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Thawa selection, Myles Gostelow


Opening 6pm Thursday 6 September 2007 and continuing until Sunday 21 October 2007

Gostelow is a self employed designer/maker of contemporary timber furniture. With his incredible carving skills he creates site specific works for the four drawers at the Front Counter of Craft ACT.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
T: 02 6262 9333 www.craftact.org.au
Tus-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat-Sun 12noon-4pm

Canberra Potters Society Award, Kaye Pemberton


Kay Pemberton, Sunday''s child is full of grace, 2007, teapot, porcelain with shards, Cup and saucer, porcelain with murini motifs. Photo: courtesy of the artist
Opening 6pm Thursday 6 September 2007 and continuing until Sunday 21 October 2007

Pemberton interprets domestic tableware while investigating historical references of colour, pattern and form. In doing so her arrangements create compositions where a dialogue between pieces is suggested.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
T: 02 6262 9333 www.craftact.org.au
Tus-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat-Sun 12noon-4pm



Setting 1, 2007. Photo: Jas Hugonnet
Opening 6pm Thursday 6 September 2007 and continuing until Sunday 21 October 2007

Settings is an exhibition of four installations set across Gallery 1 and 2 at Craft ACT, curated by Jas Hugonnet. The exhibition examines how an artist can implicate the presence/absence of the human body through a setting and the placement of objects within a given space. Artists involved in the project are Megan Bottari, Lisa Owen Burke, Chris Fortescue and Paull McKee.

Join Settings curator Jas Hugonnet for conversations from a curator’s perspective about the exhibition and works by the exhibiting artists.
Wednesday 19 September at 1pm – 2pm / ANU School of Art Lecture Theatre, first floor above the main foyer / Childers Street ACTON

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
T: 02 6262 9333 www.craftact.org.au
Tus-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat-Sun 12noon-4pm

Found in Public, Erin Duffield, Joanna Lees, Ann McMahon, Megan Munro, Elizabeth Paterson


Erin Duffield, untitled, 2007, photo montage, glass, metal. Photo: courtesy of the artist
Opening 2pm Saturday 14 July and continuing until Wednesday 25 July 2007

In association with the Festival of Contemporary Art, Craft ACT in partnership with Tuggeranong Art Centre Gallery presents Found in Public curated by Craft ACT curatorial intern Alicia Kane. Found in public is an exhibition of objects and materials that are found in public and transformed under the hand of the artist.

Cnr Cowlishaw & Reed Streets, GREENWAY
T: (02) 6293 1443 www.tca.asn.au
Mon – Fri 9am-5pm + Sat – Sun 1pm-4pm

Thawa selection, Marily Cintra


Marily Cintra, Hybrid Nest 1, 2007, porcelain, wool, feathers, coke bottles, electric, wire, acrylic paint. Photo: Malcolm Cooke
Opening 6:15pm Friday 13 July and continuing until Sunday 26 August 2007

Hybrid Nests is a series of works inspired from Cintra’s life in Tharwa focusing on her connection to nature, with its relaxing and comforting aspects as well as its harshness and severity.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
T: 02 6262 9333 www.craftact.org.au
Tus-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat-Sun 12noon-4pm

Crucible, Alex Asch


Alex Asch, Urban Gothic, 2007, mixed media. Photo: courtesy of the artist
Opening 6:15pm Friday 13 July and continuing until Sunday 26 August 2007

Through an additive process Asch combines an array of objects, print media and industrial discards, creating tableaus that speak of the haunting injustices of human kind.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, CIVIC
T: 02 6262 9333 www.craftact.org.au
Tus-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat-Sun 12noon-4pm

Rain, sleet and even a little snow during Gungahlin's cold, wet June.


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

Rain, sleet and even a little snow during Gungahlin’s cold, wet June.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during June were dominated by cloudy skies, cold temperatures and above average rainfall. Gungahlin also received a brief snow fall at 7am on June 14, but the snow didn’t settle.

Nights were cold, with an average minimum of 2.0 degrees; up on last June’s average of -0.2 degrees. The warmest night for the month occurred on June 9, when the temperature was a mild 6.4 degrees, while on June 24, it dropped to a frosty minus 4.2 degrees.

