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U Film Fest 2007

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Could you be the next Steven Spielberg?
Canberra campuses are gearing up for U Film Fest 2007 – a nation-wide short film festival for university and TAFE filmmakers.
U Film Fest celebrates creativity. Any type of film can be entered, on any topic the only rules that all films must be eight minutes or under and somehow contain the letter U!
Anyone interested in entering can register online at www.aaca.net.au. Registration costs $10.00 and the process takes two weeks.
For the second year now, the ACT final will be held in the Studio at the National Museum of Australia, on Acton Peninsula. The event will begin at 7:00pm on Friday, September 14. Entry will be free. On that evening, eight films will be shown and prizes will be given to the winners, who will be chosen by a panel of industry judges. There will also be gift bags for all entrants.
The 2007 National Final will be a glitzy red carpet event at the Canberra DENDY in Civic in early November, with the finalists from all states and territories showing their films. There will also be special guests at the final, which last year was held in Melbourne.

Supermum takes on the Senate

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Liberal Senate candidate Jacqui Myers
Jacqui Myers doesn’t like to sit still. Perhaps it is a hang-over from a childhood spent roaming between the ski-fields near Jindabyne and the piers of Bateman’s Bay, or perhaps she simply has energy to burn, but it seems that the mother of three and small business owner- turned political candidate is a complete stranger to inactivity.

“I like to keep moving, keep challenging myself, and keep trying new things,” Jacqui says, fairly bursting with enthusiasm for her new role, “I get restless when I’ve got spare time because I always feel like there is something more important or worthwhile I could be doing.”

How she manages to find ‘spare time’ is a mystery in itself – the 36-year old runs her own accounting business, CFO Management Solutions; is mum to two young children and step-mum to her husband’s adult daughter; and has also been working towards a Masters of Business Administration from Deakin University.

But apparently that isn’t enough to keep her occupied, as she has also recently thrown her hat into the political arena, being preselected as the second Senate candidate to represent the ACT Liberal Party at the coming Federal election. Although she is a newcomer to the campaign trail, her infectious enthusiasm for the task should make her a match for even the most seasoned campaigner.

“I am really, really excited and proud to have been chosen as a candidate – it is a huge responsibility, but it is also a great chance to stand up and do something positive for a community which has been very good to me and my family,” Jacqui said.

Born in Queanbeyan into a family of four children, Jacqui spent the early years of her life in Canberra, where her parents were integral in establishing the original Fyshwick Fruit Markets. Following the success of their business here, the family moved to Bateman’s Bay where they ran a marina during the summer and a motel in Jindabyne during the winter. It was there that Jacqui developed a loved of skiing – both on water and snow – and horse riding. Jacqui’s nine year old son now also enjoys water skiing with his mum.

Jacqui’s parents and family returned to Canberra in 1984 and started a fruit wholesale business. Sadly, this business was unsuccessful, leaving her family in a dire state financially. Jacqui is very open about how her parent’s difficulties shaped her future interest in finance and accounting, saying: “I saw the problems my parents were facing and I realised how much financial management expertise could have helped them to cope with their situation.”

“That made me want to learn everything I could about business management, so that I could help other people avoid some of the traps and manage their businesses better,” she said.

Jacqui completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the Australian National University and qualified as a Certified Public Accountant. After working in both the public and private sectors, she decided to set up her own business, launching CFO Management Solutions in 2005. But Jacqui’s boundless energy kept her looking for something more, leading her to join the Liberal Party in 2006.

“My friends and family have a real mix of political beliefs and ideas so I didn’t really grow up hearing any one side around the dinner table, but over time I have come to understand that the strong economic management of the Liberal Government provides the best possible platform for improving the quality of life for families,” she says with obvious sincerity.

Perhaps because of this varied upbringing Jacqui is less dogmatic than many political figures, seeing good management of the economy as a means to improve lives, rather than an end in itself. Her professed political goal is to make life easier for families and businesses – both because of her own experiences and because she has observed how difficult many people find it to balance work and family.

“I know myself that it is very hard to commit 100% to your family when you’re trying to be a dedicated worker or keep a business afloat, and vice versa. So I strongly support measures to take some of the pressure off families and businesses – things like improved access to childcare, streamlining the ‘red tape’ which takes up so much time in managing a business, and creating greater flexibility in the workplace to allow people to manage their home lives better.”

