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The truth about the BNTS kangaroos

Not starving, but now dead!

Nora’s desire for a Wildlife Sanctuary at the BNTS is commendable, but would have needed an enlightened government and population to happen and unfortunately Canberra appears to have neither. 

There were unfortunately far more than a hundred roos on the site, but they were doing much less damage than the housing estate is going to cause. The site is also reported to be contaminated with heavy metals and PCBs – is the indecent haste to exterminate the roos and hide their bodies anything to do with that?  It might be costing $3.5 million dollars to kill them but it would have cost less than a million to relocate them – and they were not starving – pity that so many people believed the official lies.

For more information, and pictures of the taxpayer-funded cruelty that is occurring on a daily basis, visit: www.kangaroolives.com/ and www.canberraroos.com

People who are cruel to animals find it much easier to be cruel to people than do those who understand how important the natural world is to a healthy and sane society, and who treat all living and feeling beings with compassion. We need nature much more than it needs us.

What Canberra desperately needs at the moment is decent soaking long-lasting rain and a decent goverment. Sacrificing all those kangaroos isn’t going to get you either.

When the Bush Capital becomes a boring collection of housing estates, shopping centres, dead animals and dead and dying trees linked by ugly roads perhaps you will regret being so heartless and apathetic – or maybe not? You can always watch what’s left of nature on tele.


Planning days big sucess!

A motley crew in Port Macquarie

On May 22 (Melbourne) and May 24 (Port Macquarie) independent publishers met to establish a national association. Prior to these events www.naip.com.au was registered and both groups agreed to retain NAIP as the acronym for the National Association of Independent Publishers.

Attendance for the Melbourne event was disappointing, with 16 publishers confirming but only 6 arriving on the day. That said, the intimacy enable efficient brainstorming and the output was high. At Port Macquarie 18 publishers thrashed out the logistics of establishing an association. Publications represented ranged from as far north as Warrick (Qld), west to Coonamble (NSW), and south to Canberra (ACT ) and Torquay (Vic). Types of publications included paid for and free newspapers, weeklies, monthlies and seasonals. A number of publishers had mutliple mastheads. The minimum average pages was 16 and the maximum over 100 pages.

Both gatherings agreed to form a Steering Committee to build the attraction of an association and thereby drive membership. All attendees at both events agreed to be on this committee. A detailed report from these events will be emailed later this week. While it was generally accepted that the "Big Boys" will soon know about NAIP and will easily assess its purpose and no doubt much of our obvious strategy, these sort of reports are confidential and do not need to be posted online for general viewing. Members are encouraged however to contribute as many articles and comments as they can to the site, in order to keep energy and interest high.

Australia’s independent publishers are all invited to the next meeting to be held in Sydney on September 13 – 14, after a steering committee follow up meeting on Friday afternoon, September 12.

Congratulations to all attendees of both events, without whose energy and early commitment NAIP would not get off the ground. NAIP’s first award, "Getting there…" goes to Michael Graham from Coonamble Times, who drove from Coonamble to Dubbo, caught a plane to Sydney, then Sydney to Melbourne, then a $45 taxi to the event, only to leave his wallet on the back seat of the taxi! Despite the negative prognosis offered by his city-slicker company, Michael’s protestations that people are still mostly good paid off and his wallet was returned to his hotel that afternoon! Thanks for making such a BIG effort Michael.

The kangaroo killing fields

Small mob of Eastern Grey Kangaroos on former bnts site

On Friday 16/5/08 defence announced that they would go ahead of the unnecessary slaughter of our native Eastern Grey Kangaroos on the bnts site.

With the Indigenous people having a separate legislation to us, I asked Animal Liberation and Wildlife Protect, to ask the Indigenous people to immediately move into the bnts site to claim it, in order to save the site from housing development, and the death/removal of any of the Eastern Grey Kangaroos, a legal move that Wildlife Protect and the Indigenous people had been working on since the protest earlier this year.

Unfortunately everyone felt that there was plenty of time before defence would actually commence their cruel, illegal butchering of our native wildlife, so they didn’t ask them to act immediately.

Saturday 17/5/08 I met up with one of the indigenous people who asked me for some money for food, which they would need on the bnts site, which I handed over to him.  Again I warned that they needed to move in immediately, that we were running out of time, but unfortunately he said there was still plenty of time.

They were waiting for the overseas media to arrive.

On Monday 20/5/08, the unthinkable happened. 

I was informed that defence had begun their inhumane, unnecessary, illegal massacre of just under 100 Eastern Grey Kangaroos, that I had counted on the former bnts (belconnen naval transmission station) site on 2/5/08, when I visited and partially inspected the site, (I requested another site visit on 2/5/08).

