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Issue 31


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June /July2007

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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.

KIDS!! You could win a holiday on the gold coast in our freehand art competition or a family pass for 2-days at Selwyn Snow Fields on our puzzle page! Plus DVD’s from EzyDVD and pizzas from Domino’s. Go to the fun page NOW.

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@ 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.

Hughenden Boutique Hotel 14 Queen St, Woollahra Reservations (02) 9363 4863

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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 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 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. 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.

Canberra’s playground playground Canberra’s

4-star @ 2-star prices Finding accommodation can be a problem in the Snowies. I called on Greg Quinn from ‘’. 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!

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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



to a Good Home

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. you can find out what we do, make donations or adopt an orphan orangutan.




Canberra to Melbourne weekly Canberra to Cairns Weekly Phone 0418 755126

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 - 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:

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: 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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n recent days the CWA has shown leadership and the ability to take on the holy cows of this society and be heard. In fact CWA has just about more clout than any organisation in Australia. With a branch in just about every town, when the CWA speaks the polititions listen. The CWA, once for country ladies, is now representing women from all walks of life, and ages. They invite the ladies of Canberra to join our local branch that was established in Canberra in 1946. The CWA offers a wide range of activites, friendship and support. They are part of the largest voluntary womens association is Australia, affiliated with the Associated Country Women of the World. The CWA has actively been involved in many issues affecting rural communities including health and education as well as better telephone services in regional areas. Activities include Handcraft and Home

Industries as well as Choral and Drama Groups. Active participation is encouraged in agricultural shows and community displays. Many old and new crafts are taught and learnt. These include most types of embroidery, crochet, knitting and scrapbooking. The continuation of these crafts ensures their future. Home industries include jam and preserve making, microwave cookery and health cooking. They meet monthly. Happenings this July: Friday 1st July; International Lunch, Malta. Contact Robyn Knowles. 02 6258 1951. Friday 13th; ACT Branch Meeting. Contact Ann Lond 02 6247 4707. Saturday 21st July; Winter Warmers Lunch. The famous cooking of the CWA. Open to the public from 12 noon. Contact Ann Lond 02 6247 4707. For further information contact; Day Branch. Ann Lond 02 6247 4707. Evening Branch, Beverley Hammond 02 6288 2435, or call at Club room, 8 Barry Drive Canberra.

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SCORPIO: October 23rd - November 22nd Here’s your chance to be the boss: With your ruler (Mars) in fiery Aries, you won’t shrug a bit about tackling a larger project or work load. You might toss your weight around on the job or even enjoy cracking the whip on co-workers and subordinates. If someone’s been bullying you; you’ll draw the line and if it comes to a battle of wills, you’ll surely win. Otherwise you can burn off your extra energy in the bedroom. Romantically; you’re in the mood for someone accomplished, sophisticated, who’s a natural leader in the bed or in the board room. Love planet Venus puts you in touch with successful types. Domestic duties: With Saturn in your career house, opposite spacey Neptune in the house of home and family, you could easily forget domestic responsibilities. It’s not that you don’t care; it’s just that you can’t manage juggling both career and personal obligations at the same time. Make a ‘to do’ list and put somebody else in charge.

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SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd - December 21st A romantic month: This is a great time for parties and just hanging out and having a good time. If you’re single and looking – you can expect to find a ‘meeting of the minds’ with someone who acts like a Gemini even if they aren’t. In other words; they’ll stimulate your mind with sweet pillow talk. They’ll be sexy, creative, possibly a foreigner or you’ll hook up with them while you vacation or travel. Cultured? Yes, a lover of wine and the arts and most importantly; affectionate and crazy about you - (Venus in Leo) brings loyal sincere types! Curb your enthusiasm: Allow others to chase you. Your heart chakra is so open now that you might appear too easy. Just because they’re crazy about you doesn’t mean it will work in real life. Romance is great, just make sure you can live with them.

CAPRICORN: December 21st - January 20th Instant karma: If somebody owes you, they’re about to repay you. Otherwise you could find a sudden stroke of luck coming your way in the form of an important, helpful tip. This is especially true regarding investments, so if you hear of opportunities do you best to seize them. Romantically; you’re in the mood for someone well heeled, that’s interested in investing in you. Anyone that seems serious about you is capable of assisting you; so snag them! Feeling pushed: A New Moon in the house of work, opposite pushy Pluto from the 12th house of secret enemies; means that someone is about to get nasty on the job. Avoid hanging out with that miserable person. Otherwise your partner will try to push you into something you don’t feel ready for. A joint investment you’re not sure of? Don’t hesitate to say no if it doesn’t feel right; it will only end up stressing you out for a long time to come!

AQUARIUS: January 20th - February 19th Making peace: Love planet Venus in your house of partnerships should help smooth things out with loves ones. If you work for yourself you’re about to meet wonderful new clients. If you’re single and looking for love you’ll find it with someone who’s serious about you; capable of making a real life commitment. You have 24 hours a day to work towards your goals: but right now you may feel like you need more! With Neptune at war with your ruler Saturn you are about to hit a bump in the road. You can’t afford to assume anything now – wait until the dust settles at the end of the month and you understand clearly who needs to be in and out of your life. If you were a Soprano, you’d ask Tony to knock them off. Since you aren’t; let’s hope the bad just drifts away.

PISCES: February 19th - March 20th Finding your bliss: With the New Moon in your 4th house of personal experiences, well aspected to Spiritual Neptune and Venus (the planet of pleasure), this could be the perfect time to indulge yourself. Hit a spa, a yoga retreat, or find a spiritual practice that leads towards inner peace. Whatever you latch onto now promises to inspire you for a long time to come. You’re ready for a vision quest, so head towards the hills for seclusion. Giving it up: It seems you can’t move ahead with relinquishing something. This New Moon is at odds with both Pluto and Uranus in your sign; indicating that it’s necessary to sacrifice something dear in order to move ahead. It could be a habit, a relationship or personal goal. Once you cut your loses, your path will lighten and you’ll soon find new opportunities.

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BY RICARDO SIERRA For more than 10 years we heard State Governments talking about water crisis and from time to time about water tanks. The response to the problem has been subsidies for water tanks, water usage restrictions and a lot of talk. Now we get more threats of worst restrictions, fines and looks like we’ll be drinking filtered sewarage water, that’s all we get. How much we have been offered in compansation to reduce our consumption of water and to let our lawns and gardens die? Nothing! At least of the Federal government proposal of $10b for the Murray Darling, $3.1b would go to pay irrigators. Federal Labor policy of “loans” for home owners to improve the efficency of their homes, that includes water tanks, is limited to 200.000 dwellings, and who will be using these loans? Probably people that could have done the improvements anyway without any help; but most of the people struggling to pay their mortgages could not afford even the generous repayment plan and the zero interest loans, and finally not many landlords will bother to do it. Anyway, 200K dwellings out of millions of dwellings in the country, make this good will policy look like a band-aid. Rudd said in his reply: “We must capture as much of this precious resource as possible and use it carefully and wisely”. If the roll out of water tanks to every suitable house in all the cities was started 10 years ago, by now it could have been completed and our water reserves would have been in a better shape and we would not be talking about water restrictions level 4 by July, and 5 or worse in the near future. Now we could have been talking about making every house a mini solar power station.

