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Tis the season! T
he Nitro Urban Rail Jam at Adrenalin Plus brought together some of the Nation’s and Canberra’s top snowboard riders and skiers on Friday 8th June. The event run each year on the Friday of the opening of the snow season which is also the Queen’s birthday long weekend.
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This year the event was broken up into 3 competitions. The ﬁrst was Canberra riders & skiers competing together for prizes from the sponsors. The second was Sponsored Skiers and the third was Sponsored Riders both competing for cash prizes.
The Rail Jam intends to give young Canberrans the chance to showcase their abilities in front of a home crowd and give them the stepping stone required to enter bigger events at Perisher Blue. It also kick starts the snow season and aims to get Canberrans ﬁred up to hit the slopes. The event is run with the support of Nitro snowboards and other major sponsors Oakley goggles and 686 Outerwear. Other sponsors include Elan skis, Orage outerwear, Giro helmets, Scott poles, Mother energy drink, Nikita clothing, Dakine gloves, FM104.7 and Thirty Two boots.
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Tom McGrath shows’m how it’s done!
Cont. from pg1 A special thanks to Perisher Blue for supplying the raﬄe prize and the 3 & 6 metre funboxes that made the event possible. Next year the Rail Jam will be held on Friday 6th June and promises to bigger again Our next big event is our Niseko Japan Tour in February 2008. If you are interested in riding some of the World’s best powder snow then come along on the Adrenalin Plus Tour. Email James on adrenalinplus@ hotmail.com for details.
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Dust oﬀ your snow gear The snow is here! Even local champs made a fuss Season launching at Adrenalin Plus Get ready to erupt Our playground is ﬁlling up! If Outdoor Survival is a worry A good deal’s yours if you hurry Boards, bags and beanies For Grandmas to tweenies From Billabong to Mambo Da Kine, Quicksilver and Rojo There’s fun on the runs And powder by tonnes So book a weekend in the Mt Bulla condominiums! Lake Crackenback is back Romantic and family shacks Siesta Villas with all the frillas Bars and cuisines to killa Register your Inter-school teams Compete the Snowy-Hydro games Race, plough, glide and dodge Then a ﬁre and drink at Verandah Lodge A game of bowls at the Jindabyne Club Then a cosy candlelit bubble bath tub Seldom will Selwyn sell in season Such great deals without reason. So this winter don’t you moan Treat yourself, PICK UP THE PHONE! When in Sydney, The Word chooses to stay at the Hughenden Boutique Hotel - it is simply beautiful.
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A feast of funnery!
There is a kaliedescope of fun in the Snowy’s, from sporting competitions to Historic Musing. It’s there for family, sports peopple and the Oldies are certainly not left out. 23 - 24th June Thredbo Demo Days. Try out all the latest ski and snowboard gear. 23 June Exhibition of pastels and paintings by Kevin Parker. 22nd June Conquest V1 in Concert. 8th July Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre, Lambie Street, Cooma. 24th July (Sun) Bushwalk to MannusMundaroo - Tumut, (Contact 6949 1632). Thredbo’s Australian Free ride Series Rails Competition - see www.thredbo.com.au JULY- Historic Musing - Thredbo Village - Part of Thredbo’s 50th birthday celebrations. Sunday 1st Bushwalk to Hume and Hovell Look out - Tumut (Contact 6949 1632). Mon 2nd Garden and Art Talks Session 2 - Garden Historian, Stuart Read - Anglican Parish Hall, Cooma, (bookings essential; 64546210). Wed 4th to Saturday 7th Inter-schools Races - Perisher Blue - Northern Sydney and Country NSW Regionals. Sun 8th Tumut Clay Target Club Shoot Tumut (Contact 6947 2871). 10th Redlands Cup, Thredbo. Races for any school who wishes to enter a team. NSW Interschool Snowsport Championships Sydney Division. Wednesday 11th. Inter schools Snowsport Championships, Thredbo - Sydney Division www.thredbo.com.au Sat 14th - Sun 29th Exhibition of paintings by Anne Marie Verspae and Sculpture by Linda Prowse - Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre, Cooma. Fri 20th - Sat 21st Cabaret - Cooma ExServices Club Hosted by Feast of Poetry and Monaro Dance Centre, Fri 20th - Sun 22nd “Youth Connections” Two one act Plays. Cooma Little Theatre - Tickets at Cooma Visitors Centre.
