to have a job,” she says. “Sometimes, there are days when I’m working on the doll houses where my co-ordination is off or my eyesight’s no good, but usually I just push myself.” Maureen’s latest creation will be a Roman villa. She says she loves exploring different eras. “Each of my doll houses is from a different time, and I always research the different eras so every detail is historically accurate, from the outfits to the architecture,” she says. Maureen usually starts with an architectural drawing when she designs a house, using cut-up pieces of wood for the walls and paint for the interior design. She then creates the windows, lights and furniture, even using light displays in some rooms.

Doll house builder Maureen Caelli... “Each of my doll houses is from a different time, and I always research the different eras so every detail is historically accurate, from the outfits to the architecture.”  Photos by Silas Brown

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An oven fire and clay is used to create most of the dolls, and Maureen often makes their outfits right down to the last detail – even a pair of tiny socks. But for all their intricacies, Maureen says she has trouble selling the doll houses. In the 20 years she’s been making them, she’s sold just five. She believes cost is a huge factor – none of the houses are priced below $1000 – so she usually designs the houses with older women in mind. “They like to come back to it – they’ve had their kids, they’re looking at retiring and they want to collect them as a hobby,” she says. “It’s about reminiscing on their childhood. And they’re a thing of beauty.” Maureen has donated a few of the doll houses to children, and says she “loves seeing kids’ eyes light up” when they play with them. “Although you don’t see them too much in the stores anymore... I don’t think doll houses will ever go out of

fashion for children,” she says. “It’s important for them to have that as well as the modern toys, because they’re using their imaginations.” Despite her passion for doll houses, Maureen never owned one when she was a child. “I was one of six kids and we didn’t have much money, it was during the 1950s,” she says. “But I do remember spotting one in a store window – I was drooling. It was a shop doll house, and had the tills and scales and everything – I bugged my grandfather about it all day, but I think he just gave up answering me after a while.” So is creating doll houses a way to fulfill those childhood fantasies? “Oh definitely,” she says. “This is what I never had as a child and dreamed of having.” And Maureen says she can’t see herself ever growing tired of it. “I think I’ll keep going for as long as I possibly can, I’ve never given up

on a house, ever – and I really don’t let anything stop me.” More information about Maureen’s work, email Maureen.caelli@gmail. com.

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news / opinion dose of dorin

letters The builder Confidence in of integrity Rattenbury OH Ric, please. The election has been run, won and lost, yet you still appear in the letters to “CityNews” sprouting your anti-Green sentiment. Perhaps you are not satisfied that the Greens have suffered a tremendous loss of three substantial contributors to the ACT in Amanda Bresnan, Caroline Le Couteur and Meredith Hunter and wished for a complete wipe out. I am confident that Shane Rattenbury, let alone Katy Gallagher and Andrew Barr will not allow the increases and extravagances you refer to, after all the whole “triple your rates” was misleading and a misrepresentation of the data it was based upon. Now that we have a new Legislative Assembly, I look forward to the “CityNews” increasing its coverage of the Centenary of Canberra.

Chris Doyle, via email

Vulgarity or humour? DENISE Scott, on her own admission, is a “comedian” who cannot distinguish vulgarity from humour (CN, November 8). It is a pity that Helen Musa had to repeat it in your previously esteemed publication.

P. Edwards, Holder

‘Green’ the drug afflicted VICTIMS of drug-related crime should ask Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam, of WA, to talk to Shane Rattenbury, emphasising that if the environment should be greened, so should the drug-afflicted. The Senator has first-hand knowledge of Dr O’Neil’s “Fresh Start” naltrexone implant program in Perth, which the WA Government has part-funded for years. Why don’t Canberrans have the same superior government-funded, life-saving treatment as WA? Many suffer to get to Perth for treatment that should be available here. The NSW Government reports that between 1999 and 2008 a total of 96,509,189 needles – nearly 100 million – were distributed in that State, having grown from 12 million, 26 years ago. A Bill has been introduced into the NSW Parliament to change drug treatment and rehabilitation to that similar to Sweden’s. Funding for naltrexone treatment is most likely. Deaths occur with methadone and naltrexone. But what’s the latest evidence? The following – ceasing methadone is 77 times safer if supported with implant naltrexone, with post-detox mortality at 0.6/1000 patient years vs 46/1000 patient years with methadone.

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Colliss Parrett, Barton

CATHERINE CARTER salutes Dick Dusseldorp, an entrepreneur who put people before profit

THE late Dick Dusseldorp AO, pictured, was a man who demonstrated the power for good in the corporate property world. Founder of the Lend Lease Corporation, he led by example, and was respected for his integrity and the setting of new standards for successful business practice. This month he was honoured as one of the inaugural inductees of the Australian Property Hall of Fame. An inspiration to the corporate world, he left a proud legacy to the property industry and to Australian society. Born in Holland, Dusseldorp arrived in Australia in 1951 to build 200 workers’ houses as part of the Snowy Hydro-Electric Scheme. During the ‘50s he won construction contracts in Canberra and Sydney and, in 1958, launched Lend Lease – a business that would become one of Australia’s most successful construction, real estate and financial services companies. Lend Lease has been responsible for the construction of landmark buildings across the nation including the first stages of the Sydney Opera House, Australia Square and the MLC Tower in Sydney, the Academy of Science in Canberra and most of the early commercial buildings built in Canberra during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Dusseldorp stood apart from other entrepreneurs by his commitment to the community and to his employees and his ability to look “beyond the horizon” rather than opting for short-term profit. He was ahead of his time with his philosophy on corporate responsibility, noting in the early ‘70s that big business had to justify its worth to society, with “greater emphasis placed on environmental and social impact rather than straight economics”. He was among the first to introduce the concept of developer contributions to infrastructure, and consistently worked with the community and planners to ensure the best urban development outcomes. He negotiated the first productivity agreement with the NSW building trades union, introduced profit sharing and offered superannuation to his employees decades before it became mainstream to do so. Dick was also committed to helping young people train for employment, establishing vocational education training programs in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Catherine Carter is ACT executive director of the Property Council of Australia


There’s just something about Lauren IN Canberra, we like to think of ourselves as being unaffected by fame and the famous but, says TIM GAVEL, that pretence has gone out the window following the return of Lauren Jackson. BASKETBALLER Lauren Jackson’s profile has soared since carrying the Australian flag at the London Olympics. When she is out in public it seems as though everybody wants a couple of moments of her time – a photo here, a photo there. Not that she’s complaining; in fact, she welcomes the chance to speak with those who have supported her, but it is an eye opener to witness the public adoration first hand. In the space of five minutes, two weeks ago outside Tilley’s Devine Cafe in Lyneham, she was approached by no fewer than five different groups wanting a moment with her. One group spotted her while driving past, found a park and shared a photographic moment. I have seen many a highprofile male athlete storm off in similar circumstances, as though fans were a hindrance rather than part of the reason why they were able to carve out a living playing sport in the first place. Lauren says she feels at ease being in Canberra. I guess it is a long way from the hype of the WNBA and the fishbowl that is the Olympics. I remember Michael Klim telling me when he was at the AIS that one of the good things about Canberra was the general acceptance of high-profile athletes and that most people didn’t go over the top at the sight of an Olympian. Why has the sight of Lauren Jackson resulted in those barriers disappearing? Is it because Canberra is

more open to the idea of a champion female sportsperson? Is it because she is regarded by many as the world’s best female basketball player and she is considered one of our own? She started at the AIS when she was 16 and has conquered the world. I think it is a combination of all three. Given her trailblazing role in women’s sport, it’s no surprise she wants to become an activist for women’s issues, gender equality and the prevention of domestic violence once her basketball days are over. She says she has about three years left in the game before she makes a decision on whether to continue, pending her body holding up. While she is playing for the Canberra Capitals, we should make the most of it; she is a once-in-a-generation athlete. WITH the ACT election behind us, it will be fascinating to see the outcome for sport. There were plenty of promises made during the campaign; the $4 million promised for the sports hub at the University of Canberra was one of them. Is the proposed new indoor stadium, replacing Canberra Stadium, going to gain momentum over the next four years and will the swimming pool at Molonglo be built? There is a consensus that we should build a pool capable of hosting major events and multiple sports. One thing is certain: there’s plenty of room out at Stromlo Forest Park.

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The Undercurrent Design Market  ‘I think people are looking at good design now and not just wanting something stock-standard’

Richard keeps his focus on exceptional

Portrait Gallery Store owner Richard Baz created the Undercurrent Design Market and says this year it will feature everything from unique, handmade bookmarks to high-end jewellery all created by Australian designer-makers. Richard is passionate about showcasing local and interstate designer-makers to create a contemporary market that sets itself above and beyond the standard market experience. He promises to showcase an array of original, fresh and contemporary design across all mediums and work practices including ceramics, textiles and jewellery. “It’s non-profit for me. I want to make it successful for everyone else because I’m passionate about supporting Australian designermakers,” he says. “I think people are looking at

Mark Farrell.

good design now and not just wanting something stock-standard. Our level of education and appreciation about aesthetic has risen so people are looking for it.” He says that after two successful years, the market has established itself and is well-known among designers. “For a lot of designer-makers it’s a big investment to come to Canberra because we haven’t got the population to support some of the big markets that go to Sydney and Melbourne, but now we’ve finally got the reputation and, yes, it’s small, but it’s concentrated and you get a good return,” Richard says. This year he had to turn away almost half of the designers who applied for a stall because of limited space. “I’ve really had to be creative about how I lay it out because we just physically don’t have the space to fit everyone in,” he says. “There will be about 45 stallholders. We’ve got a lot more fashion this year with six independent fashion labels up from two last year and we will also feature more ceramicists, jewellers and stationery suppliers than in previous years.”

Amber and Me. “We aim to capture an even greater audience by coinciding the market with my store’s Christmas drinks on the Friday night,” he says. The Undercurrent Design market will held on Friday, November 23, 5pm-9pm and Saturday, November 24, 10am-4pm at the National Portrait Gallery, in the Terrace rooms. More information at 6102 7170.

Rebound Books.

Trevor Dickinson.

Portrait Gallery Store owner Richard Baz... “It’s non-profit for me. I want to make it successful for everyone else because I’m passionate about supporting Australian designer-makers.”

Stuart the Cat. Tamsin Rushbrook.

Annette Blair.

Julia Denes.

Karin Beaumont.

Brianna Peterson. Captain Robbo.

Penny Layton.

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Ruth Allen.

Dimity Kidtson.

Tania Vrancic.

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design Harriet Schwarzrock.

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Milk & Musaka.

Kate Ward.

Lisa Cahill.

Megan Jackson.

Ellie Mücke.

Mattt Bags.

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A cartoon character from one of Emily Dean’s animations.

Emily thrills to the art of animation Laura Edwards reports

SHE’S been doing it for years, but watching her artwork come to life on the big screen is still the “biggest buzz” for Emily Dean.

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The 25-year-old former Canberra girl, who moved to Los Angeles to study character animation at the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) in 2010, has been making short animation films for more than three years. Her work has screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the National Film and Sound Archive, Dungog Film Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival and at the California Institute of the Arts. “I love the craft of storytelling and I love acting in animation,” she says. “I love that feeling you get when an audience watches your film and there’s a buzz in the air.” Emily’s latest film, “Forget Me Not”, was nominated for the Australian Film Industry Best Short Animation in 2011. Emily wrote, directed, produced, and animated the film, which is a “fairytale storybook” animation about a mother and daughter affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. “What affected me to make this film and what stayed foremost in my mind throughout the creative process, was the passing of my godparents,” Emily says. “I will always remember, with great admiration, their cheerfulness of heart, fortitude of spirit, and gratitude for each and every day in spite of the most difficult hardships following [my godfather’s] diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease.” Last month the former Canberra Girls Grammar student was among 10 finalists nominated for the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards, which recognises talented young animators around the country. “It was a real honour to be in consideration with so many other talented young people from across Australia – I’m incredibly grateful for such a wonderful opportunity,” Emily says.

Animator Emily Dean... “I love that feeling you get when an audience watches your film and there’s a buzz in the air.” While growing up watching Disney’s classical animation features sparked Emily’s interest in drawing, a seemingly mundane year 8 science project was the catalyst for her love of film. “It was a documentary on the evolution of Australian flora and fauna, and that’s when I knew I wanted to make films for the rest of my life,” she says. Since she was offered a place at the highly competitive CalArts, Emily says she has adapted to the “LA” lifestyle. “Classes are from 9am to 10pm daily, so I really don’t get out much, but when I do I like to go sketching at cafes or at Venice Beach, and going out to dinner and concerts with friends,” she says. With one year left of her studies, she is looking ahead to a successful career in the animation industry. “My long-term goal is to be a story artist in the industry then start a studio or company where I direct my own short feature film,” she says. “I’m really happy as long as I’m drawing, animating, writing, painting, and singing. I want to travel the world, meet interesting people and live a healthy, creative life.” “Forget Me Not” can be viewed via: http://

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Where the power of the press lives on THERE aren’t many museums around like the Queanbeyan Printing Museum. Run by volunteers, the museum tells the story of the town, its long-running newspaper and printing in general. The machines have been restored to operational mode giving visitors a nostalgic journey into the past, centred on the inception of “The Queanbeyan Age” in 1860 through to the mid-1970s, when letterpress printing in Queanbeyan was superseded by electronics and computerised typesetting. Peter Neuss and Bill Johnson are volunteers at the museum. Both were printers at “The Queanbeyan Age” for more than 30 years. “The museum is something that the town should be proud of because it covers a lot of history here in Queanbeyan,” says Bill. Bill explains “hot metal” printing back in the days when printing was a highly skilled trade. Printers had to know about spelling and grammar. “The type was all set on a machine and proofed and printed from that, whereas nowadays it’s all done on computer and is so much easier,” he says.

