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Have a cuppa for cancer

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Register now for Australia''s Biggest Morning Tea
The Cancer Council ACT invites you to join them for a cuppa and to help raise funds for the fight against cancer.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is Thursday May 24 this year, and calls on members of the public to register as hosts, then invite their friends, family and workmates to attend their Morning Tea, and make a contribution to The Cancer Council ACT.

“It’s a great opportunity to have a chat and a catch up,” Council Fundraising Manager Hope Steele says. “People hold their Morning Tea’s at home, work, school, anywhere. We’re hoping the ACT will really get behind the event this year.”

The Cancer Council ACT hopes to register 800 hosts and raise $160,000. All money raised stays in the ACT region and funds The Council’s research, education programs and support services for people affected by cancer, their families and carers’.

While the official date is May 24, hosts can hold their Morning Tea anytime throughout May. If you, your school or workplace would like to register as a host for this year’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea call 1300 65 65 85 or visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au

ADHD drugs on par with Ice

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My name is Matthew Dent. I am a concerned citizen. The following information is documented and I am merely passing it on. I have sourced all references cited.

This article is dedicated to Marcus McKenzie, a good friend of mine who eventually commited suicide due to what I believe may very likely have been the result of the use of stimulants prescribed for ADHD. Such stimulant drugs are now known to cause suicide and psychotic episodes according to recent warning labels applied by the American Food and Drug Administration.

The following is quoted from the official American Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) website.

“Amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, methamphetamine, and their various salts are collectively referred to as amphetamines. In fact, their chemical properties and actions are so similar that even experienced users have difficulty knowing which drug they have taken. Methamphetamine is the most commonly abused.

“Street terms for methamphetamine: Meth, poor man’s cocaine, crystal meth, ice, glass, speed.”
(http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/concern/meth_factsheet.html)

Next is a quote from an American Medical Assoc Journal.

“Acknowledged as leaders in the field of brain imaging of drug effects, Volkow and colleagues have spent several years tracing the effects on the brain of drugs of addiction, using positron emission tomography (PET) and other advanced techniques.

“… Because of methylphenidate’s [Ritalin] chemical similarities to cocaine,
pharmacologists thought that it might work in the same way, only less potently, blocking fewer transporters . Animal studies with high doses of methylphenidate indicated that this could be the case.

“STARTLING RESULTS

“The results were shocking. ‘We were surprised as hell,’ said Volkow. ‘We didn’t expect this .’ Instead of being a less potent transport inhibitor than cocaine, methylphenidate was more potent . A typical dose given to children, 0 .5 mg/kg, blocked 70% of dopamine transporters . ‘The data clearly show that the notion that Ritalin is a weak stimulant is completely
incorrect,’ Volkow said.”

(Nora Volkow, MD, psychiatrist and imaging expert at Brookhaven National
Laboratory, Upton, NY)

(906 Journal of AMA, August 22/29 . 2001-Vol 286, No . 8 [Reprinted] L2001 American Medical Association)

The Australian Drug Guide, by Dr Jonathan Upfal, actually has Methylphenidate (Ritalin) Dexamphetamine, prolintane (Catovit) and ecstasy all under the heading of “amphetamines”.

Dr Upfal mentions the powerful habit forming potential of these class of drugs, placing it in the “high” category: “These drugs induce psychological dependence and tolerance to their effect. Doses become progressively larger and more frequent. Overdose: Acute anxiety, tension, irritability, fever, sweating, trembling, enlarged pupils, talkativenesses, restlessness, rapid pounding heart, irregular heart rhythm or breathlessness, panic, violent or aggressive behaviour, hallucinations, delirium, severe headache, seizures, strokes, coma. Chronic: depression, paranoia, hallucinations, severe insomnia, weight loss, psychosis.”