25th - 27th ACT/Southern NSW Region Interschools, Perisher Blue. Open to all schools in ACT and Southern Region. Fri 27th - Sun 29th “”Youth Connections” Two one act Plays - Cooma Little Theatre - Tickets at Cooma Visitors Centre. 28th Thredbo Masters Race - The traditional race is for those over 30 years. Sat 28th - Sun 29th Winter Australian Corporate Games - Thredbo, www. thredbo.com.au Mon 30th Australia’s Biggest Flare Run. Thredbo Road Collapse 10th Anniversary is recognised with a rewcord attempt on Australia’s Biggest Ever Flare Run.
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4-star @ 2-star prices Finding accommodation can be a problem in the Snowies. I called on Greg Quinn from ‘visitsnowymountains.com’. Greg said “from time to time with our thirty properties, people cancel.” If the mood takes you to escape for a night or two ring Greg on 02 64577142 and you might get a surprise – 4-star at 2-star prices. Then pick up the bag an go! For that
matter his rack rates start at $150 and go through to penthouses where you negotiate. Greg handles a few specialised home sales and one took my eye at $330 000. I think it’s reasonably priced and a great family investment.
S ituated within the south-eastern section of Alpine National Park, the village of Mt Buller is Australia’s largest, and Victoria’s most popular, ski resort. It is located 248 km north-east of Melbourne via the Melba, Goulburn Valley and Maroondah Highways, and 48 km east of Mansﬁeld along a steep, winding and picturesque road lined with mountain ash. There are 263 hectares of skiable terrain with over 80 km of groomed trails, varying in character from the gentle to the fast , with tree runs, cliﬀ drops and rugged ridges, a lifted vertical drop of 405 metres and a longest run of 2.5 km. 45% of the runs are of intermediate diﬃculty with 25% for beginners and 30% for the advanced. 9 km of cross-country trails are available from the village. They join Mt Buller (1804 m ) to Mt Stirling (1753 m). The average snowfall of 1.5 metres is enhanced, when necessary, by one of Australia’s biggest snow-making systems.
The resort is open all year round and is a growing attraction in summer, oﬀering activities such as mountain biking, four-wheel driving, a day spa facility, a sports centre, hiking, bushwalking, events, festivals, abseiling, ﬂy ﬁshing, horseriding, kayaking and white-water rafting. Heath, mosslands and herbﬁelds dominate on the summits with snow gums and alpine ash further down and, in the valleys, manna and peppermint gums. There are wombats, bush rats and a range of birdlife (crimson rosellas, honeyeaters, ganggang cockatoos and ﬂame robins) on the upper plains.
Mountains of activities to roam free with spectacular mountains to ski! Lake Crackenback Resort is a constantly evolving 150 acre activity and nature playground nestled on the border of the Kosciuszko National Park. Its location is 15 minutes from Thredbo along the Alpine Way and 800 metres to the Ski tube, then 15 minutes to Perisher Blue. The resort has a range of accommodation to suit everyone that includes the luxurious Lake Crackenback waterfront 1, 2 & 3 bedroom fully self contained apartment’s, and the newly developed well appointed 5 star fully self contained Mountain View Chalets and Studios. The Lake Crackenback Chalets is the resorts newest development with 77 Chalets to be completed in 5 years. The resort currently has 20 chalets and studios that oﬀer spacious living with stunning views through the Thredbo Valley and mountain ranges. During winter the resort is a great base to head to either Thredbo or Perisher Blue for a day’s skiing and then retreat back to cozy open log ﬁres in your accommodation. In 2007 Cuisine will host themed Apres Ski evenings from 5 – 7pm that include a European Ales Apres and Snowy Mountains Brewery and Wild Brumby Schnapps Apres evenings. The a La Carte restaurant recently launched its 2007 Winter menu oﬀering regionally inspired cuisine along with a buﬀet night in the Verandah Room on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. The bar will also feature live entertainment Wednesday and Saturday nights. Come and join us this special season!