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“In some ways, people who know nothing about printing are able to do it because it is so easy on a computer,” adds Peter. “You had to know where you could hyphenate and where you couldn’t, it was a craftsman’s trade,” says Peter. Hot metal printing ended with the retirement of Linotype machines in 1983. The museum, which was opened in 2004, features 12 main sections from hand-set type, through hot-metal production, to a variety of printing presses such as Wharfedale hand-fed press, various platens, proof presses and a Meihle automatic commercial printing press. There is also a photographic darkroom with photographs and reproductions of “The Queanbeyan Age” front pages on display. Peter says the museum is always looking for volunteers and emphasises that it’s not just a job for ex-printers, but anyone who is interested in history or old machinery. Queanbeyan Printing Museum, 20 Farrer Place, Queanbeyan. Open Saturday and Sunday 2pm-4pm. Admission is free. Go to

Peter Neuss demonstrates the skills of a Linotype machine operator. 

Photos by Silas Brown

Drawers of Monotype.

Glory days… a Sydney newspaper composing room, circa 1900.

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Wood blocks of photographs.

Bill Johnson , left, and Peter Neuss at the Queanbeyan Printing Museum.

Canberra Confidential Sparks fly on Danielle’s big day…

shows a fall of 9.6 per cent in the quarter to September 30 to 45,162 copies; Sunday’s down 8 per cent to 28,808 and the weekday average is just as weak at 28,162, a fall of 7.4 per cent.

SPARKS flew when WIN newsreader Danielle Post, pictured, married cameraman Andrew Barnes in Orange at the end of last month. The wedding was at the picturesque Borrodell on the Mount winery, where the beautiful view was made even more spectacular by a surprise fireworks display. “CC” hears Danielle’s parents organised the fireworks for the happy couple at the reception, but the real surprise came when the pyrotechnics started a grass fire and the fire brigade had to be called!

BELLYDANCING, “CC” is assured, is a way to tap into feminine power. And who are we to argue with history that suggests it developed to honour and celebrate the power of the feminine? Now a group of local women have formed Dancing Goddesses, a not-for-profit organisation, with the aim of making bellydancing accessible to all women, including those from vulnerable groups, with a first objective to bring bellydancing to residents of local domestic violence refuges. They’re launching with a Bellydance Extravaganza at Harem Restaurant, Kingston, on November 17. Tickets are $54 and can be booked at 6295 0386 or from

Turkey stuffed AS the digital disciples at “The Canberra Times” count the sleeps to the paywall going up around the web news offering next year, circulation of the stuffed analogue turkey that’s paying their wages (lucky there are fewer of them these days) continues its nosedive into nowhere. Saturday’s paid circulation

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Sam ‘n’ jokes ‘n’ rock ‘n’ roll

Belly power

None for Moore “CITYNEWS” political columnist Michael Moore has been travelling in Iran, where he says the people have been delightful and welcoming, though he did phone from the city of Shiraz, home of the famous wine grape, bemused to report that the place was dry and the prospect of a glass of red on a Saturday night highly unlikely.

1 Winning government… 

2 Swearing in…

3 Announcing the cabinet. Photos by Silas Brown

This one’s for Shane... and this one... and this one! CAN you spot the common theme in these pictures of the newly re-elected Chief Minister Katy Gallagher? Clearly the arm-wrestling with lone Green and ministerial new chum Shane Rattenbury is having an effect, for the Chief has taken to wearing green at every major political event in the last week or so... there’s 1. her victory speech, 2. the Assembly’s first day of sitting and 3. the announcement of

ministerial portfolios. AND while on politics, “CC” can’t help but muse at why the voter powerhouse of Labor support – the three-member electorate of Ginninderra – has no ministry representation after the Labor Caucus bundled Chris Bourke out of the Gallagher Government’s new cabinet. Molonglo is lavished with four ministers (Gallagher, Barr, Corbell and Green Rattenbury) and

Brindabella has one (Burch). WHILE Opposition Leader Zed Seselja taunted Rattenbury’s appointment to Minister of TAMS as being akin to Canberra having a king, it’s worth noting that His Royal Greenness will be the fourth minister to take on the portfolio since the retiring John Hargreaves got bumped out of the portfolio in 2008. Since then former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and Gallagher have had a go.

COMEDIAN Sam Marzden, who lives in Melbourne (“I did live in Canberra briefly for 31 years, where I was fairly well-known on the local live music scene for half that time,” he writes), is coming back to town to perform. He’s just finished a successful Melbourne Fringe season with a stand-up comedy lecture, “The History of Rock’n’Roll (1962-1989)”, which is heading to the Civic Pub on November 28-29. He’s taking it to the Adelaide Fringe Festival in February.




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At the Carers ACT 20th anniversary dinner, Hotel Realm

Valetta and Richard Buker

Margaret Gow and Hannah Brydie-Watson

Judith McDonnell, Camilla Rowland, Melissa Haley, Lynne Harwood and Kim Bool

Felicity Cotterill and Margaret Morton

Livia and Ildi Auer

Alan and Janet Johnson

Denise O’Toole and Brenda Winter

Phil Hopkins and Bob Cotten

Robyn Kelly, Elisabeth Agral and Della Roberts

Jean Giese and Janni Thompson

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At ‘Marking Place’ opening, Canberra Museum + Gallery At Friends of Fred Hollows’ ‘Ties & Tiaras’, Hellenic Club

Said and Najiba Sikanddri

Anita McIntyre, Ilze Kalnins and Linda Bruce

Judy Briggs and Lyn Brown

Paul Hay and Kirstie Rey

Maryann Mussaned and Mark Van Veen

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Sylvia and Roger Marchant

Sybil and Peter Gately

Paul Hagan, Vanessa Gillespie, Harry and Debbie Notaras and Judy Ingle

Noreen Bird, Fay Rowe, Pat Heffernon and Wendy Rowell

Tessa, Joanne, Chris and Breanna Blights

Keith Mitchell, Lesley Gunson with Gail and Graham Lacey

Iryna Shaposhnykova, Marilyn Gum, Alex Ali and Catherine Gum

scene At Genea’s 10th anniversary, National Portrait Gallery

At Italian Armed Forces Day, Deakin

Joel and Peter Lewis with Steve McArthur and Yvonne Lewis

Vanessa Bull and Angie Logan

Natalie Hobson, Greg Granger and Lindsay Gillan

Dr Tomas Stojanov and Mark Bowman

Alexandra and Colin Wilson

Lucas, Jennifer and Craig Glover

Nanette Howard, Paul Ogborne and Belinda Costello

Arianne and Rachel Caoili, Andrew Bilski and Iga Policinska

Jose Aguilera, Francisco Petuelas, Claudio Velardez and Marcelo Urbina

Dr Simone Campbell and Dr Tween Low

Franco and Josephine Mondolo with Mario Fior

Brig. Wayne Goodman, Wing Cdr Tony Bull, Col. Philip Clemmons, Brig. Gav Reynolds and Capt Arnaud Bielecki

Paul Samuel and Taufan Gestoro

Zeliha Cebeci, Natalia Espindola, Maria-Jose Ros, Beatriz Marquez and Jacqueline Kullmer

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At Cultural Facilities Corporation 15th Birthday, Civic

At the opening of Crace Recreation Park, Crace

Laurel Yeend, Harriet Elvin and Dawn Waterhouse

Christian, Lora and Melanie Hirst

Alex Sciberras, Bill Stephens and Ricky Byant

Sue Ebejer, John Lewis, Chris Power and Sally Stratton

Karen Cromwell and Kate Gardiner

John Mackay and John Hindmarsh

Nigel Featherstone and Noonee Doronila

Victor Violante, Arts Minister Joy Burch and Shane Breynard

Jared Tallent, Melissa Breen and Claire Tallent

Michael Bevan, Senator Kate Lundy and Malcolm Leslie

Michael Holt and Dean Austin

Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Geoff Virtue

Special guest Dean Jones, centre, with Harish, Kris and Rahul Joshi

At Zonta’s fundraising dinner, Waldorf Hotel, Civic

Lorraine Bird, Margaret Perdriau, Ceri Lovett, Beth Rogers and Lynn Fowler

Sheile Tobing and Priyanka Dhopade

Audrey Ray and Barbara Marshall

Robyn Johnstone and Leith Schmidt

Vanessa Little and Lauren Zaja

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scene At the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT annual cocktail night, The Deck Regatta Point

At Sibu Beauty’s Cancer Council ‘Girls Night In’ fundraiser

Anne and Ian Coutts, David Blue and Heather Walsh

Hosts Lucy Anderson, Simone Stevens, Elissa Michel and Renee Kerec

MLA Alistair Coe, Yasmine Burrastone with Penny and Mark Le Couteur

Justin Garrick and Charuni Weerasooriya

David Holmesby with Christine and Andrew Wall

Mary Dorrian, Rhonda Faragher, Rev. Michael Faragher with Nick and Rita Pelle

Jennie Palmer and Meredith Joslin

Andrew Clayton and Karen Achurch

At ‘Twilight in the Jungle’ cocktail party, National Zoo

Kaori Kurahashi, Michael Ouchinnikov and Liz Cranfield

Jackson Barnwell and Lydia Stove

Marlene Rees and Sonja Miller

Emma Bowen, Tim Woods, Laura Beer, Vicki Woods and Damien Bowen

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Jodi Shepherd, Karen Broadhurst, Wendy Shepard and Tany Vidovic

Amy Kominek and Elizabeth Macpherson

Naomi Williams, Brad Smith and Steph Garrard

Jess Balshaw and Jasmine Pedley

Susie Kneebone and Bernadette Pratt Tracey, Amanda and Lauren George

arts & entertainment

Dougal Macdonald Warm ‘Sessions’ of affection

Opera branches out at the arboretum In our cover story this week, arts editor HELEN MUSA previews the upcoming ‘Voices in the Forest’ concert at the National Arboretum OPERA in the vines, opera in the mountains, opera in the caves, opera in the park, opera by the lake… the list goes on. But we have our own ACT variation, “Voices in the Forest” coming up at the National Arboretum later in November. The trees may be young, but the voices will be mature, with Korean superstar Sumi Jo, tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Amelia Farrugia bestriding the outdoor stage. I caught up with Farrugia, who is no stranger to Canberra, having performed last year in the National Gallery’s Gandel Hall. The daughter of mixed Maltese and Australian heritage, she was raised in western Sydney and trained in singing for four years at Sydney Conservatorium. Farrugia has earned her stripes, performing from 1990 to 1994 in shows such as “Buddy” and “The Phantom of the Opera”, then winning about five major singing competitions that brought in more than $100,000, allowing her to study overseas. She was one of 10 winners in a Metropolitan Opera (New York) competition that she says “helped me get a job”. In 1994 Moffatt Oxenbould offered her a

job straight-up as principal artist in what is now Opera Australia, where she specialised in comic roles in opera and operettas such as “The Merry Widow” and “Orpheus”. Perhaps her most demanding part has been the tragic title role in Massenet’s “Manon”. That led to an invitation from The Met to fly to understudy Anna Netrebko in its production of “Manon”. “Unfortunately”, as Farrugia so politely puts it, the celebrated Russian diva never did break a leg. “That was disappointing, but it was still an amazing opportunity,” she says. And anyway, before Netrebko arrived, Farrugia got the chance to rehearse the first half with principal conductor of the Met, Fabio Luisi, and stage director Philippe Laurent. Now, she is focusing on Canberra and “Voices in the Forest”. She’s been advised to pack sunglasses because the singers will be looking straight into the sun. She’s recently done two opera-in-vineyards shows and says: “You can be yourself, and you can show the audience your own personality.” Of the famously dramatic coloratura soprano Sumi Jo, she says “I haven’t met her

Korean superstar Sumi Jo... famously dramatic coloratura soprano.

Tenor Stuart Skelton... a mature voice. Soprano Amelia Farrugia... advised to  Photo by John Wright pack sunglasses.

before, she has a very different repertoire from me.” She’s looking forward to meeting Skelton again, with whom she studied at the Con. Her Decca album, “Joie de Vivre”, with the

BBC Symphony Orchestra, continues to sell well, and she’ll be singing Alice Ford in Verdi’s “Falstaff” for OA next year, a role she describes as “perfect” – as is “Voices in the Forest”, which she says, “is going to be beautiful.”

“Voices in the Forest” directed by Chris Latham, at the National Arboretum, gates open 2pm for a 4.45pm start, Saturday, November 24. Bookings to voicesintheforest.