The side effects listed in The Australian Drug guide are as follows, “dry mouth, metallic taste, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, butterflies in the stomach.
Apprehension, anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, euphoria, nervousness, weakness, tremor, restlessness, dizziness, sensitivity to glare with dilated pupils.
Sweating, pallor, chills.
Rapid pulse, pounding in the chest.
Increased sexual drive, impotence, difficulty urinating.
Crying spells in children.
Fatigue post-dose[come down effect]…
More serious: Panic, confusion, aggression, violent attacks, delirium, hallucinations, depression, paranoid ideas, compulsive or stereotyped behaviour, teeth grinding.
Pounding headache, slurred speech, loss of power in the limbs or face, disturbances of vision due to raised blood pressure in the brain, convulsions, stroke due to brain hemorrhage.
Irregular heart beat, chest pain, breathlessness due to heart strain; damage to heart muscle.”

If one cares to have even a brief look on the Net regarding the effects of stimulants given by psychiatrists and doctors to treat ADHD, one cannot help but confront the horrific facts. Witness futher damning evidence from the DEA:

“Psychotic episodes, paranoid delusions,hallucinations, and bizarre behavioural characteristics similar to amphetamine-like stimulant toxicity, have been associated with methylphenidate (Ritalin ) abuse. Severe medical consequences, including death, have been reported.” (Terrance Woodworth, DEA congressional Testimony before the Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families, 16 May 2000.)

In the same report we also find testimony to the fact that neither animals nor humans can differentiate between cocaine, amphetamine and mehtylphenidate. “In short, they produce effects that are nearly identical.”

On June 28, 2005, the FDA ordered labeling changes to methylphenidate [Ritalin] products, including Concerta, to warn that these drugs can cause “psychiatric events.” These are described as “visual hallucinations, suicidal ideation [in laymans terms: constantly thinking of suicide], psychotic behavior, as well as aggression or violent behavior.”
Source: Jennifer Corbett Dooren, “FDA Eyes Psychiatric Risks of ADHD Drugs,” Smartmoney.com, 28 June 2005.

In 1995, the United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) asked governments to “exercise vigilance with regard to trade in and dispensing of the substance [stimulant prescribed for ADHD] in order to prevent any attempts to divert it into illicit traffic.” (Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 1995, United Nations Publication, ISSN 0257-3717.)

The same year the DEA said Ritalin could lead to addiction and that “psychotic episodes, violent behavior and bizarre mannerisms had been reported” with its use. ( “Methylphenidate [A Background Paper],” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Oct. 1995, p. 16.)

“Psychotic episodes”? “Violent behavior”? What is this? Our so-called health experts are still pumping these drugs into our children despite the warnings which, by the way, have been known about since the general introduction of amphetamines way back in the 1940s.

Psychiatrists seem to have no compunction in dealing out these drugs which are basically the same as Ice. Ironic isn’t it that our government is subsidising drugs such as ‘Ritalin’ and ‘Dexamphetamine’ for children as young as 4 years old; all this whilst speaking with grave concern about the abuse of “Ice” on the streets. The facts show that Ice and the various stimulants prescribed for ADHD have fundamentaly the same effects on the body and mind. Lets get real here guys! How long will it take until this is stopped? How many kids are going to die from this?

The word is getting out though: Michael Moore is soon to release a documentary called “Sicko” which exposes the lies behind this legal drug dealing gone mad and supported by our governments.

You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

OPENING OF THE CANBERRA GLASSWORKS – AUSTRALIA'S NEWEST CULTURAL ATTRACTION

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OPENING OF THE CANBERRA GLASSWORKS - AUSTRALIA''S NEWEST CULTURAL ATTRACTION
OPENING OF THE CANBERRA GLASSWORKS – AUSTRALIA’S NEWEST CULTURAL ATTRACTION

The new Canberra Glassworks, due to open on 25 May, will become Australia’s most important centre of glass making and glass exhibition.

The ACT Government has shown incredible foresight, converting a 92 year old, former industrial building into an iconic new centre for the arts. As Australia’s newest cultural attraction, the Canberra Glassworks will provide cutting-edge exhibitions of glass art, hands-on experiences for visitors and unique access facilities for artists.