Should you plant a drought-resistant lawn in Canberra? Our long cold winters and long hot summers make the decision about which is the best kind of turf to plant in Canberra a difficult one. It’s nice to have something that stays green all through the winter but what do you do next summer when the water just isn’t available to keep it alive? This question has led increasing numbers of people to consider planting a droughtresistant grass such as Sir Walter (buffalo grass) or Legend Couch. They grow very well in summer and use a lot less water than the winter varieties. How well do these warm-season grasses perform in winter though? Both these grasses go dormant and ‘brownoff’ in winter. In order to get the Sir Walter through the winter it’s important to fertilize it at the beginning of autumn and spring. If you don’t do this then it

Of course if we had water tanks and solar power in every roof in the country, the water and power will cease to be attractive to privatization. I was reading with disbelief ACTEW’s add in the paper about the options for the solution of the water crisis and one of the options considered was rainwater tanks, but they said that “it is expensive and dependant on rainfall”!! and then continued: Rainwater tanks can store runoff from your roof for garden watering!! The idea is to use the water from the water tanks to service the toilet, laundry and shower, and then the gray water to be used in the garden. The reality is that rainwater tanks could get us more than 50%, and depending on rainfall, up to 80% or even more of our domestic needs. ACTEW ACKNOWLEWDGE THAT THE COST TO PUT RAINWATER TANKS TO ALL ACT 110,000 dwellings is estimated to be between $300m and $540m. That’s not much considering that this could reduce dramatically the domestic demand for water, saving at the same time all the beautiful gardens. Just with the last rains we would have all the rain water tanks overflowing. Anyway it shouldn’t be about just cost, but about emergency and need. It’s just a common sense policy. The AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION concludes: “Rainwater tanks collect and store water far more efficiently than dams, especially in times of drought. As the climate changes we should be installing tanks to take advantage of the rain that does fall on our roof tops. If governments systematically installed rainwater tanks in Australia’s major cities, we would secure as much water as the planned Kurnell desalination plant in Sydney, the Tugan desalination plant on the Gold Coast, and the stage one of the Traveston Dam proposed for Queensland’s Mary River”


may struggle to get going again in spring. Also it cannot handle too ON much wear and tear when dormant. Legend Couch on the other hand handles the winter well and is more drought resistant than the Sir Walter. Another bonus with the couch is that you can even have your lawn looking green during winter by planting rye grass seeds on it in April or May. So why doesn’t everyone plant couch? It doesn’t handle shade well and is difficult to keep out of gardens. So even though it’s not an easy decision to make, the ability of these drought-resistant grasses to grow well through the summer whilst saving water has tended to tip the decision in their favour. With a little care they can make it through the winter.

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reduce their ecological footprint. Hopefully, through their stories, experiences, initiatives and convictions, we can find new ways to support each other through BY FABIAN VERON sustainable practices. Articles shedding light on matters of sustainability and social equity will also support their stories. ‘Man is not the creature of So let’s get the ball rolling! circumstances; circumstances are We welcome your feedback, ideas and suggestions for the creatures of men’. Benjamin Disraeli. the segment. We are also looking for potential sponsors that are Despite our growing awareness of our collective willing to support the content of this segment. impact upon the planet, finding accurate and unbiased Fabian Veron information on sustainable practices can be a daunting Profile: Emily Brooks task for time-starved citizens. Emily is a woman that I have come to know through Therefore, we would like to introduce a new segment, my various cups of coffee at Organic Harvests, over the which will highlight the shopping and lifestyle habits past few months. Emily is still settling into Canberra, of citizens within the Canberra region. having recently arrived from Sydney. Over the coming months, we will profile willing Being a regular at Organic Harvest, I decided that Emily individuals who take small steps and measures to would be my first guinea pig for the ‘People, Lifestyles & Shopping’ segment. Emily Brooks is one switched on woman that does not take her personal health for granted! Emily subscribes to Hippocrates’ ancient edict of ‘your food is your medicine and your medicine is your food’. Emily prefers a lifestyle that is grounded on the simple and sensual pleasures of life. Emily is also passionate about the power of the arts and the pro-active role that they can play in fostering a more humane and equitable world. It also became evident throughout the course of our conversation, that Emily is well versed in the areas of sustainable consumption and the positive flow on effects upon local economies (bio-regions). Emily is one of the many Australians that are seeking to fulfill their personal lives, by engaging a lifestyle that enriches personal . experiences through awareness, understanding 'L AD N and empathy towards our world. Finally, as you STO NE Bri S T dg can see in Emily’s basket, most of her dietary 7O es to LLO ne NG needs are met by shopping at Organic Harvest ON GS Gladstone Cafe +EM T and Ecomeats - Belconnen Markets. BLA 102 Gladstone St Fyshwick ST The items in her basket vary from personal Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6-5 Sat 7-2 BBQ Galore CAFE Closed public holidays 0( hygiene items such as toothpastes, soaps, and




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shampoos - through to perishables like meats, veggies, fruits and small goods. These two retailers have a wide range of produce that are sourced from Certified organic producers and whenever possible, produce from local suppliers in order to minimise ‘food miles’! A good way to minimise your ‘food miles’ is to support your local organic retailers and farmers markets’. Northside: Southside:




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opens at the Street Theatre on Tuesday 19th at 8pm. APERTURE is an immediate and immersive theatrical experience. Innovative in its scope and depth, Aperture uses cutting edge technology to reveal the intimacy of personal experience within shared environmental and social conditions. “The environment of Lake George – vast & immersive – immediately contrasts lives enmeshed in complications of time & space brought on by contemporary technologies. From inside the lake, all directions dissolve into vanishing horizons & the centre of the expanse is everywhere. The environment opens us to the fundamental grounds of our being - emerging momentby-moment from a vastness of space” “The city - our place of residence - is made of sites located within the clouds of data that surround us, personal agendas & memories. The highway past the lake becomes a metaphor for the speeds of contemporary

lifestyles compressed into the time “that you pass by”. Aperture is a collaboration between leading Australian artists, based on the environments of Canberra and Lake George. The project which has been in the works since May 06, develops the objective view of a documentary by exploring how place is internalised - mapping place as a state of mind. Aperture evolves from a performance into an installation that combines multiple projections & video monitoring with an evolving & complex sound ambient. Aperture reveals the space through the solidity of our identities. Knowing ourselves as relationships, or as embedded in environments, how would the world appear to us? Starting from the interface of relative-time and the place from where each moment arises, Performers and audience, both, journey to arrive here, together.

Red fruits abound – raspberry and red cherry. Hints of earth and lashings of black liquorice follow. Upfront tangy acidity on the palate, melding well with the fruit along with ripe fine tannins and with discernable oak. This wine will really show off its truly good colours over the ensuing years. Try this with beef stew. Drink Now to 2019. About $45.

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Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Divine and superb were my first utterances upon tasting this truly wonderful Australian Chardonnay. Underlying classic nectarine and honeydew melon aromas then start to evolve. The use of judicious oak melds well with the developing luscious fruit along with the lively fresh acidity. Try it with lobster mornay. Drink Now to 2012. About $30.

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Tuggeranong residents can now expect good reception when listening to Canberra’s arts and music station, ArtSound FM, on their new Tuggeranong frequency, 90.3FM. Member for Canberra Annette Ellis MP launched the new translator from Tuggeranong Arts Centre on Tuesday 24 April. The new FM service will re-broadcast the station’s existing 92.7 service.



“ArtSound FM is the first broadcaster to use this site to solve reception problems in the valley,” he said. “The Mt Taylor site will provide an immediate coverage solution that will address most of the black spot areas in the Tuggeranong Valley at a reasonable cost.” ArtSound FM’s prize-winning programming in the arts and music will now be available to a wider audience of potentially 450,000 people in Canberra and the region. This provides a unique opportunity to access ArtSound’s service that actively promotes and supports arts and cultural activities in the region. For information on programming or membership call 6295 7444 during office hours or visit the website www.artsound. •Attached Image: ArtSound's Chris Deacon and presiding Member for Canberra Annette Ellis at the Launch of the new transmitter.

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West Australian, this is a lovely supple easy drinking Chardonnay, sans oak. Pale copper tinged in colour. Pure and fragrant with pears, stonefruit, nectarine and minerally overtures. Elegant and soft with lively acidity. It lingers long and has a delicious mouthfeel. Try it with bbq Tassie scallops. Drink Now. About $16.

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ArtSound General Manager, Chris Deacon, said ArtSound had raised over $30,000 in necessary funds during the 2006 Radiothon and were able to purchased equipment and installed it on Mt Taylor before Easter.

