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Why no succession plan for family business? We've been asking the wrong generation!

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By Philippa Taylor, CEO Family Business Australia

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 Dennis Family Homes, is leading the charge with support of a young, vibrant National Family Business Australia committee. Melbourne’s representative is Michael Wittner 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 Michael

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

DON'T LET YOUR POOCH BE IMPOUNDED

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sad dog
Domestic Animal Services (DAS) Registrar Drew Mclean today said more than 40 lost dogs are currently impounded at the Domestic Animal Services Shelter, a sad situation which is abnormally high for this time of year.
“Roaming dogs present risks to the community and to their own health and welfare. DAS rangers get no joy from picking up dead or injured dogs from our roads,” said Mr Mclean.
“There are three simple steps owners should take to make sure their dogs do not end up in the shelter:
“Contain – it is far better to ensure a few basic housekeeping arrangements than to be out hunting for your lost dog. Owners are urged to inspect their fences to ensure they are of a standard that will prevent their dog escaping. Self-closing gates and locks can assist with keeping your dog in its yard.
“Identify – make sure your dog is registered and wearing its identity tag. Microchipping is an invaluable way of identifying your pet and is a simple, inexpensive procedure easily performed by your vet. Vets in the ACT use national microchip registries which are accessible to pounds, shelters and vets. Dogs can be registered at www.tams.act.gov.au.
“Look and report – there are several things an owner should do if they lose a pet. Firstly, contact the DAS Shelter and the RSPCA to report your dog lost and see if your pet is in their care, contact local vets, and most importantly keep looking. If you lost your child you would not give up the search after one phone call or a single visit to a shelter. Sometimes it can take a week or longer for an animal to be found by one of our rangers.
“People can find photographs of impounded dogs, as well as reports of lost and found dogs, at www.tams.act.gov.au or can call Canberra Connect on 132281 for assistance,” said Mr Mclean.

NEW WEBSITE STREAMLINES GRANTS

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Finding and applying for funding through the ACT Government Grants Programs is now much easier with a new website launched today by ACT Minister for Community Services Ms. Katy Gallagher MLA.

The grants portal (www.grants.act.gov.au) is a single access point that will provide information on all grants programs across the ACT Government.

Grants will be listed under two key streams: health and community wellbeing grants and city and territory service grants.

“Local organisations and individuals can apply for funding under 22 diverse grants programs,” Ms. Gallagher said.

“Each year we see the ACT Government’s grants funding at work through the delivery of a range of community-based services – along with innovative projects that enhance our wellbeing, the arts, the environment and our heritage.”

“In the past, information about the ACT Government’s grants rounds has been spread across a number of agency websites.”

“By using the new grants portal, people can access everything they need to know about the grants process – including the different types of programs, the amount of funding available, eligibility criteria and the assessment process.”

“People will also find tips on putting together an application, as well as information on initiatives funded in previous grants rounds. Future enhancement of the website will work towards online lodgement and monitoring of applications.”

The grants portal was a commitment under the 2006-07 ACT Budget. The site is managed by the ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services.

For more information visit www.grants.act.gov.au. Full list of ACT Government Grants Programs attached.

Media Contact:Angie Drake Ph: 6205 0139(w)
0408 092 016(m)
LIST OF ACT GOVERNMENT GRANTS PROGRAMS
ACT Women’s Grants Program
ACT Health Promotion Grants Funding Opportunities
ACT Health Community Funding Round
ACT Health Falls Prevention in Residential Aged Care Funding Round
ACT Multicultural Grants Program
ACT Festival Fund
ACT Heritage Grants Program
ACT Academy of Sports scholarships
ACT Arts Fund
Carer Recognition Grants Program
City and Territory Services Grants
Environment ACT grants and awards
Events Assistance Program – Tourism Grants
Health and Community Wellbeing Grants

Multicultural Community Languages Grants Program
Multicultural Radio Grants Program
Seniors Grants Program
Schools as Communites Program
Sport and Recreation Grants
Sport Travel Assistance.
Tenant Initiated Grants
Youth InterACT Grants
Youth InterACT Scholarships

Howard and his task-force still not-so-clever on climate change

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The world is getting warmer

John Howard and the Liberals are presenting a confused policy on climate change, attempting to run a tired old scare campaign claiming that Australia cannot afford to set realistic targets on carbon dioxide emissions. For years they have refused to ratify even the very modest Kyoto protocol, ignoring the fact that Australians are very large polluters per capita.