The grand opening weekend marks the culmination of years of planning and construction work creating a unique venue dedicated as a world-class glass art centre.

The central attraction of the Glassworks is the dramatic view of glass blowing in the centre’s ‘Hot Shop’, viewed from a raised platform. Visitors will be able to see world-class artists in action and to take part in the excitement of glass blowing first-hand.

Visitors to the building will be inspired by the design and architecture of a contemporary space within an historic building. Canberra’s iconic Powerhouse, one of the city’s oldest buildings, has been ‘reborn’ as a state-of-the-art venue to showcase Canberra’s world-renowned glass art and artists.

The new Canberra Glassworks will be open to the public every Wednesday – Sunday. Visitors will be able to learn how to work with glass, meet artists, view work in progress as well as exhibitions within the centre’s two galleries.

Guided tours of the spectacular building and the ‘Off the Street’ program will allow visitors to get behind the scenes and have unique hands-on experiences with glass. Visitors will be among the first to see Australia’s first cultural facility devoted to contemporary glass practice and relax in the café or enjoy shopping for exclusive, hand-made glass at a range of prices.

The opening weekend celebrations will offer visitors the opportunity to tour the historic building, see the ‘Hot Shop’ in action, view the inaugural glass exhibition, talk to the Canberra Glassworks team or find out more about enrolling in a workshop program by a leading glass artist. Bookings for tours of the facility on 26 – 27 May are essential. Telephone Canberra Connect on 13 22 81 to book in or for more information about the program email contactus@canberraglassworks.com.

Brumbies last hoorah!

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Saturday 28th April 2007 sees the last CA Brumbies home game for the 2006/07 season. Still with a realistic shout of making the semis the Brumbies are desperate to send George Gregan, Stephen Larkham and Jeremy Paul out with the fanfare these loyal servants deserve.

80 minutes of free-flowing, entertaining rugby is expected from two of the best teams in the competition. A victory for the CA Brumbies over the Crusaders, the comps leaders and perenial nemesis for the Brumbies is a must to give the Brumbies a chance of cementing their place in the semis.

How good would it be to see the Brumbies break their bonus point drought and put away at least four fabulous free-flowing tries to boost their chances of catapulting over the Bulls and the Chiefs into fourth spot on the table.

Get your tickets from www.ticketek.com

Rapt in Felt Exhibition

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Rapt in Felt Exhibition
Canberrans will have the opportunity to view the magical qualities of the world’s oldest fibre – man made felt, when the Canberra Region Feltmakers hold their annual exhibition from Thursday 31 May to Sunday 3 June.

The Canberra Region Feltmakers have been presenting the Rapt in Felt exhibition since 1997. Both local and interstate felters will be exhibiting and selling their work. Some of these exhibitors, Michelle Slezak, Gaida Cirulis, Jackie Hartley, Liz Evans, Betty Hudson and Helen French, are well known felters in the region. This exhibition follows on from another successful display of felt at both the Canberra Show and the Folk Festival.

The exhibition runs from Thursday 31 May to Sunday 3 June from 10.00am to 4.00pm daily, with a fashion parade on Friday and Saturday at 12.00 noon and a fabulous felt frenzy buyer’s bazaar will also be operating.

Canberra Region Feltmakers President, Maggie Whyte says: “We are very pleased to be holding the exhibition again this year and we encourage those who have not seen it before to come down to the CSIRO Discovery Centre and see why the interest in felting is growing in the Canberra region all the time.”

Australian merino wool is the best wool to use for feltmaking. Australian feltmakers specialise in producing light wearable felt by incorporating silk in their garments. Decorative elements like yarns and other natural fibres can be included in the felting process. Further decoration to finished garments can be achieved with machine embroidery, beads and feathers. Clothing is not the only thing that can be created from felt – bags, sculptures, hats and a variety of fashion accessories can easily be created.