Tropical fruit nuances abound as does pure and fragrant lychee, passionfruit and pineapple. Lively soft acidity supports the fruit characters, with the Semillon providing a supporting role to the primary fruit flavours. Refreshing and invigorating on the finish. A great Autumn afternoon wine. Try it with crab-cakes. Drink Now. About $15.


David Campbell At Canberra Southern Cross Club BY RAMA GAIND


FOOD & WINE It was a gratifying experience watching David Campbell doing what he does best - singing swing classics at a matinee performance at the Canberra Southern Cross Club last month. Having finally got rock ‘n’ roll out of his system, he has returned to his musical roots and singing the songs he was born to sing – and they dominated the first half of the show. Samples of his R & R repertoire were a part of the energetic encore! Campbell’s deft and distinctive vocal approach to such classics as


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For the first time in Canberra art from six remote Indigenous-owned art centres will be shown in seven venues over five weeks. skin to skin/ Miri Kutjara Tjungu is an innovative undertaking by Tuggeranong Arts Centre to bring the art and artists from 6 remote Indigenous-owned art centres in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) of northwest South Australia. The exhibition program is curated by Hilary Furlong, who was Art Centre Coordinator at Ernabella from 1999 to 2006. Tuggeranong Arts Centre Director Evol McLeod says of the program, ‘ Our decision to bring the art and the artists from the APY Lands, one of the most remote regions, is a small step in raising awareness of the contribution the artists are making to sustaining Indigenous heritage and culture.’ The extensive program for NAIDOC 2007 is collaborative and cross-cultural with exhibitions and events in 6 venues across Canberra over 5 weeks: Impressions on Paper Gallery, Braddon, Tuggeranong Arts Centre Gallery, Old Parliament House, the Canberra Centre, the Act Legislative Assembly and Megalo Print Studio and Gallery. Exhibitions will feature works from Tjala Arts, Ernabella Arts Inc., Kaltjiti Arts and Crafts, Iwantja Arts and Crafts, Ninuku Artists and Tjungu Palya. These include

Mack The Knife, Leroy Brown, All the Way, Mr. Bojangles, Can’t Take Eyes Off You and The Way You Look Tonight adhered him to the audience. His delicate treatment of You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You, Call Me, Come Fly With Me and You’re Just Too Good To Be True instantly won everyone over. He eased into building a rapport with the audience as he spoke of growing up in Adelaide, living with his grandmother and listening to songs by Nat King Cole and Johnny Mathis. His heroes were ultimate showmen like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr, Bobby Darin and Tony Bennett. At 34, Campbell is now doing what he does best – live shows, rehearsals for a new musical, a new album and another role on television. After meeting music director Chong Lim on Seven’s Dancing With The Stars, they recorded an album called The Swing Sessions last year. Campbell and Lim are about to record a second swing album. He is also currently seen on It Takes Two on Channel 7 Campbell begins rehearsing Company, Stephen Sondheim’s witty musical about love, sex and marriage later this month. Taking that musical detour was something Campbell felt he had to do. After a successful stint on Broadway and then a critically acclaimed starring role as Johnny O’Keefe in the Australian production of Shout! in 2001, he followed in his father’s (Jimmy Barnes) famous rock ‘n’ roll footsteps. By paying a singing tribute to some of the legendary men of classics, Campbell has emerged as a ‘swing sensation’ who has certainly found his “mojo again”.

limited edition prints, including work by master printer Basil Hall, paintings, batiks, ceramics, rugs, cushion covers and photography. Featured in the program is a forum at Old Parliament House. Keynote speaker The Honourable Linda Burney MP will address the issue: Preserving Aboriginal Culture and Heritage – the story behind the boom. Ms Burney, the Member for Canterbury and now Minister for Fair Trading, Youth and Volunteering, was the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the NSW Parliament. Another event in the program is an evening with award winning local Arrernte poet, visual artist, writer and educator, Jenni KemarreMartiniello, who will present readings of her works and a digital story made recently in a project managed by photoaccess inc. Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s purpose in developing this program with the APY Lands is clear and simple. The Centre hopes to engender a deeper understanding of the essential role the remote art centres play in maintaining the social and cultural integrity of these communities. At the same time the project creates opportunities for the artists to profile and sell their work in the national capital. Twelve artists and art centre co-ordinators will travel to Canberra for skin to skin. Further information and a full program can be found on Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s website or by obtaining a skin to skin brochure from the Centre by phoning 6293 1443. Image attached: Work from the cross cultural batik collaboration with Brahma Tirta Sari and Ernabella Arts Inc. Image courtesy Ernabella Arts Inc.

Midwinter Arts and Crafts Show A well-known feature of the Canberra calendar, the annual Midwinter Arts and Crafts Show, will be held at the Yarralumla Uniting Church Centre in Denman Street again this year from 29 June to 1 July. The Committee invites people from all over the Canberra Region to exhibit their work for sale. Artists, photographers, potters, painters on silk, knitters, dressmakers, jewellers, woodworkers, chocolate makers, cottage artists – everyone is welcome, and there is always an amazing variety of high quality Art and Craft items on display. Last year about 4500 items from over 120 exhibitors were received. Entries for 2007 close on 20 June, and forms are available from Val (6281 4497) or Rohan (artsandcrafts@ A commission on sales is retained by the Committee and the proceeds donated to community causes. Last year, for instance, donations were made to Canberra Hospital Samaritan Fund, Companion House for refugees, Scripture Union, and Fusion for work with disadvantaged youth, and more. None of the proceeds of the show goes towards the regular running expenses of the Yarralumla church. The Show will be opened at 6pm on Friday 29 June. There will be a short fashion parade of wearable art by FlairWear and then refreshments will be served to all those present. A special prize will also be given to one lucky exhibitor who is present at the opening. Opening hours are Friday noon – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday noon – 5pm. There will be a special Worship Service in the Church at 9am on Sunday 2nd. Demonstrations of Lace Making will be featured on both Saturday and Sunday. Concerts featuring local musicians, choirs and school groups will be held on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Entry is by donation. Everyone will enjoy looking around, having a cuppa with friends, listening to the concerts as well as purchasing that special early Christmas present. We look forward to welcoming you all to this wonderful show - the best in Canberra Contact: Val 62814497, Betty 6281 6316, or Rohan artsandcrafts@


Shrek 3 has a winning formula of an ageless, feelgood storyline that takes you back to carefree childhood days. Delicious moments of humour coat Shrek 3 which is a splendid effort from not only the special effects team, but also the star cast of voices including Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Justin Timberlake and Julie Andrews. Filled with intellectually hilarious moments, the film overflows with homage to spoofy moments on anything that lies within the realm of popular culture including James Bond, Zorro and Monty Python. There are also a good share of remarkable scenes with additional characters like Pinocchio, the Gingerbread Man and many a guest appearance from some lovable Disney characters. Director Chris Miller, assisted by Raman Hui, produce visual variations that are better than before and the dialogues which are clever, ooze boundless wit and draw many a laugh. This is animated entertainment at its finest!

Pirates of the Caribbean Bitter truth deals a winning hand in this characterdriven FBI battle of tactics and wit in which veteran agent Robert Hanssen is caught selling US state secrets to the Russians. Resisting the temptation to convert Hanssen’s real-life story into a clandestine spy game, director Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) provides a mesmerising study of a man who was also devoted to his work, family and God. Chris Cooper (American Beauty, Adaptation) delves deep beneath the skin of his character and is brilliant as Hanssen, who proves to be as much of an enigma to the outside world as to himself.

Breach Part 3 is indeed an overkill of a good thing. There’s almost three hours of gruelling dissertation, endless chatter and an overload of digital effects. Hints abound about a Pirates 4 being in the works. Navigating through deceit and disloyalty, this is an expensive adventure on the treacherous high seas, enroute to Singapore, and a confrontation with Chinese pirate Sao Feng (Chow YunFat) before a titanic battle to secure the best of freedom-loving pirate ethos. Confused plotting elements do not help the cause for director Gore Verbinski and screenwriters Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio.