John and his myopic cronies are now saying that the Australian economy would suffer a recession if the Opposition comes into power and achieves some worthwhile goals pursuing cuts which are widely scientifically researched and necessary to avoid dangerous climate change.

Merely ridiculing the Labor party and it’s sensible objectives by hysterically arguing that “the world is not going to come to an end tomorrow”(The Canberra Times, June 4, 2007). Howard claims a monopoly on common sense purely by making this silly statement, and putting his religious faith in the economy — but what he fails to understand is that our environment and it’s resources are finite, and that, properly managed, the environment is the very bedrock of a prosperous economy.

John Howard is stretching our credulity by his alarmist idea that our economy is going to grind to an horrific halt if we do anything sensible about climate change. Whether John Howard believes it or not, 90% of the world’s climate scientists have looked at masses of relevant evidence and have said that on the balance of probabilities, the world is warming due mainly to human activities, in other words, the burning of fossil fuels as if there is no tomorrow!

Mr Howard, sorry to say, is quite happy to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money on so-called “information” campaigns, which is really looking like a hasty and probably a vain attempt to get elected for a fifth term. He does not seem to be concerned at the cost to the economy of Liberal party propaganda. The polls show Australian people are clearly getting fed up with John Howard and his government’s puerile propaganda, and cover-ups and lies on topics such as the AWB and the GST and the pathetic re-badging of the IR laws.

Sorry, John, but you and your government devote much more money to supporting coal industry research rather than renewable energy research and development, and as well as this have not even managed to build the necessary infrastructure to cope with the booming demand for coal.

John Howard may be remembered for his sycophantic approach to rich Australians and for desperately trying to preserve a tired and outmoded status quo. Australians can no longer afford to support politicians such as John Howard with his stupid baggage and his outrageous propaganda. We want to see some real action now to avert dangerous climate change.

Midwinter Arts and Craft Show

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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@yarrauniting.org.au).

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@yarrauniting.org.au.

The Jester Ball

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Masked Audience
Drinking The Dregs

It was the perfect gothic setup for the perfect murder.

No-one could see anyone’s face, and it seemed no-one wanted to either.

It was another world, another time, another place; in our minds, behind the mask.

The cathedral ceilings and torch lit gardens added to the atmosphere, as the bearded Tom Woodward took to the stage to perform his debuting single “Drinking the Dregs” from the album “Blue Day Requiem”.

Camera crews drifted through the room cloaked in black and faces hidden as they shot the scenes for the associated video clip.

The majestic ball was fit for a gothic queen.

If you didn’t bring a mask, no need to fear the great life threatening Doktor Coppelius as a fair haired maiden was donned with face paint and a steady hand at the door.

Wine provided by the George Harcourt Inn was served and tickets sold out at the door early as the night progressed.

Buxom burlesque dancers from Miss Kitka’s house of Burlesque entranced the crowds with their hip swaying, spread legs and nipple tassels, all in the name of art.

The masks were eccentric, the faces were evanesced and the night epic.

A wonderful time was had by all The Spirits of The Dead hissed their spontaneous tunes alongside Woodward as the crowds gathered and danced at the stage.

The glutz and glitter made for a fabulous night of epic proportions as Doktor Coppelius led us all to our final dance.

Canberra: Soon to be the solar capital?

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The image of the sun was taken by the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a spacecraft that was launched on December 2, 1995. SOHO is an ESA-NASA program of international cooperation.
Known for its large number of environmental enthusiasts, Canberra will be a greener capital if a new proposal is adopted which will assist people to generate their own electricity. Labor Member for Brindabella Mick Gentleman has asked the Chief Minister and Minister for Environment Jon Stanhope to consider including a ‘Feed- in Law’ as part of the ACT Labor Government’s renewed Climate Change Strategy due to be released in coming weeks.

A Feed-in Law is a market mechanism that encourages the adoption of solar technology by paying people who generate their own electricity via solar cells (Photovoltaic or PV). People who generate electricity from their roof top and feed that electricity back into the grid are paid more than the market price for the power that they generate.