Felt is our oldest textile. Felt is made with wool, water and pressure. Until recently feltmaking had become a forgotten art, but is now enjoyed by a wide variety of people of all ages. Felt is so versatile! You can make it thick or thin to create unique clothing, footwear, rugs, hats, furnishings, sculptures or wall hangings. Felt yurts (tents) are today still being made and lived in by nomadic tribes in Europe and Asia. The Canberra Region Feltmakers were formed in December 1994 and usually meet on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Lions Youth Haven, Westwood Farm, Kambah, on the Kambah Pool Road. There is a wool and fibre shop and a well stocked library. Workshops are also conducted and everyone is welcome to attend them. Visitors are welcome to attend the meetings – come and see what felting is all about. Or visit our website www.crfelters.org.au .

For more information, please contact:
Maggie Whyte
President
Canberra Region Feltmakers
Ph: 6281 0988
maggieandfish@hotmail.com

Indian Myna Trappers Making an Impact

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Indian Myna
By Bill Handke, President, Canberra Indian Myna Action Group Inc.

The Indian Myna problem in Canberra has taken a positive turn with some 9 600 Indian Mynas now removed from around Canberra and Queanbeyan by 230 backyard trappers over the past year. Indian Mynas – feral birds that were introduced to the Canberra region in 1968 – are despised as a major threat to our wildlife and as a
significant nuisance in people’s backyards. They take over nesting hollows of native birds, prey on their eggs and chicks. Many people are also greatly disturbed by the way they scare native birds away from their gardens and foul their patios and barbeque areas. The trappers, members of the community-action group, Canberra Indian Myna Action Group Inc (CIMAG), have made a huge difference. There are now regular reports that myna numbers have dropped significantly in local areas, native birds are coming back into backyards and Rosellas returned to nesting hollows last breeding season.

Kambah has been a particularly successful area for trapping. With 22 people with traps, 3061 mynas have been removed from Kambah over the past year. Other highly successful suburbs are Garran, Duffy, Pearce, Theodore, Aranda and Hall.

This is wonderful news for our native wildlife. And some considerable respite for people who are concerned about the presence of mynas in their backyards.

But the job has a long way to go. Indian Mynas continue to be seen in big numbers in many parts around Canberra: around shopping centres and in areas where there has been little or no trapping.

More needs to be done to reduce the opportunities mynas have for feeding, breeding and roosting. All Canberrans can help in this area: by not leaving cat or dog food out during the day and by not feeding the birds directly; by blocking holes in the eaves and other areas around their homes that mynas can use as nesting hollows; and by removing pencil pines and similar dense foliage exotic trees that are used as roost trees at night.

If people want to know more about the activities of CIMAG they can contact Bill Handke, the President of CIMAG (phone 02 6231 7461 or email president@indianmynaaction.org.au) or go to the CIMAG website: www.indianmynaaction.org.au .

Women of Spirit Awards Luncheon

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For Women of Spirit Award
Adversity in life is unavoidable, we all face difficulties, obstacles and challenges. Notably, there are people who flourish not only in the face of adversity, but because of it, displaying resiliency and courage.

On the 13th June 2007, Lifeline Canberra will launch the Inaugural Women of Spirit Award at a special luncheon. Katy Gallagher, the Minister for Women, will patronise the award and present the winner of the Women of Spirit Award at the luncheon. This new and prestigious award has been modeled on the highly successful ‘Steel Magnolia’ award that was founded by Lifeline Newcastle four years ago.

The award recognises women of the ACT and surrounding areas who have displayed courage in overcoming adversity and given back to the local community in an inspiring manner. The award honours women who, in overcoming their personal adversities and making positive changes in society, inspire others to make a difference in their local community.

The award provides an opportunity for women of the ACT and surrounding areas to be recognised for their spirit in building opportunity from adversity. Nominated women will showcase their achievements in overcoming adversity. It is hoped that the award will bring strength, hope and a sense of connection to women throughout the ACT region as they face their own daily challenges. The Women of Spirit Award is open to all women of the ACT and surrounding areas and is free to enter. Details of the award and entry forms are available on the Lifeline Canberra website at http://www.act.lifeline.org.au/. Nominations close 31 May 2007.