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Absolutely everything? No more Mum to sit and read to a toddler. No Mum to talk to and ‘help’ all day. No backyard with swings and sandpits and trees to climb. No more hand knitted jumpers, made while Mum sat down after dinner. No more weekend picnic’s at the beach or trips to football or the swimming baths. No more tireless Mum’s raising money to build a Kindergarten or buy books for the school library, or work in the Tuck shop. It is Grandmum’s who work in the Tuckshop now. No more quiet times around the dinner table telling Mum and Dad about school, or Dad telling what he had done at work or Mum discussing the latest ‘fund raising’ effort. No more time for help with homework or time to teach the girls to knit or sew. No more time for Dad to play chess or cards or table tennis on the kitchen table. And worst of all, no more Mum at home to look after a sick child. We all MUST WORK, there are so many things we ‘want’. As many hours as possible must be taken up with ‘work’ to get enough money [and to keep your precious job]. Mum must work as well, we can’t afford the house we ‘want’ if she doesn’t. The children must go to Day Care, or After School care, or be home alone as soon as they are old enough. They must have all

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the toys they see advertised on TV, the TV advertisements are always shown at prime children watching time, between school and bed in the evening. So of course, they have to have a room each, filled with useless toys, all tidied up to look just right. But do they ‘NEED’ them? Or do they need more time with Mum and Dad to just ‘hang out’ together. And then, of course, there is Dad. He has to have the latest car, or boat or surf board, the newest tools, but does he ‘NEED’ them. He hasn’t got time to use them. He is at ‘work’ earning the money to buy all the things he ‘wants’. Time with children doesn’t mean what it used to either. Now we have ‘quality time’. Time set aside so we can concentrate absolutely on the children for a few minutes and help them play with their toys. We used to have ‘quantity time’ while Mum and Dads got on with their chores and hobby’s, but always had time to stop and chat, give someone a cuddle, put sticking plaster on the smallest scratch, show someone why the Lego wouldn’t go together properly, make costumes for the school play. The many things, that many parents have never experienced themselves, so how can they pass this knowledge on to their children.

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What causes hearing problems? Yes and at younger ages. Hearing problems affect around one in 10 in Australia. Many aren’t even aware they have some degree of hearing loss which is a shame because it affects everyday living and the ability to communicate.

How do I know if I have a hearing problem? Ask yourself if you can hear birds singing or children laughing at a distance, or if you turn up the radio or tv louder than those around you, or if you have to ask others to repeat themselves? If so, it’s time to visit a hearing centre.

Are all hearing devices so obvious and unattractive? No. Modern hearing aids are high-tech, digital, small, easy fitting, and comfortable. They also offer clear and undistorted hearing.

Where can I make an appointment for a test? At all of Helen King Hearing Centres five locations—Dickson, Florey, Kingston, Woden, Queanbeyan.

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In spite of all the modern aids to living which are supposed to make life ‘easier’, we all work harder. Both at work and at home. We have to to make more money, so we can buy all the things we ‘want’ whether we ‘need’ them or not. Look at houses and the price they cost. I was taken for a drive recently to look at all the new housing developments. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I brought up 6 children (the 7th arrived after the first 2 had left] in a plain weatherboard house, with three bedrooms and one bathroom. The rooms were large, 3 boys slept in single beds in one room and 3 girls in the other. Our bedroom had plenty of room for a double bed and for the newest baby’s cot. This was not even what would be called a ‘starter house’ today. Our first home was a Commission house and our 4th child was born there. We had two bedroom’s, the children shared a room big enough for them to have a bed each. They don’t build houses like that any more, they are much too plain and ordinary. Now even couples with no children have to have houses with four bedroom’s and two bathroom’s. Not because they ‘need’ them but because they have been taught to ‘want’ them They can’t be happy without the best. Thousands of dollars are spent giving these houses the right ‘look’ but there is much less room inside. Of course the children have to have a room each, it is not good for them to share. Never mind if they have to stay in those rooms all day because there is no yard for them to play outside. Then there is the ‘right’ furniture and other ‘necessities’ like dishwashers etc that they absolutely ‘MUST have. This affects the people who ‘work’. No longer can Dad earn enough money to supply all this so Mum must ‘work’ as well. There are not enough jobs [or too many, depends who is talking on TV] not enough trained people, not high enough wages. Not enough Child Care, not enough hours in the day. No wonder everyone is tired and stressed. So, whatever happened to the days when Dad went to work, for 8 hours a day and Mum could stay home and look after the children. Greed is what happened. All of a sudden Dad couldn’t earn enough for all the things that we were told we ‘wanted’ and now we suffer the consequences. No more Dad coming home by 5.30pm with time to sit down to dinner with his family, help with the dishes or even just read the paper and chat to the children. No more Dad doing odd jobs around the house at the weekend while the children watched and learned how things like mowing lawns were done. No more Mum doing her share by cooking cleaning etc.


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Primary Care Help for Grandparents Grandparents sometimes take on the primary care and responsibility of their grandchildren on a full-time basis. Many who take on this role will need information on services and support available, including information on respite, financial assistance, medical care and legal matters. For an introductory overview of the issues facing grandparents with the primary caring role of their grandchildren, see the COTA National Seniors document Myth Busters. In 2003 there was a series of forums & surveys facilitated by COTA National Seniors Partnership. The focus of the project was grandparents raising grandchildren full-time or as primary carers for extended periods. In releasing this report on 23 November 2003 the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs said that many grandparents are shouldering the responsibility for care of their grandchildren with little recognition from governments or the community. The Minister went on to add: “There are a number of initiatives currently being undertaken to better support grandparents caring for their grandchildren, such as: Development of a Centrelink Service Strategy to increase staff awareness of the issues faced by grandparents raising grandchildren. $150,000 funding to Mirabel to update their When the children arrive ... booklet, released April 2005. $3.2 million under the National Early Childhood Agenda for a Parenting Information Project which includes grandparents in the target group. Financial Assistance What family assistance is available? The following payments are available through the Family Assistance Office to help grandparents with their caring responsibility: Family Tax Benefit · Part A helps with the cost of raising children and is paid per child. Family Tax Benefit · Part B is extra assistance for single parent families & families with one main income. It is paid per family. A Child Care Benefit helps with the costs of approved or registered childcare. Grandparent Child Care Benefit covers the full cost of approved childcare for up to 50 hours per child per week for grandparent carers who receive an income support payment from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Maternity Payment is a non-income tested payment to help with the costs of a new baby. It is paid if you have care of a newborn child within 13 weeks of the birth & are likely to

continue to have care for no less than 13 weeks. Call the Family Assistance Office on 13 6150 or visit the Family Assistance website. Other Assistance Available As well as family assistance, you may be entitled to extra benefits such as: · Health Care Card which enables you to get concessional health care and prescriptions under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for the child/children in your care. A Large Family Supplement is available if you get Family Tax Benefit for three or more children. Rent Assistance can give you extra help if you are eligible & you receive more than the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A & you pay rent to private landlords. Health Care Cards are issued automatically if you are entitled to receive the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A & you get your payment through the Family Assistance Office. Double Orphan Pension may provide additional assistance to raise children who are orphans. What happens If the child has a disability & requires extra care? There is assistance available for grandparents or carers. You may be able to get a Carer Allowance if the child has a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability which is permanent or likely to continue for an extended period. If the child’s disability does not qualify you for payment of Carer Allowance, you may be able to get a Carer Allowance Health Care Card. You can receive one of these if the child requires extra care and attention on a daily basis amounting to at least 14 hours per week. This extra care must be provided by you or your partner. You may also be able to get Carer Payment (child) in addition to Carer Allowance. Carer Payment is an income support payment for customers who are caring for a profoundly disabled child. In order to claim Carer Allowance and/or Carer Payment, you’ll need to complete a “Claim for Carer Payment and/or Carer Allowance - Caring for a child - under 16 years “ form. A Treating Doctors Report will also need to be completed by the child’s doctor. Carer Payment and Carer Allowance may also be paid to the carer of a young person aged 16 years and over, however different eligibility criteria apply. Rebates may also be available for Grandparent/Children Holidays Check with Centrelink first.