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Warm ‘Sessions’ of affection Dougal Macdonald cinema

“The Sessions” (M) THE 1997 Documentary Oscar went to “Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien”, a polio victim depending on an iron lung since age six. Now polio survivor Ben Lewin, Polish-born, but Australian after arriving here aged three, has adapted O’Brien’s 1990 article “On Seeing a Sex Surrogate” into a feature film with potential for Oscar contention. Committed Catholic O’Brien (John Hawkes) spent the last 43 years of his life able to control the movement of only three muscles. In Lewin’s film, Mark, weary of virginity holding back his life experience, consults Father Brendan (William H. Macy) about a plan to scratch a metaphorical itch in a spot regarding which the repressive nature of Catholic head office policy flies in the face of human reality. Father Brendan’s navigation around this schism combines gentle humour with comforting wisdom. The film’s title refers to Mark’s four sessions with sexual therapist Cheryl (Helen Hunt, who could well be on course for a second Oscar). Open, honest and beautiful, they deal with more than merely which bit goes where and does what in the choreography of sexuality. Lewin’s staging of a story that even in today’s liberal attitudes towards nudity presents difficulties, has charm and style. The screenplay gives Hawkes and Macy delightful and challenging buddy moments ranging beyond the morality of sex without marriage. Indeed, the film offers lessons that all priests might do well to heed. It also offers us mere mortals deep satisfactions generated by wide-ranging emotions well-sprinkled with witty humour and delivered by a virtuoso cast in a smooth, affectionate flow. At Dendy and Capitol 6

“The First Fagin” (PG) THIS made-in-Oz generic hybrid combines

John Hawkes as polio victim Mark O’Brien in session with Helen Hunt as sexual therapist Cheryl. documentary, delivering facts that may or may not take sides, with narrative, entertaining the film-goer with or without message. Joint writer/directors Helen Gaynor and Alan Rosenthal’s film tells the story of Isaac “Ikey” Solomon, reputed to have inspired Charles Dickens to embody him as the epitome of wickedness as Fagin in “Oliver Twist”. Contrasting with the genteel images of late 18th and early 19th centuries Britain fictionalised by lady novelists, its social environment presents robust realities of social and justice systems considered appalling by 21st century standards. Its geographical environment moves between London’s Spitalfields and the penal colony in Tasmania. And it does these things with style, content and verity levels respectful of both its genres. Ryk Goddard plays Ikey with restraint, suggesting that Dickens did the opposite when creating Fagin. As stoic wife Ann, who bore Ikey’s children and got seriously fitted up by the cops when Ikey escaped and fled to America, Carrie McLean subdues emotional range as perhaps befits a woman whom history bypassed because history was unaware of her place in it. In short, the film offers unexpected values and invites attention simply for that reason. At Capitol 6

“Seven Psychopaths” (MA) BRITISH writer/director Martin McDonagh’s second feature film (he has also written several successful stage plays), presses all the right buttons spreading a layer of black humour over stylish violence. Marty (Colin Farrell) wants to write a screenplay. He’s got as far as a title – “Seven Psychopaths” – when the dreaded writer’s block stalls him. His pals Billy (Sam Rockwell) and Hans (Christopher Walken) are eking a meagre living from holding kidnapped dogs to ransom. They catch a shih tzu, unaware that it is the beloved pet of Mafia boss Charlie (Woody Harrelson). Meanwhile, a guy wearing a red balaclava mask is ridding Los Angeles of hired killers and a lugubrious fellow, who cuddles white rabbits for emotional comfort, is a serial killer taking out serial killers who earn a living eliminating serial killers. The screenplay (McDonagh’s, not Marty’s) offers the actors choice opportunities. Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken are brilliant. And it delivers a steady flow of mordant humour in vignettes, back stories and connecting threads. Quentin Tarentino, watch your back. There’s another kid on your block and he’s got big smarts, big style. At Dendy, Hoyts and Limelight

Short and diverse dance

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FESTIVAL Director Adelina Larsson has again put together a diverse, enjoyable program of locally-bred talent. “Short + Sweet Dance” opened with one of two offerings from Caitlin MacKenzie and Gab Comerford in a piece about moving forward and carrying the past. An acrobatic, relentless piece performed this intimately with the audience is unforgiving and a couple of the dancers (four performers in total) seemed to be lacking endurance by the end. MacKenzie and Comerford couple each other well as shown again in “Uncommon Ground”, which was well performed, but the song choice (“My Russia” by Woven Hand) overpowered the choreography. “216” was a clever and entertaining piece improvised by Quindell Orton, with chance determining which music, costume and choreography was used, hence 216 possible combinations. Her gangly, long-limbed physique, smile and randomly quirky dance made this one of the


“Short+Sweet Dance” Directed by Adelina Larsson At The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre. Season closed Reviewed by Samara Purnell highlights. Another was “Sci-Fi-ver” where Jake Kuzmar dances robotic isolations to sound bytes from “Star Wars” and “Futurama”. Jamie Winbank performed a dynamic, assured solo about the concept of a peaceful existence, and returning “contact-improv” dancers Holly Diggle and Keira Mason-Hill displayed their skill and close collaboration. There were laughs for “This Page Intentionally Left Blank”, performed by Unkempt Dance – winners of last year’s award. It’s not much in terms of actual dance, but the idea, entertainment value and personalities of the girls made it immediately likeable for anyone who’s tried to assemble flatpack furniture, or describe awkward contemporary dance moves.

Zombie-horror queen Victoria Hopkins... doesn’t take the plots too seriously, seeing a note of comedy in all her roles.

Actual zombie queen; know what I mean? WE’RE always keeping an eye out for stars who pass through our nation’s capital, but we got more than we bargained for when former Canberran, Victoria Hopkins, now a British horror movie star, turned up to visit her sister on a flying visit. I caught up with Hopkins in suburban Mawson and found the Aussie girl turned-zombie-horror queen had acquired an East London accent, liberally punctuating the conversation with “d’you know what I mean?” Hopkins has achieved a measure of success “on the indy circuit,” with starring roles in the 2009 films “Doghouse” and “Zombie Women of Satan” and even getting to Cannes with the cast of the latter. But she also recently finished performing in “A Walking Shadow”, her own adaptation of “Macbeth,” as Lady Macbeth, of course. And she’d “love to be a director”. A product of the McDonald College of Performing Arts in North Strathfield, Hopkins showed an early aptitude in design and started studying for a time at East Sydney TAFE fashion school while taking part-time classes at the Ensemble Studios. After winning Taree’s Flair Fashion Award for a wearable art work in 1997 and armed with an EU passport (her mum is Maltese),

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she headed for London to study for a BA in costume design at the prestigious Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, later moving to the even more prestigious Central School Speech and Drama for postgraduate studies in acting. She’s been there for 12 years and hasn’t looked back, with more than 20 film credits to her name, most recently in “Le Fear II: Le Sequel,” “Bloodless” and “Demons and Doors”. “I’m a bit different,” she says in explanation of her success. As a change from being a zombie or a mutant, Hopkins is now playing “The Lady, a Necromancer” in “Chronicles of Syntax”, a film supported by the British Film Institute in which the forces of darkness and light are pitted against one another. She doesn’t take the plots too seriously, seeing a note of comedy in all her roles, “like with Quentin Tarantino, d’you know what I mean?”) “I’m streetwise,” she says, and has no intention of starving. When “resting” from acting, Hopkins still works in costume making for Academy Costumes in London, and says of another day job she knows well, “I feel like I’m on stage when I’m working at a bar”. To people who ask her why she’s making yet another weird movie, she says: “I’m a ‘yes’ person, I say yes to things.”

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arts & entertainment / reviews

Seared scallops, octopus, artichokes, chorizo, apple, green olive and pickles.

Peanut butter and jelly.

Photos by Silas Brown

Picture perfect at the Pod PICTURESQUE is how I describe Podfood – a charming restaurant set among beautifully established gardens at Pialligo Plant Farm, only minutes from the city.

Wendy Johnson dining

sensation is equivalent in sound and feel to nails running down a chalkboard). At Podfood you can dine inside the quaint My friend enjoyed two entrees, starting with 1930s cottage or on the deck or garden terrace. the seared scallops (always a treat), octopus, Outdoor dining is north facing, making the eating artichokes, chorizo (to spice matters up), crunchy areas lovely and warm in cool months and lovely apple and green olive salsa ($18). At first we and cool in warm months. thought “hmmm… perhaps too much going Owner/chef John Leverink worships food and on here”, but the elements worked remarkably plates up well. Some might think a few dishes are well together and the scallops were cooked to “fussy” but that is part of the experience. John perfection. loves seasonal produce, including from nearby Next was a divine spinach, leek and walnut Pialligo farms. tart, made with butter puff pastry and served I started with beetroot and gin-cured ocean with a dill emulsion, lemon and a thick slice of trout – a rich ruby colour – served with crème taleggio, a strong-tasting Italian cheese ($15). fraiche, salty capers, mustard and tarragon ($16). It was presented on a wooden cutting board, The trout was super fresh and mouth-watering. adding an element of fun. All elements looked glorious on the dark, My duck breast, carrot, buckwheat, rhubarb rectangular slate plate (although I find cutting and radish was a winner ($33). Duck and fruit food on slate plates sets my nerves on edge… the marry so well and rhubarb is such a seasonal

delight. The duck was super tender and the portion just perfect. We shared a dessert (most are $14) and were happy, happy, happy we did. Podfood’s meringue with tangy lemon curd was not too sweet and we enjoyed the citrus sand and lemon foam. For two years running Podfood has received Australia’s wine list of the year award (Fine Wine Partners and “Gourmet Traveller Wine”). It is an impressive list and the staff are knowledgeable on what is on offer. The service at Podfood is impeccable and nothing is too much trouble, starting with when I made the reservation. We could not arrive for lunch until around 1.45, but that was not an issue. Towards the end of our meal, when most patrons were gone, we asked if we could switch tables for dessert and a few moments in the sun. This was not an issue either. Indeed, the staff quietly went about their business and just left us to enjoy. Podfood. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (various days so check). 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo Plant Farm. Reservations very wise. 6257 3388.

Bearcage gets a Chinese hug WINNERS Winners of “Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War” DVD are: Ian McKenzie, of Fisher; Alana Quinn, Woden; Susan Woolias, Kambah; Barry Rollings, Conder and D Miller, Deakin. Winners of the double passes to see “Voices in the Forest” at the National Arboretum, Saturday, November 24 are: Anna Kieltyka, of Cook; Damana Madden, Turner; Linda Wolk, Gowrie; Karen Kranz, Deakin and Janne Ovijach, Mawson. 32  CityNews  November 15-21

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Jon English in ‘Rock Revolution’ at

IT’S been an exciting time for film in Canberra, with the sell-out International Film Festival winding up last week. But now the big buzz in our film scene is that Canberra company, Bearcage Productions, has signed the first formal co-production agreement for a documentary television series (“The Story of Australia”) between Australia and China Central Television’s CCTV9 Channel. LOUISE Upshall’s work explores identity through what she calls a “strange synthesis” of popular culture, fashion magazines, folk tales and pre-historic art, seen in “Scar Clan”, at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka, 11am-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, until November 18. AUSDANCE National has appointed Roslyn Dundas as its new CEO, replacing the legendary Julie Dyson in the office from January. Dundas was director of Ausdance ACT for almost three years from 2005. before that, director of the ACT Council of Social Service and back in 2001, she became the youngest woman elected to an Australian parliament when she joined the ACT Legislative Assembly. She has reviewed dance for “The Canberra Times” and will step down from that to take up her new job.

Helen Musa arts in the city

I SEE that Jodie Lane, who recently supported Billy Bragg, is performing in the Smith’s Alternative Bookstore’s popular “Paperback Sessions” program, 8pm, on November 22. Bookings to JUSTINE Clarke is popular with kids, mothers and fathers – in fact with anyone who’s watched “Play School”. She’ll be performing in the Canberra Theatre, 10am and noon, on November 18. She’ll also include a musical reading of her first book “The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book”. Bookings to 6275 2700 or WE’VE finished with the Yass Arts Trail, so it’s time to turn the GPS eastward for the Queanbeyan Art Trail and Open Studio Weekend, November 24-25. Ten local studios and galleries will open their doors for workshops, demonstrations and the opportunity to meet the artists. Drive yourself or join the Arts Trail Bus Tour (bookings to 6285 6170) on Sunday, November 25, 10am-3pm. The program’s at

“Selkie”, by Louise Upshall... at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka. THE first AGM of our newest community arts organisation, Playing Field Studio Inc., will be held at the Studio, 2 Kingsley Street, Canberra, 7.30 pm on Monday, November 19.


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To be in business, there’s a different set of skills you need – tenacity, ambition, a sense of commitment, drive and determination

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Secrets of successful women in business Jess knows how to hit the ground running Creating something and succeeding in something are two of the things that drive award-winning JESS GIAMPAOLO, who built a successful gym from nothing more than a sense of determination. A triumph made sweeter by the fact she isn’t a fitness professional... STARTING a business is the ultimate commitment, according to Jess Giampaolo who first went into business in her early 20s. “There’s not a minute that you don’t think about it. It’s the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning and the last thing when you go to bed at night,” Jess says. The former Charnwood High student decided early on that she didn’t want to work for someone else and although she’s had a number of ventures, she is now the owner of Energy Fitness at Kippax. “I grew up in Charnwood. I know the area and I know the people and I just thought there actually needed to be a gym out here, “ she says. “I’m not a fitness professional. I surround myself with great fitness professionals. “I see myself as someone in business who happens to be running a gym at the moment.” When she started, Jess was an unqualified fitness professional, but the self-styled entrepreneur laughs as she describes herself as “totally unqualified in everything”. However, she is now a qualified cycle and Pilates instructor and teaches more than 10 classes a week. “I don’t think it’s done me any damage, I’ve learnt because I hit the ground running,” she says. “To be in business, there’s a different set of skills you need – and a lot of them, I think you’re born with. There’s tenacity, ambition, a sense of commitment, drive and determination. A lot of them sound like clichés, but they really are true.” The story of Energy Fitness started four years ago when Jess went for a drive through west Belconnen and saw an empty shop for lease at Kippax. She made a call to enquire about it and eight weeks later, the gym opened. Creating something and succeeding in something are two of the things that drive Jess. “I think you need to make enough that

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money’s not an issue, so that I can pay all the bills that need to be paid and I can still have a great life, but it’s not a big driver,” she says. The thing that drives her more than anything though, is the desire to be a good role model for her children. “When I had my daughter I looked at her and decided she needs to know what women can do,” she says. “I wanted her to know that whatever she wants to do is on the table – but not just tell her that – I want her to look at me and say: ‘Look at what my mum has done’. “My mum was a massive role model for me and my sisters are, too.” As a mother of three, Jess says there are always times when she feels like she’s letting someone down, even though she’s probably not. “When you’re a mum, there’s a certain amount of guilt there anyway. I have to accept that the guilt is probably larger than other people’s guilt. If I’m with the kids, I feel guilty that I’m not here, if I’m here I feel guilty that I’m not with my kids. “There is a personal weight that you do bear.” But she’s resourceful when it comes to juggling motherhood and running the business. When she was first setting up Energy Fitness, Jess’s daughter wasn’t yet at school so Jess set up a creche at the gym so she could be at work and have her daughter around, too. The creche has turned out to be one of the most important elements of Energy Fitness to many of the members who wouldn’t be able to get to the gym without it. A not-for-profit part of the business, the creche also contributed to the ACT Chamber of Women in Business award Jess won for outstanding community spirit this year. She was also named 2012 Business Woman of the Year. “I like working for myself, I’ve got a lot of drive, a lot of ambition, a lot of energy. I like doing it and I’ve just got that entrepreneurial head,” she says. “This year I have broadened my horizons and been invited to speak at a few events, one was at the ANU for PhD students and the other was at the Innovation Leadership Summit in Queensland, which will be travelling around Australia next year and I have been invited to speak again.” When it comes to Jess’s next venture...“Nothing’s off the table”.