“This offsets the cost of installing the PV panels on the roof and encourages people to generate clean energy,” he said.

“We are currently investigating which would be the most appropriate model for the ACT. The most successful model we have is the German one, which has been in operation since 1991 and was amended in 2000. In Germany, the rate is set at a higher level than current electricity and is paid on each unit of the electricity generated by the consumers’ solar PV system. The premium paid to the generator falls every year and is funded through a small levy on all electricity bills.

“The PV industry in Germany has resulted in ?6.8 billion being invested in PV systems in that country since 1999 and is now employing 30, 000 people. The ACT will hopefully now get a slice of the solar action.

“There’s no doubt the increased use of PV panels would create jobs in trades connected with installation such as the electrical and other building trades. In future with adequate demand, we could even see a high-tech PV manufacturer set-up in the ACT.

“I think this exciting technology has the potential to provide Canberrans with the opportunity to generate cost-effective clean energy, and to protect Canberrans from electricity fluctuations caused by issues such as water shortages.

“The scientific evidence of climate change is indisputable. We all have to act now, and the ACT must play its role in contributing to the growing international and national response to climate change,” Mr Gentleman said.

Gungahlin records its warmest May.

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Gungahlin''s unofficial Weather Guru - Darren Giles
The WORD on the Weather .
by Darren Giles
Gungahlin Weather Centre
www.gungahlin.net

Gungahlin records its warmest May.

Like the majority of South Eastern Australia, Gungahlin recorded well above average temperatures during May. In fact, it was easily Gungahlin’s warmest May since records began at the Weather Centre back in 1999.

Nights were cool, with an average minimum of 6.5 degrees; well up on the longer term May average of 3.8 degrees. The warmest night for the month occurred on May 3, when the temperature was a mild 13.0 degrees, while on May 26, it dropped to a cold 1.3 degrees.

Days were mild to warm and cloudy, with an average maximum of 17.1 degrees; again well above Gungahlin’s longer term May average of 16.1 degrees. The highest temperature for the month was a warm 23.2 degrees on May 12, while on May 31, cloudy skies and cold NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin’s maximum temperature to just 9.1 degrees.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 4.4 km/h during May, with the strongest gust for the month 64.4 km/h from the NW, recorded on May 29.

The region received some very welcome and timely rainfall during May, with falls in most areas reaching average or slightly above average. In fact, Gungahlin recorded its wettest May since 2000, with 46.0mm falling at the Weather Centre, over 9 days.
Falls in other parts of Canberra were also pleasing, with 41.4mm recorded at Canberra AP, 55.6mm at Tuggeranong and 66.9mm at nearby Tidbinbilla. Gungahlin’s total rainfall so far in 2007 stands at 159.2mm, up slightly on the 138.7mm that fell over the same period last year.

Around Canberra – May 2007

Ave Min Ave Max Low Temp High Temp Rainfall
Gungahlin: 6.5 17.1 1.3 23.2 46.0mm
Canberra AP: 5.9 18.0 0.0 22.4 41.4mm
Tuggeranong: 4.6 17.9 -2.9 22.2 55.6mm
Tidbinbilla: 6.4 17.1 1.4 22.0 66.9mm

Canberra’s June outlook: Current indications are for cool and wet weather conditions across Canberra during June. Daytime temperatures should average at around 11 degrees, and nights at 2 degrees. On the rainfall front, with the official ending of the recent El Nino, and the developing La Nina (a cooling over the tropical Pacific Ocean responsible for generally wetter weather) we should be entering a wetter weather pattern over the coming winter months. With this in mind, Canberra is likely to receive at least 65mm of rain during June, up on the longer term average of 40mm.

STATES, TERRITORIES DECLARE WAR ON PLASTIC BAGS

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State and Territory Environment Ministers would work together to reduce and potentially eliminate the use of one-use plastic shopping bags, pledging to go it alone on the issue in the absence of Commonwealth leadership, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Jon Stanhope said today.

Meeting in Cairns, the State and Territory Ministers decided that progress towards eliminating plastic bags was not progressing fast enough under the voluntary industry-led scheme. They had therefore decided to set up an inter-jurisdictional working party to report back in November on a way forward.