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In 1988, the Red Nose Day concept was adopted by SIDS and Kids organisations around Australia. Since then, people, cars, and buildings around the nation have joined in the fun. The red nose always brings a smile to people’s faces. By wearing a red nose you can be silly for a great cause.

SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping Our current health promotion program, SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping, is evidence based and provides families, infant carers and health professionals with information about how to reduce the risk of SIDS and create a safe sleeping environment for babies. More information on this is available at The SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping program recommends: • Put baby on the back to sleep, from birth. • Sleep baby with face uncovered. • Cigarette smoke is bad for baby. • Safe cot, safe mattress, safe bedding, safe sleeping place, night and day.

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Dragons Abreast support team mate in Mothers Day Classic If there’s anything Canberra woman Narelle Powers is up for, it’s a challenge. The 36-year-old breast cancer survivor and dragon boat paddler, was the Dragons Abreast ACT and Region Ambassador in Canberra’s first ever Mothers Day Classic. The Mothers Day Classic is the biggest community fundraising event for breast cancer research in Australia. Thousands of runners and walkers of all ages took off from Grevillea Park on Lake Burley Griffin to tackle the four or eight kilometre course. Held around Australia on Mothers Day, the high-profile event has so far raised $1.77 million for breast cancer research. Narelle’s involvement in the race started when she spoke as a breast cancer survivor at the corporate launch of the event for one of the major sponsors, Women In Super. Quick to take on yet another challenge, Narelle saw the race as a way of spreading the ‘healthy life after breast cancer’ message and setting another fitness goal for herself. “Being an officer in Australia’s Defence Force, I think I’m more than capable of running,” Narelle said. “Breast cancer doesn’t have to stop you continuing with life, and a fit and healthy life at that,” she added. An experienced dragon boat paddler and accredited sweep, Narelle was supported in the race by her Dragons Abreast ACT team mates, who paddled the distance in their trademark pink dragonboat and colours, and cheered her on. “We’re thrilled to have Narelle as the Dragons Abreast ambassador for the first Canberra Mothers Day Classic,” Coordinator of Dragons Abreast ACT and Region, Judy Richmond said. “The huge crowd on the day is proof of the support in the community for raising research funds for the fight against breast cancer,” Judy added. “We are already looking forward to being part of the 2008 Canberra Mothers Day Classic event. After two lots of surgery, c h e m o t h e r a p y,



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Proceeds from Red Nose Day assist us in providing the following vital services and programs: • 24 hour, 365 days a year crisis outreach and ongoing bereavement support for families and the community following the sudden and unexpected death of an infant or young child from 20 weeks gestation to 6 years. • Our SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping Program, an evidence-based health promotion campaign which offers practical advice to parents and health professionals about how to best reducce the risks of SIDS and sleep accidents. • Research into the causes and prevention of sudden and unexpected death in the perinatal period and infancy.

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is on Friday 29th June and is the major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids. SIDS and Kids is an international leader in the field of health promotion, dedicated to the elimination of sudden and unexpected infant death. The charity also now provides much-needed counselling and support for all families and those in the community who have suffered the sudden death of an infant or young child, regardless of the cause. Since 1990, the SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping program has been instrumental in reducing the SIDS infant mortality rate by 90%, equaling more that 4,500 Australian babies’s lives saved. Each month about 200 Australian children die suddenly and unexpectedly, and for each death more than 60 people are affected and may require support. SIDS and Kids organisations have a wide range of wellestablished programs and 28 years experience supporting the community since the organisation was founded. Our professional counsellors and trained volunteer peer supporters work together to help families through the tragic death of their child. Our expanded bereavement programs are now offered to all families whose children have died from causes such as stillbirth, neonatal death, SIDS, a fast onset illness, drowning, poisoning, fire or motor vehicle accident.



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New strategies to ease the wheeze Asthma is a potentially very serious condition likely to cause at least discomfort,


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agonist (LABA).

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Symbicort has now received approval to be used as both

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quite possibly severe disability and perhaps even death.

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The Simple Art of Meditation

Winnunga midwife health team making a difference BY PETER WINDSOR

What is meditation? In the West meditation is considered to be quiet thought, reflection or contemplation. In the East, where the ancient art of meditation developed several thousand years ago, it is considered to be ‘thoughtless awareness’ or not thinking.

The Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Services Aboriginal Midwifery Access Program ( AMAP) was unique amongst Canberra’s baby health services, Winnunga CEO, Julie Tongs said today.

Meditation developed in India as part of a tradition of mental, physical and spiritual practices known as yoga. The purpose of practising yoga was to achieve the state of ‘self-realisation’, a meditative state in which the practitioner becomes one with the whole universe, has a feeling of total peace and tranquillity and achieves complete psychological integration. Modern psychologists have called this state of selfrealisation ‘self-actualisation’ and Carl Jung has called it ‘individuation’. It is the state in which artists, writers and musicians receive inspiration and sports people talk of being ‘in the flow’ when everything becomes effortless and spontaneous. It is also the state where healing, both physical and mental, takes place. It is a state of ‘thoughtless awareness’ in which you are able to focus on the present moment for a sustained period of time. You are fully alert and in control, but you are not being bombarded with thoughts about the past or the future. In about 500BC in India a sage and physician called Patanjali formalised this tradition of yoga into a science to achieve the state of self-realisation which included eight branches among which were ethical restraint, self-discipline, mental focus, physical exercise and meditation. The physical exercises were called Hatha Yoga (with which we are familiar in the West) and they were designed to clear the chakras (subtle energy centres) so that self-realisation could take place. For thousands of years people who wanted to achieve their self-realisation and experience this meditative state had to spend many years studying with a guru in the Himalayas, clearing their chakras and undergoing many hardships in order to achieve it. In 1970 Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi devised a simple method to allow people to attain their selfrealisation and to go into this state of meditation spontaneously, which is called Sahaja Yoga. It takes just ten minutes but is a truly life-changing event. Sahaja Yoga Meditation fits easily into our Western lifestyle taking just five minutes in the morning and ten minutes at night to start seeing the improvements in your life. It has been shown to have many benefits – better health, peace of mind, improved relationships and greater enjoyment of life. According to the wishes of the founder, Shri Mataji, Sahaja Yoga is always taught free of charge. Phone 1300 724 252 or visit www.freemeditation. com for more information, and to find the Sahaja Yoga centre nearest to you. Classes are held in Canberra, Wollongong, Bathurst and Bowral in the Southern Tablelands area.