2, 4, 5 & 7 night winter packages include:
a spectacular 150 acre oasis bordering the National Park located at the base of Thredbo and Perisher Blue
in your own luxury mountain abode
in regionally inspired waterfront dining
Harro’s Snowboard Hire FREE courtesy shuttle bus to Skitube Day Spa • 9 Hole Golf Course Kids Club • Mountain Bikes Skills Course • Walking Trails Suspension Bridge • Tennis Indoor pool • Gym • Sauna Steam Room • Trampolines Low Ropes Course • Archery
Winter packages and bookings contact our dedicated team
1800 020 524 02 6451 3000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lakecrackenbackresort.com.au Located on the Alpine Way, 15 mins from Thredbo and Perisher Blue Ski Resorts. Private resort driveway 800m to Skitube via courtesy shuttle bus.
• Luxury self contained accommodation • Snowsports hire • Lift tickets for Thredbo or Perisher Blue • Dinner • Hot breakfast • Complimentary use of all resort activities
LACHLAN, CAMERON, JOSH and SIENNA need a family to look after them
re you looking for a ready made family or, enjoyed parenting and wish to do it all over again? Lachlan 12, Cameron 9, Josh 5 and Sienna 4, can no longer remain at home and need to be looked after in the longer term. Lachlan is healthy and energetic and loves football. He enjoys healthy food rather than junk food. Lachlan sees himself as ‘cool’ and is always proud of his appearance. He is doing well at school but can sometimes get into trouble because of being talkative and bubbly. He has joined the school football team. He can sometimes present as quiet and reserved around adults, sometimes preferring his own company reading a magazine. He is popular with the girls who admire his cheekiness and has a fun and outgoing personality. Lachlan is very loyal to his mum and his siblings. Cameron is full of energy and always running around. In common with Lachlan, he is a football fan; he has a good appetite and loves his food. He is attaining well at school and is seen as compassionate and helpful towards his classmates. He is a sensitive boy who shows a good deal of concern for his siblings, tending them when they hurt themselves and getting food and snacks for them. His carers say that he has a smile that lightens up a room. Josh is an active youngster and an enthusiastic learner. He is conﬁdent with his counting and solving simple math problems. Josh is a little toughie and will sometimes enact the ﬁghts he has seen at home and sometimes has diﬃculty accepting discipline from his carers. He can be oppositional and deﬁant, however most of the time he can be co-operative and happy. Sienna is a healthy girl currently attending day care and actively involved with her little friends. Her brothers tend to protect her and treat her like a little princess. She loves to run around and be part of what her brothers are up to. She is into her dollies but is not averse to getting dirty along with the others. Sienna can be anxious around unknown children from time to time. A lot of support has been oﬀered to the family over a period of time but the presence of domestic violence and extreme neglect means that the children can no longer remain at home. At the moment the children are in separate crisis foster homes but they are distressed at being apart and need to be reunited as soon as possible. We are looking for caring and insightful people to oﬀer them a long-term home. The children do not have major behavioural problems but would display some anxiety due to the stresses and violence experienced in the home. They may take a while to trust you but would be rewarding to care for, when they know that you are there to look after them and keep them safe. The children have no medical issues. They attend schools on the north side of Canberra. Special payments and the provision of equipment including a larger car, if needed, will be provided to the carers in recognition of the extra resources a family will need in order to provide for Lachlan, Cameron, Josh and Sienna. The children need two adults in the home with preferably one not working full time and older children could be a beneﬁt. The children could also do well where the carers have some professional experience of children such as teaching or other child focussed employment. Barnardos oﬀers good training and support to our foster carers. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. For example, you don’t have to be married or own your home, we look for people who are stable and have the interests of children at heart and who have insight into their needs. If you would like to have an informal discussion about this family please call Hazel Buckingham on 6228 9543 or the duty caseworker on 6241 5466
Parenting paid work? You did not get paid to bring up your own children, but Barnardos highly values parents’ skills and is willing to pay for the skills you have developed. Barnardos offers between $120 and $671 per week fostering allowance, dependent upon the needs and age of a child and for caring for large sibling groups. We also provide initial and on-going training, professional support and 24 hour crisis assistance. Barnardos is especially seeking people who can make a long term commitment to children who at times have challenging behaviours. We are seeking suitably experienced and qualified people who have demonstrated flexibility and organisational skills. They should also have an empathetic and non-judgemental outlook. Due to the nature of foster caring and the types of children entering care, it is essential that the primary carer does not work, as fostering is a full-time job on its’ own!
