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et from a number of points of view and see how we can respond. You will see that this is a government that has learnt lessons from previous Budgets. Running along the side of that is the longerterm question of how long we can run deficits for without causing too much pain to the community. We have a seven-year plan to bring the Budget back into surplus. “We could have returned to surplus over the next four years by doing things like increasing taxes, cutting services or removing wages – we could have done a number of things that would have made the Budget more politically palatable, but we haven’t done that and that’s a response to all the advice we have taken. “We can’t meet everyone’s needs – and I think people understand that. I hope it will be seen as a responsible Budget for the times that we are in.”

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CHILDREN’S cancer charity Camp Quality is the beneficiary of Hall Ute Competition and Family Day being held at the Hall Polocrosse Ground on May 9. Last year’s event attracted 70 utes. This year there are more categories. An organiser, Mary Vagg, says while it’s based around a static ute competition, a main focus of the day is the family with lots of activities planned, “These include a natural horsemanship demonstration, music from a local band, trials bikes, wool spinning demonstrations, historic engines and various children’s activities”. Entry forms and details are available from the website


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FRESH from the hairdressers, Katy Gallagher will present her, albeit already much-leaked, first Budget as ACT Treasurer on May 5 – and her timing couldn’t have been worse. “In November, when I agreed to take on the job, the full impact of what’s happening globally had not begun to reach to the ACT,” Ms Gallagher told “CityNews”. “So, certainly, I thought the job before me was going to be a lot easier that it has turned out to be.” Curiously, the colour for this year’s Budget package is green. Was she trying to tell us something? “We are aware of the concerns of business; we have our own political agenda that we were elected on; and we have our commitment to the Greens,” she said. “We have had to look at this Budg-

CIVIC will be get a $12million Civic refurbishment package to be funded from the yet-to-be announced 2009-10 Budget, says Chief Minister Jon Stanhope. The money will go towards priority upgrades in the city centre over four-years, focusing on East and West Rows in what he hopes will “revitalise the commercial and cultural vitality of the city centre and create commercial opportunities.” Work will be undertaken jointly by the ACT Government and Canberra CBD Limited, which is funded by levies on city commercial property owners.

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Glory be for dappled things, sort of JOHN SCHUMANN bemoans the demise of Bob-a-Job Week as he manfully faces the annual chore of raking leaves.

IT’S autumn and notwithstanding the drought and the confusion that it visits upon our flora, native and otherwise, our streets and yards are being inundated with leaves once again. For my part, I live in unutterably leafy suburb and by mid May our neighbourhood is up to its collective clacker in plane tree leaves. I am assured by people, who profess to know these things, that homes in streets lined with plane trees are much sought-after. I can only think this is the case for people who have not lived in close proximity to the wretched things. I am looking out my window at an overwhelming tsunami of plane tree leaves, the size and bio-degradability of which are rivalled only by white, plastic picnic plates. Musing, I am re-

minded of two things: Gerald Manley Hopkins’s poem “Pied Beauty”, in which he argues that glory ought be to God “for dappled things”(like leaves on the ground, presumably) and the unhappy demise of Bob-a-Job Week. Like the grump I am rapidly becoming, I rue the fact that relatively few students emerge from school or university having even heard of Gerald Manley Hopkins. But more so, I rue the passing of Bob-a-Job Week. Nothing would please me more than be able to pay some young devotee of Lord Robert Baden-Powell to undertake the Sisyphean task of raking and disposing of the plane tree leaves now threatening to engulf my house. From 1961 until about 1969 I was an active member of the 1st Torrens Park Scout Group in the southern suburbs

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of my hometown of Adelaide. At the beginning of May we were each issued with a Bob-a-Job card and sent out to knock on doors and offer our services to our neighbours. The younger Cubs and Scouts did weeding, sweeping, raking and general tidying up. The older ones cleaned out sheds, dismantled old fences and outbuildings and took out small trees and bushes.

Mostly we were paid very fairly for our work, but on the odd occasion a parent or scoutmaster would have to visit a householder to suggest that one shilling (or a “bob”) was not, in fact, a fair day’s pay for a whole day’s work. If, at the end of May, we brought back a full card and at least $2 we would be presented with a Beaver Badge (don’t go there) which we could wear above the

left-hand pocket of our uniform shirt until April of the next year. Alas, Bob-a-Job has gone the way of so many fine institutions of the ‘50s and ‘60s. It seems to me that, among other things, the sort of experience that Boba-Job gave you – getting out there and asking for work – would be very valuable in the context of the GFC. But these days you couldn’t possibly let your kid knock on a neighbour’s door and ask for work. For a start, who’s to say the neighbour’s not a pedophile? And then, on the other side of the equation, there’s insurance. If a kid scratched a hand or skinned a knee in your garden, there’d be lawyers and insurance companies at 10 paces in a nanosecond. In 2009 it’s a brave parent who lets the kids out of eyesight without a SWAT team and a QC’s business card in their pocket. People still talk of progress and how far we’ve come. Note I said “people”. Not me. I’m off to rake the leaves, thanking God for my MP3 player.