“It’s appropriate during International Midwives and Nurses Week that the beneficial impact of the program was acknowledged”, Ms Tongs added. “The program saves lives. It is as simple as that.” Ms Tongs said Winnunga was blessed to have a dedicated midwifery team of two qualified midwives and an Aboriginal access worker. “The work and dedication of this three person team of Carolyn Patterson, Debbie Howroyd and Pam Yealland is much appreciated by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community”. “When the program began seven years ago it was miniscule and little known by the community. The underlying rationale for its creation was to encourage Aboriginal mothers to access ante natal care at an early stage. “These days the community doesn’t have to be told about the program. People come to us not just from Canberra, but also Queanbeyan, Yass – and even Cooma. “Last financial year, for example, it was pleasing to be able to say that 55 women enrolled in the AMAP program. Given that one of the main aims of the program was to encourage women to access treatment at an early stage, it was pleasing that 37 of those who enrolled presented in their first trimester. Sixteen others presented in their second trimester (12 to 24 weeks) and only two presented late in their pregnancies. “Both of these were referrals from local hospitals”. Ms Tongs emphasised that the team worked in ways she believed no other equivalent service in Canberra contemplated and was trusted and sought out by the community. “By way of explanation, clearly one of the reasons that the Winnunga program unique and particularly successful is the fact that we make sure that patients get continuity of care with a midwife that they trust. Also, because our philosophy is to provide holistic health care we have the ability to make sure that those who need other treatment receive it within Winnunga or are helped by our midwifery team to access treatment within the Canberra Hospital system. “Additionally, we regularly have to organize transport for patients to access treatment while it is also a fact that the midwives and Aboriginal access worker more often than not come to deal with the whole family and regularly intervene and help in such matters as housing, overcrowding and other family related issues,” Ms Tongs said.. Ms Tongs added that in the 2005/06 financial year the midwifery team had: •Attended a total of 589 antenatal checks (442 at Winnunga) and the remainder at Calvary and Canberra Hospitals •Detected three cases of gestational diabetes (primarily due to the routine screening of patients for diabetes at the appropriate time in their pregnancy •Detected a high rate of smokers – about 30 percent of patients •Dealt with a number of premature births •Seen a significant increase in the number of patients who were successfully breast feeding. Twenty eight of the patients breast fed their babies “This is a health program that makes a difference”






Tips on How to teach Your Kids to Save Money



learned how to count, that is the perfect time for you teach them the real meaning of money. You should be consistent and explain to them in simple ways and do this frequently so that they may be able to remember what you taught them. 2. Always explain to them the value of saving money. Make them understand its importance and how it will impact their life. It is important that you entertain questions from them about money and you should be able to answer them right away. 3. When giving them their allowances. You need to give them their allowances in denominations. Then you can encourage them that they should keep a certain bill for the future. You can motivate them to do this by telling them that the money can be saved and


lot of teens nowadays do not understand the value of earning and spending money. They were not oriented that investing is necessary even if they are still students. As parents, you play a crucial role in this area. You should be able to teach your kids on how to save money. They should be able

they can buy new pair of shoes or the toys they want once they are able to save. 4. You can also teach them to work for money. You can start this at your own home. You can pay them ďŹ fty cents to one dollar every time they clean their rooms, do the dishes or feed their pets. This concept of earning little money will make them think that money is something they have worked for and should be spent wisely. 5. You can teach them to save money by giving them piggy banks where they can put coins and wait until they get full. You can also open bank accounts for them and let them deposit money from their allowance. You should always show them how much they have earned to keep them motivated. Money and saving is not something that is learned by children in one sitting. You should be patient in teaching them and relating the value of money in all of their activities. Children will learn this easily if you are patient and consistent in guiding them and encouraging them in this endeavor.

to understand the concept of money and investment as early as childhood. This will prepare them to learn money management, as they grow old. Here are some tips on how you can teach your children how to save money: 1. Your children should be educated of the meaning of money. Once your children have


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With a prestigious Public Relations Institute of Australia national Golden Target Award to its credit, the campaign has now expanded throughout Australia and overseas, in what has been a best practice example of government, business and community sectors working together to tackle the skills shortage head on. Campaign director, Jeremy Lasek, said the Live in Canberra campaign had exceeded all expectations. “While it’s difficult to quantify, the

attracting workers to ease the city’s skills shortage

team is aware of at least 50 families and individuals who This recent push into the overseas market sparked have moved here as a result of the campaign, and this a significant increase in the number of applicants to number continues to grow each week. It’s great news the ACT’s Skilled and Business Migration program. for the ACT,” Mr Lasek said. A comprehensive database of over 1000 people with the skills Canberra needs has been developed. In the Although Mr Lasek acknowledges that the Live in past year, 110 skilled workers from overseas have had Canberra campaign alone will not solve the skills issue, applications approved to work in the territory. A further significant progress has been made in a relatively short 35 applications are pending. amount of time. As the competition between the states and territories to Since the campaign’s launch, the Live in Canberra team attract and retain skilled workers becomes more intense, has responded to thousands of emails and phone calls Live in Canberra is full steam ahead for the upcoming from people seeking advice about making the move. year and currently recruiting new supporters for the next Over 1500 information packs have been sent out and 12 months from our business sector. the Live in Canberra website has had over 40,000 visits with 25 per cent of these now coming from overseas. “With IP Australia, Service One, IELTS, Forde With seminars and marketing material, the team have Developments and the Australian Public Service assisted hundreds of employers in Canberra recruit Commission the latest new organisations to come skilled workers from interstate and overseas. on board with Live in Canberra, the campaign will continue to build on its strong relationships in the ACT As well as two targeted campaigns in Sydney and community, “ Mr Lasek said. the Illawarra region, Live in Canberra also attended For further information, phone 6205 3188 or visit www. ‘Country Week’ in Sydney and the ‘Australia Needs Skills’ expos in the UK and Ireland.



Most of Australia’s major cities, Canberra included, continue to face a serious skills shortage. Just over 12 months ago, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope launched the Live in Canberra campaign with the aim of ‘selling’ Canberra’s job opportunities and lifestyle benefits to families in south and southwest Sydney fed up with the rat race.


Why no succession plan for family business? We’ve been asking the wrong generation! BY PHILIPPA TAYLOR, CEO Family Business Australia

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A similar organization to Family Business Australia, the international Family Business Network has groups founded on the same principles. According to Adele, these groups are particularly strong in Spain, Italy and England. “In Europe, these groups are becoming extremely influential and are in a position to lobby governments on employment issues, taxation, capital gains etc. There are a whole range of issues that the next generation see that are not necessarily top of the current generation’s agenda,” said Adele.

According to members of the Family Business Australia group, the next generation is crying out for better communication and a realistic involvement in their businesses, but many in the managing generation see this as unnecessary. It is say the Next Geners, as much about changing and adapting management styles to suit today’s fast paced working environment as anything else. For the generation in waiting, the business contacts have often been those of the older generation. There is now an opportunity for Next Geners to move out from the shadow of their parents, and develop their own networks of support and business contacts. If you are a `Next Gener’ and wish to meet other like minded family business future leaders, contact Family Business Australia

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Economists and financial advisers have been put on notice that the impending transfer of 68 percent of family owned business this decade will have severe ramifications for the economy. While alarm bells ring when it is realized that only a third of these family owned companies, with an overall wealth of $3.4 trillion (RMIT Boyd 2003) have a plan for exit, the obvious question is `why’. Why have family business owners not planned for the day they step down, retire, fall off the perch? Some family business advisers say it is because while they well know what they are retiring from, many do not know what they are retiring to. These entrepreneurial, dynamic people, the backbone of our economy, have perhaps not had the time to learn to play golf, or fish – and cannot imagine a time when their advice is no longer sought or their opinion needed. So we must ask – have those doomsayers, observers and commentators been looking to the wrong generation to make the move? Is it up to the next generation to show that they are ready, willing and able and above all – that the role their forefathers have played is respected and recognized? A young group of family business entrepreneurs has emerged within Family Business Australia, the peak national body for families in business, and they are pushing to take up roles in their own right while working with the incumbent generation in planning for the future. Adele Levinge, who works with her father Bert Dennis of the Dennis Family Corporation, perhaps best known for their company Glenbrae homes, is leading the charge with support of a young, vibrant national Family Business Australia committee. New South Wales’ representative is Greg Simons and he is keen to see many more young NSW & ACT family business ‘next geners’ join him in the move to carve an identity for those aspiring to take over the family business. “We meet regularly, with ‘next geners’ from all over Australia, where we develop our skills, prepare for succession and learn to be heard and have influence in family business decisions,” said Greg.

Family Business Australia, 1800 249 357 Family Business Australia will hold its 9th National Conference at the Hyatt, Canberra from the 23-25th August. See information adjacent.



Who are your customers and what do they want?