First I watched the 6.30pm win News, and watched a kangaroo trampled to death in the chaos, while on the 7pm ABC news, the innocent dropping, fighting for their lives, trying to get up, dropping again, a joey, hopping after it’s mother, as it was shut out while she was trapped into the killing/anaesthetic pen with other innocent, gentle native Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

Kangaroos slipping, breaking their legs, their necks, colliding into one another, into the steel posts, as they jumped at the fences to try and escape the illegal herding of our native wildlife, with females herded into one corner, who were so stressed that they began pulling out their joeys from their pouches and throwing them out.

Kangaroos collapsing and dying from shock.

The anaesthetised for their cruel research had large, appearing to be too heavy, blue collars put around their necks, with the kangaroos, getting up, falling down, trying to get up again, too heavily sedated, seriously injuring themselves.

The incompetence, inexperienced, negligence was evident, none of these people involved in this darting, murder, experiments, knew what they were doing.

With the illegal slaughter, that should never have taken place in the first place, should have been abandoned immediately.

The rspca, who aren’t qualified anyway, and without expertise, left before the herding and darting began, and if the rspca were doing their job, they would never have allowed any of this cruel, illegal slaughter to commence, they should be standing beside us, refusing to allow this to happen.

I felt as though I had lost a part of my life, that was sucked out of me.  The tears swelled in my eyes.

What have these gentle native animals, who are not at all dangerous, done to these people, to deserve such undignified, disrespectful treatment.

The scene was that of an abattoir.

Monday 19/5/08 I phoned Peter Garrett’s office and was informed that the illegal massacre began on Saturday 17/5/08.

Each day I phoned Kevin Rudd’s office to try and stop the illegal, unnecessary slaughter of our native wildlife.

Finally on Tuesday 20/5/08, Kevin Rudds’office informed me that Kevin Rudd agrees with defence’s decision, with the person who answered the phone letting me know that she had a typed script in front of her that she was told to read out to callers.

I again contacted the indigenous contact and asked him if he had moved into the site yet, he said tomorrow, Wednesday.

Wednesday 21/5/08, 9am, Finally the Elders moved into the site with their fire, and flag, and claimed it.

The police were called, who surprisingly, arrested 6 Elders, removed them and their flag from the site, and took them away in their paddy wagon.

They have to back in court on 6/6/08.

Below in my emails to the police is more information on this, in assisting the police with several charges, they need to lay on the perpetrators.  I constantly phoned the police to request they arrest everyone involved in the illegal, inhumane, unnecessary, cold blooded murders of our native Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

The police continued to arrest the protesters, for sneezing in the wrong direction, in the attempt to weaken the protest, and to try to draw away the focus on the illegal cruelty that is going on inside, where the real criminals lie.

We had celebrities join in with the protest, Lynda Stoner, and Fiona

24-26/5/08, security guards, and possibly others, illegally driving around the enclosure, to illegally herd the kangaroos into the killing pens.

It appeared that all the joeys were cruelly bashed to death.

I am absolutely sickened, and extremely saddened by this local government and Kevin Rudd our newly elected Prime Minister’s mentality in this matter.

Kevin Rudd had the authority to stop this horrifying violence from now and into the future, that was happening virtually right in the middle of our city, but he refused to turn the ACT into an honest, native wildlife caring state.

It is intolerable, to be deliberately encouraging this type of violent, barbaric, cruel inhumane behaviour in our community, taking us back into the dark ages, rather than working together with WCG’s (Wildlife Carers Group) Proposal of our Kangaroo Park/Wildlife Sanctuary, to ensure that we begin behaving like a civilised, educated community, using our Kangaroo Park/Wildlife Sanctuary as an educational tool, etc, for our new generation, teaching them to care, nurture, respect, value, live among, and to love our unique native wildlife and surroundings.  Something to be extremely proud of.

This deliberate, unnecessary, illegal violence against our very own defenceless, non violent, peaceful, gentle native Eastern Grey Kangaroos, will live on and haunt this community for eternity, and indeed will damage Australia’s reputation.

Kevin Rudd really needs to do a quick re think about what he has allowed to happen here in the ACT, and end this type of violence in Canberra, and throughout the rest of Australia, before it’s too late for our native wildlife, environment.

Emails to Michael Phelan Chief of Police:

Further to this email, and our phone call, to assist you with fraud, inexperienced staff, incompetence, negligence, and cruel and unnecessary destruction of our native wildlife:

The government and defence claimed that they were saving the special native and protected grasslands, and wrongfully accused the kangaroos of killing it off, and thereby killing off other protected species.