For Jacqui herself however, her home life is only going to get more complicated as the election campaign heats up. She has already become a familiar face in the community, spending most weekends visiting shopping centres and doorknocking throughout Canberra. She often accompanies the Liberal’s lead Senate candidate and current Senator for the ACT, Gary Humphries, and confesses that she has already learned a lot from the veteran politician.

For his part, Senator Humphries seems to enjoy having a campaign mate with so much enthusiasm for the task, saying: “The energy and commitment that Jacqui has already brought to the campaign is fantastic, and she has a great willingness to listen and learn from everyone around her.”

“I think it is a great asset to the party to have a candidate with her life experience – she really understands the pressures people face and is very focused on doing what she can to alleviate these. There’s no false sympathy with Jacqui,” Senator Humphries said.

With the election set to be called any day, Jacqui is now winding up her business commitments so as to focus on the campaign. She admits to feeling nervous about the political rough and tumble that lies ahead, but is looking forward to pouring her considerable energy into one dedicated cause.

“It will make a nice change to be able to focus completely on just one thing – even if it is only for 33 days,” Jacqui laughs.

Refurbishment of commercial property wins ACT Sustainable Cities Award

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Winners of the 2007 ACT Sustainable Cities Awards were announced today, 14 August 2007.
Rolfe Hartley, Chairman of the ACT Sustainable Cities Awards Committee commended the 2007 winners. ‘The standard of entries in 2007 was very high and I congratulate all the winners for their outstanding projects and continued commitment to ensuring Canberra’s future as a sustainable city.’
ACT Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope joined major sponsor, Packaging Stewardship Forum representative, Jenny Pickles, to present the winners’ award to Australian Ethical Investments for the sustainable refurbishment of Trevor Pearcey House.

This project involved the detailed application of sustainability principles to the design and construction of the refurbishment of an existing commercial building. The judges were impressed with the detailed analysis and planning for the project, which for example considered embodied energy and sustainability footprints in the selection of all materials and work methods used on the project. Even packaging materials used for the shipment of materials became part of the final refurbishment!

Rolfe Hartley, Chairman of the ACT Sustainable Cities Awards Committee said ‘This is a true ‘lighthouse project’ which clearly demonstrates that sustainability principles can be applied successfully to existing, as well as new buildings’

The Australian Ethical Investments entry will now go on to the National Awards. A description and outlined of the winning entry is included at the attached page.

Entries were submitted across nine categories: Community Pride, Environmental Innovation, Water Efficiency, Resource Efficiency, Sustainable Transport, Sustainable Building, Sustainable Schools, Urban Habitat and Young Legends.

Winners were announced at an awards lunch held attended by approximately 100 local representatives of government, business and community

Winner – ACT Sustainable Cities Award
Australian Ethical Investments – refurbishment of Trevor Pearcey House

Project Description

Trevor Pearcey House is the new head office for Australian Ethical Investment. An extensive refurbishment has transformed an existing building and set a new standard on how a world’s best practice green building can be achieved on a conventional budget. The project was undertaken using accepted conventional and low-technology design principles, technologies and materials which can be easily transferred to other projects.

Objectives

Australian Ethical Investment from the outset stipulated that they wanted a passive building that focused on an efficient building fabric first, with mechanical systems being provided as a ‘backup’. They wanted a building that users could interact with and operate themselves to manage their own environment, and most importantly they were happy for the building to run with a wider air temperature band and utilise other design and operational features to ensure user comfort. This innovative approach by Australian Ethical Investment allowed the design team to focus on delivering a thermally efficient building fabric and passive systems to provide comfort rather than relying on mechanical systems. A submission has been made to the Green Building Council of Australia to achieve a 6 star Green Star Office Design rating (‘World Leader’).

Method

In February 2006 Trevor Pearcey House was purchased for refurbishment. A charette process was used with frequent meetings between the client and design team. The design team included the standard design professionals as well as a dedicated ESD/Green Star consultant who was responsible for ensuring that the project met its’ environmental intent. A “green customised” construction management contract was used to ensure the construction manager also shared the environmental intent. At each construction meeting progress toward environmental aims was assessed as well as time and budget progress.