Corbell takes no liberties on bikies IT is not easy to stand up to the big guys: Sometimes it is hard to do the right thing, especially when plenty of those around you are urging you in the opposite direction. This was the situation facing ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell when he went to the aptly named SCAG’s meeting. The Standing Committee of AttorneysGeneral was keen to undermine our civil liberties yet again. However, it was Corbell, with the Victorian Attorney General Rob Hulls, who resisted the pressure to draw up specific anti-bikie laws and chose to protect our civil liberties instead. It is a bit of a quandary that Simon was facing, but his leadership achieved a positive result. On the one hand, his NSW Labor colleague Attorney General John Hatzistergos was hot to trot to show he could do something about bikie gangs. Robert McLelland, the Federal Attorney General, was also looking for a consistent position across Australia. At home, Liberal Opposition spokesman Jeremy Hanson was winding up the pressure. Corbell understands that a good lawand-order approach always makes good political sense and almost all of his SCAG colleagues were busting to get on the band-


By Michael Moore wagon. It is reminiscent of the anti-terror laws that were rushed through a few years ago. At that time, our protections under the law were considerably weakened as investigatory powers, powers of coercion and powers of interrogation were considerably strengthened. The proposed NSW laws will apply only to criminals and criminal gangs. No they will not! Experience shows that once the police have this sort of power, it will be extended to others. Corbell has not given up on bikie gangs nor has his Victorian counterpart. The communiqué of SCAG reveals that Attorneys-General agreed that organised crime is a national issue requiring a nationally co-ordinated response by all jurisdictions”. They did agree on pursuing a series of measures regarding organised crime that could easily erode civil liberties if they are not handled properly. The suggestions include coercive questioning,

greater use of electronic interception and laws that restrict “consorting” with other people from known criminal organisations. They have also agreed that people from known criminal organisations, including bikie gangs, will not be able to hold executive positions and will not be able to be company directors. The most important thing for the enactment of all these laws is that police should not be able to employ their use without the approval of the courts. It is the courts that provide the prime protection. When Jeremy Hanson “gave a big F in my book” to Corbell for his actions on bikies and called for a truly national approach, the Opposition simply got it wrong. Actually, the SCAG has come up with a national approach and so Hanson and his colleagues will have the opportunity to review that approach when the laws come before the ACT Assembly. A co-ordinated approach of the kind agreed is more likely to pay dividends in dealing with organised crime than reducing citizens’ rights yet again. Michael Moore is a former independent member of the ACT Legislative Assembly and minister for health.

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“KEEP trying new wines and local wines you haven’t tried before” – that’s the advice of Vivien Roussignol, a French winemaker who’s working as the assistant winemaker at Lerida Estate during the 2009 vintage season. Also in the area are compatriots Anne-Laure Sicard, who is also working at the Lake George winery, and Marie Toussaint, at Clonakilla; all three studied at the same university. Vivien says he is enjoying his work in Australia for a couple of reasons. “I studied in Montpellier, at the



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French National Superior School of Agronomy, and specialised in vinegrowing and wine-making,” Vivien said. “My parents have a vineyard in the Languedoc region [in Southern France], where they grow Shiraz, Grenache and local Languedoc grape varieties which you can only find in Languedoc and part of Spain – they don’t make wine, just grow the grapes. “I came here partly to improve my English skills, but I think it’s also good to be here because there are a lot of grape varieties we don’t find in France.

“Also in France, the different varieties are found only in different regions – for example for Pinot Noir, you have to work in the Burgundy region. “You can find all the varieties in the same place here in Australia, which has been a good thing for us to experience.” Anne Caine, co-founder of Lerida Estate, says that each year, between late February and May, the winery brings a winemaker from Vivien’s university to Australia to assist with the many tasks involved with each year’s vintage. “It’s a very rigorous course, and so the graduates are very technically com-

petent and hard-working,” Anne says. Vivien says he’s enjoying trying Australian wines, as they’re generally not available in France apart from a few well-known brands, such as Penfolds. “There’s a lot for us to taste in Australia. Locally, you have really good wines, I think – there are some very good cellar doors in the Canberra area. There is some very good Shiraz here, and the Pinot Noir in the region is also very good.” He encouraged Canberrans to discover local wines, including wines from lesser known and boutique wineries, as he has done.

French winemaker Vivien Roussignol… “Locally, you have really good wines, I think.” Photo by Silas.

Struggling Somalia’s pirates of peasants INTERNATIONAL debate continues about how to combat the growing piracy problem off the coast of Somalia. Australians struggle to fully comprehend the predicament that most Somalis are faced with. Somalia is one of the poorest, most violent, least stable countries on earth. What happens on the streets of Mogadishu is so far removed from the streets of Canberra that it may as well be on another planet. There hasn’t been a functioning government in Somalia since the early ‘90s. So there’s virtually no police force. No schools. Scant electricity. There is no running water. Decades of drought have decimated the agricultural sector,

By Mark Parton which was largely subsistence. Decades of civil war have destroyed most of the infrastructure. Unemployment is rife. The people of this failed state have learnt to live in circumstances under which many would have just given up. Statistics are hard to come by, but according to the BBC online the average yearly income is around $A800. That translates to: “If you have a gun you eat… if you don’t you die”.

A generation has grown up believing that to survive, you have to brandish a big gun and take things from other people. To them, it’s as natural as pushing a trolley around Woolies Belconnen is to us. For years they’ve stood on the shore and watched luxury yachts and cargo vessels sailing by out in the gulf. It actually makes practical good sense that eventually they’d jump in their own boats and try to hijack them. I’m not saying that what they’re doing is right or that the western world shouldn’t be applying force to stop the piracy. I’m just saying that you can so easily understand why they’re doing it when there is no coast guard or police

force, when they are surrounded by abject poverty, hunger and disease and when life holds virtually no value, why wouldn’t they be bold and have a go? America and other western nations are talking about getting tough on the pirates. But there’s not much point threatening a native Somali with death. He’s faced death every day for years and it doesn’t scare him as much as it scares us. Survival in Somalia is about creativity. While the country continues to lurch along in anarchic poverty, piracy will continue. Mark Parton is the morning announcer for Talking Canberra 1206 2CC.