The police have witnessed first hand, everyone driving all over this special native and protected grasslands, totally destroying/killing it, along with the other protected species.

  • Grossly Over exaggerating the kangaroo population.
  • using security guards to drive around the site in their cars to round up and herd our native Eastern Grey Kangaroos.
  • Failure to provide a safe, secure, soft, warm recovery area for anaesthetised kangaroos that would lead out into a safe enclosure once recovered from anaesthesia.
  • Failure to provide the proper care and treatment of injured, recovering kangaroos.
  • Kangaroos breaking their legs attempting to escape and left lying on the ground suffering, through herding and round up, and in holding pens.
  • kangaroos breaking their necks attempting to escape herding, roundup, holding pens
  • kangaroos collapsing and dying from shock through roundup, herding, holding pens
  • joeys bashed to death on vehicles, with other joeys apparently baited and poisoned, using green pellets, that were seen to eat it, and then collapse, unsure if it was to their death. 
  • kangaroos left traumatised, in shock, distressed, through roundup, herding, holding pens.
  • live kangaroos bagged and dumped on the trailer as dead, left suffering.
  • Blood test needed to be taken by WCG from a live joey for further investigation.
  • kangaroos severely injuring themselves attempting to escape holding pens, roundup, herding.
  • kangaroos colliding with one another in holding pens, roundup, herding.
  • Kangaroos deprived of water and food, with joeys left alone in a holding pen for 3 days, deprived of mothers milk, food, starved till cruelly slaughtered.

I expect immediate action and the immediate arrest and removal of these government bodies, including the rspca, and anyone/everyone else involved in this fraud, conspiracy, corruption, incompetence, negligence, and cruel and unnecessary butchering of our native wildlife flora and fauna, all based on lies.


Further to my emails, to which I have not received any replies.

Firstly, may I point out that taxpayers pay your wage, to uphold the law.

No matter who breaks the law, it is your paid job, to arrest the correct people, rather than repeatedly arresting anyone who is attempting to stop the criminals/crime.

tams, contractors, the rspca, defence, etc. have broken the law:

  • Extreme animal cruelty
  • Expired licence
  • Fraudulent application of a licence to kill native Eastern Grey Kangaroos
  • trespassing

Until the courts determine who is the rightful owner of the former bnts site, you have enough charges against tams, contractors, the rspca, defence, etc, to arrest them, remove them from the site, hold/freeze the licence, and stop any further cruel unnecessary massacre of our native wildlife.

More information on cruel unnecessary kangaroo massacre that commenced 20/5/08 in canberra on the bnts site on www.geocities.com/wildlife_carers_group/, Click on the news panel.

SAVING AND CARING FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION, AND ALL OUR NATIVE WILDLIFE. More information on www.geocities.com/wildlife_carers_group/, Click on the news panel for news on our native Eastern Grey Kangaroos on the defence sites, the rehabilitation licence, and animal welfare issues, and some of the abbreviated local, national and international media releases, 13 May 2007, http://canberra.yourguide.com.au/news/local/general/plan-for-three-days-of-death/584324.html, 14 May 2007, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/14/world/main2799551.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_2799551, 20 May 2007, http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200705/s1927723.htm, http://www.spa.gov.sa/English/details.php?id=452929, http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/printer_1309191.php, 25 May 2007, http://www.abcscience.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/07/2182771.htm, 7 March 2008, www.kangaroo-protection-coalition.com/kangaroo-archives25.html, 23 April 2007. More information on www.geocities.com/wildlife_carers_group/, Click on the news panel for news on our native Eastern Grey Kangaroos on the defence sites, the rehabilitation licence, and animal welfare issues.

Update – BNTS site visit on 2/5/08, More information on www.geocities.com/wildlife_carers_group/, Click on the news panel. We have succeeded in getting the stanhope government to back down for now, with some of the newly erected fences finally dismantled, although, on 25/4/08, upon inspecting the site, it appeared as though other fences have been erected, once again depriving some of our roos from water, and fresher feed, therefore, to secure the proposed Kangaroo Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, by WCG, please keep signing our petition and Click on http://gopetition.com/petitions/save-all-the-kangaroos.html to sign our petition individually, (23/5/08 – almost all cruelly and unnecessarily massacred, commenced 20/5/08) to save ALL our kangaroos PLEASE, and send it onto your family, friends, co workers, mailing list, etc. post it onto your websites, and (CURRENT) www.gopetition.com/petitions/reinstate-our-act-kangaroos.html  to reinstate our ACT native Eastern Grey Kangaroos onto the ACT Rehabilitation Licence for full term rehabilitation of sick, injured, orphaned native Eastern Grey Kangaroos, noting the fact that the ACT is the only state in Australia, that does not allow the full term rehabilitation of our sick, injured, orphaned Native Eastern Grey Kangaroos, which are acts of animal cruelty. PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD.