Partners

The key project stakeholders were the Australian Ethical Investment staff and shareholders represented by the Australian Ethical Investment Board who needed to ensure the project was delivered “on green, on time and on budget”. Australian Ethical Investment staff contributed to the brief for the design team and also commented on the design progress. Prior to, and post occupancy, formal “how the building works” briefing sessions were held for all staff. A detailed environmental user’s guide has also been developed.

Reflecting the company’s charter the Australian Ethical Investment Board took a very strong interest in the project. The Australian Ethical Investment Board was briefed on the benefits of green buildings and during the entire process were regularly briefed on progress.

Results:

The building has been modelled to achieve a 47% better than 5 star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating. This is 75% better than the original ‘average’ building. Australian Ethical has also committed to purchasing 100% renewable electricity. South/east fa├žade of building showing external shading, exhaust stacks, solar hot water and weather station that all assist in reducing energy consumption Australian Ethical Investment wanted a passive building that focused on an efficient building fabric first, with mechanical systems being provided as a ‘backup’. They wanted a building that users could interact to manage their own environment and, most importantly, were happy for the building to run with a wider air temperature band and utilise other design and operational features to ensure user comfort.

Substantial improvements to the building fabric were achieved through:

. External insulation added to the existing building increased overall wall insulation to R3.7.

. Upgrading the ceilings/roof with additional batts and foil insulation.

. Replacing single glazed windows with double glazing. Exposed internal mass

. The ceiling was removed on the ground floor to expose thermal mass and provide more height. Natural ventilation:

. The majority of windows are operable, with high and low level openings. Low level openings are manually operated by the user; high level openings are controlled by the building management system.

. Thermal chimneys provide a natural pathway for warm air to exhaust out of the building via the stack effect

. A ‘night purge’ system pre-cools the building overnight. When outside temperatures are lower than internal temperatures (and cooling is required) windows open automatically to allow in cool air. This cool air absorbs heat collected during the day in the exposed mass and then is extracted out through the thermal chimneys with the support of an extraction fan. Operable windows, external shading, exposed internal mass, ceiling fans. Water: Reduction in mains water use is estimated at more than 80% through water efficiency and capture of rainwater to supply toilets. Substantial water savings achieved through:

. Replacing single flush cisterns (12L/flush) with dual flush (9/4.5 L/flush) achieving a 56% reduction in water use.

. Upgrading urinals with a ‘Sani-Sleeve’ system that combines a waterless urinal cartridge with an automated low volume flush system. This system avoids replacing the original urinals and delivers a 96% reduction in water use.

. Replacing existing showerheads (15 L/min) with 6 L/m showerheads, delivering a 60% reduction in water use.

. Installing two 3000 litre water tanks to provide all water required for toilets. One of two rainwater tanks installed to supply water to toilets Materials: Most refurbishment projects see existing internal fitout as either waste (to landfill) or materials to be recycled

The Raft

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Stephen, Liam, Barrie and Darcy
The Raft
Once upon a time there were four people. They loved building and playing on the beach. Barrie and Darcy were friends, and Liam and Stephen were friends. One day at the beach they were bored wondering what to do. Suddenly, Barrie and Darcy thought of a great idea. They would build a raft to sail everywhere! They told Liam and Stephen first however they weren’t interested in helping out, but when Barrie and Darcy got into building the raft Liam and Stephen joined in. Liam and Stephen collected logs, sticks and ropes and because Barrie and Darcy had lots of imagination and knew the plans of how to build the raft, all four worked as a team perfectly.
When they were finished they all thought “well if we sailed on that we would sink”. So they all went home, got a whole lot of stuff and bent it. They then went back to the beach and stuck the stuff on the sides of the raft. They went back to their homes and got food supplies and packed them into a bag.
They took their bags to the raft and said goodbye to everyone that they knew. They looked all-round and the only place that there was to go was North. They sailed for at least two hours before Darcy saw land. When they got there they unloaded their supplies and looked for somewhere to make a fire and a nice place to sleep. When they found a place to make a fire and a place to sleep Barrie and Darcy made the four huts. Liam and Stephen got the wood and made a fire. When the huts were finished and the fire was ready they sat down in front of the fire and told each other stories while they ate their extremely short diner. When they woke up in the morning they went to the beach and made a city of sand. The week went on pretty much the same. When they got back to their homes they told their parents all about their adventure. They travelled around and lived happily ever after.
By Darcy Wintle-Smith (age 8)

Arj Barker hits Canberra!