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The boob? It’s up there! By Helen Musa IT’S official – the boob is just as entertaining as the penis or the vagina! A few years ago, you wouldn’t have read this in a clean family weekly, but with the popularity of shows such as “The Vagina Monologues” and “The Puppetry of the Penis”, an element of public competitiveness has grown into the histrionic and potential of the private parts. Actor, musician, and playwright Jonathan Gavin has been considering this theatrical phenomenon of late. He is one of the team of writers engaged by producer Anne Looby to script the new musical “Breast Wishes,” which opens at the Playhouse on May 27. Gavin, a former Ginninderra College student, ANU medallist and star of the Canberra stage, left the ACT in 1996 to study at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. He’s since been in demand whenever piano-playing actors are required and is even more in demand as a playwright. His prize-winning short play “Sleepless Nights” was taken by the Short and Sweet Festival to Singapore last year and has won prizes at the Edinburgh and Brighton festivals. He’s busy working with the Darlinghurst Theatre in Sydney, but has also been teaching at the Shopfront Theatre in Kogarah and writing a screenplay. Gavin is astonished at my suspicion that “Breast Wishes” might be a heavy play about an unpleasant subject. On the contrary, he assures me, it’s “a laugh a minute”.

“Breast Wishes” cast, from left, Valerie Bader, Anne Looby, Chelsea Plumley and Gretel Scarlett. Based on an original concept by actordirector Anne Looby and previewed at last year in a fundraising concert for Breast Cancer, the full production premiered at Sydney’s Seymour Centre on April 16, headed up by director Jason Langley with musical direction by Michael Tyack. The music and lyrics by Bruce Brown, drew rapturous praise in Sydney. While Gavin is adamant that it is not a grim piece about breast cancer, but rather “light and uplifting,” featuring lots of funny bits about the beauty industry. He scripted an encounter between a hus-

band and a wife on the brink of having a double mastectomy. The laughs come in the wife’s attempts to make it all right with her husband. “I was trying to write a piece which would achieve high recognition,” he explains and with baby-boomer audiences, he’s pretty sure he pulled it off. “Breast Wishes”, the Playhouse from May 27-June 6. A free, pre-show forum will be held on May 27 at 7pm. WIN one of 10 double tickets to the opening night of “Breast Wishes”, details at

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Kidstuff, but not for children “Let The Right One In” (MA) JUVENILE vampire movies are not thick on the ground in any language.  A Swedish one is positively astonishing. I suspect that Ingmar Bergman might have admired how Tomas Alfredson’s film of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel, finding love in lives where difficulties outweigh satisfactions, presents its semiotic inputs and, very likely also, its view of the human condition.  All vampires began as humans and there’s no reason why the even thirstiest of them might not have retained some compassion. Together, 12-year-old Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) and Eli (Lina Leandersson), who has been 12 for a long time, experience frissons of comfort which their family situations don’t provide.  His parents are separated; her father figure has but one task – to collect fresh vampire food (in sequences holding back nothing of what’s about to happen).  And Oskar, a loner, is a target for a gang of schoolyard thugs. Making powerful and beautiful use of a winter environment reflecting the emotional chill permeating the story, Alfredson tells it with admirable economy of people, words and action.  The two young actors are impressive. He treats the classic vampire genre elements with nice understatement except in the moments when the plot needs it all to hang out, when it is the equal of the most-chilling vampire movie in your experience. Indeed, the film delivers one vampire control measure that you may


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TWO testosterone-charged high school students opt out of a football vacation training SIX decades after its collapse, film makers camp to attend a three-week cheerleaders’ are currently re-examining Hitler’s Third school among 300 girls. Reich after a hiatus while they played with Directed by William Gluck, whose career wars in Vietnam and the Middle East. hitherto concentrated on network TV Cinema should treat World War II series, “Fired Up”, written by debut writer intelligently. When it was fresh in memory, Freedom Jones, is a totally un-meritorious movies about it tended to be vigorous campus movie, with meager plot, juvenile treatments of how our side won (we didn’t and banal dialogue and trivial issues. It offers no invitation for us to engage with – they lost).  We must never forget World War II’s origins in the bowels of Hitler’s either characters or situations. It fails to fulfill its initial (and improbable) intention political hubris. Film makers are now revisiting that imperative – for example, the of Shawn (Nicholas D’Agosto) and Nick (Eric excellent “Downfall”, the unfortunate “OpOlsen) scoring big time among those 300 eration Valkyrie” and now Mark Hermann’s young women. Its conflicts are one-dimenunflinching look at what the Nazis called sional, its tensions flabby. the final solution. The physical attractiveness and gymnastic Its main protagonists are two eightathleticism of its young cast are undeniable. year-old boys separated by a barbed-wire Does guy get girl at the end ? I had other fence. Asa Butterfield plays the son of an SS commitments. Not knowing distresses me officer (David Thewlis) newly promoted to not one bit. command a concentration camp. Jack Scan   At Hoyts lan plays the boy of the title.  Neither child



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Mum’s party in the park CANBERRA’S Mother’s Day event returns to Glebe Park on Sunday, May 10: Party in the Park is one of the ACT Government’s “round town� free events. This year’s Mother’s Day party includes live music such as the FABBA tribute band, plus Duck and Cover playing pop, R&B and disco hits. The day will include market stalls, special giveaways for mum and even the opportunity to treat her to a massage. Families can also enjoy dance shows, pony rides, minigolf, reptiles on display, temporary tattoos, food stalls, fantastic rides, competitions and prizes, and more. For more information visit or call Canberra Connect on 13 2281.