BUSINESS One of the top reasons that businesses failure because of not doing market research. Business owners often tell us things like. “I am a customer so if I do what I like then we’ll be fine.” or “We are too small to do market research - that’s for big business.” Think again. You are a unique individual - if your approach is to do things the way you like them done - that gives you a market of one. You need to provide targeted products and services to more people than just you. If you think that your business is too small or not the type that market research is relevant to - think again. It is essential for every business. It may be fine for a while to go with your gut instincts, but proper market research is the only way to find out what your customers really want and how they feel about your business – and your staff. Many businesses try to operate without systematically collecting market research. In fact they are missing a vital element from their dash board and are flying blind. Many new start-ups fail simply because they haven’t done their homework first: and that means lots of market research.

What is Market Research? One of the reasons businesses fail to conduct market research is because they don’t know what market research is. Small to medium sized business owners often don’t systematically do it because they think it is difficult, complicated and expensive. Market research just means finding out about your customers and competition in the way that is most appropriate for your business.

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* Entry interviews * A “Where did you hear about us?” question by the reception or sales * Customer surveys – written, web, phone or in person

* Mystery shopping (of your business and your competitors) * Follow up phone calls after purchases “Why did you buy the product.” “What else would you like us to stock?” * Follow up of your failed quotes – “Who did you decide to buy from?” “What was important to you about what they offered?” * Exit interviews – Don’t just interview your staff when they leave, (You do interview your staff when they leave, don’t you?) interview your customers as well.

Once again it needs to be as simple as possible so that you can use it easily to help you to steer your business.

How do you mean?

Greg the gardener tracks all his quotes in a book – the ones he wins and the ones he doesn’t - as well as information about how much he quoted and if he didn’t win the job, who did and how much they quoted (if he can find out) He uses the information in his book to work out his hit rate. Too high and he knows he is quoting too cheap, too low and Still not convinced? he knows either his pricing or something else Adam the accountant uses a customer isn’t working. information form for every new client and then annually for each customer. He not only finds Marg the mortgage broker uses her market out where his customers heard of him. That research to keep on top in a highly competitive gives him the information he needs to look game. Her goal in her business is to ensure that after his referrers. He also finds out what they her clients get exceptional customer service, are happy about with his service and he asks every time. So she has checks in place right them to tell him honestly what they are not through the process to ensure that her clients happy with. This gives him vital information are happy and having their expectations met, as he builds and systemizes his business. And and then does what she can to exceed their his clients feel valued and important – because expectations. they are. Lloyd the lawyer was used to Irene his Frank wanted to open a fish and chip shop. receptionist, she had been on the front counter He was on a tight budget so instead of paying for years. He realized that she had been a bit for market research when he was starting up cranky lately and had thought about talking to his new shop he spent several days traveling her about it but never got around to it. Until around his city visiting every shop that sold fish he started doing surveys with his customers that he could find. He talked to the owners, and saw their feedback. They let him know he talked to customers, and he watched how loud and clear that they didn’t like being they managed when they were busy and what treated like inconvenient interruptions. they did when they were quiet. He got a feel for what made a good shop and picked up Action steps to keep up with some of the clever ideas others were using and your market research incorporated them into his shop. Start using market research to improve your What you do in your business to get your business. Build market research into your daily market research really depends on what type business operations, for example by asking of business you own. It can be as simple as customers some basic questions, such as incorporating a question about where your customer heard about you every time you “How did you find out about us?” or “What get a new client – and then collating the else would you like us to stock?” Make sure you monitor the results! information Remember, you can’t manage what you don’t Ok so I see how you do it, but measure, as this case study illustrates: Case study: Advertising choices

why bother?

Because if you don’t the first thing you know about changes in customers buying habits might be when you don’t have enough money in the bank to pay the bills. Or when your two best clients suddenly, without warning go to a competitor. Or you set up the most elegant fish and chip shop in town and almost no one comes in because they think it looks too expensive. Simply asking the questions isn’t enough though. You need to the collect and collate the information in some way so that you can use it.

A cartridge recycling company spends $20,000 a year on marketing through various media in this order of priority: • Radio • Newspaper • Yellow Pages • Leaflet drop • Shop signage • Vehicle signage The business then decided to put in place a ‘How did you find us?’ survey that revealed: • 36% were existing customers • 22% were referrals • 16% saw the shop front • 10% came from the leaflet drop • 7% responded to radio • 5% came through the Yellow Pages • 4% responded to newspaper ads In fact, almost the opposite from what they spent on marketing! The market research allowed them to prioritize their marketing budget far more effectively. They have now changed from radio advertising to a customer loyalty and referral campaign.

Do it yourself or pay someone else to do it – we’d be happy to help – but just make sure that you do your market research. Phone: 1300 85 97 04 Fax: 1300 85 97 05 Email:

Creating a Healthy Workplace By DR DION It is Monday morning. Do you leap out of bed, invigorated by the prospect of another week at the office you love? Or, like many Australians, do you drag yourself out of bed wishing that it wasn’t Monday, loathing the fact that you have to go to work? Perhaps you are working more hours than you would like, finding the workplace stressful and tiring. Do you think that ‘work life balance’ is a phrase that is foreign to your boss’s vocabulary? Research shows that many of us would prefer more balance and work satisfaction ahead of increased pay—but we aren’t receiving either. If you are feeling jaded and unsatisfied at your workplace, what can you do about it? More employees are taking charge by driving healthy workplace initiatives in order to create a healthier and happier workplace throughout the day. Such initiatives have been proven to be beneficial overseas by decreasing absenteeism and increasing productivity. It’s well understood that workplace wellbeing results from physical, psychological and social factors. At the physical level, taking breaks, eating well, exercising and getting some occasional therapy — like massage — contribute to overall health. Similarly, improved self-knowledge, communication and a conscious effort to get along better with others brings great rewards. And at the social level, better team work, constructive and shared recreation and improved management all impact on overall well-being. In the workplace, who is responsible for positive change? Here is an analogy. When we take our children to day care or off to school, we expect that institution will provide our children the opportunity to explore and develop physical, mental, and social/emotional aspects throughout the day. Employers have a similar responsibility to offer these opportunities to the employees for the employees, though more mature, are entrusting their overall well-being to the employer to provide the best work environment possible. Though management may not be the driver of such initiatives, they should be supportive. Individuals can take care of their own health but there are many opportunities at work that employees can organise and that managers can support. The physical, mental, and social/emotional aspects need to be integrated to make a truly healthy workplace where well-being is the norm rather than the exception. For example, Chris, a senior military officer in Russell, shows what a group can do working together. He organised an exercise group of officers with the tongue-in-cheek name of SLUGS (senior leaders under great stress). SLUGS met regularly for physical exercise, and not always the same old ‘run around the block’ either—SLUGS included some abseiling and other activities designed to get out of the mundane and build team spirit. A Canberra government department sponsored an in-house Fitness and Health Challenge where employees were given the opportunity to partake in a 10-minute massage, wellness seminars, and a weekly 45-minute workout over a 6-week challenge period. The research findings indicated overall increased well-being, decreased distress, and increased flexibility. Other benefits from these types of event are team building, increased communication, and laughter in the workplace. There are endless ways which management can incorporate such programs into the daily routine of the workplace. With more qualitative and quantitative research being conducted by providers as well as government agencies, there will be no argument that the benefits outweigh the costs in the long run.