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Arj Barker
He’s back! Arj Barker returns to Australia, armed with some new classics and some classic classics, to present one funny hour. If you don’t laugh, there’s something wrong with you! He will certainly sell fast, so come see him while he still has integrity! Barker who won the coveted Perrier Best Newcomer Award in 1997 has firmly established himself as one of the golden boys on the international comedy circuit.

For years, he has been honing his craft at comedy festivals and clubs all around the world. He has made numerous appearances on late night talk shows, including the Letterman and Conan O’Brian shows, as well as starring in his own half hour special on the HBO produced by Comedy Central. Arj is a regular favourite on Aussie TV too… He has appeared on Spicks & Specs, The Glasshouse, and most recently Thank God You’re Here. Arj has performed numerous seasons at Edinburgh Fringe plus starred in Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival and Amsterdam’s English Speaking Comedy Festival.

In 2004 Arj completed a six month Off Broadway season of ‘The Marijuana-Logues’, a show he wrote with friends. He is now working on the book of the same name which is due to be published this year. Get it quick. This is world-class comedy. ‘Genius.’Beat Magazine, Melbourne, 2004 ‘Criminally talented’ The Herald, Glasgow And special Guest… Joined by stand out Aussie comic Joel Ozborn, a regular at comedy clubs all over Australia. Joel is straight from a national tour with Akmal and his one night only solo show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Venue: Canberra Theatre
Duration: 125 minutes including interval
Prices: Adult: $34.90
Performance Times Tuesday, 16 October 2007 @ 8PM
Status: On Sale
Tickets: 02 6275 2700

12th Week and all's well

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12th week and all’s well

Progress Report on the Goyder Street Library

On December 1st, 2006, the ACT ALP Government closed the Griffith Library, located in the ACT suburb of Griffith in what was once the Griffith Primary School. Since self government in 1989 there had been other attempts to close first the Kingston Library (which was relocated to Griffith) and later the Griffith Library by various ACT Government groupings, including a close run attempt in 2000 by the then ACT Liberal Government. This time there was no consultation, just a decision to close. Residents were outraged and there were many letters to the editor, calls to talk back radio and interviews with affected borrowers on TV, and public rallies. People continued to feel aggrieved, especially when it became apparent that the social impact of the closure had not been measured.

A small group of people continued to meet together and explore the possibility of maintaining a library presence in the inner south. Finally they committed to seriously opening some sort of a modest library/drop in centre with the clear aim of proving to the ACT Government the need to open a library in the inner south or, include a purpose built library in any plans to redevelop the Griffith site.

After much searching, the Aboriginal Sports and Recreational Centre Boomanulla Oval on Goyder Street in Narrabundah offered its boxing ring. The Southside Community Library Taskforce accepted the offer and went public with the news on Thursday 19th April 2007. We announced that we would open the Goyder Street Library in 5 weeks. Canberrans heard our call and books, fittings and offers of help flooded in. Local residents just turned up and did things, repairs and maintenance. The Goyder Street Library was opened by Jack Waterford AM, who is now our patron, on Thursday 24th May 2007.

Everything in the Library is donated; the books, the fittings (over 35 bays of stand-alone shelving and various book cases), the furniture and everything else There are more than 30 volunteers including the original taskforce.
Now in its 12th week of operation, the Goyder Street Library has just doubled in book display capacity with the delivery and installation of 10 bays of shelving donated by Ex Government Furniture of Fyshwick..
“We were running out of shelf space,” said GSL convenor Julie McCarron-Benson “and Ex-Government Furniture came to our rescue, again.”
“The library just gets bigger and better,” she continued. “We have catalogued just under 5000 books with about another 15,000 – 20,000 to go; the most wonderful books, offered by their owners to be shared with other book lovers.”
“Our membership grows every week, about 200 now, and we still get excited when someone wants to take a book out. We haven’t lost any books – they have all come back home.”
In the meantime;
. Storytime continues at 10.30 am on Fridays for the little kids.
. The GSL holds a regular fund-raiser “meet the author” event on the third Thursday of the month at 5.30pm. There is a charge to attend but the fee includes fine food and wine.
. The August event will feature local poet extraordinaire, Geoff Page on Thursday 16th August.
. The GSL is seeking donations of LARGE PRINT books.