Lauren Adams

Zoe Carroll

The secret of success is setting both personal and professional goals and achieving them. Setting goals may seem insignificant to some, however success is about personal fulfillment, not necessarily what others deem to be a success. I think the essential elements for success are: • Believe in yourself – even when you aren’t sure.

THE secret of my success is a result of high-level organisational skills and demonstrated initiative. I love to get in and get things done, I am not easily deterred and achieving the impossible just takes a little longer in my experience. I believe success is not dictated by salary or position title. Success is a reflection of results, gained through clear communication, a positive


• Know what you want. • Overcome negativity – your own and others. • Deal with the fear of failure. • Commit to goals. • Plan carefully. • Ask for help. • Take full responsibility for what is, and has happened.


attitude and the relationships established both professionally and personally. It is not being a workaholic, it is achieving the perfect work/life balance so you can enjoy the important things in life. Success is in the eye of the beholder and, as such, you are the only one qualified to judge your own success.

ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 12a Thesiger Court , Deakin 2600,, 6283 5200,

ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 12a Thesiger Court, Deakin 2600,, 6283 5238,

Sarah Kentwell

Bojana Kos

THE secret of success is communication. This is imperative in all aspects of life. I believe the following quote is also a key ingredient in achieving success.

THE secret of success is all about attitude and enthusiasm. Everybody wants to work and spend time with others who possess a can-do approach to even the most daunting of tasks. A positive attitude helps to ease the load on your colleagues and inspire confidence in your clients. Whether it be redirecting a phone call, addressing a concern or meeting a deadline,


“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition,” – Indira Gandhi


enthusiasm will always aid you far more than pessimism, or even worse – procrastination. However, a positive attitude doesn’t mean never being able to admit that you need a hand or could do better. When it comes to delivering the best you possibly can, selfawareness is an invaluable tool.

ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 12a Thesiger Court, Deakin 2600,, 6283 5231,

ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 12A Thesiger Court, Deakin 2600,, 6283 5237,

Jo Madsen

Beth Peters


THE secret of success is persistence, integrity and courage. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts,” said Winston Churchill. To some, success is measured financially, by position title and defined by the level of education completed. I respect the definition of success varies greatly with each individual. To me, success is

a learning journey. It is about life experiences, resilience and not being afraid to “fail”. If I am happy in all that I do, professionally and personally, is that not a success? “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome,” said Booker T Washington.

ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 12a Thesiger Court, Deakin 2600,, 0433 124312,


I believe the secret to success is having passion, drive and commitment in whatever it is you choose to do. This applies both professionally and in our personal lives. A willingness to make changes is important and at times that will mean being courageous. Having the capability to listen to others and to continue learning is crucial. Building and nurturing

relationships through effective communication is essential to continued success. Surrounding yourself with creative and positive people is a must.

ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 12a Thesiger Court, Deakin 2600,, 0412 450432,

Jo Powell


THE measure of my success is the level of satisfaction and achievement I feel, and the degree to which I’m able to achieve genuine and innate senses of wellbeing and contentment. The secret to my success is that I recognise that the attainment of these goals can be contributed to my ability to achieve and maintain a healthy balance of all life activities, and my ability to enjoy

the journey without losing sight of the destination. Having triumphed over adversaries, obstacles and barriers in life, I have successfully achieved a perfect balance of all my life activities: relationships with my family, friends, colleagues and clients; and have achieved fulfillment in all aspects of my life.

ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 12a Thesiger Court, Deakin 2600,, 6283 5200, CityNews  November 15-21  35

Secrets of successful women in business Wanda Wojciechowska

Elizabeth Domazet

IT is all about our clients. I think the secret of my success is being passionate about helping people, being able to help our clients: businesses owners, salary earners and investors, big or small to get the best results in a stressful situation and hopefully making their lives easier; take the stress out of tax, help them to comply with ever changing legislation. We try to look after the things

“I believe the secret to my success was following my dreams, believing in myself, and never giving up,” says Elizabeth, the owner/ director of Aerial Pole Academy and the Australian Capital Pole Championships. “I also believe that you should never stop learning and you shouldn’t be afraid to be innovative and different.”


clients don’t want to, leaving them to do the things they love. We do our best and always try to make a difference by keeping up with that old-fashioned service through meeting clients face-to-face and maintaining the personal touch, and staying in touch.

Achieve Corporation, 1/82 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston 2604,, 1300 139217,

Kylie Peden

I believe the secret to success is a combination of two things: firstly, you have to want to succeed, you need that drive to get you through the hard times, that feeling of total desire to make yourself something. And, secondly, hard work. In small business, the owner is the business and without their hard work, long hours and dedication it won’t work.

MY success is largely thanks to a strong work ethic. My job is to make the process of home lending smoother, which means being available wherever, whenever my customers need me. I couldn’t manage it alone; I have a beautiful family who are as rewarding as they are supportive.

Small business is tough business, but it is the most rewarding and inspiring process to go through.


I have a team of loyal and like-minded staff and supportive colleagues. We recently won “The Canberra Times” REIACT Mortgage Provider of the Year. I also have to attribute success thanks to my strong network of referral partners through local businesses and the community.

ANZ Mobile Lending – Belconnen & Gungahlin, 0400 131314,

Antique Salon, Glebe Park Residences, 187B/15 Coranderrk Street, Civic 2600,, 62485361,

This mobile lender operates as ANZ Mortgage Solutions Belconnen & Gungahlin, an independently operated franchise of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) ABN 11 005 357 522. Australian Credit Licence Number 234527. ANZ’s colour blue is a trademark of ANZ.

Donna Remkes

Tania Vidovic

MY success is largely thanks to surrounding myself with the right people and a positive environment. While I’m doing everything possible to support my customers, it really makes a difference to have the support of an awesome team. I’ve no doubt that our team

FOR me, it simply comes down to raw ambition. I’m highly motivated and have a hunger to succeed. Being an ANZ Mobile Lender in a competitive market means that it’s critical to earn the respect of my customers. Meeting customers anytime, anywhere comes down to old-fashioned hard work and


culture helps me perform and contributed to our recent success as “The Canberra Times” REIACT Mortgage Provider of the Year. I don’t expect that I will ever stop learning, so having a good mentor for when I have an important idea, consideration or issue to work through is fantastic.

ANZ Mobile Lending – Canberra Southside & Weston Creek, Level 1, Lakeview House, Cowlishaw Street, Greenway 2900, 0488 008004, This mobile lender operates as ANZ Mortgage Solutions Canberra Southside & Weston Creek, an independently operated franchise of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) ABN 11 005 357 522. Australian Credit Licence Number 234527. ANZ’s colour blue is a trademark of ANZ.

Kier Gregg


finding the ANZ home loan that’s right for them is just the beginning. I’m not new to the property market and I don’t think you can ever underestimate the confidence that brings. That and being on the winning team for “The Canberra Times” REIACT Mortgage Provider of the Year.

ANZ Mobile Lending – Canberra Southside & Weston Creek, Level 1, Lakeview House, Cowlishaw Street, Greenway 2900, 0437 131314, This mobile lender operates as ANZ Mortgage Solutions Canberra Southside & Weston Creek, an independently operated franchise of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) ABN 11 005 357 522. Australian Credit Licence Number 234527. ANZ’s colour blue is a trademark of ANZ.

Narelle Blinman


“HAVING a great business partner like Kier Gregg is a key reason why our design firm has grown into the strong company that it is today,” says Sonja McAuliffe, Director and Partner of Archertec Interiors. Kier’s creativity, attention to detail and dedication to deliver quality projects on time and to the high expectations of our clientele has reaffirmed Archertec’s reputation as one of the best

She is an advanced pole dance instructor and choreographer, has choreographed many awardwinning routines. Elizabeth is also an International judge for pole competitions and a registered instructor with the International Pole Dance Fitness Association, all while being a wife and mother of three young children.

Aerial Pole Academy/ Australian Pole Championships, 0409 999929 Level 2, 27-29 Eyre Street, Kingston 2604,,

Emma Luscombe DIRECTOR


interior design firms in Canberra. “Kier brings to our company a high level of experience from being a part of the design industry since 2001, working for wellrespected firms such as Collard Clarke Jackson ACT, Citrus ID Sydney, Tanner Architects Sydney and HBO+EMTB ACT.”

Archertec Interiors Pty Ltd, Unit 17/2 Yallourn Street, Fyshwick 2609,, 6280 5055,

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MRS Narelle Blinman, consultant to the Australasian Beauty Therapy Academy, is a member of the CIDESCO Board for Education. CIDESCO is an international beauty therapy examination and accrediting board for schools. Its Diploma is the “crème de la crème” qualification internationally in the beauty therapy profession. It was formed in 1946 in Brussels,

Belgium. There are now more than 300 accredited schools worldwide, ABTA being one of them. Mrs Blinman has been in the beauty profession since 1982, and has trained more than 1000 students, of which about 950 have sat and passed the CIDESCO examination. ABTA is privileged to have Mrs Blinman affiliated with the Academy.

Australasian Beauty Therapy Academy, 3/53 Dundas Court, Phillip 2606,, 6285 4255,

Ping Gan

Kate Larkham


PING Gan has been in the beauty industry for 17 years, and has been operating her own salons and lecturing in well-known beauty colleges throughout Sydney. She has taught students from around the world and in 2006 published a revision workbook for beauty therapists – the first of its kind – which is designed to meet the industry’s highest standards. Ms. Gan is the principal


of Australasian Beauty Therapy Academy, and holds an Advanced Diploma in Health Science and is an international CIDESCO examiner. “We have designed diploma courses, certificate courses and short courses, which cover all areas of beauty that strictly comply with the national and international syllabus to ensure training quality is guaranteed”, says Ms Gan.

She has created many training DVDs, used as training tools and holds qualifications including: Extensive Dermalogica Product Knowledge and Dermal Institute Training classes. She is now a Dermalogica Skin Specialist. She is also skilled in electrolysis, gel/ acrylic nails, lash perming and extensions, Brazilian waxing, spray tanning, Indian scalp massage and reflexology.

Australasian Beauty Therapy Academy, 3/53 Dundas Court, Phillip 2606 6285 4255,

Australasian Beauty Therapy Academy, 3/53 Dundas Court, Phillip 2606, www., 6285 4255,

Catherine Halloran

Donna Tooth

THE key to success for real estate agent Catherine Halloran is the smile on clients’ faces when they see “SOLD”. Having sold more than $16 million worth of property so far in 2012, Catherine is in the top 15 per cent of agents nationally. What drives her to deliver such strong results? Passion and a desire to exceed client expectations.

DONNA has been a beauty therapist in Canberra for 20 years and has successfully moved from owning a small salon to being the proud owner of Beaute 2 Suit Day Spa, that has developed through support of its clients and staff. “Skin care is one of the most important aspects of beauty therapy, and with 20 years experience, I have an advanced understanding of the skin and


“Each case is unique. I’ve sold to first-home buyers on Christmas Eve, helped retirees move from a home they’ve loved for decades and supported couples selling when separating,” she says. “Exaggerating the market place or property value to pressure people into selling is not fair or helpful, but honest and realistic advice is. I make my business personal.”


how to treat conditions,” she says. Donna has always been passionate about beauty therapy and what can be achieved within the industry. “I have always worked in my own salon, and strongly believe in providing quality services,” she says. “Professionalism is a key factor in maintaining an established business and clientele.”

Barrett Elton Canberra, corner Luxton and Josephson Streets, Belconnen 2616,, 0424 275048,

Beaute 2 Suit, Lower Ground, 33-35 Ainslie Avenue, Civic 2600, 6257 7789,

Penelope Zelenka

Louise De Busch

THE secret of success I believe is being loyal to your clients and honest with them. Provide them with all the knowledge you have from the education/training you have had to make their experience within your business as positive and worthwhile as possible. And stay positive and patient. If you believe in yourself and your product then that will show in the great work you do. Clients

COURAGE and believing in yourself is not an easy thing for anyone, but it’s a hidden ability that breathes through me when I am challenged. In September, I decided to take the plunge and establish my own consultancy business called Louise De Busch Innovative Consultancy, a proud 100 per cent indigenous-owned business based in Canberra. I haven’t


Beauty By Penelope

KATE’S motto is: If you’re going to do something, do it properly – or don’t bother! And her passion is passing on education to others, including clients. A Senior Trainer/Educator for five years, she is the 2012 ACT VET Trainer/Teacher of The Year. Kate has 13 years’ experience, having worked and managed at eight different prestige salons and spas in Canberra and Sydney.

are very well informed these days and generally they want more information, so if you can give them the right advice with a positive experience from the very beginning when they make their appointment, right through to when they walk out your door after their appointment, then you have a happy and loyal client.


wasted any time, I have already established a new national initiative called the “Australian Indigenous Deadly Entrepreneurs’ & Leaders’ Events”, which focuses on bringing together indigenous entrepreneurs and leaders across the country to showcase raw talent in our communities. We are due to host an official launch in Brisbane, in February.

Beauty By Penelope, Shop FG, 11 Genge Street, Canberra Centre, Civic 2600,, 6162 4247,

Louise De Busch Innovative Consultancy, 17B Davenport Street, Ainslie 2602,, 0407 060142,

Laurie McDonald

Clare Wilson

I’M passionate about function and organisation, so it was a natural link to create a business with strong systems to support its operations and growth. I have a keen eye for detail and love the challenge of working through which property contents will function best and how a room can be arranged so it all works effortlessly.

MY success story began when I was 18, as the first employee of Canberra Furnished Accommodation in 2006. Starting in a reception role, I worked through each position becoming the Office Manager in 2008. In late 2009, I decided to explore and expand my skills with a different organisation – a great learning curve, but I missed the fast-paced action of Canberra Furnished


I also like to embrace change by continuously improving. Canberra Furnished has built a culture on this, we laugh at how we need to catch up on what has changed after a day off. I think the secrets to success are to embrace your strengths and passions; not rest on your laurels and to stay true to your integrity, especially in times of adversity.