Four-legged friends benefit from budget
Canines of Canberra will have dedicated areas to exercise, play and socialise in following the Budget
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Dog owners in Tuggeranong have welcomed the announcement, with long-time Kambah residents Peter and Elvie Roberts stating they are looking forward to taking their Labradoodle Bonnie to the park.
announcement that two ‘Dog Parks’ will be developed at Lake Tuggeranong and Lake Ginninderra. Labor Members for Brindabella Mick Gentleman and Karin MacDonald have welcomed the announcement that $300,000 has been allocated to develop the parks and have asked the Tuggeranong community for their feedback on its development.
“It is going to be wonderful to have an area where we can take Bonnie oﬀ the lead for a run around but knowing she can’t run too far!” Mrs Roberts said. “Not only will the area give dogs the opportunity to socialise but also their owners.”
“The Dog Park at Lake Tuggeranong is going to be a great area that many Canberrans and their pets will beneﬁt from,” the Members said. “For many people dogs are valued members of the family so this will be a fantastic facility for owners to treat their four-legged friends.” The Lake Tuggeranong Dog Park will be a fenced area where owners can let their dogs oﬀ the lead for a run around with other dogs
Mick & Lizzy with Karen and Tiny
Mick and Karin will be joining Brindabella dog owners at Lake Tuggeranong foreshore TODAY to celebrate the announcement. All are invited to attend.
and a bit of socialisation. Similar to other parks around Australia, the area is likely to include seats for owners, doggy fountains and bins for those unexpected deposits!
The community can provide feedback to the Members on the development of the Lake Tuggeranong Dog Park by contacting Mr Gentleman’s oﬃce on 6205 0131.
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Australian Orangutan Project volunteers had a great day at the recent RSPCA Million Paws Walk in Commonwealth Park. AOP raises money for sanctuaries for hundreds of orangutans [including very young babies] which are rapidly being driven to extinction by the loss of their rainforest homes in Indonesia through palm oil plantations, illegal logging and forest ﬁres.
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AOP makes sure as many orangutans as possible are rehabilitated and eventually released into secure parks. This is usually expensive and always time consuming. Although you might think dogs and orangutans don’t have much in common, dog lovers enjoying the Million Paws Walk were very interested in what AOP does, and were generous in giving us donations. The Australian Orangutan Project is a national non proﬁt organisation with fundraising committees in each state. On our website, www.orangutan. org.au you can ﬁnd out what we do, make donations or adopt an orphan orangutan.
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The Canberra committee meets monthly for an hour or so for an after-work coﬀee while we plan our forthcoming fundraisers, followed by an optional dinner to exchange news. We are a diverse, happy and active group and would like to welcome a Conditions apply few new members. If you would like to join us contact our local group:
AOP Volunteers at the Million Paws Walk Day
ACT State Representative – Julie Enzerink Email - email@example.com Telephone – 0402 454 116
Women of Spirit Award 2007
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The rela tives hav e arrived u nannounc ed….