The Goyder Street Library is open for business Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 -4 at Boomanulla Oval, Goyder Street, Narrabundah.
You can contact the library by ringing 6295 8380, email of enquiries@ southside.com or view our website on www.southsidelibrary.com

Mentoring young men

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Have you ever heard of the saying “it takes a village to raise a child?” An African saying this emphasises the idea that everyone has a role to play in the healthy development of young people. There is a community organisation in Canberra that is encouraging exactly this by recruiting male mentors to spend time with our young men and boys. Menslink was formed because of the growing demand for supportive mentors and programs for young men, many of these young men are lacking positive male role models, and come from single parent families. Menslink has a life-coaching program for young men; a mentors program that is a bit like “Big Brothers big Sisters”, except it particularly trains men to become mentors. It does many varied activities including the running of a bike repair workshop, a soccer game and a yearly camp for those boys who have a long term mentor.

Indeed single mums are very appreciative of Menslink one mum saying; “myself, my daughter, let alone my son, we have all been much happier ever since my son got a mentor through Menslink (Single mum, May 2004). Menslink has a very practical approach to working with young men, and really wants to create an environment where the young men feel that they can be the best they can.

Richard Shanahan has researched mentoring programs around the world during his Churchill Fellowship. He says: “You know despite Australia being a much safer place to live in than many of the countries I visited, wealth has not necessarily made it a stronger community. There are times when I think we have become less reliant on each other and therefore more isolated. As I result I come across many families with boys who are struggling to thrive, and yet despite their best efforts parents can not meet all the expectations, it is like they have this huge weight on their shoulder”.

This is where programs like Men Young Men come in to relieve the burden. Menslink are in need of reliable mentors, if you have the time, and the commitment then Menslink would be delighted to talk to you about mentoring and what you can do to make a difference. Mentor training will be run in both September and October. You can phone Bryan or Garry on 6239 4699 or email info@menslink.org.au to inquire about becoming a mentor.

STRATTERA CAUSING MORE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS IN AUSTRALIA

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9 YEAR OLD SLAMMS HEAD AGAINST WALL WHILE TAKING STRATTERA

STRATTERA CAUSING MORE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS IN AUSTRALIA

More adverse reactions obtained from the TGA recently, include a 9 year old boy who, while on Strattera in December 2006, slammed his head against walls, was always angry, depressed or sad and said he wanted to kill himself. The adverse reaction report says the Strattera was stopped, they changed his diet and he recovered.

Another 10 year old boy became acutely depressed, aggressive and had suicidal thoughts. Another male after 6 days on Strattera, suffered violent reactions including bizarre behaviour, hostility, fantasy, suicide talks, anxiety attacks, distorted face and regressional behaviour.

Strattera isn’t restricted to the treatment of children as one 48 year old female also suffered thoughts of death and thoughts of wanting to die, as well as nervousness, tingling in her arms and legs and numbness in her face and hands. (See attached case studies from the TGA)

Although Strattera is primarily prescribed for “ADHD”, according to Health News article “Adult ADD: New Disorder or marketing Ploy?” Strattera was first developed to be an antidepressant in the mid 1980’s, however Eli Lilly pulled it from clinical trials after the compound failed to show efficacy. Then, in the mid 1990’s just before the expiration date was up, researchers started looking at the compound as a novel treatment for ADD, and reintroduced it with a new brand name, atomoxetine. The atomoxetine (Strattera) molecule is a hybrid of two antidepressants: Prozac and Vestra. This is the latest psychiatric drug to become widely available to Australians through its inclusion yesterday on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The above are just some of the reactions reported to the TGA since September 2006.

“ADHD” is a controversial subject due to its lack of validity as a mental condition as it can not be scientifically tested for. “To continue to prescribe and take dangerous mind altering drugs under such circumstances is ludicrous when other simple solutions such as changing diet, tutoring and full medical examinations have proven to be effective in eradicating unwanted behaviour.” says Shelley Wilkins of CCHR National Office.