Canberra Furnished Accommodation, Unit 5, 37 Ijong Street, Braddon 2612,, 6295 0975,


Accommodation and returned as General Manager in 2011. I really enjoy this role as I am able to not only learn new things each day but also, given the availability of training, improve my own and the business’ performance in the future. I strive to provide great customer service and ensure my team delivers the same result.

Canberra Furnished Accommodation, Unit 5, 37 Ijong Street, Braddon 2612,, 62950975, CityNews  November 15-21  37

Secrets of successful women in business

Flying high – the successful women behind Canberra Airport Ginette Snow

Jo Lomas

Jeanette Hall

Karen Emms





I love being a part of the family business. I’m passionate about taking photographs and I’m passionate about the development of the airport and what’s been achieved.

It is hard not to be successful when you go to work each day enjoying what you do, with the ability to make decisions and take ownership of commercial precincts that you are very proud of.

To be successful you need personal drive, commitment to the job in hand and a strong belief in yourself and your abilities.

To be successful as a project manager for construction it’s taken a lot of hard work, but also determination, passion and patience. I have been very fortunate to be working for the Canberra Airport, who have allowed me a lot of autonomy and trust in getting the job done.

Tori Murray

Leesa Baker

Melissa Evans

Telisha Summerfield





My inspiration comes from a passion deep within to dare to dream the improbable, which then in turn becomes the catalyst to deliver and achieve the seemingly impossible.

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The passion and drive for my role is inspired by the hardworking and diligent team of people who make our Canberra Airport worthy of being a gateway to our nation’s capital.

Challenge is what keeps you motivated, energised and moving forward. Being allowed to work autonomously and given ownership brings a lot of job satisfaction.

I constantly challenge myself to exceed expectations, to make progress and not excuses. I make a decision every day to take my success into my own hands as there is no limit as to what one can achieve.

Sarah Glavinic

Jennifer Dunlop

WITH advances in skin science and skin-enhancement technology, an increasing number of Canberrans are “feasting” on a range of skin treatments designed to give a more youthful appearance and improve the health of their skin. Sarah Glavinic owns and operates the Canberra Laser Biotherapy Clinic, which specialises in skin rejuvenation and repair. Sarah is a highly qualified laser

THE secret to my success is I do the work I love and love the work I do. It is a joy to help people who come to see me, sometimes about major issues, often for smaller ones. Even fixing a small feature of someone’s appearance can lead to major positive flow-on effects that impact self confidence, ability to work well with others, comfort in one’s own body, healthy glowing



therapist and treats many skin conditions using the latest laser technology including removal of moles, skin tags, blemishes, freckles, birthmarks and all manner of lumps and bumps. Business is booming for Sarah and, with the move to larger premises in the Westfield Shopping Mall, the future looks bright indeed.

skin and a sense of wellbeing. Many people I’ve helped have returned, time and again over the last three decades, because they feel safe and assured that I will listen to their concerns and endeavour to deliver the results they ask for. My success stems from the acceptance of the good people of Canberra and the surrounding region and the trust they invest in my skills and experience.

Canberra Laser Biotherapy Clinic, Shop 103b, Ground Floor, Westfield Belconnen, Belconnen 2617,, 6251 6884

Capital Cosmetic & Laser Clinic, Calvary John James Hospital, Suite 5, P.Y. Building, 173 Strickland Crescent, Deakin 2600,, 62324946

Jitka Klimkova

Heather Reid

THE highly successful and endearing Jitka Klimkova was the first international coach to be appointed to a Westfield W-League team when she joined Canberra United FC in 2011. In her first season she led the club to an undefeated 12-game run to win the League and Canberra United subsequently won six of eight W-League awards including Coach of the Year.

AS the only female CEO of a football (soccer) federation and the CEO of the championshipwinning Canberra United FC in the Westfield W-League, it is important that I set professional standards and lead by example to inspire and motivate other women to seek similar roles. I am responsible for guiding and managing a small business with accountability for 14 staff



She is the highest-qualified coach in the league, with vast experience as a national player and coach in the Czech Republic. From the small village of Moraveny to Australia’s national capital, Klimkova has made Canberra her summer home with her green-team family. She readily shares her secret to success – HAVE A DREAM, MAKE A PLAN AND GO FOR IT!

and a $3.5m budget. Formal education and more than 30 years’ experience certainly help when it comes to doing my job, but the secrets of my success lie in the support that I get from my family and mentors, as well as the joy I receive from having our collective efforts come to fruition – and particularly seeing more females playing football.

Canberra United FC, Football House, 3-5 Phipps Close, Deakin 2600,, 62604000,

ACT Football Federation, Football House, 3-5 Phipps Close, Deakin 2600,, 6260 4000,

Suzie Hoitink

Julie Griffin

THE secret to success is never just one thing. I think by loving what you do and endeavouring to be the best in your industry, is a great start. I believe in surrounding yourself with good brands and good people, and creating an environment of innovation and positivity for everyone you work with. I try to provide a clear vision for

ACHIEVING second place in Australia for sales and success for the new “Curves Complete” weight loss program last month has had an enormous impact on the success of Curves Weston – and our clients’ successes are directly linked to our success. We have trained and modelled to our staff the importance of interpersonal skills; of getting to know our members, to assist



those in our team about what we stand for and where we are going. I get rewarded with loyalty and by our team looking after our clients as I would myself. I also believe in reciprocity – sharing your knowledge with others in your industry with a selfless spirit, and having a smallvillage mentality and giving back to your community.

Clear Complexions Clinics, 1/82 Thynne Street, Bruce 2617, 6251 8889,

them in setting achievable goals, celebrating their achievements, giving feedback in a positive manner, and ensuring that they know that they are not alone in their quest. The most rewarding aspect of working with members is when they leave with a grin on their face and feeling positive about themselves.

Curves Weston, Cooleman Court Shopping Centre, Shop T3, Brierly Street, Weston Creek 2611, 6288 8333,

Blossom and Darla Darling PARTNERS

THE main secret to our success is British comedy. No, bear with us, we’re going somewhere with this. We are inspired by the style of Mrs Slocombe, the charm of Lance-Corporal Jones, the business acumen of Rene Artois, and the friendship of Patsy and Edina. Oh, and Mrs Bucket’s feverish dedication to good etiquette. Aside from that, we credit our success to our wonderful shop colleagues, to supportive and

charming customers, and to our families and friends who are generous with their humour and patience. We must also credit the fact that we recognise and enjoy each others’ superpowers. We combine our strengths, care for each other and both love silly stuff. Oh, and champagne.

Darling Central – Unit 9, O’Hanlon Place, Gold Creek, Nicholls 2913, 6230 9268 (weekends only), CityNews  November 15-21  39

Secrets of successful women in business Jodie Dickson

Maria Paonne

COMBINING 20 years’ of professional knowledge and experience with strong client relationships and individual attention, my clients know I have their best interests in mind when providing any services. My goal is always to add value. I provide a range of self-managed super, accounting and tax services to small business and

BEING in a customer-service based industry, I feel it is critical to understand your clients’ primary motivators of need to provide a truly professional service. Awareness and instinct guide me to learning the real reason why – and what – my clients want without them having to say so. Training my staff to understand this thought process is difficult,


SMSF clients, most of which I have known and built relationships with over many years. Previously a founding partner at Joyce Dickson Chartered Accountants, I now own and run Jodie Dickson Accounting and Superannuation and am one of Canberra’s leading SMSF advisers having worked in the SMSF industry for more than 12 years.

Dimitries Jewellers: Woden Westfield Plaza 6162 4007. Tuggeranong Hyperdome 6293 2433. Queanbeyan Riverside Plaza 6299 1300,

Lisa Simpson

Derryth Nash


keeping busy and work alongside Channel 9 nutritionist Dr Joanna McMillan, and am actively involved in a leading online transformation program. I have my own nutrition practice FEEDinc. and teach group fitness classes. I believe in nutrition, exercise, sleep and joy as the four key indicators to health and vitality. It’s my aim to help all FEEDinc. clients feel amazing.

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THE secret of my success is providing great customer service and finding great staff to help me deliver it. At Fifth Gear Motoring, a large proportion of our new customers are referrals, and we pride ourselves on providing friendly and professional driver training to all ages and stages of driver. I have worked hard to put together the right team of people

for our business, and am proud of the quality service we all provide to our customers. I would rather wait for the right person, than bring someone on board who is not going to fit in with our team and philosophy. We wouldn’t get the number of referrals we do without the whole team being committed to the same outcomes.

FEEDinc., 3/4 Kennedy Street, Kingston 2604, 0401 080028,

Fifth Gear Motoring, PO Box 3415, Weston 2611, 0466 460911,

Gail Freeman

Julie Ford


Chartered Accountant

but mastering it will ensure their professional growth and success. And “reverse engineering” my desired outcomes is another way that I achieve success. I know what the big picture looks like, but working backwards, step by step, provides a very clear guide to achieving my goals.

Jodie Dickson Accounting and Superannuation, Level 2, 40 Brisbane Avenue, Barton 2600, 6273 5566 or 0408 232789,

THE secret of my success is to embrace challenge and stay connected to current medical research. I was a teacher for a decade and absolutely loved my role as an educator. My decision to change careers was not an easy one, so I had to be dedicated to this change and embrace every opportunity. A series of personal medical diagnoses lead me down the path to become an APD. I thrive on

Gail Freeman & Co Pty Ltd


PROACTIVE, considered advice. It is the only kind Gail Freeman and Co. provides. “It’s my business to help clients grow their business and increase profits,” says Gail. “Clients get bogged down in endless paperwork. We help cut through so clients can focus on strategy, expansion and execution.” A chartered accountant with more than 35 years’ experience in


accounting and financial planning, Gail supports businesses of all shapes and sizes, in any industry. Key to success is gaining in-depth knowledge of how clients operate. An accredited Mindshop facilitator, Gail supports clients determine where they are now, where they want to be and how best to get there – a simple, yet effective approach.

Gail Freeman & Co Pty Ltd, 9/71 Leichhardt Street, Kingston 2604,, 6295 2844,

JULIE has had considerable financial planning experience since joining her family business in 1994. She specialises in wealth creation, superannuation, retirement planning and a broad range of financial planning services. Julie holds the Diploma of Financial Planning and the

internationally recognised Certified Financial Planner qualification. She is well qualified to help clients achieve their financial goals. As a born-and-bred local, she and her husband are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters and look forward to raising their children in Canberra.

Ford & Associates Pty Ltd , 54 Pridham Street, Farrer 2607, 6288 3683, Julie K Ford AR No 236038 is authorised to provide fi nancial planning services only as an Authorised Representative of RI Advice Group Pty Ltd ABN 23 001 774 125 AFSL No 238 429 and nominee of Insurance Advisernet Financial Services Pty Ltd ABN 19 132 170 337, a member of Fortnum Financial Advisers

Rosa Palombi

Sara Thompson

I am a successful woman because I have the qualities to define me as a strong, respectful and trustworthy person. I have the ability to adapt, listen and understand what is required for the people who surround me. I build strong relationships and manage any objectives that may arise by working effectively and responding to any of Solitaire’s business needs. I can visualise,

TO be successful and live out your wildest dreams, I believe that you need passion, tenacity and a strong mentor. After working for Olga, Director of Diamond Design, Arnold and Co and Solitaire Jewellers for more than nine years, I have experienced every aspect of the business, beginning at the bottom and working my way up through the ranks. I gained



know what I want, set my goals and make plans. With a positive attitude, open mind, passion, determination, hard work and willing to always learn more, I have become successful. My mottos are: “Believe in yourself” and “Lead by example”.

Solitaire Jewellers, Shop G21/22, Canberra Centre, Civic 2600,, 6162 3665,

invaluable on-the-job knowledge, support and mentoring from Olga and diamond education from Antwerp, Belgium. If you truly follow your heart, you will never work a day in your life and you will always succeed. Training as a ballet dancer for more than 15 years has ingrained in me the values needed to succeed such as dedication, love and to keep on trying.

Solitaire Jewellers, Shop G21/22 Canberra Centre, Civic 2600, 6162 3665,

Anne Andrei and Liliya Brinkmeyer STORE MANAGER AND SENIOR MANAGER

“THROUGHOUT MY career, while working in various roles and dealing with customers, I have always strongly believed that the key ingredient is a high level of customer service,” says Anne. “Since joining the Woden Diamond Design team in February, as the store manager, one of my key focal points was to promote a good working environment, in which team members are happy to work in.”

Liliya is a senior member of the Woden team and, Anne says, her extensive experience, in-depth product knowledge and excellent customer skills are reflected in the way she deals with customers everyday, while working extremely hard towards the team’s success. “It is extremely important that we gain the customers’ trust and confidence as soon as they come through the doors, treat them with

respect, enthusiasm and ensure that they feel welcome and comfortable,” says Anne. “We’re always extremely satisfied when we see the beaming face of a happy customer and, above all, a returning customer. To me, this means that we are delivering a high standard of customer service.”

Diamond Design, G42, Westfield Shopping Centre, Woden 2606 62820687,

Alsu Zaripova


WITH no experience in the jewellery industry and with very poor English, I had to become a real “gardener” to grow my own tree of success. Great careers are no longer passed down or handed over. They must be seeded, tended and grown! Only then you can enjoy watching the blossom. But I believe when women take their success into their own hands,

AS a sales professional Morgan understands that the process of purchasing beautiful jewellery is very personal, and she thrives in guiding and advising her customers with their selections. With so much choice in today’s market, purchasing that very special piece can be an overwhelming process. Morgan works closely with her customers, step by step, to ensure they are


Arnold & Co.

when they take ownership of their achievements, development & ambition, there is no limit to what they can accomplish. As much as i wanted to achieve success, I’ve had the most supportive mentors who wanted my success too. Now I am a supportive mentor myself & it’s just as rewarding.