“It is disappointing that yet again the States and Territories have had to take matters into their own hands on an environmental and resource efficiency issue that could have benefited from Commonwealth leadership,” Mr Stanhope said. “We saw this on carbon trading and now we see it on the issue of plastic bags.”

Mr Stanhope said the working party would look at what options were open to the States and Territories to accelerate the reduction in plastic-bag use.

“Industry has unfortunately failed to meet its own self-imposed targets for reduction, so governments have no alternative but to pursue other methods,” he said. “The working party will examine an outright ban as well as mechanisms such as forcing retailers to charge for bags. The hope is that a more effective scheme of one kind or another will be in place by the beginning of 2009.

Mr Stanhope said that while there was some dispute over the extent of the environmental impact of plastic bags, the need to drastically reduce bag use was symbolic as well as practical, and there was no doubt that the community was looking to government to take a stronger stand. 2004 polling showed that more than 90% of respondents were worried by the environmental effect of plastic-bag use.

“We can argue about how many tonnes of landfill are accounted for by plastic bags, or how many seals and dolphins suffer a slow and painful death after ingesting bags, but we cannot avoid the conclusion that if we want to live in a society that generates as little waste as possible, we must act in areas where we are able to act. I believe that plastic bags are a product of our consumerist society that we can well do without, particularly since they are produced using scarce fossil fuels.”

Since 2002, Australians have reduced their use of plastic shopping bags from almost 7 billion to about 4.5 billion, but industry codes of practice, which aimed for a 50% reduction, have not been met.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR CANBERRA'S FESTIVALS, ACT Government's ,

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Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has encouraged festival and event organisers to consider applying to the ACT Government’s Festival Fund. The main funding round opens today for events occurring in 2008.

“This annual funding round is part of the ACT Government’s commitment to supporting an active and creative city and I encourage organisers to submit an application if their event requires financial support,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The 2008 ACT Festival Fund will make available a total of $200,000 to new and existing festivals that celebrate this city, its people and its culture. The fund focuses on festivals and events which encourage community participation and are well-organised and viable.”

Thirteen festivals were successful in the 2007 funding round, including:

the Tuggeranong Community Festival
the Pacific Islands Showcase
the Short Seasons Film Festival and
Craft ACT’s Dimensions Variable visual arts festival.

“Such festivals give our community access to new experiences and enrich our lives,” Mr Stanhope said.

“With the Canberra Centenary less than six years away I would also encourage organisers to begin planning what their event will look like in 2013 and how it can form part of this special year of celebrations.”

More information on the 2008 Festival Fund and application forms can be obtained by calling
02 6207 5369, visiting www.events.act.gov.au/festivals.htm or emailing events@act.gov.au. Applicants are encouraged to seek an appointment with Festival Fund managers in Chief Minister’s Department for advice on their application.

The 2008 Festival Fund will close on Monday 9 July 2007 at 5pm. Applications must be submitted in hard copy before this deadline.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR CANBERRA'S FESTIVALS, ACT Government's ,

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Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has encouraged festival and event organisers to consider applying to the ACT Government’s Festival Fund. The main funding round opens today for events occurring in 2008.

“This annual funding round is part of the ACT Government’s commitment to supporting an active and creative city and I encourage organisers to submit an application if their event requires financial support,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The 2008 ACT Festival Fund will make available a total of $200,000 to new and existing festivals that celebrate this city, its people and its culture. The fund focuses on festivals and events which encourage community participation and are well-organised and viable.”

Thirteen festivals were successful in the 2007 funding round, including:

the Tuggeranong Community Festival
the Pacific Islands Showcase
the Short Seasons Film Festival and
Craft ACT’s Dimensions Variable visual arts festival.

“Such festivals give our community access to new experiences and enrich our lives,” Mr Stanhope said.

“With the Canberra Centenary less than six years away I would also encourage organisers to begin planning what their event will look like in 2013 and how it can form part of this special year of celebrations.”

More information on the 2008 Festival Fund and application forms can be obtained by calling
02 6207 5369, visiting www.events.act.gov.au/festivals.htm or emailing events@act.gov.au. Applicants are encouraged to seek an appointment with Festival Fund managers in Chief Minister’s Department for advice on their application.