Fun for the family at Canberra’s Mother’s Day party at Glebe Park.

Court mum at Cooleman

About feeling special

COOLEMAN Court in Weston is offering a gift with purchase for Mother’s Day, which means that customers who spend $40 or more at any speciality retailer (or $100 at Woolworths or Aldi) receive a scratch lottery pack including a $10 ticket and four $1.10 tickets. “They also receive a 200g box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates,� says Chris Chilvers, marketing admin manager at Cooleman Court. “There’s a lot of retailers here who have a lot to offer for Mother’s Day – from our beauty centre, which offers facials and waxing, to

Mother’s Day is all about making mum feel special – and an individually chosen gift can do just that, says Annette Selwood, of the Black and White Gift Shop in Mawson. “Chocolates, flowers and hampers are great, but there’s nothing better than a personal gift which has been specially chosen for mum,� she says. “The Black and White Gift Shop has a great selection of fine and fashion jewellery presented in delightful black and white boxes. “We have beautiful fine leather handcrafted bags and a selection of natural fibre scarves – unique and elegant gifts that will remind her every day how much she is loved.� There are also quirky gifts with a difference, from vases and teapots to mosaic platters and clocks. For more information call 6286 9075.

Chloe Hair Design and the Glasshouse, which offers flowers and giftware.� For more information, visit or call 6288 8800.


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The market of choiceâ&#x20AC;Ś THERE are 60 speciality stores at Gungahlin Marketplace â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and a wide range of gift options for mum, plus shoppers can win more than $18,000 in prizes for shopping at the centre by 4pm, Sunday, May 10. Stores include cafes, ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fashion, shoe and bag shops, and gift shops.

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At Diamond Design, manager Lauren Smith says Pandora jewellery is all the rage, and perfect for Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Pandora charms and beads are ideal as they allow mum to build up a piece of jewellery thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique to her â&#x20AC;&#x201C; loved ones can buy her a single piece at a time, or a full bracelet or necklace.

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At nearby gift store Wrapped Wonders, co-owner Helen Zelko says thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gifts for mums of any age, from collectible figurines by Sheraton Simpson, Franz and Forever in Blue Jeans, to funky Murano glass jewellery. Wrapped Wonders offer aromatherapy, perfume bottles and jewellery boxes, and home wares that allow mum to put her personal touch on her home.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A good bag is a nice gift for mums, perhaps with a matching wallet,â&#x20AC;? suggests Andrew Keogh, from Bags to Go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mums often wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend the money on themselves â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they put themselves last most of the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is a chance to reward mum for looking after us all year!â&#x20AC;? Andrew says that purple is one of the hottest colours this season, and can add a great colour accent to mumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter clothes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big bags are also the flavour of the month.â&#x20AC;? For more information call 6228 1084.

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Estelle says families can enjoy a full buffet breakfast from $24 per person, “or treat your mum to a delicious seafood and roast buffet lunch from $69 per person – both include a glass of bubbly on arrival for mum, and a special gift for lunch bookings.” For more information call 6232 0318.

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Free treat for mum THE China Plate restaurant, in the Melbourne Building, Civic, is offering specials on banquets and a la carte meals, to celebrate Mother’s Day. Conditions apply, but if a family of four chooses a banquet meal at the restaurant on the day, mum’s meal is complimentary. “Mum cooks every day already – we want her to come and try our meals, and have a break!” says restaurant spokesperson Amy Lo. “This is our first Mother’s Day, so it will be memorable for us, and we want it to be memorable for mums, too.” For more information call 6162 3838.

LA Cobbler, in Civic, is offering a wide range of scarves and wraps and gloves in various colours, as well as handbags, shoes and boots – and gift vouchers as well. According to owner Shaen Flakelar, the hottest bags and shoes this autumn and winter are in textured, rich fabrics. “For example, the Etiquette range of bags has been doing very well – the bags feature a mixture of leathers and fabrics such as velvet, and they’re just beautiful.” For more information call 6247 4855.

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Mother’s Day, May 10

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It’s a wrap BUYING warm winter clothes is a thoughtful gift which will help keep mum warm over winter, says Andrew Cox at Cassidy’s, Jamison Plaza. He says Cassidy’s is offering warm coats made from possum and NZ merino fibres – “one of the softest fibres around” – as well as gloves and hats. “A gift like this is something that’s personal to mum, so get her out of the kitchen and looking good!” For more information call 6295 7280 (Kingston) or 6251 1911 (Jamison).


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BUSY mums often don’t have the time to pamper themselves, so the gift of hair care products or a styling session can be greatly appreciated, says Benjamin Ramstrom, salon manager at Numero Uno Hair Studio at Karabar. “If she wants a blender, she’ll get it herself!” Benjamin says. “Mums need to be pampered: they’re so often neglected during the year, and I think every day should be Mother’s Day in that we need to look after our mums every day. “Mums are juggling work, kids, the house – everyone’s different, but busy, yummy mummies often need low-

maintenance hairstyles that can be styled easily and quickly, with minimal fuss, and still look great.” Numero Uno is offering hair care gift packs as well as its usual range of hair-pampering services for Mother’s Day. For more information call 6299 5777.