Shop CF15, Canberra Centre, Civic 2600, 61624599,


provided with the best style and quality to suit their requirements, explaining any technical queries along the way. As a professional visual artist, Morgan has a thorough understanding of the principles and applications of design, all of which can be applied when designing a piece of custom jewellery.

Diamond Design, Shop 79, Westfield Centre, Belconnen 2617 62518455,

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Secrets of successful women in diplomacy Eva Ponomarenkova

Maija Lähteenmäki

YOU have to have an ability to adapt easily to new environment, try to understand other cultures and most importantly, from my point of view, is to know how to listen to the other people and not only to talk. I remember 20 years ago a vice-president of the American Arbitration Association told me, based on a test of my ability to negotiate, that I am a chameleon.

TO be successful, an aspiring diplomat needs high-quality academic preparation, an excellent knowledge of languages, social skills and personal qualification of good, sound judgment. Academic studies provide a capacity for lifelong learning. High-quality language skills, written and oral, are needed in the diplomat’s native language,


I was astonished. In our culture it means that I am not very good and an unreliable person. But he told me, with a great smile, that it does not mean anything bad in their terminology – just the opposite, in fact – and that I am able to understand the needs and motives of other people very well, so I can be very good in negotiations and my future work.

Embassy of the Slovak Republic, 47 Culgoa Circuit, O´Malley 2606,, 6290 1516,


as well as in foreign languages. Excellent knowledge of one or two foreign languages is preferable to mediocre skills in three or four – the better your language skills, the less likely you’d be misunderstood. Social skills are a key to making contacts, for acquiring information and making people interested in what you have to say – all basics of diplomats’ daily work.

Embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla 2600, 6273 3800,

Beatriz Lopez-Gargallo

Jacqueline Zwambila

BEATRIZ reminds us that pursuing our dreams remains one of the most powerful paths to success. She is an accomplished diplomat, public speaker, and an active advocate of the Mexican community living in Australia. She arrived at the Mexican Foreign Service with a dream in 1976, aged 22. Failures do not exist in her world. Negative results are still results because you learn

THE secret of success is to listen and continue learning, never assuming you know it all. I embrace opportunities that today bestows and tackle the challenges presented with God’s grace. I have had to endure a false and hurtful unprecedented smear campaign by political detractors in Canberra and at home, but this has only strengthened me to be successful in all my endeavours,


from mistakes. Now she has not only impacted the lives of her husband and two daughters, but of hundreds of people during her 36-year career, learning to make decisions based on a meaning or purpose, following her intuition, looking to turn the impossible into possible and following a dream.


representing my beautiful country, Zimbabwe! I am mindful to acknowledge the African saying: “Umuntu ngu Muntu nga Bantu!� (“I am, because you are!�). My life is evidenced in the Chinese adage that sums it thus: “Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift. I do not forget, but I forgive!�

Embassy of Mexico, 14 Perth Avenue, Yarralumla 2600, 6273 3963,

Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe, 7 Timbarra Crescent, O’Malley 2606,, 6286 2700,

Rima Alaadeen

Neda Maletic

MY secret of success is the continuous support of my family, it’s the profound love and belief in what I do.

AT every stage of my career, dedication and perseverance were my strongest allies. So was the readiness to continually learn, through formal education and hands-on experience. My background in languages, arts and theatre developed into a keen interest in public diplomacy. I am passionate about the culture and tradition of my people and my country, and I take every

Embassy of Jordan, 17 Cobbadah Street, O’Malley 2606, 6295 9951,

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, 4 Bulwarra Close, O’Malley 2606, 6290 2630,


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opportunity to showcase Serbia to an Australian audience. Serbia has a lot to offer and with growing bilateral trade, developing political dialogue, university co-operation and people-to-people links, the Serbian-Australian relationship holds a lot of promise and makes me constantly exercise the attributes of my opening paragraph!

Koleka Mqulwana

Anna Siko

I believe the secret of success includes characteristics such as discipline, hard work, passion and commitment. It begins with a passion, being

WE arrived in Australia just over a year ago and find the place still full of surprises, truly “beauty rich and rare”. My duty as Ambassador of Hungary is to introduce Australians to the beauty of Budapest and the countryside, the pleasures of our baths and pubs, the wonderful taste of our wines and cuisine and the many business opportunities that my country, in


focused, and displaying commitment to a desired outcome guided by values derived from your upbringing and influenced by cultural practice.


the heart of Europe has to offer. As my background is in education, business and civil societies, I find it easy to relate to the Aussie concept of a “fair go”. Throughout my professional life I have always tried to achieve just that. Diplomacy is traditionally a man’s world, so I am exceptionally lucky that I have the support of my English husband, Bob and our three great kids.

South African High Commission, State Circle, Yarralumla 2600, 6272 7300,

Embassy of Hungary, 17 Beale Crescent, Deakin 2600, 6282 3226,

Belen Anota

Annemieke Ruigrok


MODERN-DAY diplomacy is complex as it touches on all aspects of human life and human interaction. Technologically advanced communication systems compel us to immediately react to current events. Today’s multi-faceted diplomacy requires team work inside and outside the Embassy and extensive networking with Australian Government and


business leaders, influential members of Australian society, like the academe, and media. As a woman, there’s the added challenge of balancing the demands of career with nurturing family life as a wife and mother. Faced with such daunting challenges, hard work is not enough. For me, Divine assistance and guidance, through prayers and service, is a necessity.

THE secret of my success is to remain myself in anything I do. Only when you are true to yourself you can succeed. Remain loyal to your friends. Apart from that, it is alright to

work hard when you have to – and relax when you can. Do not be rigid and oversensitive, be flexible and tolerant. Do not take things personally. A great sense of humour is crucial.

Embassy of The Philippines, 1 Moonah Place, Yarralumla 2600,, 6273 2535,

Kingdom of the Netherlands, 120 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla 2600,, 6220 9400,

Olga Bula

Yvonne Wamalwa


THE secret of my success is that I really love world affairs. That’s why I studied Law, Political Science and International Relations. I have worked in the Colombian Ministries of Justice, International Trade and Foreign Affairs, always in the interest of my country. As a diplomat, I served in Paris, New Delhi, and since May I have been carrying out the duties of


Chargé d’ Affaires in Canberra until the arrival of the new Ambassador. Colombia is my passion. I am grateful and proud that I am able to contribute to a better future for all Colombians. I am glad to find myself “down under” and I am doing my utmost for improving the relations of Colombia with the Asia Pacific region and Australia.

Embassy of Colombia, Level 2, 161, London Circuit, Civic 2600 6230 4208,

MY secret to success is to listen and tread lightly on people’s feelings. On your way up, you may inadvertently make a lot of enemies as many successful women will attest to. This may be due to envy, quick decision making circumstances or just the environment you work in and getting stuff done. I try to lessen these incidents;

you never know when you may need someone. But please do not confuse this with being a walkover, I am certainly not. And life can change very quickly, so the people you interact with on your way up may one day lend a hand or come in handy on your way down. This may even result in you being catapulted to greater heights.

Kenya High Commission, 33 -35 Ainslie Place, Civic 2600, 6247 4788,

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Secrets of successful women in business Patty Giorgio

Karen Doyle

MY secret is having the confidence to achieve success in women’s and men’s health in hair, fashion, make-up and beauty through caring, education and training. Giorgio’s Hair and Beauty won the 2009/10 CIT Norris Hair and Beauty Awards in student training and, in 2013, Kelsey, Monique, Liz and I will keep doing what we do best – having great pride in our work, providing professional

THE secret of my success is be true to your business and your clients. Keeping in touch with my clients seeking feedback on the service I provide has lead me to gather more clients and led to positive word-of-mouth advertising. Being adaptable and willing to discuss with my clients their needs for their loved ones graves has had the same effect. I also strongly believe in keeping my


advice and care, and keeping up with the latest trends. Next year we will support the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, to raise awareness and money in hope of finding a cure for Thalassaemia. As proud mother of Tony, James and Daniel, I know the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams!

staff informed in all aspects of the business and have team meetings where everyone’s input is wanted and open to discussion. My staff are often the first point of contact for queries from the public, as often we get inquiries while servicing graves at cemeteries, so happy staff will give more positive response.

Giorgio Hair and Beauty, Shop 7 Kippax Fair, Holt 2615 6254 8605,

Gravekeepers, PO Box 15, Evatt 2617, 6259 0344,

Rachel Evagelou

Julie Nichols

I think one of the secrets to success is, firstly, total self belief in yourself, your product or idea. Combine that with hard work, love and a sensational support network and you are off to a great start! Identify your strengths and weaknesses, and continually work on both to grow and improve your business. Every day I am surrounded

I am not sure I can boil it down to just one thing that will give you success, but if I had to choose a few it would be these gems: 1. Be responsive – return phone calls, emails and act on your social media etc. So many people today just don’t respond to things in a timely manner. 2. Be positive – don’t be distracted by the naysayers. Sure, listen to their advice but


by inspiration, after all we have over 150 super-talented, amazing designers in Shop! Hearing their stories behind their work, what and how they create is a constant source of inspiration to me.

Shop Handmade, City Walk Boulevard, Allara Street, Civic 2600, 6156 3274,,

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remember you don’t have to ACT on all of it! Believe in what you are doing; if you don’t then no one else will either; and really, why should they? 3. Dare to be different – just because no one else does what you do, doesn’t mean it won’t work. Be a trailblazer and give it a go. Following the herd is a sure path to mediocrity.

Handmade Canberra, Shop Handmade, City Walk Blvd, Civic 2600,, 0402 247532,

Irene Hazilias

Haley Jones

THERE are many factors that contribute to success... and none of them are a secret. The most obvious ones are persistence and work hard. Success really is a marathon and it’s about making sure you stick to your guns and make it to the finish line. Every story of success I’ve read about involves long hours, hard work and a battle against naysayers. There really is

DR Haley Jones spent over a decade as a university lecturer in engineering, providing advice to hundreds of students. A disturbing pattern struck her – not one of them really knew why they were doing their degree. “We have a societal expectation that we should go to university and get a ‘good’ job,” she says. “Then, around age 30, many of us look around and wonder if we


no getting around it and often it can be a very tough journey to success. However, if all your hard work is for something that you’re passionate about, something you love and something that you believe in... then isn’t it all worth it? If you can answer “yes” to that then you are on the right track.

Dr Haley Jones Consulting and Coaching Pty Ltd, Turner, 6248 0540,

Becky Fleming

Caddie Robinson

THE secret of my success is, first of all, being blessed to physically be able to do what I love and, secondly, always staying focused on what I want and following through to get it. I work hard, love what I do and am passionate to share it with everyone around me and reach new goals and find more happiness everyday. Everything seems to fall in

I think the secret of success is simple: “‘do what you love, love what you do!” My success comes from working very long hours, dedication and not being afraid to make mistakes. At 24 years old, I opened Le Beaute’ Lounge in Bruce. Now almost four years on, it has been the best thing I have ever done, I LOVE going to work every day!

place when you do what makes you happy and surround yourself with positive people. I’m lucky and grateful to have always had great people around me.


We aim to give our clients an experience, not just a treatment. Nothing is ever too much trouble. We keep up with new technology by continually updating our skills and introducing new products and treatments. The highlight for me this year was introducing our new laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation treatments. The sky’s is the limit for us :)

Kokoloco Dance Studio, Level 1, 50 Colbee Court, Phillip 2606, 6282 9666,

Le Beaute’ Lounge, 56/1 Braybrooke Street, Bruce 2617,, 61621790,

Loretta Hately

Philippa Seldon

THE secret to my success is my family. Growing up in a household where my mother and father ran their own business, I learnt many things about the good and the bad (stresses) of running your own business. I learnt that nothing comes easy and you have to work hard for it. I was taught to have passion and drive in what you love doing and, with both, you will be successful at

THE secret to my success is my ambition and confidence. A successful businesswoman is passionate about what she does, is honest and dependable and shows a willingness to learn. We can never stop learning. I also set myself clear goals and take action; decisions without actions are worthless. I focus on achieving the final outcome. I analyse the details and take a


whatever you choose to do in life. Lastly, the secret to my success is also my husband and kids if I didn’t have their support I wouldn’t be able to run a successful business. My children help me to gain inspiration for stock and my husband helps reconstruct the shop every time I have a new idea for rearranging it!


disciplined approach to ensure my projects are delivered right the first time. Engaging and communicating effectively with people is one of my strongest attributes. I never let the uncertainty of stepping out of my comfort zone hold me back; more often than not this can bring about new challenges and opportunity.

Lellow Kids Pty Ltd, 3a/25 Lonsdale Street, Braddon 2612, 6248 5006,

Manteena Pty Ltd, 84 Barrier Street, Fyshwick 2609, 6280 7033,

Karen Bradley

Kristine Evans

THE secret of success is to do what you love, empower others, uphold your integrity, be willing to take calculated risks and ensure the business is diverse. Over the past two years, MPS has diversified into recruitment and scribing, as well as travel and tours so its a very exciting time for us! As every businesswoman knows, success comes from surrounding yourself with talented,

THE secret of my success is being passionate about what I do, working for a company that is 100 per cent behind me and living a true work/life balance. I help clients build teams of people that are the “right fit” culturally and for the task at hand. Working collaboratively with an open, honest style, means desired outcomes are achieved for all involved.


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missed something. Actually, we did!” A Master NLP Practitioner and Life Coach, Haley helps people transform their lives through understanding that they are the creators of their life. “By shifting your thought processes and identifying and embracing your passions, you can live an exceptional, successful life,” she says.

HRMWEB, Unit 7, 25-35 Buckland Street, Mitchell 2911, 1300 855642,




loyal and supportive people, which is what the staff at MPS are. As a business owner you have to be brave enough to trust and empower your staff to make decisions on your behalf. Tracey and I decided to do just this in 2011 with Amy Hewson, CEO and Dawn Wood, CFO taking over the day-to-day management of MPS. It has allowed Tracey and I to work more ON the business rather than IN the business.