Thanks, have a fun day, and all the best for 2008 Nora
NORA PRESTON (began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80’s.)
PO Box 3509
Mob: 0406 056 099
email: wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au  
www.geocities.com/wildlife_carers_group/, www.myspace.com/wcginc Check out www.myspace.com/wcginc and become a friend.

26 May 2008

Support WCG. WCG is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity providing animal/wildlife care, rescue/rehabilitation and is also an animal/wildlife welfare group, providing protection for our wildlife/animals, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding. WCG relies on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to WCG, please send a cheque/money order made payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. to PO Box 3509, Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA. or contact us by email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au or mobile: 0406 056 099 to discuss other alternatives. Thank you for all your support.

Aims and Objectives: To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

Support WCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form from www.geocities.com/wildlife_carers_group/ and join up. Thank you for all your support.

Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.


Seeking human guinea pigs for councelling model comparison


The Effects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) on Clients Following Training of Intern Psychologists

Master of Clinical Psychology (MClinPsych) students at the University of Canberra are conducting research and are seeking adults who are wanting psychological therapy/ counselling and who may also be interested in participating in this research project. The purpose of the project is to compare client outcomes of two therapeutic models, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). CBT is a well-accepted therapy for helping people through a number of difficulties including depression and anxiety. ACT is a newer therapy, but which also has been shown to help people through a number of difficulties, including anxiety, pain, and substance abuse. 

We are seeking participants who are over 18 years of age and are currently experiencing mild or moderate levels of depression, anxiety or other psychological, relationship or stress related problem, and who are interested in receiving 10 weeks of individual psychological therapy/ counselling at the University of Canberra Psychology Clinic. The therapy is conducted by Intern Psychologists who have completed 4 years of psychology, and who are enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology program at the University of Canberra and who are eligible for full or conditional registration with the ACT Psychology Registration Board. The Intern Psychologist will be supervised by an experienced Clinical Psychologist. The therapy will be offered at a cost of $15 to $35 per session (which is the normal fee for clients of the Psychology Clinic), and sessions usually run for 1 hour per week. The first two appointments will be assessment appointments to discuss the current difficulties being experienced. The following sessions will involve therapy using either CBT or ACT. For more information contact the University of Canberra Psychology Clinic on (02) 6201 2883 and cite this study. The researcher will contact you with more information regarding this study.

Canberra Battery World launches recycling program

Battery World staff member Jared disposes of a used battery in the recycling bin.

Each year 8,000 tonnes of hazardous battery waste ends up in landfill.

In a bid to preserve the environment, Canberra Battery World has launched a recycling program to encourage the community to stop throwing out this hazardous waste in the normal garbage.

A recent Australian Bureau of Statistics report stated that batteries were the most common form of hazardous waste disposed of in Australian households and that 97 per cent disposed of batteries via their usual rubbish collection.

Canberra Battery World franchisee Mark Roberts said as society became more dependent on portable power, batteries were an increasing environmental problem and a long-term plan was needed to limit the amount of battery waste entering landfill.

"The chemicals in batteries are toxic and can contaminate soil and harm wildlife so we don’t want them going into landfill," Mr Roberts said.

"Most batteries can be recycled so we urge the community to be responsible and bring their used batteries to our store so they can be disposed of safely.

“Our store is conveniently located and has parking so it just a matter or quickly popping in and dumping old batteries in the purple-and-yellow Battery World recycling bins, rather than dumping them into the trash which will ultimately harm our environment.”

Canberra Battery World provides this service to consumers free of charge and not only sorts all batteries collected to ensure they go to the correct recycling plants but also arranges delivery of them to the plants.

Battery World is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive retail battery chain which has access to more than 10,000 batteries and accessories. Along with many other items, Battery World can power a range of household, industrial, recreational, marine, technical and cosmetic items and is the most convenient place for customers to obtain all their portable needs.

To locate your local Battery World store please go to www.batteryworld.com.au or call 13 17 60.

house of hope for young people






I would like to introduce you to the concept of mentoring and empowering young people, which is being implemented by The Foundary here in Canberra. We are an incorporated non-profit organisation, and you can read our Vision & Mission statements at www.foundary.org. In November last year, I was invited to bring The Foundary’s life skills program to tenants of Havelock House. I subsequently joined the Board of Havelock Housing Association and have been kept busy ever since, meeting & working with some of the tenants.