“We are very concerned that as more of this dangerous drug is consumed, it’s just a matter of time before the talks and attempts of suicide and homicide become actual” says Ms Wilkins. “The reports available are alarming and parents need to be warned so they can protect their children. Because it’s now on the PBS hasn’t made it any safer to take.”

You can contact CCHR on 02 99649844 or 0410 481 342.

CCHR was founded by the Church of Scientology in 1969 to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights. For further information please contact Shelley on the above numbers.

Local Bands Needed

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Carlo''s
Carlo’s At Watson is looking for local bands who play jazz and lounge music for a friday afternoon happy hour from 4 till 6:30pm. It is a chance for bands to play live and perform thier own music. If interested please call Alex on (02) 6255 6965

Citizen Journo

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Citizen Journo for Environmental Change
I am interested in starting a local networking group for 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. A healthy profit is still welcome, although it is put back into developing people and infrastructure, rather than personal wealth.

Perhaps a better definition can be found on the following link address;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_entrepreneurship
Just copy it and paste it in your browser window.

My present focus, is to obtain sponsorship from ethical Australian business owners with the right attitude and who communicate to the public through their actions and not just their words. Businesses who are prepared to support what I am trying to achieve, with little restraint or conditions and can recognise the benefits for everyone. At the same time I shall be providing my services to people who wish to learn how to become citizen journalists and have a greater say about the world in which they live.

In a true democracy, people are encouraged to have a different perspective, opinion and point of view to the mainstream, if they so choose. One that is not ridiculed, censored or threatened with liable as soon as it is expressed because it is different to the so called majority opinion. Citizen journalism helps to give back the confidence & power to the people. In order to hold government, business and industry, accountable for their actions, through healthy community discussion. “Media by the people and for the people”!

By trial and error, I have discovered a number of tools available on the Internet for free public use. These make establishing ones-self as a citizen journalist, relatively easy and straight forward (you just need to know where to look). The combination of these tools will allow you to create your own website, blog, vlog or photo/video classified, for whatever content you choose. including text, digital photo’s and video files.

People do not fully realise, just how easy it is to upload and view video files on the net. I’m not talking about your cat and it’s latest antics but what makes the world go round, real life. Even with Australia’s slower Internet speeds, it is possible to easily view reasonably sized video files on most broadband Internet connections. There are also increasing numbers of free hosting sites for video files, that do not charge for storing content. Rather like Utube but with better quality and less compression.

If your present connection can’t handle video files then you can use the public computers at your local community library, free of charge. If you would like me to show you how you can set up your own personal website, blog, vlog or website classified. As well as how to upload text, photo’s and video files to your site. This will cost you absolutely nothing other than a bit of time and effort to do it yourself, after I have first explained or shown you how to get started.

If you would like to learn more, then you can contact me by phone when I am in town on; 02 6249 8945 (OBO). The best way to contact me though, is through my email address, as I am rarely home (info@citizenjourno.com.au).

I do however charge $20 P/Hr for my time to show people how to do this in person. As I’ve got to earn a living some how, to enable me to continue as a citizen journo myself. So if you believe in having your say, please contact me.

By the way. I also provide digital photo/video files that I can take myself as well as create a webpage classified with text, photo’s/video. For people contemplating selling their motorcyle, recreational aircraft or sailing boat, privately on the Internet (other assets for sale will also be considered). Helping to speed the process of sale along, with less inconvenience to the private seller. Services also start from just $20 P/Hr.

My website for citizen Journalism can be found @
www.citizenjourno.com.au

My personal digital photo/video services website can be found @
http://freelance-video.tripod.com

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

Phone; 02 6249 8945 (OBO). Please leave message on machine if not answered personally.

Email, is probably the best way to get hold of me as I like to get around and I know too much about mobile phones.

My website has plenty more info about me to fill in the gaps. So you are more than welcome to take a look and I welcome any constructive critisizm. However, ego-maniacs will be firmly put in their place.

Ross.

Ross D. Hopkins
Citizen Journo for Environmental Change & Adventure Asset Classifieds.
www.citizenjourno.com.au

To get your share, call Medicare

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This month the ACT Government launched a campaign featuring $20,000 in prizes to get new Canberrans to advise Medicare when they move to the ACT to ensure Canberra residents recieve their full funding entitlements.

Joined at the launch today by campaign supporters Canberra Times cartoonist Geoff Pryor and the staff and management of Service One Members Banking, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said it is important that new residents to the ACT notify Medicare when they arrive.