Days were cool to cold and mostly cloudy, with an average maximum of 10.9 degrees; down slightly on last year’s average of 11.1 degrees. The highest temperature for the month was 14.5 degrees on June 5, while on June 27, overcast skies, steady rain and fresh NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin’s maximum temperature to just 5.9 degrees.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 3.1 km/h during June, with the strongest gust for the month 46.7 km/h from the NW, recorded on June 27.

As forecast in late May, Gungahlin benefited from the developing La Nina weather pattern during June and, as a result, received a very welcome 74.4mm of rain for the month, over 12 days. Falls in other parts of Canberra were just as impressive, with 92.8mm recorded at Canberra AP, 58.8mm at Tuggeranong and 43.7mm at nearby Tidbinbilla. Gungahlin’s total rainfall so far in 2007 stands at 233.7mm, up a little on the 216.9mm that fell over the same period last year.

Around Canberra – June 2007

Gungahlin: Ave Min: 2.0 Ave Max: 10.9 Low Temp: -4.2 High Temp: 14.5 Rain: 74.4mm
Canberra AP: Ave Min: 2.3 Ave Max: 11.6 Low Temp: -3.8 Hi Temp: 15.3 Rain: 92.8mm
Tuggeranong: Ave Min: 1.8 Ave Max: 11.6 Low Temp: -5.4 Hi Temp: 14.6 Rain: 58.8mm
Tidbinbilla: Ave Min: 0.6 Ave Max: 11.8 Low Temp: -3.0 Hi Temp: 17.5 Rain: 43.7mm

Canberra’s July outlook: Current indications are for colder and wetter weather conditions to continue across Canberra well into July. Daytime temperatures should average at around 10 degrees, and nights at 1 degree. Rainfall prospects continue to look good, with Canberra set to receive at least 50mm of rain during July, up on the longer term average of 42mm.

The Gang is back


The Gang on stage
Canberra Gang Show returns to entertain the Canberra Community at Erindale Theatre. Over 100 Scouts and Guides will entertain you for 2 hours of dance, music and skits in this unique variety show.

As a special deal for seniors and kids, the Tuesday performance has adults at concession prices and a cheaper concession to boot. Just $12.50/ticket for all seats. Contact www.philo.org.au /6247 4566 for tickets.

Final Touches for Scouts 40th GANG SHOW


Gang Show Logo
Canberra Gang Show started in 1966 and is still a popular annual event. Scouts and Guides write, produce and choreograph this variety revue showcasing youth theatre at its best. The 100-stong cast acts, sings, and dances their way through this entertaining and uniquely-Gang Show production, now it its 40th year. The Scouting Performing Arts Program is in its 75th year worldwide and this show includes some items from previous shows around the world as well as fresh compositions written by the Gang.

The Scouts and Guides Youth Performing Arts Program is into final rehearsals for its 40th variety show in Canberra. Like Music Hall, a series of skits, dances and songs are interwoven by the youth production team into an entertaining show for all.

Gang Show has thrilled and entertained audiences world-wide since its initial London production in 1932. In 1937, the London Gang Show achieved the distinction of being the first amateur production to have a Royal Command Performance, (an honour that was repeated in 1957 and 1964).

Gang Show came to Australia in the 40’s springing up in capital cities and country centres, assisting each other with scripts and skits. In the months of July and August, the program produces local shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Albury, Hobart, Auckland, Mildura and Newcastle.

In the 90s, the Canberra Gang moved to an all youth production team and cast made up of Scouts, Guides, Venturers and Rovers. These 11-26 year olds write, design, choreograph, and produce the largest on-stage youth theatre in Canberra.

The Gang will be on stage for seven performances at the Erindale Theatre between the 14 and 21st July with this year’s show titled “Get a Life”. Tickets from www.philo.org.au or 6247 4566.

What: Scout’s and Guide’s Gang Show Get a Life
Where: Erindale Theatre
When: Saturday, July 14 to Saturday, July 21 at 7:30pm. Matinees on Tuesday 2:30pm and Saturday 21st 1:30pm.
Tickets: $12.50 – $25
Bookings: 6247 4566 (www.philo.org.au)