The Embassy Canberra can provide comfortable and quality 4 star accommodation in a great location at a reasonable price! With 8 FOXTEL channels and 3 in-house movie channels there is plenty of entertainment for all or surf the net with our high speed internet access available in all rooms. And if you are looking for a great place to start the day off then drop in to our Roundabout Restaurant any day of the week and sample one of the best breakfasts in town! Call us today and let us help you take care of the friends, family and relatives! Phone: (02) 6162 7200 Fax: (02) 6281 1843 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.embassymotelcanberra.com.au
On the 13th June 2007, Lifeline Canberra partnered with O2C Solutions to launch the Inaugural Women of Spirit Award. The award recognises women of the ACT and surrounding areas who have displayed courage by overcoming adversity and given back to the local community in an inspiring manner. The award honours a woman who, in overcoming her personal adversity and making a positive change in society, inspires others to make a diﬀerence in their local community. There were 19 nominees for the 2007 Women of Spirit Award, all of whom had faced diﬃculties, obstacles and Marjorie, the event winner, with Stacey Donnelly, who challenges, but had displayed designed and created the award piece of jewellery resiliency and courage, building opportunity from adversity. The Women of Spirit Award luncheon was held at the Southern Cross Club Woden. Congratulations to Marjorie Taylor on winning the 2007 Women of Spirit Award. Marjorie was presented with a rare pink argyle diamond pendant set in 18crt gold designed and created by Stacey Donnelly from the Art of Gold. Marjorie Taylor has led a remarkable life, ﬁrstly caring for her husband Reg, who became a paraplegic in 1967 and losing her daughter, Annette, aged 11, to a cerebral haemorrhage in 1975. Marjorie fought to honour Annette’s wish to donate her organs, despite the lack of legislation in Canberra covering organ harvesting and donation. She was successful – Annette’s kidneys were transplanted into two men aged 16 and 54. She remains active in the Canberra community, volunteering at local schools, being an active member of her parish and as the President of the Belconnen Garden Club. Lifeline Canberra provides an anonymous, caring and supportive telephone counseling service 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days of the year. Over 60% of the 20 000 calls to Lifeline come from women. O2C Solutions recognises the invaluable service that Lifeline Canberra provides and were delighted to partner with Lifeline to present this prestigious and ground breaking award. O2C Solutions is a transformational company that uses training, coaching and consulting to build successful and resilient people, leaders and organisations.
Olympic boycott warning made outside Australian Parliament By James Burke
A proud team celebrates a worthy day’s work! and chopped in some of the craziest styles yet. Also to those who helped make the night such an amazing success and raise the money.”
“In order to win the right to host the 2008 Olympics, the Chinese regime promised to improve human rights in China,” began the statement from the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China that was read during the rally held outside the Australian Parliament in Canberra on Thursday, May 24.
During a rally supporting the over 22 million people who have quit from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), an investigative coalition consisting of high proﬁle members has called upon the Chinese communist regime to end the worst of its human rights abuses or it will support a global eﬀort to boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Canberra based Franchise Owners Robert & Sonia Holgate whose Stylists worked at the event says, “Wow, what a night! Great Smiles, great attitudes and good humour made this event a huge success, especially for our team of Stylists who felt privileged to be a part of the Just Cuts eﬀort in raising money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.” “Cut-A-Rama is a night that a lot of people look forward to, so much so, that some leave their hair uncut for up to six months. We even had a lady shave all of her hair oﬀ for this event!” Says Denis McFadden, currently on the trek for the ninth year running.
$6,230 raised for Royal Flying Doctor! A freezing cold night on the second day of winter didn’t deter the Just Cuts Stylists at this year’s Cut-A-Rama in Yass. Running throughout the evening of Saturday, June 2nd, the Stylists shaved, snipped and sprayed their way through over 200 participants to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service on the eve of the annual Royal Flying Doctor Outback Car Trek. Just CutsTM Founder and CEO, Denis McFadden says, “It was a highly successful Cut-A-Rama, with over $6,230 raised for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The most outstanding credit should go to those who had their heads shaved, sprayed
Die hard trekkers arrived from as far away as Scotland and New Zealand to be a part of Cut-A-Rama and the Outback Car Trek. Les Coles who has participated in the Cut-ARama and the Outback car trek for the past 13 years. The staﬀ at the Royal Hotel in Yass certainly had their work cut out for them, with over 300 people attending the night. Hotel owner, Trudy Price says, “Everyone in the town came along to celebrate and really got into the whole spirit. Our licensee, Robbie Senior even had his head shaved into a mohawk. The atmosphere was utter craziness!” Since 1998, Just CutsTM stylists and Franchise Owners have raised over $250,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Their reason for this is simple: “Royal Flying Doctors is an iconic Australian institution,” says McFadden. ”We wanted a charity that related to every state and territory throughout Australia because we’re located nationally.”
“However, recent reports from UNHRC and Amnesty International have clearly proven that the human rights situation in China is deteriorating; particular hard hit is the community of Falun Gong practitioners,” it continued. The signatures of the statement included Australian Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett, the Edmund Rice Centre, the National Civic Council, Dr Noel Preston AM who is the former Director Uniting Care Centre for Social Justice and Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, the former Human Rights Commissioner. The statement demanded that if three points were not given a satisfactory response on or before August 8, the coalition “will support a public eﬀort from around the globe to boycott the 2008 Olympics.”