BLUEBELLS Florist at Jamison Plaza is offering special blooms for Mother’s Day, plus a new range of boxes and fashion ribbons to make mum’s day, says floral artist Gloria Jones. Flowers are a wonderful choice for Mother’s Day not just because they’re traditional, but also because mum so rarely gets this sort of token of affection, Gloria says. “I think every mum deserves flowers!” says Gloria. “They’re a very special way to say ‘I love you’.” The award-winning Bluebells specialises in tailoring bouquets to individual clients. For more information call 6251 7799.

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Ian Phillips and Sally Adair… “At a time when retail is dominated by large chains in homogenous shopping malls, our little place is a breath of fresh air,” says Ian.

“WE’RE an unusual scenario in modern retail,” says Ian Phillips, who with partner Sally Adair, has just opened “LOOM – Exotic Threads” in Bailey’s Corner Arcade. Ten-year veterans of markets and festivals, their shop offers the same type of garments and goods Ian and Sally have, for some time, been sourcing from small, often family or villagebased businesses in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Burma. “Our business is based on the fascination we have for the traditions, lifestyles and handiwork still existing there,” says Ian, who wants to offer Canberrans an alternative to the usual mass-produced garments on the fashion market. “What these people do is almost a reection of a bygone era – but they’re still doing it.

“The fabrics and textiles are natural and earthy, traditionally manufactured on a small scale.” LOOM uses fair trade principles and will send ve per cent of its prots back to the villages from which its products and textiles are sourced, including to assist minority groups in Burma and Thailand. Ian and Sally offer garments they have designed in handloomed cotton and silk, silk scarves which Sally dyes herself, a range of textiles and hand-beaten silver tribal jewellery. “At a time when retail is dominated by large chains in homogenous shopping malls, our little place is a breath of fresh air,” Ian says. For more information call 0404 636 999.


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BAILEY’S Corner has a host of options available for Mother’s Day gifts: from jewellery at April Collections, and AJ Watchmaker to clothes at dk Collection, Mooble and newly opened LOOM – Exotic Threads. There’s also the chance to create and frame precious memories at Ted’s Cameras, and the opportunity to spoil mum with a beauty treatment at the Avida Aesthetic and Wellness Centre – or take her to lunch at Tosolini’s.


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Turn mum’s head “Mother’s Day is a reminder for all of us just how important our mum is,” says Skye Macfarlane, technical consultant at the new Ruby Hair Depot in Fyshwick. “She deserves to feel special on Mother’s Day, so pamper your mum with a beautiful hair-care pack.” Ruby Hair Depot is offering savings of up to 30 per cent on some of its products – for example, buy a 300ml Play shampoo and

conditioner and receive a free Play styling product. Ruby offers low-ammonia and no-ammonia hair colour, and haircare products free from many chemicals, including the Mastey, ABBA, Topcare and Sculture, and Play Hair Care. “Globally there is a move towards products that are not only environmentally friendly, but user friendly,” says Skye. For more information call 6162 1645.

Great excuse to spend time together TAKING mum out to lunch or dinner is a wonderful way to show we care, says Reddy Manne, owner of Blu Ginger Indian restaurant, Canberra City. “Mother’s Day is a great excuse to take mum out and spend some time with her,” he says. “Mother’s Day should be about enjoyment and happiness, about being together. A good meal and making the time to spend as a family is something that you remember for a long time – it makes a memorable occasion.” For more information call 6247 2228.

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FLOWERS always bring a smile to the recipient’s face, says Juliana Genner, owner of Botanics on Jardine in Kingston. “A beautiful bouquet brings a touch of brightness to the home, as well as a touch of nature,” she says. Juliana says the studio offers mums and their loved ones a range of blooms from the traditional to what she calls “edgy”, for modern mums. There’s also potted plants and arrangements to order. For more information call 6295 0721.

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Let mum relax TREATING mum to a meal at BG Skyline Restaurant is a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day, says Brad Coelho, food and beverage manager at the Rydges Lakeside Hotel. “We shouldn’t expect mum to cook at home on Mother’s Day – instead, take her out for a traditional-style buffet,” Brad suggests. BG’s is putting on a special menu that includes pure Australian Angus roast beef, chillied king prawns and South Coast oysters, a trio of home-made salads and decadent desserts plus hand-made chocolates. Dining is child-friendly, Brad says, and the hotel will be providing kits to keep kids busy while mum enjoys her lunch. For more information call 6247 6244.

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Daren’s decade at the helm

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NEXT month Daren Tetley celebrates 10 years as the chef at a restaurant that sits in peaceful, pretty Grevillea Park with breathtaking views of Lake Burley Griffin. He admits he never tires of the scenery at the Boat House by the Lake – during the day when the black swans visit or at night, when the lights of the buildings on the opposite shores flicker on the water. Daren, who has also worked at the Hyatt, Parliament House and in Hong Kong, is in charge of a kitchen with no less than 14 staff and he’s honoured that, in an industry notorious for staff shuffling, he has had his executive chef, Robert Smith, for eight years and his executive sous chef, Adam Tait, for seven years. The cuisine is modern Australian. Entrees are $27, mains $38, desserts $20 and the cheese plate $25. It took ages to order, not only because we were relaxing over a wonderful Mount Majura Pinot Gris, one of the many local wines The Boat House offers (by bottle and glass), but because we could not decide which interesting dish to order. We savoured the complimentary cauliflower and truffle soup with crispy ham and the freshly baked rosemary bread with hazelnut, coriander, cumin and sesame seed dukka, mixed with superb Preston Valley (WA) olive oil – a tremendous start.