Family Outing



It was always a family outing back then never just the two of us. Later, we went out together to meals, movies and even the theatre. There were family outings too for our much larger family. But in the beginning the girls were always there a sort of protection for Pam.
The phone in my tiny flat would ring early Sunday morning. I was always asleep because normally I would not have left Pam’s place until after midnight. A typical call went like this:
“It’s Mother’s Day today and I have to visit my Nanna’s grave.”
I showered, ate a quick breakfast and drove out to Pam’s. Her girls were sitting on the lounge waiting quietly. Although born ten months apart they were dressed like twins, short white dresses their Grandmother had made with matching bows in their blonde hair. Knee length white socks with lace around the top and white, leather shoes. The shoes had tiny double buckles that I always had trouble closing. The girls were the image of their mother.
Pam was wearing blue, flared trousers and a matching blue shirt no jeans for the cemetery. She was carrying a sleeveless cardigan, it was still warm but might be cool later. She was also carrying two white cardigans for the girls.
The journey from Pam’s place to Rookwood did not take long. We stopped just short of the gates to buy flowers. Pam laid them carefully on the top of her wicker basket. She directed while I drove the car as close as possible on the road. Then we walked along the paths until we reached the tree Pam used as a marker to the one that lead to the grave.
She took the glass vase from its special hole on the grave and walked up to the tap to discard the old, dried up flowers and refill the vase with water. As she carefully cut the stems of the new flowers with the scissors she had in the basket the girls grew bored and wandered away. Grass was growing knee high around the grave. Pam slotted the vase of fresh flowers into place and began cutting it with the scissors. Until now I had stood around watching looking at the headstones, but seeing her squatting awkwardly, struggling with the long grass and the blunt scissors, trying not to get grass stains on her trousers, I knelt down to help.
“She isn’t really my Nanna. She just looked after me when my mother left. She’s my father’s older sister.”
I finished trimming the grass as best I could and Pam stood silently watching not saying whether I had done enough. The grave was now the only one in its row with short grass. Pam called the girls and they came running. I thought they had wandered out of sight but Pam had been watching them all the time. The girls each took a hand and we walked back to the car leaving Pam behind. She joined us as I was struggling into my seat belt. The girls were kneeling on the back seat but sat down and put on their belts without being told as soon as Pam climbed into the car.
“I hate these new fangled belts and I can’t drive with them on.”
“You’ll get used to them eventually everybody will, besides you’re a lousy driver anyway.”
“Thanks, I love you too.”
Pam stuck out her tongue without saying she loved me. I was hoping she would. Pam was happier now that her duty was done and as we drove out of the gates made me stop at an ice cream van.
“No, Pam its gelato. I hate gelato let’s find a real ice cream van.”
“Stop fussing the girls like it, you can go without fat tummy.”
We sat in the car. The girls had cones of pink, white and green. Pam’s was plain vanilla. I went without pretending to be miffed. They both said ‘thank you’ when I handed them the cones. Pam ate her gelato carefully not even spilling any when she reached over to wipe the girls drips with a tissue, one handed.
“It must have been hard for you when your mother left?”
“Not knowing why she left us made it harder. I didn’t find out until I left school and could see her again. My father would not let us see her. She told me that one of the things that drove her away was that Nanna would never let her do anything. Cook, clean or look after us Nanna did it all. She kept on doing it after mum left.”
“I can’t imagine you at school.”
“I wore white gloves and always walked never ran. I was a good girl.” Pam smiled around her ice cream.
“The white gloves I can picture but you, a good girl?”
“Let’s go!” She reached over and mussed my hair into curls. She preferred it that way.
“No, my mother’s, she expecting us for dinner.”
When we reached Campbelltown Pam’s brother Pete’s lime green Torana was already parked in the drive way. I pulled the Cortina in behind. Everybody was standing around the smoking barbie. Pam’s mother, her second husband, stepbrother and Pete’s latest girl dressed in short shorts. Later Pam’s mother asked if she had been to Rookwood and Pam told her we had all gone. Pam’s mother smiled at me and I knew she was on my side. I was never sure about the rest of them.
I always felt a little guilty when Pam’s husband left. We were friends and I was the reason they had met. Pam was nursing my father in hospital and I dragged Jim along when I visited. My dad liked him and I could never think of anything to say. Pam and Jim met and that was that. He was a good looking guy. Unfortunately two years and two kids later he was not handling marriage too well. The job he had selling snack food to clubs meant he could drink and play the pokies. They gave him a company car. After he began losing all his pay on the pokies he borrowed money from everyone including my dad and me. Then he lost the job and the car. Eventually he just disappeared and turned up back in Scotland.
Everybody rallied around Pam and the kids her mother, her father, my dad and, reluctantly, me. I did not know what to do or say. Pam was desperately unhappy and the girls did not realise what was happening. Staying in the house made it worse so we began taking the girls out. These outings were small at first mostly just to the local playground. Later we went to one of the National Parks. I still have a photograph of Pam sitting on a swing. Pete took it he was just starting out as a professional photographer then. He was taking photographs of his latest girlfriend but took this shot of Pam without her knowing. The image shows Pam lost in thought eyes black from crying and lack of sleep. It’s a marvellous photograph even though you feel like crying for her.
I am not sure when it changed. Perhaps because people who saw us together just assumed we were a family. Pam came to rely on me and I found it very easy to be with her. She did not say anything direct for a long time but when the time came for me to leave she would always find some excuse for me to stay. I would visit one or two nights a week then more. We spent Saturdays together and inevitably Pam would find a reason to drag me out of bed Sunday mornings. In the summer we would take the girls to the beach. I tried hard not to look at the other girls especially the one that were topless. Pam always caught me looking but she just laughed. The girls would bury me in the sand and everyone had ice cream. It was late in summer on one of our last visits to the beach I noticed the black marks under Pam’s eyes had gone. We went to her mum’s place regularly and some times more important trips like the ones to Rookwood.
I forget now why I decided to ask her to marry me. I just blurted it out one evening. Pam laughed and the moment passed. I even asked her mum to babysit and took Pam to a fancy restaurant. After the meal I bent down on one knee and asked her to marry me. She just laughed again and told me to get up I was embarrassing her. This went on for a while and soon everyone had chosen sides. My dad was against the marriage but his resistance only made me more determined. Pam’s mum was for it. The others wavered.
One Saturday morning we were shopping at the supermarket. The girls were running around like maniacs and I was struggling to carry most of the paper shopping bags. Pam put her bags in the car boot and I called out to the girls.
“Get in the back and put your seat belts on!”
They both did without Pam having to say another word. A lady walking by with her own kids in tow said, “It’s nice when they do as they’re told for once isn’t it? Your husband has them under control and the shopping. He looks like a good one you should keep him.”
Pam looked at me and then said to her. “Yes, I think I will.”
After that the family outings became larger and a lot more complicated.