The Foundary’s mentoring program has been assisting several young men from Havelock House. Results have been most gratifying. In recent months we have assisted one man launch his own Landscaping and Home Handyman business, which gives him a good income and he’s able to give part time work to 2 others. We helped another young chap get work in Horticulture and he enjoys his new job out in the countryside. His mates are now looking for jobs and he is a great encouragement to them. Three people from one unit were helped to move out into shared accommodation, making room for 3 more people to be housed at Havelock House.

Being empowered to use their skills for meaningful employment has been a great boost to the self-esteem of these young men & women. They then become willing to help others living around them. Merely surviving from day to day has changed to a sense of hope and encouragement, which is having a positive effect on their community.

At this time we are conducting a fundraising raffle to enable us to secure a rental property where these young people can live in a secure & stable environment. This will be a step-up home, which we are calling the House of Hope. Once established, young people can be provided with free training in computer skills, administration, setting up a business and other work skills to help them become more valuable employees.

Maybe your organisation could partner with The Foundary by offering resources for our young mentorees. They need work clothing, tools, usable mobile phone handsets. We also have a need for a couple of second hand cars to help them get to work. Our Trust Account has been set up to receive cash donations. This is fully audited and our committee is diligent to use all funds to assist young people into employment, providing them a hand up for the future.

Your donation can be made by direct deposit to our account at Community CPS credit union. BSB 805022 account 338139 in the name of The Foundary. Cheques can be posted to our PO Box 1162 Tuggeranong 2900. All donations will be receipted.

Sincerely, Helen Storer (President)


Rhonda Burchmore "Pure Imagination" tour Canberra Theatre Playhouse Fri 8th Aug

Rhonda Burchmore

One of Australia’s most adored, multi-award winning female entertainers, Rhonda Burchmore takes her beautiful new album “Pure Imagination” on tour for the first time.

With 25 years experience covering the scope of TV, musical theatre, opera, film and cabaret, “Pure Imagination” the album is the closest performance to Rhonda’s heart.

Pure Imagination will take you on a magical journey of songs and stories about love, life, loss and fantasy, which showcases Rhonda’s multi- octave vocal ability, backed by simplistic jazz influenced, touching arrangements and string orchestration.

Classics such as ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, ‘Unchained Melody’, ‘Crying’, ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, ‘If You Go Away’, ‘At Last’, ‘In My Daughters Eyes’, ‘Seventeen’, ‘Send in the Clowns’, and ‘The Way Were’ are just to name a few. Chosen for their importance and relevance at certain times of Rhonda’s career, every song has a meaning and place that will be revealed by Rhonda on stage around the country. This is definitely an up close and personal intimate tour.

We all know she’s got some of THE best legs in the business, but Pure Imagination is about something much deeper than that. It’s about a voice which sparkles, climbs, dips and ultimately has two-and-a-half decades of experience wrapped confidently around it.

The 2 hour show will feature songs from “Pure Imagination” as well as some of Rhonda’s well known performances from musicals and shows such as ‘Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend’, ‘Fever’, ‘Sway’ and ‘To Sir With Love’ and some fabulous tap dancing thrown in, all backed by the amazing Ray Alldridge Orchestra

“from Bette Midler to Burt Bacharach, from Anthony Newley to the inimitable Peggy Lee, Burchmore segued from soul to swing to croon and sensual jazz, backed by the stylish and impeccable accompaniment of the Ray Alldridge Orchestra. Burchmore knew how to vamp and weave and spell, and she fascinated the audience with anecdotes of her childhood, meeting her idol Midler and singing a Bacharach song to the man himself. Whether raising goosebumps with ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ or belting out her Midler version of ‘I’m A Woman’, the effervescent, electrifying Burchmore raised the bar with Pure Imagination and brought world-class entertainment to Canberra’s own world-class Teatro Vivaldi. Diamonds maybe a girl’s best friend, but Pure Imagination is pure gold under Burchmore’s artful alchemy, it doesn’t get better than this” – Peter Wilkins, Canberra Times April 08.