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Food with a view… Rare roasted kangaroo loin (left) and Kobe Wagyu beef tartare. Photo by Silas. Just like the views, the entrees took our breath away. The Kobe Wagyu beef tartare with thin and crispy vinegar pomme frites and warm eschalot jam was exciting. The Hervey Bay scallops wrapped in a blanket of butter puff pastry and served with Veuve Clicquot Champagne cream was rich, but a winner. We agreed our mains weren’t as exciting. I loved the idea of seared tuna on green bean, olive, minted new potato salad, with anchovy and quail egg mayonnaise – an artistic take on salad Nicoise. But my tuna was overcooked and dry. The Victorian organic La Ionica chicken and pancetta roulade looked lovely, but it too was a bit dry and the Manuka honey roasted figs were overpowering.

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It was inevitable we were going to indulge by sharing a dessert. The Valhrona dark chocolate and blueberry fondant with raspberry coulis and mint cream was out of this world and as rich as a multi-millionaire. The Boat House’s degustation menu is $85 without wines or $125 with (more than 200 wines are in the cellar). And the menu, which Daren designs by brainstorming with staff, is soon changing for autumn. The restaurant is a divine place to hold a function, including for groups as large as 400. No wonder Daren needs such a huge kitchen brigade.


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“When it comes to nightwear, I want to offer something that’s a bit different, and these pieces are meant to be seen,” says Canberra designer Emma Knieriem at the fashion parade for her “Chateau Baby” collection. Emma, who graduated from CIT two years ago, says she’s passionate about lingerie and nightwear, and is on a mission to get Australian girls out of our “daggy pyjamas”. “Mine are the sort of sleepwear you won’t be embarrassed to be seen in. A lot of

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By Megan Haggan MYTHS abound about influenza – and one of the biggest is that it’s possible to contract the illness from the vaccine, according to Dr Ian Barr, deputy director of the World Health Organization Collaborative Centre on Influenza, in Melbourne. “Because it’s a dead vaccine – it’s chemically inactive,” Dr Barr told “CityNews”. A few people may develop mild symptoms (as a reaction to one of the vaccine’s components) which may appear somewhat similar to cold symptoms, he said, but these aren’t actually a dose of the flu. “There might be a bit of fever and nausea, but without the cough, blinding headaches and muscle pain,” Dr Barr said. “If you look at the clinical trials, the most prominent symptom from the vaccine is a sore arm, which usually disappears after 24 to 48 hours.” The influenza vaccine is updated every year, because different “strains” or types of flu are prevalent from year to year. Some people will contract a different strain to that contained in the vaccine. “I think a lot of people focus on whether there’s an absolute match or not; but the point is that you still get a level of protection,” Dr Barr said. “This means that even if you catch the flu, you’ll get much milder clinical symptoms than you otherwise would have had.”

ficiency is a little lower in the very elderly. The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends that several groups of people be vaccinated against flu, including all people aged 65 and over; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 and over, health workers and people with chronic diseases and those in long-term care facilities. Children may also benefit – the WA Government is offering free vaccination to children aged six months to five years, while in NSW a trial of vaccinating children in child care is taking place. “Early indications from WA are very posiDr Ian Barr… “It’s impossible to get an tive in terms of protecting kids and keeping influenza infection from the vaccine.” them out of hospital, which is really good Given the flu’s symptoms are generally news,” Dr Barr said. much more severe than those of the common Children are very good at spreading colds cold, this is beneficial, he said. and flu, he said. This is another myth about the flu: it’s often “Certainly, one of the things shown to be wrongly confused with the usually much effective in some situations, to wind back an milder common cold. epidemic, is to close schools!” A cold has a slower onset (the flu usually Dr Barr said that cold temperatures do, appears suddenly) and is less likely to cause in fact, have some role to play in the spread complications such as pneumonia. of the flu virus: “People spend more time Colds generally cause sore throats, coughs together indoors in winter, the relative and a blocked or runny nose, while the flu’s humidity level is friendly to the virus and the symptoms include fever, muscle and joint virus survives better in cold temperatures, aches and pains and fatigue. so hopefully that doesn’t mean Canberra has The vaccine is 80 to 90 per cent effective a longer flu season than everywhere else in in healthy adults, Dr Barr said, though its efAustralia.”

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GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) You’re never short of lightning flashes of inspiration but you can fall short in the execution department. This week, as Mercury starts moving backwards through your sign, it’s time to finally finish long-standing projects and tie up loose ends. No excuses Gemini - what are you waiting for?

CANCER (June 22 – July 22) Pace yourself Cancer. If you can, avoid making important decisions as you’re liable to make choices based purely on your emotions, which are fluctuating wildly under this week’s full moonbeams. You’ll need to be super organised, otherwise there could be problems balancing your work and relationship responsibilities.

LEO (July 23 – Aug 22) This weekend is not the best time to host a jolly family reunion or bring up sensitive old family issues. The full moon falls in your home zone, so be on domestic drama alert. Confiscate all sharp implements and choose your words carefully, as loved ones are liable to make mountains out of molehills.

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LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 23) Have you been shopping up a storm when you should have been saving or paying off debt? If the answer is ‘yes’, then there could be some drama this week involving money and marriage [or money and family members]. For Librans who are more financially responsible, expect a burgeoning business endeavor to blossom and move ahead.

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A full moon doesn’t usually throw you Sagittarius! You love the rush of energy it brings so use it to shine a spotlight on your hidden strengths and secret dreams for the future. You could hear some startling news this week that will make your ears burn, but think twice before you pass it on.