“Population is an important consideration used by the Commonwealth to determine how much GST funding our community receives,” Mr Stanhope said. “While the national census gives a very clear picture of the ACT population, these are only conducted every five years. In between censuses, the Commonwealth uses addresses registered with Medicare to help determine how much GST funding our community receives.

Mr Stanhope said because most people are unaware that community funding is linked to Medicare addresses, the ACT community had missed out on tens of millions of dollars in recent years.

“Census data released on ACT Budget day revealed there were more than 5,000 people living in Canberra who did not appear on the books,” he said. “That’s 5,000 people living here, working here, going to our schools and using our health services who until recently, we didn’t know existed.

“And that’s 5,000 people for which the ACT community has not received its funding entitlement from the Commonwealth. Currently, the ACT receives around $2,500 for each resident. The fact these 5,000 people were not previously recognised by the Commonwealth as residents means the ACT community has foregone more than $10 million in revenue each year for the past few years.

“Although the inaccuracy of population data can have significant negative impacts on the ACT, the solution may be as simple as making people aware how important it is to let Medicare know when they move.

“So with the help of Geoff Pryor and Service One Members Banking the ACT Government is launching a 4-week pilot advertising campaign to make Canberrans aware of this.

“Geoff has generously provided his talent and name for the campaign and Service One Members Banking is providing $20,000 in prize money to encourage Canberrans to update their address with Medicare.

“In the next month, anyone who updates their address, having moved here from interstate, will be eligible to enter a competition with four $5,000 prizes, courtesy of Service One Members Banking.

“We are expecting a flood of people to call the Medicare hotline (13 20 11) in the next few weeks in response to this campaign. The next step to enter the competition is to register on the Service One website (www.somb.com.au) or by visiting any of the Service One branches in the ACT.

“I wish to thank Geoff Pryor and the management and staff of Service One Members Banking for their support for this campaign. You have done your bit to ensure our community gets the Commonwealth funding it deserves. Now it’s up to those who have recently moved to Canberra to do their bit,” Mr Stanhope said.

Statement Ends
Media Contact: Penelope Layland 6205 9777 0438 289 714 penelope.layland@act.gov.au
Paul Kindermann 6205 1690 0403 600 955 paul.kindermann@act.gov.au

Caldicott vs Nukes 22Aug

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Dr Helen Caldicott
Come & hear Dr Helen Caldicott, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, in person:
Wed 22Aug 5.30pm for 6pm at National Press Club, 16 National Circuit, Barton:
FREE ENTRY, ALL WELCOME:
RSVP: Mrs Barbara Lowe 6273 1314 blowe@engineersaustralia.org.au

Please forward this to your friends & colleagues, post on bulletin boards/websites & include in newsletters. Thanks very much,
Richard Dale, Society for Sustainability & Environmental Engineering. 0438 547911

NUCLEAR POWER CAUSES GLOBAL WARMING & OZONE DEPLETION

The enrichment of uranium releases 93% of the CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) annually in the USA which are 10,000-20,000 times more efficient global warmers than carbon dioxide while also releasing large quantities of CO2 – the primary agent of global warming .

When uranium is fissioned in a nuclear reactor it becomes 1 billion times more radioactive.

Nuclear power plants continually discharge radiation into the air and water and also produce massive amounts of radioactive waste which lasts for 500,000 years. There is no safe place to store nuclear waste.

Nuclear power destroys ecosystems. One million gallons of water per minute are required to cool a large nuclear plant which is then discharged into waterways where radioactive elements are reconcentrated by orders of magnitude at each step of the aquatic food chain.

A reactor meltdown could release as much radiation as that produced by the explosion of 1000 Hiroshima sized bombs.

There is no home or personal insurance available for nuclear accidents.

Dr. Helen Caldicott, Founder and President of NPRI

Dr. Helen Caldicott is the president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, the founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the winner of the 2003 Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom, and a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Both the Smithsonian Institute and Ladies’ Home Journal named her one of the Most Influential Women of the 20th Century and she has honorary degrees from nineteen universities. She divides her time between Australia and the United States, where she has devoted the last thirty years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age.