ACT Indoor Cricket side makes finals


The ACT Rockets celebrate claiming a wicket against Western Australia
The ACT Rockets have reached the finals of the Australian Open Championships being held in Toowoomba, Queensland.

“The side has done enough to put ourselves in contention,” says coach Steve Hart. “A tough game against New South Wales in the minor semi final and then the winner of the major semi final between Queensland and Western Australia will showcase the preparation and hard work our side has put in over the last six months.”

The Rockets have a rich history in the Australian Open Championships, including a National League win in 2000 and a winning culture that has extended to finals appearances in five of the last six national championships.

Upcoming finals matches:

Friday June 29th at 4pm:
Game A: Minor Semi Final: ACT Rockets vs NSW Blues
Game B: Major Semi Final: QLD Lightning vs WA Wolves

Friday June 29th at 8pm:
Game C: Preliminary Final: Winner (A) vs Loser (C)

Saturday June 30th at 1:30pm
Grand Final: Winner (B) vs Winner (C)

The ACT Indoor Cricket Federation provides live text coverage of all ACT Rockets games through its website at www.acticf.org.au through the forum. Registration is required to view the live coverage, but registration is completely free of charge.

Peak chaplaincy body welcomes funding


Young leaders at a camp supported by chaplains
The Federal Government’s announcement of an extension of its funding for a National School Chaplaincy Program has been warmly received by SU ACT, the Territory’s largest provider of chaplains in schools. The Government today announced an additional $25m in funding. This adds to the $90m allocated in October 2006.

For 16 years, SU ACT has been mobilizing local churches across denominations to invest in chaplains, providing help and support for young people at crucial times in their lives. The work of the chaplain complements other student services provided by the school.

Chaplains provide pastoral care, support, comfort and advice to young people and families
struggling with the pressures of life. Anxiety, relationship problems, alcohol, other drugs, pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage or the death of friends cause many young people to lose hope and their sense of purpose. Consequent lack of motivation and focus prevents them from achieving their potential at school.

Chaplains are available for all students and families in need regardless of their faith. Chaplaincy does not include proselytizing or religious education.

SU ACT Director, Jeff Mason, said five government colleges that already have chaplains will be able to increase their chaplain’s time to three days per week. New chaplaincies will start at nine government high schools and primary schools.