FRI 8TH AUG CANBERRA THEATRE, www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au
$55 inc B/F, $50 inc B/F for students, seniors, pensioners discount

This Week In Folkus

Folkus on Us

Hello and welcome again to your Weekly Wot’s Wot in Folkus…

Page 3 item in the Sydney Morning Herald today says, "In a move clearly aimed at young women, a new kind of lo-calorie Vodka Cruiser …. is being promoted in Sydney bottle shops with the offer of free condoms and the chance to win a free pole dancing kit." says it all really doesn’t it… the Thugby League driven, Alan Jones adoring, Morris Iemma controlled, cultural centre of the universe……….

1. This Week in Folkus
2. Next Week in Folkus
3. Parish Notices
4. The Comics
5. Sport


The Folkus Room, (operates out of The Serbian Cultural Centre & Club) 5 Heard St. MAWSON ACT .. eastern side of Southlands Centre and just off Athllon Drive.. CHECK OUT OUR NEW MAPS PAGE…. www.thefolkus.org.au

Friday 23 May – The Transylvaniacs In Concert … Free range, backyard-distilled folk music direct from the villages of Transylvania to the catacombs of Mawson…….. BE THERE!

2. …….
Next Week In Folkus … THREE BIG SHOWS and they’re all BEST quality to the core …BOOK NOW!
Friday 30 May .. King Curly and The Doomsday Piano with some friends of theirs; Jordan Best
Saturday 31 May .. Sat Arvo Jazz – 2pm to 5pm … floor spots plus Judi Pearce & The Arrangement
Sunday 1 June .. The Yearlings; Doctor Stovepipe

Parish Notices……..

3a. The Folkus Room is offering annual subscriptions. … WE NEED YOU!

3b. The Canberra Irish Players are near to finishing rehearsals for another hit out ….Make sure you keep a night free for the Irish Community Players latest production of Bernard Farrell’s "therapeutic" comedy, "I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell", which will be on at the Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson St, Weston, from 2nd to 5th June at 8 pm. Tickets cost $20 for Adults and $15 for Concessions, and bookings will be available at the club in a few week’s time on 62887451. Don’t miss the play that helped launch Liam Neeson’s career…

3c. Folkus on Blues is about to get happening. If you are a bluesy performer we would like to meet with you or your representative at The Folkus Room (Serbian Club, Heard St, Mawson) at midday on Saturday 31st May. If you can’t attend, or arrange a representative, and would like to be part of the Folkus initiative, please email me to that effect and I’ll see that your act is included. It would help too if band reps could come armed with a list of available dates – your diaries ladies and gentlemen.

3d. The notice with depth & C21…. Follow The Folkus into winter. The program just keeps getting better. We are also expecting to be able to present more jazz and blues/roots stuff as aficionados of those genres become more aware of the breadth of our charter.

4. … Hello John,
An old man was on his death bed, and wanted to be buried with his money. He called his priest, his doctor and his lawyer to his bedside. "Here’s $300,000 cash to be held by each of you. I trust you to put this in my coffin when I die so I can take all my money with me." At the funeral, each man put an envelope in the coffin. Riding away in a limousine, the priest suddenly broke into tears and confessed, "I only put $200,000 into the envelope because I needed $100,000 to repair the roof of the church." "Well, since we’re confiding in each other," said the doctor, "I only put $100,000 in the envelope because we needed a new X-ray machine for the pediatrics ward at the hospital which cost $200,000." The lawyer was aghast. "I’m ashamed of both of you," he exclaimed. "I want it known that when I put my envelope in that coffin, I enclosed my personal cheque for the full $300,000."

Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;
if you can bounce high, bounce for her too,
Till she cry "Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,
I must have you!"                          Thomas Parke D’Invilliers .. (F Scott Fitzgerald)

Stay Well & Truly Silly Gentle Folk

Bill Arnett
The Folkus Room
Canberra’s Acoustic Preference
0407 434 469       www.thefolkus.org.au
"No Strangers Come Here – Just Friends We Have Not Yet Met"

Mosaic Workshop

Roman Mosaic



Roman Replica Mosaic Workshop

All Welcome, suited to beginners and those with some mosaic experience


About this workshop:

Sydney based mosaic artist, Christina Macaulay, will guide participants through some of the traditional laying techniques to create a replica of a segment of a roman mosaic, 25cm square. A choice of 5 roman mosaic templates will be provided. The method we will learn is a traditional laying technique as taught by the Mosaic School in Ravenna, Italy.

The material we work with is unglazed porcelain tile which offers a similar palette to the marble used in roman mosaics of the 2nd and 3rd century. Christina will cover a range of mosaic methods, but the workshop will focus on the laying style that achieves the look of the traditional mosaics of the early Roman period. This course provides a solid foundation in design and techniques which will enable participants to continue on with more ambitious mosaic projects at home.You will also be provided with information about materials used in both traditional and contemporary mosaic works, adhesives suited to specific situations, and some basic rules about mosaic design and laying styles.We will also cover setting up a home workshop and occupational health and safety issues that relate to mosaic practice. Course notes will be provided.