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20) With the full moon in your adventure zone, it’s time to channel the intrepid explorer within and plan a weekend escape or overseas getaway – somewhere you’ve never been before. Your motto for this week is from fellow Piscean, Dr Seuss “You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting – so get on your way!” Copyright Joanne Madeline Moore 2009


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3 Name a Chinese secret organisation, often involved in criminal activities. 4 What is mercy, especially as shown towards an enemy? 5 What is another word for a pelt? 6 When one perspires, one does what? 7 One who is on good terms with another is called a what? 12 Name the southernmost of the five Great Lakes. 14 What is an echidna? 15 Which metallic element has the Symbol Fe? 17 What are poisonous germs infecting the atmosphere? 18 What is an outdoor military pageant? 20 One who possesses something is called its what? 21 Which sailing vessel is used for private cruising, etc? 23 Name a means of transportation.



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THE ApARTments project at Acton in Canberra will feature a $2million-plus, 1700sqm “park in the sky” for residents when the development is complete in 2010. Canberra’s “park in the sky” is perched four stories high and will have commanding views over the city. Developer, Nectar Efkarpidis, managing director of Molonglo Group, said: “I was in New York and I saw a disused railway threestoreys up that they had converted into a sculpture park (High Line in New York) – this really inspired the idea. “People living in urban environments don’t just want to look out their window and see a concrete slab,” he said. “It provides residents with a very lush green space, with barbeque areas, quirky seating, and breakout spaces. “We thought it was much more appealing for people living in Canberra to have a ‘park in the sky’ instead of a pool which are underused and have high body corporate fees. We wanted to give buyers a level of offering which goes beyond the ordinary.” Designed by Roger Jasprizza and Bob Earle, from Oculus – the garden podium will

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With a little help FEDERAL Labor Senator Nick Sherry believes property is a big part of the current “immense economic and environmental challenges facing Australia” and could provide significant economic stimulus with a little help. In a speech to the Property Council in Tasmania, the Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law said he believed the twin challenges facing Australia – climate change and the global economic crisis – contain the seeds of great opportunity. “We have never had a better opportunity, nor a higher need, to address the shortcomings of the past, and develop an economy and society that prepares us for the future and, importantly, that remains sustainable and stable into the future,” he said. “And at the heart of both solutions will lay our business and corporate sectors.” The $42 billion Nation Building Plan is part of the Rudd Government’s strategy for strengthening the Australian economy and buffering it from the full impact of the economic crisis. It joins other initiatives, which include the $15.2 billion COAG National Reform Package and the $4.7 billion infrastructure package for investment in road, rail, and education infrastructure, as well as tax breaks for Australian businesses. According to Senator Sherry, Treasury estimates that the Nation Building Plan will support up to 90,000 jobs in 2008-09 and 2009-10, creating economic growth of around 0.5 per cent of GDP in 2008-09, and around 0.75 per cent to one per cent of GDP in 2009-10. The plan, he said blends long-and short-term goals. “In fact, for every $1 spent providing immediate stimulus to the economy, the Government has invested more than $2 on longterm investments that will generate future economic growth,” he said. These initiatives are certainly welcome, and necessary as Australia faces another year of worldwide economic uncertainty. “Without action,” he said, “Treasury predicts that a combination of weak demand and tight credit conditions could see up to 50,000 people lose their jobs, with further flow-on effects to other parts of the economy.” Catherine Carter is the executive director of the Property Council of Australia (ACT).

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All packages are subject to site costs. 50% • FREEHOLD LAND — No time limit to build and NO community title already • Final Stage Now Selling! — Only 38 blocks ranging from 5 to 30 acres sold • Only 10 minutes to Calwell, 15 minutes to the Tuggeranong Town Centre, 30 minutes to the City • Either choose from our great range of 3,4 or 5 bedroom Home + Land packages or choose your own builder • Fully sealed roads, fully fenced, underground electricity, bus services, water bore or dam & ADSL2 Broadband

Visit Elmslea Estate Sat & Sun 12pm — 4pm Cnr McCusker & McMahon Dr, Bungendore

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Angela Penhallow

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• Designer 4 bedroom + rumpus home • 499m2 block in family friendly street • Stunning street appeal • Separate living • Covered Al-fresco dining area • Double garage + internal access • Fencing & concrete driveway • 5,000 ltr rain water tank • Downlights to all living areas • Build time guarantee

Forde House + Land package • Designer 4 bedroom + ensuite design • 465m2 block in peaceful & quiet street location • Contemporary street appeal • Double garage + internal access • Separate living area • Fencing & concrete driveway • 5, 000 ltr rain water tank • Downlights to all living areas • Build time guarantee


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Block 8 Section 17 $530,000

Forde House + Land package


Sasha Trpkovski

• Architect 4 bedroom + ensuite design • 472m2 block in quiet street location • Stunning street appeal • Separate living area • Double garage + internal access • Fencing & concrete driveway • 5,000ltr rain water tank • Downlights to all living areas • Build time guarantee

Block 2 Section 63 $499,000


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Block 6 Section 48 $499,000


• Architect style 4 bedroom + ensuite home • 486m2 block in quiet street location • Superb street appeal • Separate living & large family/ meals room • Double garage + internal access • Fencing & concrete driveway • 5,000 ltr rain water tank • Downlights to all living areas • Build time guarantee