Helen’s latest books will be on sale at her talk at the National Press Club on Wednesday 22 August from 5.30pm for 6pm and from “Paperchain” bookstore at Manuka.
They are: “NUCLEAR POWER IS NOT THE ANSWER TO GLOBAL WARMING”
& “THE NEW NUCLEAR DANGER, GEORGE BUSH’S MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX”

www.helencaldicott.com

This event is part of National Engineering Week in conjunction with the Australian Science Festival and National Science Week.

ABC TV “Difference of Opinion” in 2007 opened with an examination of Australia’s nuclear future. Among the expert panel were Dr Ziggy Switkowski, the chairman of ANSTO – the national body in charge of nuclear research and development, and Dr Helen Caldicott – one of the world’s leading anti-nuclear activists:
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/differenceofopinion/content/archives/doo_20070719.htm

2007 MS Fun Run/Walk

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MS
The 2007 MS Fun Run/Walk will be held at 10am on Sunday 9th September. Like last year the start is outside Lake Tuggeranong College on Cowlishaw Street. There is plenty of free parking across the road from the college. The event follows a 6.5km course around Lake Tuggeranong finishing on grassed areas to the north of the tennis courts. Chest numbers will be issued on the day.

You can register on-line here, by mail or on the day. Registrations on the day begin at 8:00am and incur an additional $5.00 entry fee. No team entries accepted on the day. All registrations received by the Wednesday September 6 go in the draw to win a prize.

There will be a drink station at the halfway point and at the finish of the fun run where a selection of fresh fruit will also be available. St John Ambulance Officers will also be on the course. Toilets are available at Lake Tuggeranong College and McDonalds.

There will be an awards ceremony and lucky barrel draws. Trophies, medals and prizes are a feature, and each participant receives a certificate of participation stating the time they achieved. All entry fees are tax deductible.

For more information visit www.ms.org.au

July in Gungahlin was slightly warmer, windier and drier than normal.

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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

July in Gungahlin was slightly warmer, windier and drier than normal.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during July were mixed, with nights warmer and days colder than average. It was also cloudier and drier than normal, but a rare winter thunderstorm on July 27 produced widespread hail across the Gungahlin suburbs.

Nights were cold, with an average minimum of 1.3 degrees; down on last July’s average of 1.9 degrees. The warmest night for the month occurred on July 27, when the temperature was a mild 7.4 degrees, while on July 14, it dropped to a frosty minus 3.2 degrees.

Days were cold and generally cloudy, with an average maximum of 9.9 degrees; down on last year’s average of 10.9 degrees. In fact, it was the coldest average maximum recorded during a July in Gungahlin since records began in 1999. The highest temperature for the month was 14.6 degrees on July 26, while on July 17, overcast skies, rain and bitterly cold NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin’s maximum temperature to just 6.1 degrees.

Despite the generally cloudy conditions, Gungahlin recorded 20 frosts during the month (17 frosts last July), and there were 7 fogs (5 fogs last July).

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 5.4 km/h during July, with the strongest gust for the month 54.7 km/h from the W/NW, recorded on July 4.

Despite the often gloomy winter skies, Gungahlin recorded just 24.6mm of rain during July, over 13 days. Falls in other parts of Canberra were also generally below average, with 19.8mm recorded at Canberra AP, 26.8mm at Tuggeranong and 58.9mm at nearby Tidbinbilla. Gungahlin’s total rainfall so far in 2007 stands at 258.2mm, down slightly on the 263.9mm that fell over the same period last year.

Around Canberra – July 2007

Gungahlin: Ave Min 1.3; Ave Max 9.9; Low -3.2; High 14.6; Rain 24.6mm
Canberra AP: Ave Min 0.6; Ave Max 11.3; Low -4.7; High 15.7; Rain 19.8mm
Tuggeranong: Ave Min -0.3; Ave Max 11.4; Low -6.8; High 16.7; Rain 26.8mm
Tidbinbilla: Ave Min n/a; Ave Max 11.2; Low -8.0; High 15.0; Rain 58.9mm

Canberra’s August outlook: Current indications are for the slightly warmer nights and cooler days to continue across Canberra well into August. Daytime temperatures should average at around 12 degrees, and nights at 2 degrees. Rainfall prospects for August are not looking fantastic, and it appears unlikely Canberra will receive its average August rainfall of 47.1mm.