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Celebrating our community’s volunteers ON
teacher/member for over 15 years) and Philip Veerman (committee member for over 15 years) were warmly congratulated, along with current President, Karen Adams. Gifts were given by Janine Robertson, Executive Oﬃcer, and Annette Ellis MP as shown in the photograph below.
A sketch of a community house and participants (attached), drawn by a participant in a joint program of Tuggeranong Link and the former Disability and Disadvantaged in the Arts, was acknowledged as a symbol of community participation. Tuggeranong Link provides a range of services and activities, including playschool, playgroup, Tax Help, seniors and men’s program. For information please contact Janine on 62921604.
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Annette Ellis MP and the Tuggeranong Link team
ay celebrated ‘Neighbourhood Houses’ across Australia. In the ACT there was a particuarly great community lunch with Annette Ellis, in which many volunteers were acknowledged for their great work in the community. In particular, the Over 50 women’s Care ‘n Share group was acknowledged, who’s volunteers work hard every second Friday to ensure that a lovely lunch is provided and that all attendees are supported. In addition, one year of the Richardson Men’s Group was celebrated, in which key volunteers were acknowledged for their eﬀorts.
I foster and I love it! By Judy Gleeson I meet so many people who praise me for fostering children. This is even though what I have done is so very minor compared to many of the foster carers in the ACT. Fostering is something I do for myself, my family, the children in care and their family. If I wasn’t doing it for myself and my family ﬁrst, I wouldn’t be doing it. It’s challenging in a positive way. It makes me revisit my learning on parenting and keeps me aware of what works and doesn’t for diﬀerent children of diﬀerent ages and with diﬀerent experiences. It shakes me from the complacency of a middle class Canberra existence. So what is fostering? From the DOCS brochure on fostering: “Fostering is a unique and special service to children by caring indivisuals and families. When children are not able to live at home for various reasons, the ﬁrst choice of permanent placement is with relatives or someone they know. When this isn’t possible, fostering agencies rely on individuals and families to open their homes to these children.” “There are diﬀerent types of care as some children need emergency care for a few days, others need care for a few weeks and some may need long term care. Often it is not known when the child is placed, how long the care will be required for.” The impression I get from people who ask me about fostering is that they expect all the kids to be naughty, rather diﬃcult kids. That’s not the case at all. Sometimes parents are unable to care for their children due to physical or mental illness, drug and alcohol dependance, domestic violence or imprisonment. Sometimes there’s a crisis in the familly and no-one else can care for the children while the grandparents come from interstate. None of these circumstances make the kids bad kids!
Two long-time supporters of Tuggeranong Link were awared lifetime memberships, and presented with an all-weather jacket to represent the many changing conditions faced by community organisations in past years. Liz MacNeill (playschool
Labor Member for Brindabella Karin MacDonald MLA and Tuggeranong Arts Centre Director Evol Mcleod welcome the news that a number of Canberra’s art facilities will be upgraded in the 2007-08 ACT Budget.
The art of budget allocation More than $320,000 was allocated in the Budget for capital upgrades to Watson Arts Centre, Strathnairn Homestead, Manuka Arts Centre, Ainslie Arts Centre, Gorman House Arts Centre, the Belconnen Theatre and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
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The Tuggeranong Arts Centre will receive new signage and its ﬂoor will be resurfaced. “New signage will better promote the Centre to the community and encourage people passing by to drop in and check out the latest exhibition or play that may be showing,” Labor Member for Brindabella Karin MacDonald said. “The Tuggeranong Arts Centre plays an important role in the arts and general community, so it is wonderful news that funding has been provided to give it a facelift.” Ms MacDonald also welcomed the announcement that $2.3 million would be invested in public art over the next four years. The new Percent-for-art Program will see the equivalent of one per cent of each year’s new capital works budget allocated to commission new public artworks and to care for the existing public art collect. “This funding will enable artworks to be placed into public spaces that Canberrans occupy and move through everyday and will make a signiﬁcant contribution to the cultural life of the city,” Ms MacDonald said.