Many other schools have been consulting their communities and preparing applications for the second round of funding later this year.

SU chaplains are subjected to a rigorous selection process and police checks and must be acceptable to the school community. They also receive training to develop their skills for this challenging role and counseling support to help them cope with the pressure of their role.


For further information, please contact SU ACT Director, Jeff Mason on 0419 147 219.

About SU ACT
SU is a non-denominational Christian organisation that has been operating since 1867, in over 130 countries. SU ACT is the largest provider of Chaplains in ACT schools, reaching more than 4350 students every year, currently in six government secondary colleges. SU ACT also runs camps and school groups, supported by 200 volunteers. SU takes child safety very seriously, with rigorous training and police checks for all staff and volunteers.

People – Lifestyles & Shopping, farmersmarket,


Emily Brooks
‘Man is not the creature of circumstances; circumstances are the creatures of men’. Benjamin Disraeli.
Despite our growing awareness of our collective impact upon the planet, finding accurate and unbiased information on sustainable practices can be a daunting task for time-starved citizens.
Therefore, we would like to introduce a new segment, which will highlight the shopping and lifestyle habits of citizens within the Canberra region.
Over the coming months, we will profile willing individuals who take small steps and measures to reduce their ecological footprint. Hopefully, through their stories, experiences, initiatives and convictions, we can find new ways to support each other through sustainable practices. Articles shedding light on matters of sustainability and social equity will also support their stories.
So let’s get the ball rolling!
We welcome your feedback, ideas and suggestions for the segment.
We are also looking for potential sponsors that are willing to support the content of this segment.
Fabian Veron -fabianunbound@yahoo.com
Profile: Emily Brooks
Emily is a woman that I have come to know through my various cups of coffee at Organic Harvests, over the past few months. Emily is still settling into Canberra, having recently arrived from Sydney.
Being a regular at Organic Harvest, I decided that Emily would be my first guinea pig for the ‘People, Lifestyles & Shopping’ segment.
Emily Brooks is one switched on woman that does not take her personal health for granted!
Emily subscribes to Hippocrates’ ancient edict of ‘your food is your medicine and your medicine is your food’.
Emily prefers a lifestyle that is grounded on the simple and sensual pleasures of life.
Emily is also passionate about the power of the arts and the pro-active role that they can play in fostering a more humane and equitable world.
It also became evident throughout the course of our conversation, that Emily is well versed in the areas of sustainable consumption and the positive flow on effects upon local economies (bio-regions).
Emily is one of the many Australians that are seeking to fulfill their personal lives, by engaging a lifestyle that enriches personal experiences through awareness, understanding and empathy towards our world. Finally, as you can see in Emily’s basket, most of her dietary needs are met by shopping at Organic Harvest and Ecomeats – Belconnen Markets.
The items in her basket vary from personal hygiene items such as toothpastes, soaps, and shampoos – through to perishables like meats, veggies, fruits and small goods. These two retailers have a wide range of produce that are sourced from Certified organic producers and whenever possible, produce from local suppliers in order to minimise ‘food miles’!
A good way to minimise your ‘food miles’ is to support your local organic retailers and farmers markets’.
Northside: www.capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au
Southside: www.southsidefarmersmarket.com.au

New Church Launching in Canberra


New Church launching!!!

When the word Church is used, often images of hard pews, boring sermons and frustrated bored children come to mind but that certainly is not the dream of the new Pastors and team at LifeCity Church.

Coming from Cooma as Youth and Kids Pastors, Josh and Ange Reading have a heart to see an environment that is relevant and powerful in the every day lives of people.

‘Whilst people in this region are often affluent financially, when it comes to the matter of the heart many feel that a spiritual poverty exists within, a lack of hope and purpose’ says Josh. ‘At the end of the day we believe that only God and his plans and purposes for our lives can fill that void’

With two young boys they also see a church that is comfortable, exciting and relevant for kids, as well as youth and young adults. Ange admits that maybe the music and style won’t suit everyone with the music being louder and energetic, more akin to a concert than a normal church service but believes that it is just what is needed for many people.

LifeCity Church has its official launch on the 22nd of July at 10am at ‘Top of the Cross’ Southern Cross Club Woden and all are welcome.

For more info you can check them out at www.lifecitychurch.com , info@lifecitychurch.com or give them a call on 0431 827 752