About your Tutor:

Christina Macaulay is a Sydney mosaic artist based at the Lennox St. Studios in Newtown. Christina trained in mosaic at the Ravenna School in Italy and with Emma Biggs in London. She teaches at her Newtown Studio and the Mosman Community College and has taught residential courses at the MacGregor Summer and Winter Schools. In Spring 2008 she will teach at the Grafton Artfest. Christina has completed several commissions for private clients in Sydney and Canberra and exhibits her work locally. She is a skilled tutor who enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge and skills in this ancient art form with her students.

Where: Strathnairn Arts Centre HOLT ACT
When: Sat. 2ND & Sun. 3RD AUGUST

Cost: $275 per person (Includes tuition, all materials, grouts, adhesive, backing board and use of tools)

For enrolment details please contact Christina on
P:02 9557 9550, M: 0403 988 545 or E: christina@studiomosaico.com.au


Call for local businesses to take part in Family Business Expo

Family Business Australia

The National Zoo & Aquarium will be the place for family businesses this November, Family Business Australia (FBA) ACT Chairman, Mick Burgess said today.

“The FBA Family Expo will showcase family businesses and increase awareness of their contribution to the Canberra community”, said Mr Burgess.

The National Zoo & Aquarium, also a family business, provides the perfect venue for a family Expo. In addition to the Zoo’s attractions, there will be a full entertainment program, including the African drumming band, Drumassault and a demonstration by the modern jive group, Ceroc Canberra. An abundance of children’s activities will ensure that mums and dads will have an opportunity to explore the 83 family business stands scattered throughout the Zoo. The Expo Deli will showcase the region’s finest local produce and gourmet delights.

“The FBA Family Expo is an initiative of Family Business Australia, the not-for-profit peak body for family businesses and private industry. The ACT Chapter has members from multi-generational family businesses, sole traders and sibling owned companies. The sizes of the businesses involved in the chapter range from well established companies with over 100 employees to those that have only been in business for one or two years”, said Mr Burgess.

Local businesses interested in exhibiting at the Expo on Sunday 9 November can contact Candice Edye on 6292-1573 or send an email to fbaact@fambiz.com.au. Additional information is also available on the website at www.fbafamilyexpo.com.au.

Attracting tourists from India to Victoria

Jennifer Hutchison, CEO of Yarra Valley and Dandenongs Marketing

Attracting tourists from India to Victoria

By Rama Gaind

Jennifer Hutchison, as the CEO of Yarra Valley and Dandenongs Marketing, takes pride in selling the many tourism attributes of this Victorian region to the national and overseas market.
In particular, she has been investigating market strategies involved in attracting international tourists.
Speaking of the numerous ways in which this could be done, Ms Hutchison’s eagerness could not be curtailed. A goodwill mission to China and Hong Kong has proved successful, with a trip to India set to reap dividends in the very near future.
Ms Hutchison is quick to point out that tangible inroads are also being made into the Indian market by tourist offices in Sydney, Gold Coast, Port Douglas and Port Stephens.
The Yarra Valley and the Dandenongs region gets around 26% of the international visitors that come to Melbourne.
“We know that the international percentage is higher than we can measure,” she said. “Yarra Valley and the Dandenongs is as big as Switzerland. However, Dandenong is not as sophisticated as the Yarra Valley.”
About an hour’s drive out of Melbourne, venturing into this region is an experience that should not be overlooked.
Statistics show that for the year ending December 2007, there were almost 1.5 million overnight visitors to Victoria, with 325,161 visiting regional Victoria. An estimated 26,718 people visited the Yarra Valley and the Dandenongs, which represents annual average growth of 8%.
Ms Hutchison’s enthusiasm for future tourism growth cannot be contained as she elaborated on her visit to India last year as part of a tourism delegation.
She pointed out that 30 million Indians travelled outside India every year, with visitor expenditure from India being AUD$232 on trips to Australia during 2004.
Official statistics reveal that for the year ended December 2007, tourists from India to Victoria had increased by 13.8%. About 32,375 visitors of Indian origin visited Victoria – an increase of 10.8%. This trend is likely to increase with forecasts of almost 135,000 in 2016, a jump of over 16%.
Ms Hutchison recalled fond memories of her short stay in India when crucial meetings were held with tourism representatives in Mumbai, New Delhi and Jaipur.
“First stop was in Mumbai where we met with 90 travel agents and told them about Dandenong, penguins on Phillip Island and the Yarra Valley,” Ms Hutchison said.
“After a little hesitancy in grasping the geographical standing of the Dandenongs, it was referred to as Melbourne’s hill station,” she said. “I am confident that it will lead to a good yield with the honeymoon and incentive market. “
In the capital of New Delhi, it was a day of presentations with Thomas Cook and Cox and Kings, a company which celebrates 250 years in 2008.
“Then it was on to Jaipur for six days for a trade show in which 40 different Australian tour operators and 100 agents from all over Australia. I was very happy with the trade mission. There was excellent input by representatives of the trade industry, who worked sincerely and were enthusiastic about learning more.
“I’m excited about the possibilities for Australia and have high aspirations … I was amazed at the burgeoning wine industry in India, cool climate wines that are soft on the palate.”
While in India, she didn’t let the opportunity go by without visiting Udaipur with her husband. She stayed at Fateh Prakash Palace which is classified as a Grand Heritage Palace. It was a soothing break from the rigours of city life with picturesque views of Lake Pichola, Jagmandir Island Palace, Lake Palace and the Sajjangarh Fort.
Away from the hectic work schedule, Ms Hutchison got caught up with the cricketmania sweeping the country as she backed the winners when India won the 20-20 cricket and it was a “fascinating experience” to be in the crowd when India won against Pakistan.
“The crowd was happy to learn that we were Australian.“