Mitchell Personnel Solutions – Unit 9/141, Flemington Road, Mitchell 2911,,, 6123 0500


This unique approach in today’s market has resulted in rapid growth and success of MPS Recruitment. This year, I became a “working mum” and love the balance that MPS provides me. Fourteen years of public and private experience has provided me with a great appreciation of what is required to build successful teams that have the right mix of skills and expertise.

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Secrets of successful women in business Suzana Evans

Amy Hewson

THE secret of success is knowing who you are and what gets you enthused. Motivation is easy when you enjoy what you do, as is selling an idea that you already love. My biggest lesson so far has been to take as many opportunities that come my way, as you really do learn something from everything you do. It may not be obvious initially, but it’s

THE secret of my success is support. Support in business and support at home. To have the freedom to be creative, which inspires new development, gives me the motivation to keep on top of the day-to-day business. With a fantastic and dedicated team of staff across all MPS business areas and the support of Trace and Karen as mentors, I am encouraged to grow and


uncanny how past experiences all seem to line up synergistically right when you need them to. And, of course, learning to communicate effectively and establish rapport with everyone you come across (wherever possible). You can learn something from everyone you meet, the trick is to look for the lesson and the opportunity rather than avoiding individuals.

MPS Training – 9/141 Flemington Road, Mitchell 2911, 6123 0500,


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learn. I am very proud of my personal growth over the past 12 months and being able to see ideas transform into results is very rewarding.

MPS, Unit 9, 141 Flemington Road, Mitchell 2911, 6123 0500,

Tracey Mitchell

Judy Morris

The secret to my success is my ability to always see the bright side of things and take calculated risks, to be an optimist. I also take the view that errors, mistakes or miscalculations are not wrong or bad, but a learning curve and generally take you on a different highway to success. As long as you learn from the things that bite you, you will keep moving forward. If you are not

I believe the secret of my firm’s success is “communication” and “knowledge”. One way we achieve this is through our website where our conveyancing clients, in particular, can log in and track their file from the beginning to the end of their purchase or sale. The second and important secret is in advising or educating our clients so that they “understand” what is happening. My


prepared to take calculated risks to move forward and improve your business, you are more likely to stagnate and get left behind when other businesses continue to grow and move forward. To be successful you need to be prepared to be a leader in your industry, to help drive improvement and strive for best practice.


team are in constant contact with our clients to keep them informed throughout their matter, regardless of what area of law we are assisting them with. We will be moving to new premises at 2/6 Geils Court, Deakin on November 24 to allow us some additional space and to expand a little more.

MPS Travel & Tours – 9/141 Flemington Road, Mitchell 2911,, 6123 0500

Judy Morris & Associates, Unit 2, 6 Geils Court, Deakin 2600, 6162 3515,

Samantha Fooks

Sheryle Moon

SUCCESS is loving what you do, keeping an open mind, continuing to grow and surrounding yourself with supportive, positive people. I try to be organised and pride myself on great customer service. When my son was born, I knew I didn’t want to leave him! When he was seven months, I accepted a job to work at Motherly Instincts, a maternity and accessories store,

BE bold about your endeavors and your achievements. Have the confidence to step outside your comfort zone and take a bigger role than you think you can – because you will put in the effort and the planning required to be a success. Surround yourself with a friendship group who will personally be there in the good and the adverse times. Find and


on weekends. The opportunity came up to buy the business, but I wasn’t ready for the commitment of owning a shop and working seven days a week. I then had the idea to run the business online and from my home. I know a lot of people still want to try clothes on, so while I worked on the business plan, my family helped create a fantastic-looking shop at the back of my house.

Motherly Instincts, Wanniassa, 6156 2471,

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nurture a mentor who will guide you professionally and develop your self-awareness, which is critical for decision making and leadership. Work for an organisation and with people who are smarter and more experienced than you: we all rise up when we work with quality. You are your personal brand perfect it, promote it and protect it.

National Association of Women in Construction – Franklin Street, Forrest, ACT 2603,, 0450 959566,

Lanette Gavran

Sian Day

THE secret of my success is converting my passion into my business. I love working with people, bodies, health and communication; and Pilates instruction is a combination of those areas. I wake up very early every day and actually look forward to the work that I do. Continually evolving the business to accommodate the

AS a fan for many years of Anthony Robbins, Richard Branson and Donald Trump, I can see the traits these and other successful people have in common. You have to love what you are doing every single day. You have to be passionate and share that passion with others. You have to believe in yourself and know where you are heading. You must be a leader for those around you,


needs of the business instead of staying in one place also has maintained my interest and enabled the business to grow, diversify and provide employment and passion for others who are attracted by the same things as me. Finally, but very importantly to have the support and understanding of my family and friends has been vital.


inspire and create . Above all, you must know that life is about more than just you. Once you realise this, you can really make a difference. Success is not just about your career, your business, or making money. It is about being a great citizen, friend, parent, partner and family member.

Pilates Canberra New Acton, 3/21 Marcus Clarke Street, New Acton,, 62817788,

Property Difference, PO Box 6143, O’Connor 2602, 6100 4640,

Renee Rawson

Shelley Thomson

AT the age of 24, I was determined to start my own business where client satisfaction was the number one priority – I would provide the level of service I would expect and most importantly a level of service that I felt every one of my clients deserved. Three years on and the hard work is showing results, I have built a large and loyal client base that I couldn’t imagine life

SHELLEY is a successful local business figure and has developed an extensive network across the Canberra region. Her passion for business, gourmet food and interacting with customers led her to open her own store, Manuka Fine Foods, in 2006. The store was a hit with the locals and the company was listed in “The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide” in


without. September brought another fantastic surprise which saw Rest & Recuperate recognised by the ACT Chamber of Woman in Business being awarded the Encouragement Award for Best New Business for 2012. I will continue to stay true to my philosophy and look forward to seeing more women achieve their goals as I have.


2008-10. Manuka Fine Foods was also a 2008 finalist and 2009 winner of the au I Love Food Awards – ACT Best Deli/Café. Her latest venture, retail360, a one-stop shop that provides advice and strategic guidance across all aspects of retail, sees her training and transforming retail businesses using her unique combination of skills.

Rest & Recuperate, 10 Hoadley Street, Mawson 2607, 0404 700746,

retail360, PO Box 3197, Manuka 2603, 0412 057116,

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Melissa Rusconi

THE secret of my success is that every day for the past 25 years I have opened the doors of my business with integrity, honesty, loyalty and passion for my profession. My clients’ needs comes first and my work has always been their guarantee. I build strong professional relationships with my clients and this delivers a loyal client for life!

The secret of my success is to never give up, do what you LOVE and be willing to take risks! I was a primary school teacher, as a targeted graduate, and resigned after four years, as I had a more creative calling, through my “hobby”! People thought I was crazy leaving such a secure career, but my heart said otherwise. Life is all about risks, you have to take


I educate my clients on skincare and treatment to help them gain enough knowledge to share with family and friends. I go for regular training to stay up to date with the latest technologies and I take part in annual awards to boost my self esteem and to motivate me to go for gold! I always strive for excellence! I’m never too old to learn new things!

Riana Health and Skin Care Clinic, 24 Harkness Street, Monash 2904, 6166 2265,


them to move forward, and this one hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but it did pay off! I now own Australia’s most elite and marketable dance troupe, one of Australia’s most successful production shows “Welcome to Burlesque”, have travelled, met amazing people! And I will encourage my three-year-old daughter to live this way also.

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Secrets of successful women in business Judy Scott

Freya Kristiansen



AS a young female I wondered how I would fare entering the male-dominated car industry. Indeed, there were times I felt like I was being tested. But soon enough, I had outshone many of my male colleagues and within 18 months I had been promoted from sales trainee to Business Manager. I owe my success to the ability to listen, communicate ROLFE SUBARU AT PHILLIP & BELCONNEN

JUDY believes the secret of success is to follow your heart, be true to your values and persist where it counts. Back in 1980, enrolling in her first psychology degree Judy knew that understanding and helping people would be her life’s passion. After 20 years in adult education; organisational development and conflict resolution, Judy established

and understand the needs of customers and work with them in order to achieve results. Of course, there will be days when everything turns to gold and those that are more challenging; it is then, when it is essential to maintain a positive attitude and set achievable goals, to be open to new information and constantly evaluate and re-evaluate your progress and approach.

Rolfe Subaru, 142 Melrose Drive, Phillip 2606, 6208 4333,

Judy Scott and Associates, Launceston Street, Lyons 2606, 0413 954342,

Michelle Musiello

Jaqui Despotoski

THE secret of my success is time management. Without being able to prioritise, the vision of Shutterjobs wouldn’t have become the reality it is today. With four children and a rapidly expanding website, it really is crucial to prioritise in order to make the most of opportunities and keep business activity progressing smoothly. A tip to others starting out in

I have worked in the hairdressing industry for the past 19 years and had the opportunity to work with some of Canberra’s finest hairstylists. Owning Sibu Hair for only nine months has, so far, been one of my greatest achievements. I can’t say that I have met too many people who have lived their dream, but I feel that I am living mine. In our industry it’s not “just



business is to network as much as possible with others in business, whether they are starting out or have years of experience, I haven’t met anyone in Canberra yet that hasn’t been a wealth of information and support.


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Sibu Hair, Unit 26, Kelleway Avenue, Nicholls 2913 6241 1511,

Tahnee McGrath

Elissa Michel

I believe the success of Sibu Beauty is due to our amazing team. Having a motivated, dedicated and talented team allows us to constantly strive for the highest level of customer service and provide our customers with an outstanding experience every time. My secret to success is being passionate about my career. I love that I get to meet a variety

I believe there has to be a combination of factors in play to achieve success. The first is love and passion for what you do. If you don’t have this, it shows in your work and your interactions with others. Passion keeps you motivated to work hard and achieve your goals. Another important factor, is being organised; it helps to have a routine. I have systems in place to


of different people on a daily basis and can help them to take the time out of their busy lives to relax. Managing Sibu Beauty also helps me to grow professionally and continue learning. Whether I’m planning for VIP events and wedding fairs, meeting with suppliers or managing our fabulous team, I strive for success in all areas of the business.

Sibu Beauty, Unit 27 Nicholls Shops, 64 Kelleway Avenue, Nicholls 2913,, 6241 4115,

MaryAnne Alchin

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ARMED with a good sense of humour, MaryAnne says the secret to her success is, “being practical” and avoiding emotional attachments to the circumstances surrounding her job. With more than 15 years’ experience as a Return to Work Coordinator, she says: “My secret is to not get too personally or seriously involved, but to remain realistic.”

Her advice to women in business is: “Learn to listen and take the time to reflect on your achievements”, doing some of her own reflecting MaryAnne explains it takes time to measure successes and that reaching first base is just the start in a long line of goals. MaryAnne says her husband and children are her inspiration, and she has learned to find that balance between work and life.

SRC Solutions, 74 Dundas Court, Phillip 2606, 6282 6122,

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about the hair”, but also about making people look and feel great. I am dedicated to my team, who are an amazing part of Sibu Hair and now part of my family. We are continually updating our education to provide the latest innovations in our industry giving the best-possible service to our clients in a relaxed and professional salon.

Shutterjobs – PO Box 7168 Kaleen ACT 2617, 0401 732 642,



Judy Scott and Associates – offering coaching, mediation, facilitation and career development. Judy helps people to build deeply satisfying lives through meaningful careers and relationships that can withstand turbulent times. Her motto – “outcomes through insight” is the guide for helping people to learn about themselves and others, and make wise life choices.

effectively manage myself – such as noting things immediately as they come up, either in my phone or diary ensures I don’t let anything slip through the cracks. I have specific days and times for the bookkeeping, pays and marketing. Lastly, the support from my partner, family and friends is what keeps me going.

Sibu Beauty, Unit 27 Nicholls Shops, 64 Kelleway Avenue, Nicholls 2913,, 6241 4115,



The fonts are a mixture of Myriad & Avant Garde

MARIA, a registered nurse with 20 years’ experience in the rehabilitation industry, says her secret to success is multi-layered. “Being a mother has a huge influence, you really understand people and can relate to their insecurities”, she says, adding that being a good listener is one of her most important tools, as well as understanding that often the issues she is helping people with,

are not just about the workplace. Maria also says her secret is her ability to be a good negotiator. Her drive and no-nonsense approach coupled with her love of people has seen her accomplish the, sometimes, impossible. “I’m inspired by people every day and although my job presents its challenges, it’s rewarding. It is a great feeling getting a person back to where they should be.”

SRC Solutions, 74 Dundas Court, Phillip 2606, 6282 6122,

Kristin Ginnivan

Rachel Sedaitis

THE five pillars to my success are: 1. Providing a service that people want and need. 2. Working smart and hard. 3. Surrounding myself with a great support team. 4. Passion and belief. 5. Faith in God. When I founded Tidy Temple Yoga, my vision was to help people to connect the dots between mind and body in

I believe the secret to success is learning how to set yourself a goal and to remain focused on achieving it. Start with a small goal if you need to, but once you have achieved success in meeting this goal move on to a larger one. It is important to remember that even if you don’t have a vision well into the future, each achievement


order to balance, strengthen and transform many aspects of their lives for the better. I feel I am successful when seeing people come out of my yoga class with a big smile on their faces, relaxed, balanced and energised to face the world and its demands. Continuing to successfully grow my practice/business means positively affecting the lives of many more people.

opens further opportunities and you never know where the future may lead. Surround yourself with supportive friends and family; they will encourage a healthy life balance and keep you feeling positive.

Tidy Temple Yoga, 125 Temperley Street, Nicholls 2913, 0409 329887, (Lunchtime classes in the city & evenings in Nicholls)

Timeless Beauty, ‘The Marketplace’ Gungahlin, Shop 28, Gungahlin Place West 33 Hibberson Street 2902, 6255 0444 or 62550622,

Rosa Suraci

Tess Librando


THE secret of my success is that I try always to better myself and to keep training my staff to help them grow . I’ve always told my staff that the day you think you’re too good to learn anything, you might as well put your tools down and find something else to do because, in my opinion, you can never stop learning.




A key factor is to always remain passionate and always put one hundred per cent effort into anything and everything.