That’s not to say there aren’t challenging children in foster care. In fact, some carers only take the challenging ones. Those carers win my respect. They work hand in hand with the health services to provide a loving home and support for a steady stream of children. Some foster carers specialise in caring for babies, others for teenagers. Whatever their focus, they are assisted by their agency and numerous government departments. They receive some ﬁnancial assistance and some extra costs are reimbursed on a case by case basis. But I am sure that not one of them would be doing it for the money! If you have a love of children, are single or married or in a de-facto relationhip, are over 18 years old, rent or own a home and have space in your life to care for a child (or a few), please contact one of the local agencies that matches carers with children and ﬁnd out about their information sessions and training programmes. More information about foster care is available here: http://www.dhcs.act.gov.au/ocyfs/foster_ care.htm
Chifley’s playground gets an upgrade
to return from a two week overseas trip to ﬁnd my regular hiking track shut! Well, not just shut but removed entirely! Mount Taylor is a popular walking and hiking location for residents of Torrens, Kambah, Pearce, Chiﬂey and all surrounding suburbs. There are numerous routes around and up the mountain. The one that is most popular and most challenging is (was!) the stairway on the eastern side of the mountain.
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Canberra Nature Parks has unilaterally closed the path (supposedly for renewal purposes!) and removed many of the steps and the access bridge. If there was any community consultation on this it failed to reach me! In 2005 I used those stairs to train for the Kokoda trail. It was the perfect training venue. Eventually I reached a peak of being able to ascend and descend the stairway ﬁve times without stopping. This sort of training allowed me to successfully complete the trail (and enjoy it!). The stairs had extensive repairs and renovations done only 18 months ago. The trail was in good repair. This is a ridiculous decision and one that I’m sure has angered many residents on the South side. Come on Canberra Parks - commit to providing us with another stairwell as good and challenging as the one we so abruptly lost! By Nick M.
New Child & Family Centre for Tuggeranong
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amilies from the Chiﬂey community met recently to celebrate the Budget announcement that their playground will be upgraded. The Chiﬂey Shopping Centre playground was allocated $100,000 for an upgrade in last week’s Budget, which will see it expanded and equipment replaced. This is part of the $2.8 million the Government has invested into upgrading and improving facilities and infrastructure at local and district parks across the Territory. Labor Member for Brindabella Karin MacDonald MLA is a resident of Chiﬂey and has lobbied with the community for the playground to be upgraded. “The Chiﬂey Shops is a thriving centre that receives many visitors throughout the day. It is a meeting point for the community and a place for them to come together to enjoy a coﬀee and a chat and for their children to play,” Ms MacDonald said. “Over the years, the existing playground has become rundown so it is wonderful news it will be upgraded to better reﬂect the community’s need.”
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and the Minister for Children and Young People, Katy Gallagher recently formally opened the purpose-built Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre in the town centre. “The more we learn more about children the more we learn about how their early years impact the rest of their lives,” Mr Stanhope said. “That’s why it is important that we invest in facilities such as this – to ensure our children can enjoy their childhood as much as possible and to ensure they grow up to lead the happiest, healthiest and most productive lives possible. “This new centre, along with its newly opened sister facility in Gungahlin, supports the objectives of the ACT Children’s Plan by providing families with the services and support they need to give their kids the best start in life,” Mr Stanhope said. Ms Gallagher said “The new Centre will include maternal and child health clinics and other child-related services, counselling services, group work programs, parenting, education and community development activities,” Ms Gallagher said.
“As well as providing information and support on a one-to-one basis — there are regular activities such as Paint and Play, monthly talks — and programs including the highly successful Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) which is designed for parents who are seeking ideas on how to tackle challenging behaviours in their young children”.
The Centre was designed in consultation with the community, including local children. Services are provided by staﬀ from Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre, part of the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and other government and nongovernment agencies.
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“It is extremely pleasing to see that the Centre provides parents and families with sound, practical advice and information to assist them with the often daunting job of raising children.
Centre outreach programs that were already operating in the Tuggeranong area, such as Paint and Play in Richardson and the Young Parents Group at Lanyon will continue.
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