Australian Handballer's Goal selected as Play of Day in World Championship


As the Australian Men’s Team steps up its Towards Croatia 2009 Program in preparation for its participation in the 2009 Men’s Handball World Championship, I wish to share this video taken at the 2007 World Championship.  The World Championship will be held in Croatia in January 2009.

The fantastic goal by Bevan Calvert in the game versus France was selected as ‘Play of Day’ and was shown before the Denmark vs Norway game which was watched by millions of people.

Go Aussies!

Rough Translation of commentary:
"If there was a question regarding Australia’s participation in the World Championship, there was no question as to the determination of Bevan Calvert. It was such a close shave that the Goalie should shave off his moustache."


Lake Tuggeranong Lions Charity Ball and Auction


The Lions Club of Canberra Lake Tuggeranong are holding a charity ball and auction at the Erindale Vikings club auditorium on June 21, 2008, starting at 6 p.m.

The band Little Rock will be performing and all proceeds from the night will be used for projects to assist the community.

Major auction items include signed memorabilia from U2, the Rolling Stones and Peter Brock and more items would be most welcome. To donate items please contact Heath on 0400190622.

Tickets are on sale at the auditorium or you can call 6121 2131. It should be a great night and your support would be greatly appreciated.

ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Breaking free of a Debilitating Illness

Helping People with ME/CFS

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) also known as, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), affects 140,000 Australians. This poorly understood illness, not only by the general public but unfortunately by some within the medical community as well, places severe limitations on the daily lives of those affected by it. It is estimated that 25% of people affected by it are permanently bed or house-bound. Currently there is no known cause for ME/CFS and no cure.

May is International ME/CFS Awareness Month. The ACT ME/CFS Society is encouraging the ACT community to break the isolation of those affected by ME/CFS through an awareness campaign and fundraising for support and research. This year we are promoting the Canadian medical treatment guidelines (the Canadian consensus document) in the ACT. These guidelines provide a clinical case definition and guidelines for medical practitioners that are regarded as a benchmark for best practice treatment of the illness.

Everyone knows, directly or indirectly, someone who has ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is important that we, as their friends, family and community, reach out to these people and break the isolation and disability of their disease” said Ms Mary Campbell, President of the ACT ME/CFS Society.

People with ME/CFS have symptoms such as profound exhaustion, memory and concentration impairment, muscle pain, sleep disturbance headaches and other flu-like symptoms. In some cases the illness causes persistent disability while others it follows a relapse and remitting course.

“Many sufferers of ME/CFS not only face months of tests for diagnosis and a life of daily limitations but a world of stigma and misunderstanding.” Ms Campbell said.

Help us show support for those affected by ME/CFS. Donate by calling 6290 1984 or put someone you know in touch with the ACT ME/CFS Society.

ACT ME/CFS Society provides support, information and advocacy for people affected by the illness. It provides support services to its members such as self-help courses and support groups as well as access to a support worker and telephone information support service. The Society also provides information to patients, medical practitioners and the public; and promotes research.

For more information visit the website at www.mecfscanberra.org.au or email the centre at admin@mecfscanberra.org.au.