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. Trained volunteers answer around 20,000 calls per year concerning a range of issues including sexual abuse, loneliness, relationship breakdown, gambling, drug and alcohol problems and suicide intervention. Over 60% of these calls come from women.

O2C Solutions recognises the invaluable service that Lifeline Canberra provides and are 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.

For Women of Spirit Award nominations forms or further information contact Ric Bennet Lifeline Canberra 62470655 or www.act.lifeline.org.au . To register for the two course luncheon at $60pp please phone Consec – Conference Management on 62510675.

BizNetClub Seminar: Valuation of early stage companies

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The second in the Canberra BizNetClub seminar series takes place on Tuesday 15th May 2007 @ Epicorp Centre, 401 Clunies Ross Street, ACTON, Canberra, ACT from 9.00 am – 12 noon.

“Valuation of early stage companies” is an interactive workshop session designed to help entrepreneurs and investors consider different valuation techniques.

One of the most significant challenges entrepreneurs face is in working out what their company is worth. Discounted Cash Flow, Enterprise Value, Comparables – all these techniques can help guide discussions with investors and stakeholders. However, the issue of valuation can be sometimes more of an art than a science; a tool to aid negotiations rather than a definitive answer.

This workshop focusses on the challenge of early stage company valuations. It uses a case study of a technology company seeking investment to work through the techniques to determine the value of the business. From due diligence issues through to the share of the company to offer investors, the workshop will prepare entrepreneurs for their next investment round, providing defensible valuation benchmarks.

Facilitated by the very capable Hamish Hawthorn from ATP-Innovations this session is a must attend for Canberra based entrepreneurs.

The cost is $25 per person (Inclusive of GST). For more information or to register for this event contact Cindy Reese at cindy.reese@epicorp.com.au or 02 6229 1707

A Personal account of the fight for the Goyder Street libary

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Mothers and Others outside the closed Griffith Library at Storytime Read-in
By Sonia Hathaway
When announced in October 2006 that the Griffith Library would close on 1 December 2006, people in the community were stunned, angry, devastated, furious and more. With no consultation, there was little time to do anything about this unpopular decision.

A couple, regular patrons to the library, went there the following Saturday armed with a pile of template letters asking other library users to explain why they wanted the library to stay open. The letters which delivered by hand the following Monday morning to Mr Hargreaves and copies circulated to other ministers.

Energy levels ran high that morning as the community rallied, completing and signing over 200 letters on the first day. The same operation was carried out the following Saturday and just as many letters, as well as a petition, were signed and delivered to Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves was very dismissive about the hundreds of protest letters, writing that they were not ‘letters’ but merely templates, despite being personalised content. Ironically, his response letters to the protestors were all copies.

After many more letters and e-mails which were directed at his office, he refused to take calls, was not available for any meetings from concerned citizens. He voted against allowing extra time to debate the issue, and effectively gagged the Assembly, reiterating his views that there was no point in consulting with the community as he already knew that we would vote against closing the Griffith Library because the community wanted the Griffith Library to stay there!!

Many people joined in letter-box dropping information about a rally and the community support for this venture was nothing short of amazing. At the eleventh hour, Mr Hargreaves agreed to attend the rally and take questions.

ABC News estimated that 1,000 attended the Rally. Speakers flawed the closure arguement, hailing it as one of Canberra’s most unpopular decisions, inconsistent with the Government’s policies on improved services for the ageing, improving literacy rates and life long learning, or regard for social justice. It was clear that the closure of the library would impact adversely on significant numbers of people in the inner south including the elderly, school children and various disadvantaged groups. In all these cases, most would consider ready access to a library vital. It seemed such a retrograde step to take away a facility that from a user perspective was working so well, especially against relatively minor savings. The extent of concern and anguish this has caused cannot be over emphasised

The Lunn report conveniently ommitted some of the library’s catchment suburbs such as Forrest, Yarralumla, Queanbeyan, Oaks Estate, and Jerrabombera. Addresses of the letter signatories demonstrated the widespread use of the library. Children from nine schools in the area regularly drop in on their way home from school for homework or leisure purposes. Young mothers with their toddlers came for Story Time. The elderly and people with a disability would not be able to readily travel to the libraries put forward as alternatives such as Woden and Civic.