L & J Trust Garla Dinner Vikings Club Auditorium

Ian & Ilona Fraser (MC)

Doug, Anita, and Melita Flynn

Tom Roberts, Jackie Killmier, George Stefanoff

Melissa Jakovics & Paul Campbell

Sarah, Simone, Leane, Jackson, Kalum

Maria & John Estanillo, Carmen & Justin Cornock

Daniel England, Kate & Gareth Wheeldon, Lisa Baker

Scott & Rachel Trainor, Erinn Budnick, Lousia Spokes



Gala night was held on the 26th May 2007 at the Vikings Club Erindale. A night so full of love and support for our little grandchildren, who lost their mother just recently in a tragic car accident. The wonderful Canberra people dug dip and raised over $60 000 to go into a trust fund set up for the children. It was a hugely successful night with live and silent auctions, dancing and

Ryan & Amy

Azi, Marion, Sandra, Bruce

Sarah & Joel Reid, Ray Ellett

entertainment. Jim Shonk livened up the auctions, Ilona Fraser brought glamour to the evening as the MC, and Jacqui Burke MLA shared her heartfelt thoughts and feelings around caring for grandchildren, as our special guest speaker. This night would not have been such a success without the support, care and love of our wonderful family, friends and colleagues. Doug

Kate & Rob McKenzie and I wish to thank everyone who participated in the evening and those who donated money to the trust. The money raised will go into a trust for the children and especially to support our grandson who is a special needs child. Thank you for helping us through such a diďŹ&#x192;cult time. There are simply not enough words to express our gratitude . We are forever grateful to you all. Thankyou Melita and Doug Flynn

ESCAPE THE COLD this winter

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The fully self-contained apartments at Blue Seas Resort offer the highest level of luxury and style. The layout includes full kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, own laundry, iron/ironing board, air conditioning, ceiling fans, CD/radio, TV and free inhouse movies. Each apartment sleeps up to four in comfort and is equipped to suit adults and families alike. The open plan design boasts an abundance of space and is stylishly furnished, with each apartment overlooking one of the two pools. Take a tour and discover all the exciting things to see and do in Broome, the southern gateway to the Kimberley or a short stroll and laze on the famous Cable Beach. Perhaps you simply want to relax and enjoy the cool, tropical surrounds of Broome. Just imagine sitting back with an icy cocktail as you watch the camels return along the beach under another glorious Kimberley sunset. It’s all there waiting for you….so settle in at Blue Seas Resort and enjoy our friendly, family hospitality. Points of interest happening in Broome in the next few months are: * Staircase to the moon appears between March and October * Horse races run between June and August * Opera Under the Stars - August * Shinju Matsuri, celebrates the festival of the pearl – September * Mango Festival - November

Canberra’s Canberra’s playground playground OUTDOOR SURVIVAL AUSTRALIA Your Thermals Solution. Nikwax have just released two new products designed specifically for your thermal underwear. The new Nikwax Wool Wash and Base Wash have both been designed to enhance the wicking performance, kill bacteria and thoroughly clean your undergarments. The new formula quickens the drying time as well increasing the breath-ability of the garment. As with all Nikwax products, these are water based, making them environmentally friendly, safe and easy to use. Available in 300ml bottles. Get the most out of your thermals this winter! Nikwax, “Easier, Safer, Dryer.”

“The Upper Murray Challenge, hmmm, 38kms of mountain biking, 26kms of paddling followed by a hilly 25km run. What a great event for both spectattor and athlete” says Kate Reeves. The race goes between Khancoban and Corryong, two beautiful little towns at the base of the Main Range and I was just excited to be there. I told myself to do my own race, don’t go nuts on the bike and to look around at the scenery every time I felt tired. So, off we went - and straight into biking hell too – those hills never appeared to end and even the flat was hard!… Strangely all I could think about was that at least it was only 1 lap and I didn’t have to ride it again! (Too many 12 and 24hr MTB enduros…) I had a shocker of a ride, (damn that was supposed to be my good leg!), and finally it was over and I was transitioning into the kayak. I made my way down the river without incident and really enjoyed it – again the novelty of it all was winning over the pain! I hardly saw a soul on the paddle and was wondering where everyone was, it was quite bizarre. So finally, on to the run… I was so chuffed to make it this far I can’t tell you… I almost felt like I’d finished as I was running along the dirt road after another fab transition (I’ve never had one person tying my shoe laces, another applying sunscreen and a 3rd stuffing a jam sanga into my mouth simultaneously before!). However I knew this was going to be a long haul and estimated a good 3 hours for the ‘run’. Run, ha! I don’t remember running that much – more like slog up and up and up and up! I had been warned, and it didn’t disappoint. The ridgeline was longer than expected, but finally we started to see glimpses of Corryong down through the trees! The descent off the ridge was great, I hammered without considering the quad pain that I was letting myself in for and overtook people who had got me on the up! One final sight of the fabulous support crew, Cords, I dropped off my still very full Camelbak (why did I carry that?!) and continued the final slog into the town. Again I had been warned about this, and yep, it didn’t disappoint either. With great relief I saw the 2km banner and picked up the pace for the run into town… Hitting that finish line was a great experience. I had achieved my first ‘proper’ individual multi-sport race and was just so chuffed that I had done it! I take my hat off to those guys and girls up at the pointy end of the field; however it truly was an impressive effort by all competitors. Thanks to all involved for making it such a great event! See you again next year. So what’s next?? Anaconda Lorne as a marathon pair is the idea; sh** just need to learn to swim now……. Kate (Just one question – where were all the female?









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ACT Interschools Snowsports Championships Interschools skiing & boarding is a series of competitions managed by SnowSports ACT in Alpine G.S., Cross Country, Skiercross, Moguls, Snowboard G.S. and Boardercross for students up to year-12 (under 19) from schools south of Moss Vale. Alpine skiers and Snowboarders run on modified giant slalom courses. The Cross Country relay is a 3-person relay team event. The Cross Country Classic race features skiing in the classical style - this event is not a relay and the start is massed. The Moguls is a “bumps/jumps” course. Boardercross and skiercross are timed events on a slopes-style course. All courses are set to a suitably challenging level for school skiers and boarders. Competitors from all ability levels are encouraged to enter, with an emphasis on fun and participation in the initial regional series of championships. Successful ACT teams and individuals from the Subaru ACT/Southern NSW Championships may qualify directing into the Subaru Australian Championships. This is a great excuse to take your family up to the snow and you may win a medal doing so! Last year we had over 1500 entries from Canberra and the surrounding regions. Helmets are compulsory for all Alpine, Moguls, S/X, B/X, and Snowboarding racers. Race entry fees for all events are $27 per race, per competitor. There is also a once-only annual registration fee of $25 per competitor, which includes public liability insurance. For more information see, email au or phone Wendy on 0422 240 483

Family Friendly Atmosphere feel right at home at Selwyn. At Selwyn Snowfields we are proud of our family friendly atmosphere that will make you and your family feel right at home. With so much to do there’s something for the whole family from skiing, snow boarding, snow tubing, tobogganing, or just playing in the snow! The little kids will love our new Bouncing Bogong Jumping Castle while the big kids have a blast in our new Junior Riders & Sliders program. So much to do, it’s all about You! You can afford a ski holiday at Selwyn Snowfields Selwyn Snowfields is the most affordable snowfield in NSW. You will notice the savings right across the board with lift tickets, ski hire and accommodation at unbeatable prices. Accommodation starts at $80 per night for cabins and $130 per night for 2 bedroom units. Special package deals are available to save you even more! Affordable family fun, Selwyn’s the one! Skiing & Boarding Begins at Selwyn Snowfields Selwyn is the perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard with it’s gently progressing terrain & caring mountain staff. Our professional team of qualified instructors are waiting to show you how much fun learning to ski or snowboard can be! Our MILO Snowsports School has the full range of programs to suit families of all ages. New to the snow? Selwyn’s the go! With state of the art snow making, affordable family fun, Selwyn Snowfields truly is Your Winter Playground Extra water for snow making given the go ahead at Selwyn Snowfields After a lengthy application process, the Department of Environment & Conservation, the Department of Planning and the Department of Natural Resources have all given their consent for Selwyn Snowfields to commence a $150,000 water extraction project to enable the resort to access water from Three Mile Dam for snow making purposes.This project will enable the resort to utilise their already impressive snow making system to its fullest potential, resulting in more snow and longer seasons, particularly in dry years as was 2006. The resort estimates that if the water project had have been in place last year, the 2006 snow season could have been extended by an additional 20%! ON LINE BOOKINGS Bookings for accommodation can now be made on line at Bookings for lift tickets and lessons at www.

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