Block 16 Section 50 $555,000

Forde House + Land package

Forde House + Land package

*prices based on separate contacts for the land +house


Unti 14/5 Tennant Street, Fyshwick

Block 5 Section 55 $515,000 Forde House + Land package

• Architect 4 bedroom + ensuite design • 499m2 block in quiet street location • Beautiful street appeal • Double garage + internal access • Separate living area • Fencing & concrete driveway • 5,000 ltr rain water tank • Downlights to all living areas • Build time guarantee


• Architect designed Tri-level 4 bedroom family home • 583m2 block in quiet street location with views • Separate living & rumpus rooms • Separate Main bedroom with designer ensuite • Double garage + internal access • Fencing & concrete driveway • 5,000 ltr rain water tank • Downlights to all living areas • Build time guarantee

Block 3 Section 27 $599,000 Forde House + Land package

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$365 000 - $395 000

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$325 000 - $365 000

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Well presented contemporary north facing three bedroom home, two spacious sun-filled living areas, built in robes in all bedrooms, modern open plan design with high ceilings in some areas creating light and space. This home is the jewel in the crown with features galore-wooden venetians-dishwasher-gas heating-RC/AC unit- insulation- covered pergola double garage plus double carport and much more. Nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and close to all amenities this home has it all, with nothing to do! EER 1.5

Fantastic three bedroom dual occupancy home with street frontage, neat as a pin located on the high side of the street offering great views, two living areas, tiled high traffic areas, light airy kitchen with dishwasher, gas cooking and heating, built in robes in all bedrooms, single garage under roofline plus extra parking at rear. Front and rear enclosed courtyards with storage shed and covered pergola for outdoor entertaining, with no body corporate this would suit first home buyers, downsizers or investors. EER 3.5



Wayne Kennedy 0414 622 926

$555 000 - $595 000

Wayne Kennedy 0414 622 926

Location, Space, Flowing Floor Plan & a Pool!!

Located in walking distance to shops, schools, buses- & even the doctor, this stunning 4 bedrooms, ensuite home features a huge parents retreat or work from home office, separate dining room currently used as a clinic, separate lounge & family rooms, huge rumpus/sunroom with a servery from the kitchen. Sliding doors out from the sunroom to a beautifully landscaped rear yard with a sale covered, solar heated inground pool. Beside the brick double garage you will also find double gates leading to a secure area great for extra parking for caravan, trailer & cars. EER 3

Style, Space & Location!! Move in & enjoy this free-standing, 3 bdrm, ensuite townhouse in a small complex! Single level, spacious open-plan design with internal access to the double garage is a rare find. A well designed kitchen features a gas cook-top & dishwasher. Built-in robes provide enough storage in all the bedrooms with the main room looking out over the valley. Close to public transport, schools, childcare and Lanyon Market Place. Gas hot water and ducted gas heating make this a very energy efficient home. Generous secure yard is complimented with a deck and views of the valley. EER 4

Betty Wark 0408 166 833 BANKS

$459 000

Huge Garage with Internal Access!!

If you bring your Hubby to this home, you may not get him to leave!! The brick garage is way bigger than a double, with work benches & storage + a rear roller door, internal access & glass sliding doors out to the massive pergola. Immaculate 4 bedroom, ensuite family home attached!! EER 4

$449 000

Fabulous Home with A Great Deckl!!

If you are looking to make a move up to a 4 bedroom ensuite home without breaking the bank, then this one should be on your viewing list. Built in robes in all bedrooms, gas heating & cooking. 2 x RCAC. Sep lounge, dining & family rooms plus a large covered rear deck & double carport. EER 4

Betty Wark 0408 166 833

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Kate Williams 0408 186 532


$380 000 - $420 000

A Great Place to Invest Your First Home Owner’s Grant.

With time possibly running out for first time buyers and the number of suitable homes reducing as more time passes, this 3 bedroom home could be just what the doctor ordered. In a quiet, kid-friendly crescent, within easy access of primary (state and church) and high schools, the Hyperdome, Plaza and associated government offices, this home offers ducted gas heating, garage, carport and a back yard made for entertaining with magnificent shade trees. So, if you want your weekends back, rather than looking at more houses, see this one now. EER 1.5

Andrew York 0418 624 411

Betty Wark 0408 166 833 BANKS

$390 000 - $440 000


$640 000

MAJESTIC in every way – 5 beds, office, etc. From the exquisite formal areas to the huge kitchen, large family room and amazing rear garden with huge pergola covered deck, this is a grand property. Includes ducted heating & cooling, ensuite, massive garage and more. EER 1

Paula Guy 0418 285 737



$659 000

Stunning, Spacious Family Home!!

Segregated main bedroom, plus walk in robe & ensuite with corner spa, separate formal lounge & dining rooms, very spacious family room & meals area, large rumpus room, all double sized bedrooms, powder room, 2 x double garages on a large, level , secure block. Just Beautiful!!EER 4

Betty Wark 0408 166 833 $499 000

Invest, Live, Group Share!!

This is the perfect property if you would like easy access to Tuggeranong CBD, plenty of space & separate areas. 185sqm (20 square)of living plus a dble gge. 4 bedrooms, ensuite, 3 toilets, 2 courtyards. Great size, location & floor plan = a great investment. Bonus: No Body Corp Fees!! EER 4

Betty Wark 0408 166 833


$380 000 - $420 000

Rare River Frontage Land

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

Wayne Kennedy 0414 622 926

Canberra CityNews April 30-May 6, 2009  
Canberra CityNews April 30-May 6, 2009  

Treasurer Katy Gallagher gives her debut Budget on Tuesday. Not that there seems to be much left to announce, it's had more leaks than a Ger...