So started the South Side Community Library Taskforce, from a handful of people who banded together to address this unacceptable situation. Four women started meeting on Friday mornings under the trees outside the library for Story Time. They brought
chairs, ground sheets, books, some cordial and biscuits. A large banner was hung between the trees.

After Story Time each week we would sit in the sun (and sometimes the bitterly cold wind) brain storming what we could do. Numbers were dropping off; it was just too cold to bring little children out now that Autumn was on the way. It seemed a disgrace that here were little children rugged up in warm clothes and sitting outside when the library was still being used by admin staff – we were not even allowed inside to use a toilet.

We came up with many vague ideas, but nothing concrete. We wanted to start a modest library with books, newspapers, magazines, computer access to the internet. We would need shelving, books, computers, insurance and above all MONEY. We were just four ordinary people, plenty of heart, energy and enthusiasm.

Somebody was looking after us. After attempting to rent various venues we were put in touch with the people at Boomanulla Oval – they had a demountable on their premises no longer being used. They were so supportive and although needing some work, we rented the place for six months as an interim measure.

When our story was published in one of the local papers, offers of help rolled in. Weekly meetings moved to daily. Fears were aired but everyone stayed positive. What could we lose? What if nobody came? What if we didn’t get enough books? What if nobody joined or donated to our cause? At least we could say we saw a great need for our South Side community and we did our very best to achieve a solution.

The Griffith Library was the heart of our community. We plan to make the Goyder Street Library that heart.

This exercise will hopefully demonstrate to the Government that the decision to close the library was wrong and if we can get enough people to join our library and use it, perhaps the need for a permanent library for the Inner South will be acknowledged.
Annual membership fees
$20 for a family
$10 for a single member
$ 5 for a child or concession member
People can also become life founding members.
We hope you get behind this wonderful initiative.
Congratulations to the Goyder Street Library and grateful thanks to Boomanulla Oval, Col Williams and Noel Ingram from Ngunnawal Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Canberra Art Workshop Member's Annual Exhibition

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Inaugural Tom Parsons Memorial Prize for Portraiture and Life Drawing.
The Canberra Art Workshop member’s annual exhibition will be held at M16 ArtSpace, 16 Mildura Street Fyshwick from Thursday 26th April until Sunday 6th May. The exhibition will be officially opened by Lucy Baker of Artsound FM at 6.30 pm on Thursday 26th. Along with a range of prizes including Best of show and Hangers Prize sponsored by The Art Store, to be judged by local renowned artist Vicki Dabro, CAW will be holding the inaugural Tom Parsons Memorial Prize, for this year in portraiture and life drawing. All entries will be for sale.
For further comment please contact;
CAW president Rick Cochrane 0411 759 838

A home for ACTs Private Library

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Glenda James, Sonia Hathaway and Cherry Foward outside Goyder st library
Private Library finds a Home
Historic moment
Indigenous community helps out Southside Community

At 11.30am, Thursday 19th April 2007, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between directors of the Aboriginal Corporation for Sporting and Recreational activities at Boomanulla Oval in Narrabundah and members of the Southside Community Library Taskforce. The taskforce was convened to establish a community library in the inner south of ACT in the wake of the closure of the Griffith public library late last year.

After much searching by the taskforce, the premises on the Boomanulla Oval site were offered as an interim measure. The premises, a large transportable, has had several uses over the years including as a boxing rink. It is sited directly opposite a bus stop. It is an ideal size and is ideally located for a community library and drop-in centre.

The Goyder Street Library, named for its address, will be staffed by volunteers and will offer a modest collection of books provided by donation. There will be a small charge for membership of the Library which is open to anyone.

The Goyder Street Library will open for business Thursday 24th May 2007 for three days a week to begin with, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 4pm.