FOR me, The Well Retreat is far more than a business, it is a fulfilment of the dream I have long held of helping people to feel good about themselves. I believe that if there is a particular element that characterises the success of a business, it is its philosophy – a business founded on strong philosophic principles, with a clear view of its real aims, will always do

better than one whose main focus is on turnover and costs. Of course, those are important – but not so important as having a clear idea of where you are going and what you wish to achieve, for your clients and yourself. At the heart of The Well’s philosophy of is the provision of complete relaxation, reflection, tranquility and physical and mental renewal.

Urban Hair, 15 Bentham Street, Yarralumla 2620 62820718,

The Well Retreat, 1 O’Hanlon Place, Gold Creek Village, Nicholls 2913,, 6242 8878,

Orsi Parkanyi

Julie Storer

AS founder & CEO of a national women’s network, and somebody who’s passion is empowering women to take the leap to start their own business ventures, I have learnt that every business has its very own tribe: its followers, its team, suppliers and customers. If your customers become your raving fans, your business will skyrock.

“THE secret to my success is simple; I love what I do!” says Your Skin owner Julie Storer. “I have years of experience, honesty and integrity and a personalised service you can’t find anywhere else; this is my business, so everyone sees me.” As a Registered Nurse, Julie has 25 years’ experience as a healthcare professional. “In such a rapidly changing


However, in order to build a community successfully you need to be crystal clear on your vision and on your “why?”: “Why does your business even exist?” As a leader (all business owners are leaders) you must be clear on who you are, what you want out of your business and able to communicate and present your vision memorably and persuasively.

Women as Entrpreneurs, Florence Taylor Street, Greenway 2900,, 0450741040,


industry, it’s more important than ever to ensure you are in the hands of medical professionals using medical-grade equipment and that products are safe, “ Julie says. “Your Skin’s personalised referral system has been instrumental in helping my business grow. A recommendation from clients is always the greatest compliment!”

Your Skin, 1A/29 O’Hanlon Place, Gold Creek Village, Nicholls 2913,, 6241 1144,


AS Studio Manager at Zaija, Emma is a passionate leader who loves working with her team and clients. She leads a large team that cover multiple skills across hair, beauty, massage, make-up and more.

Emma believes that continued learning, delivering the highest quality of services, and a relentless focus on customer experience is the key to the Studio’s success.

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home & garden

Cedric Bryant

Root of the problem

Jennie and Chris Curtis with Zumba the llama... “We’ve discovered that when you use salvaged materials, there has to be a lot of designing as you go along to make it work.”

A sustainable oasis in Bywong open garden

Not only, but also IN the big courtyard: Plans of the garden will be on display. Local plant breeders and suppliers of many of the native plants, Peter and Jennifer Ollerenshaw from Bywong Nursery will display some of their native plant cultivars. Architect Peter Adamson will be available to discuss the

WORDS: Kathryn Vukovljak PHOTOS: Silas Brown

Using salvaged materials and permaculture principles, landscape designers Jennie and Chris Curtis have created a sustainable house, a huge, wildly productive veggie patch and a stylish garden packed with trial plantings of native cultivars at their home in Bywong.

“We’ve lived here for about four years now, although we have owned the land for 15 years,” says Jennie of the 10-hectare property. “We’ve discovered that when you use salvaged materials, there has to be a lot of designing as you go along to make it work.” The award-winning garden and small farm, Roogulli, will be open to the public for the first time as part of Open Gardens Australia on the weekend of November 24-25.

design of the house and Michael Quigley (Out and About Landscapes) will answer questions about the landscape construction. In the paddocks: Glynda Bluhm from Alpaca Magic will answer questions about alpacas and llamas. Mt Fairy Mowing will have a display of some of the equipment used to manage the pastures at Roogulli.

Chris says most of their efforts go into growing food, with a focus on the plentiful veggie patch of broad beans, cherries, quince, berries, asparagus and heritage apples. Strawberries are planted around the edges, where they thrive, says Jennie. “Edges often get more light and water, so plants generally do better there,” she says. “It also makes for more weeds and therefore more work too, unfortunately! “This year we’ve also started an edible food forest based on the permaculture principles, so there will be trees with an edible understory.” Jennie and Chris also breed Sussex White and Sussex Buff chickens, as well as llamas and alpacas. Extras on both days include a walking tour of the farm at 11am, a talk on “Feasting from the Permaculture Garden” at 2pm, and a talk on “Putting Sustainable Garden Design into Action” at 3pm. “We’re learning as we go along, and we’d like to put the information out there for anyone who’s interested,” says Jennie. “People will grab on to whatever they’re ready for.” Roogulli, 45 Glendale Lane, Bywong, will be open 10am-4.30pm, Saturday, November 24, and Sunday, November 25. Adults $7, children under 18, free. Funds raised will go to Open Gardens Australia and Wamboin Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade. More information at CityNews  November 15-21  51


Getting to the root of the AT times, one needs to go to the “root of the problem” with certain aspects of gardening and these photos will give you some idea of where I’m heading this week.

1. Circling roots stunt growth The photo of circling roots, referred to as “root bound”, demonstrates that the plant will never develop properly. As it grows, the roots will continue to circle resulting in instability. While it may continue to grow for a number of years, it could fall over as the result of any period of prolonged wet and windy weather. The circling roots are caused by the plant being in the pot too long. At times, garden centres may offer cheap plants. There are often very good reasons, such as when a plant has finished flowering. Obviously, the nursery does not want to keep it for 12 months to the next flowering season. Or simply, it may be a slow seller. However, at times the plants may have been sitting around for several years getting more root bound as time goes by. If you are thinking about buying plants advertised as very cheap or a clearance sale, you need to think carefully about buying them. You are perfectly within your rights to ask for the plant to be tipped out of the container to check the roots (you wouldn’t buy a car without looking

1. Root-bound plants have little chance of survival. at the engine). The bottom line is: if an item is very cheap, there is usually a very good reason.

2. Swings can ringbark NOW to the effect of rope swings on trees. Such treatment can effectively ringbark the branch

and it could fail. It’s not a good idea to see a child projected through the air or the branch falling! If you really want to use the tree for a swing, and this has been the case for centuries, protect the bark. One idea is to use a section of a car tyre over the top of the branch, although even this can still result in damage to the bark. Remember the bark of the tree is the “skin” of the tree. Like our skin, once it gets damaged all sorts of problems arise. Equally, I see children’s tree houses affixed to branches with huge nails or bolts right through the branch. The worst examples I have seen are in eucalyptus trees, which worryingly shed branches at times without warning.

3. Trunks needs to breathe

THE last pictorial example is, with the best intentions, an attempt to keep a tree on a bank without sufficient air space around the trunk. In this picture, the surround is almost half a metre up the trunk, which means the tree is going to take a little longer to die than if one has built a garden bed around the trunk.

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many problems

2. Severe damage caused by a swing on a tree.

3. With no air space this tree will eventually die.

The latter will rot the bark at ground level as effective as using an axe to ringbark the tree as the early settlers did to clear the land. Trees should be looked after like any other member of your family, they could be around for a long time, often for generations.

17 and 11.30am to 4pm on Sunday. The rose display alone is stunning and there are reasonably priced plants to buy. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

THE Horticultural Society’s Spring Exhibition and Rose Show is on at the Wesley Church Centre, National Circuit, Forrest, noon-5pm, on Saturday, November

RECENTLY, I mentioned the effectiveness of Tankworks’ raised veggie beds but, at that time, the local distributor had closed down. Now, they are available from Territory Tanks at Pialligo.

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home / water

Colourful kitchen tap SMEG has released its first collection of illuminated kitchen mixer taps with temperature-sensitive LED lights. As well as looking awesome, the taps also have safety credibility – you get a sparkling stream of blue water when cold, white-lit water for warm and then bright red for hot. When the water is so hot it could scald, the red light will flash. The taps cleverly use the power of the water to generate the coloured light. More information at

Smeg’s new mixer tap delivers shimmering, lightfilled coloured water.

Watering with care Most gardens are regularly over-watered, according to Gareth Horton, of water-conservation company Every Little Drop which has brought out a nifty hose meter that monitors water usage. It attaches to a garden hose or tap and displays how much water is currently being used, and the total volume used.

The meter attaches to a hose and monitors water usage.

Visit to purchase the NextGeneration hose meter for $19.95.

Put on pressure OVER winter, moss and mould can creep over pavers or concrete pathways and, by spring, the exterior of your house and windows may be looking a bit dull, cobwebby and dirty – a pressure washer is a great solution to get your house looking like new again, says Joel Hawkins, of engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton. “The easiest way to clean the outside of your house is to use a mobile, high-powered petrol pressure washer, which provides greater flexibility – and there are no power leads to get in the way,” he says. A pressure washer will also clean any oil spills or other marks off your driveway or walkways, says Joel. The new range of Briggs & Stratton petrolpowered pressure washers are $479 to $999

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A pressure washer can make exterior surfaces look like new.

puzzles page Joanne Madeline Moore your week in the stars / November 19-25

ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

Rams are no shrinking violets! This week, with rebellious Uranus squaring Mars, your rambunctious side takes over. Aim to be dynamic (rather than domineering) and proactive (rather than pushy). Ego trips and power plays will get you nowhere fast. You’re more accident-prone than usual so tread carefully. Sunday is a calmer day, as Saturn stabilises your fiery energy.

TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 20)

The Sun stimulates your intimacy zone, plus Venus vamps into your relationship zone (and trines Neptune) so expect a week full of high romantic drama. Single Bulls – look for sparks to fly with a charming Capricorn or a sexy Scorpio. Make the most of your artistic talents, as creative inspiration is high. But friends and finances are a confusing mix so keep the two separate.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)

Your people skills are put to the test as Mercury (your ruling planet) continues retrograding (until November 28). For chatty Twins, the secret to successful two-way communication lies in talking less – and listening more. And don’t assume you know what colleagues or loved ones are thinking. You may be way off the mark. Take the time to check the facts first.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)

Have you been burning the midnight oil? All work and no play can make Crabs super cranky. It’s time to adjust your home/work ratio to make it more balanced. But things won’t run according to plan so, if you expect disruptions and delays, you won’t be disappointed. Sometimes veering off the safe path leads you into exciting new territory – professionally and personally.

LEO (July 23 – Aug 22)

Calling all Leo drama queens! This week, with the Sun shining in your drama zone, you’ll be hard to ignore. Use the creative energy to surge forwards in positive ways, as you aim to be feisty and flamboyant (rather than bossy and belligerent!) But steer well clear of a smooth sweet-talker who strokes your ego – and then leads you up the primrose path to trouble.

General knowledge crossword No. 386 Across Down 1 Which city was the site of the Eureka Stockade? 7 Name a follow-up drink, taken after a drink of spirits. 8 Who, in Greek legend, was slain by Paris? 9 Which constellation contains the stars Castor and Pollux? 10 To be able to read and write, is to be what? 11 Name an alternative word for “from that time”. 14 Which people escort us to seats in theatres, etc? 17 Name another term for a plateau. 18 What are the perches upon which domestic fowls rest at night? 19 To come back into view is to do what? 20 What are bombs also called? 21 What is the practice of being inquisitive? 1


LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 23)

Librans tend to drop projects and people when the going gets tough. This week, Venus moves into tenacious Scorpio (until December 16) so it’s time to be more persistent, and adopt a long-term view. Thursday night’s fabulous Venus/Neptune trine puts you in a super romantic mood, so plan something special. But don’t leave your rose-coloured glasses on for too long!

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VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

Your ruling planet Mercury is still in retrograde motion so be extra careful how you communicate, especially with noisy neighbours and fractious family members. You’re also in domestic mode as you whip yourself into a cleaning frenzy, redecorate or renovate up a storm. Remember - not everyone is as fussy as you! If you sweat the small stuff, it will be a very long week.

1 Which large cat is reputed to be the world’s fastest four-legged animal? 2 Name an acid used to relieve pain. 3 What is a system of printing, for the blind? 4 When one lingers idly, one does what? 5 To free from bondage, or the like, is to do what? 6 Which term describes those who throw things carelessly? 11 Name the capital of Iran. 12 What do we call young birds of prey? 13 What, in Ireland, is a girl known as? 14 To take off one’s clothes, is to do what? 15 Name the royal house reigning in Britain 1714-1901. 16 To which animal class does a snake belong?

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Sudoku medium No.93

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SCORPIO (Oct 24 – Nov 21)

Scorpios can be stubborn and unforgiving but with Mercury, Venus and Saturn moving through your sign, ‘transformation’ is the buzz word this week. Are you hanging onto a grudge? It’s time to question outmoded beliefs and break free from the past – then you can move on. Be inspired by birthday great George Eliot “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

With impulsive Mars moving through your money zone, you’re in the mood for a spontaneous spending spree and credit card burnout. But overdoing the retail therapy could land you in financial hot water! This week, Saturn encourages you to slow down and think (carefully) before you buy. When communicating with family members, choose your words wisely.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Capricorns are capable and ambitious folk, always busy improving your lot in the outside world. But what about your inner life? Mid-week is the time to (temporarily) jump off the career treadmill and soothe the soul with a few hours of splendid solitude. Venus, Mars and Saturn stimulate your social side on Sunday, as you nurture your network of friends and acquaintances.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Aquarians oscillate between longing to be part of a group, and playing the role of the eccentric, larrikin loner. This week, with the Sun in your group zone, you’re keen to congregate with like-minded individuals. You have much to contribute – and lots to learn. On Friday you’re in a reckless and rebellious mood, as Mars squares Uranus. Aim to be a rebel with a cause.

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Professionally speaking, being a passive Piscean won’t work at the moment. With the Sun stimulating your career zone (until December 21) you need to be as confident and proactive as possible. Thursday has the potential to be an incredibly romantic and creative day – or a disappointing disaster. As the day develops, just make sure you separate fact from fantasy. 

Daily astrology updates at Copyright Joanne Madeline Moore 2011

Solutions Crossword No.385 M O N O G R A M


Sudoku hard No.92


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