The 2008 Festival Fund will close on Monday 9 July 2007 at 5pm. Applications must be submitted in hard copy before this deadline.

BID TO BEAT RECORD LOW FOR WATER CONSUMPTION

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Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change Jon Stanhope has encouraged Canberra households, schools and businesses to participate in an awareness-raising campaign which seeks to set a record low for daily water consumption in the national capital.

Organised by local FM radio MIX106.3 and local environmentalist and character “Tim the Yowie Man”, the “Target 75” campaign aims for a daily water consumption next Tuesday – World Environment Day – of 75 megalitres. Average winter daily consumption in the ACT is 118 megalitres.

“With our water storage levels at historic lows and in the midst of a robust community debate over how best to secure our future water supply, it is good to remind ourselves of the precious nature of our water resources,” Mr Stanhope said.

“And what better way than by spending 24 hours focusing consciously on every kettle we boil, every bath we run, every pot-plant we water.

“Of course, while it is easy enough to maintain enough enthusiasm to change our behaviour for a single day – to put off doing that load of washing for another day, or save the shampoo for tomorrow – the challenge for us all is to make the kind of permanent behavioural changes that will make a long-term difference.

“These changes are happening, slowly and surely. Few Canberrans would any longer think it was appropriate to hose down a dirty driveway. Thousands of us now shower with a bucket as a matter of course and many households routinely divert the grey water from washing machines to gardens.

“But such individual actions, while crucial, must be part of a suite of measures, which is why the ACT Government and ACTEW are looking, among other things, at included purified water in our supply, to boost our water security and make us less reliant on rainfall.”

Canberrans can suggest their own ideas for reaching Target 75 at www.mix106.com.au.

ACTCOSS WRONG ON HOUSING – 25 PROPERTIES WRONG

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ACT Council of Social Services Director Ara Creswell was incorrect that say that none of the $10 million a year over three years the Government had pledged to spend on public housing had been delivered, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said today.

Commenting on Ms Creswell’s claim, Mr Stanhope said that in fact the $10 million promised for 2006-07 had in fact been spent, acquiring 25 properties for some of Canberra’s neediest families.

The investment had delivered two two-bedroom properties and seven four-bedroom properties in Tuggeranong, three two-bedroom properties and one four-bedroom property in Belconnen, six four-bedroom properties and two five-bedroom properties in Gungahlin, one two-bedroom and one three-bedroom property in Woden-Weston Creek, one two-bedroom property in the inner north and one two-bedroom property in the inner south.
As a result of this investment, ACT Housing had been able to accommodate nine households consisting of single women with children, two households consisting of single fathers with children, four households consisting of couples with four or more children, one household with two adults and two children, two single-tenant households and one disability household with two tenants.
The purchase of two properties had been settled but they were not yet tenanted, while the purchase of the remaining properties was expected to be concluded this month.

Mr Stanhope said the program would continue at the same level for the next two years with an emphasis on two-bedroom and four-bedroom properties, to address areas of mismatch between stock and the needs of applicants. The result would be a $30 million investment in public housing, as pledged.

He said it was unhelpful for an organisation like the ACT Council of Social Services, which had the interests of needy Canberrans at heart, to make baseless allegations and he said he looked forward to bringing ACTCOSS up to speed on the investments the Government was making to improve housing affordability in the national capital, at a briefing on the 2007-08 Budget next week.

Searching For Social Entrepreneurs.

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Ross D. Hopkins
My name is Ross and I am interested in starting a local networking group for any social entrepreneurs in Canberra, Australia. People from other areas or countries are also invited to contact for further correspondence. If you are not sure, who or what a social entrepreneur is, the best way to describe us, is the opposite of a business entrepreneur. Someone who puts tha value of people before profit for a more productive outcome. Profit is still more than welcome. Although it is put back into developing people, community and infrastructure, rather than personal wealth.

Perhaps a better definition can be found here

My website for citizen Journalism can be found @
CitizenJourno

My email address is;
contact@citizenjourno.com.au

Phone; 02 6249 8945 (outside of normal business hours). Please leave message on machine if not answered personally or ring back later.

Email, is probably the best way to get hold of me.