The taskforce is asking for offers of money, books and help.

2008 A.C.T. ARTS FUND OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

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ACT Government
The 2008 ACT Arts Fund is now open for applications.

The funding categories for 2008 are Key Arts Organisation Funding, Project Funding, Community Arts Funding, the 2007 ACT Book of the Year Award, the 2007 ACT Poetry Prize, and the 2008 ACT Creative Arts Fellowships.

Applications for Project Funding, Community Arts Funding, ACT Creative Arts Fellowships, ACT Book of the Year Award, and the ACT Poetry Prize will close on Wednesday 30 May 2007.

Applicants to the Key Arts Organisation Funding Category must meet with artsACT four weeks prior to lodging an application. Applications for Key Arts Organisation Funding will close on Friday 15 June 2007.

All those interested in the ACT Arts Fund are encouraged to attend two information sessions provided by artsACT, which will outline the type of funding available and provide tips on how to maximise funding success. The one-hour sessions will be on Tuesday 1 May at 12 noon and on Thursday, 3 May at 6:00pm, at the Griffin Centre, on the corner of Genge and Bunda Streets, Canberra City. No bookings are necessary.

More information about the 2008 ACT Arts Fund, including this year’s Booklet and application forms, is available on the artsACT website at www.arts.act.gov.au or call artsACT on 6207 2384.

Guides work as ground crew for the Balloon Fiesta

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1st Kaleen-Heydon Guides worked as ground crew for the Liberty Balloon at the Balloon Fiesta
By Nikki Coleman
There were a lot of bleary eyes when the first of the Kaleen-Heydon Guides rose at 4.30am on April 14 to take part in the Balloon Fiesta as ground crew for the Liberty House Balloon. The girls helped launch the balloon, chased it around Canberra and went crazy rolling all over the balloon to deflate it.

Pilot Paul Gibbs was enthusiastic about their involvement “I was a Scout myself here in Canberra, so it is great to be involved again. We really want to encourage grass roots community involvement in the Balloon Fiesta and working with Guides is a great way to encourage that.” The girls were delighted with the event and already eagerly look forward to taking part in the Balloon Fiesta next year.

1st Kaleen-Heydon Guides meets every Tuesday night during term in Kaleen. For more information, contact Nikki Coleman on 6253 8232 or 0405 619 715.

Galilee's School Landscape Transformed

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Unveiling a landmark restoration of Galilee''s school grounds
By Naomi Giles
Galilee’s school surrounds which were a barren sight following the school’s destruction in Canberra’s firestorm of January 2003, are now starting to show new life.
Extensive earthworks and landscaping has helped change the environment surrounding the Galilee school at Lions Youth Haven, Kambah. The work has been achieved with funding from the Australian government’s Investing in Our Schools Programme and community support through the CFMEU and Wayne Bobcat.
Galilee school students assisted with establishing the 490 trees and other plants. A full day was spent in autumn last year planting the shrubs and despite the summer heat and drought – they are starting to transform the environment.
Art teacher, Jenni Farrell has worked with students to create a sculpture which was unveiled at a ceremony on April 12 to mark the opening of the gardens.
“We just wanted to express the re-growth and new life after what was such a devastating experience,” says Jenni, “It’s been important to include the students in every process of rebuilding, so they could really own their new building and the surrounds.”
Senator Gary Humphries helped with the unveiling of the statue, saying he was pleased to see the strong recovery Galilee has made following the fire, “I am very proud of what has happened here and how this site has been transformed by many people who have contributed.”
The CMFEU also contributed several large loads of woodchip and arranged for Wayne Bobcat to come and spread it around the site. The CFMEU’s George Wason says they are pleased to be able to support the Galilee School, “This is an excellent program and we are very proud to be associated with Galilee. The landscape is looking great with its drought resistant plants and we need to give credit to all the volunteers who made this happen.”
Galilee School Principal Michael Clancy thanked the students and staff who helped establish the gardens and the volunteers who have been involved in the ongoing maintenance.