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It's Time to Ban Battery Cages


Battery caged hens
Animal Liberation ACT has been campaigning for many years to have the use of battery cages banned in the ACT. We were involved when the Greens first tabled a ban in 1996. That Bill was passed but was made contingent on a second Bill which attempted to ban the sale of cage eggs. That second Bill ran foul of Commonwealth legislation so neither ban has been implemented.

Free Range Canberra is our latest campaign. It commenced over three years ago and in May resulted in the Greens tabling another Bill to ban the cages. This time there is no attempt to ban the sale of cage eggs.

If you feel that the use of battery cages to produce eggs is cruel, and according to our latest survey over 80% of Canberrans do, then now is the time to contact your local member and the Chief Minister (who as Minister for the Environment also has responsibility for animal welfare) to let them know you’d like them to support the Bill.

If you’re not yet convinced, please consider the following.

There is almost universal agreement amongst animal welfare experts that the battery cage system is clearly the most inhumane system of egg production.

The RSPCA web pages quote a recent detailed report from the LayWel project. This European project involves the collaboration of all the major layer hen welfare researchers in the EU. It says, “Conventional cages do not allow hens to fulfil behaviour priorities, preferences and needs for nesting, perching, foraging and dustbathing in particular. We believe these disadvantages outweigh the advantages of reduced parasitism, good hygiene and simpler management. The advantages can be matched by other systems that also enable a much fuller expression of normal behaviour.”

[In Europe, there are enriched cages providing some extras such as perches and scratching area as well as extra space; hence the reference to “Conventional cages”. No enriched cages are in production in Australia.]

The cages in this country are all “conventional” regardless of whether each bird has 450 square cm (the current Australian standard) or 550 square cm (the new standard from 1 January 2008). In fact, the new standard will allow each bird approximately 1cm more all around and still mean that she will spend her entire adult life standing on wire with something less than the size of an A4 page. There will be no significant improvement in welfare with the new cages.

Should battery cages be banned in the ACT there is no requirement for Pace Farm to leave the Territory. They could, instead, convert to either a free range or barn facility. Pace already operate several such facilities around the country. As we understand it, there are about 30 people employed at Parkwood. By their nature, barn or free range operations generally require more employees than cage operations.

In late 1995 we commissioned a survey to determine the attitudes of Canberrans to battery cages. A large majority of respondents (84.6%) felt that it is cruel to keep hens in battery cages and nearly three quarters (73.0%) felt that keeping hens in battery cages should be banned .

The ACT Labor Party’s policy is to “Ensure that animals are not treated inhumanely in domestic and commercial use .” Also, in a media release in 2005, Acting Minister for the Environment, Katy Gallagher, stated that “Cruelty to animals of any sort is an abhorrent act that cannot be tolerated in our community.” We believe that there is irrefutable scientific evidence, and overwhelming community agreement, that battery cages are inhumane.

If you have ever observed backyard chickens, or kept some yourself, you must realise the hideous cruelty of battery cages and the travesty of normal bird life that they represent. Before he became Pope, Cardinal Ratzinger was asked about cruelty to animals. He replied, “That is a very serious question. At any rate, we can see that they are given into our care, that we cannot just do whatever we want with them. Animals, too, are God’s creatures… Certainly, a sort of industrial use of creatures, so that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens live so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds, this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible.”

Please tell the Government that you want them to support the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2007 when the matter comes before the Assembly for debate. The passing of this Bill would enshrine into law the recognition that cruelty to animals in the name of cheap eggs is no more acceptable to at least one self-governing community than any other form of cruelty to animals.

Mike O’Shaughnessy
Coordinator, Free Range Canberra

Dirty Grains


As humans, we didn’t adapt to consume grains, we also didn’t adapt to consume dairy and processed sugars. However looking at our diet they are one of the most consumed foods, with fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and meat being far less consumed, and these are the foods which we have been evolved to eat and should be eating. Grains are so cheap to make and are sold in bulk to many billions of people and incidentally, the average person worldwide has become fatter and un-healthier since their overrated introduction to society.

Although grains contain protein, carbohydrates and some vitamins and minerals, which will on the outside, make grains seem like a brilliant food source, grains also contain what are called antinutrients, lectins and gluten, all which have negative traits.

Antinutrients are pretty much how the word sounds, ANTI nutrients. The main antinutrient found in grains is called Phytates, which bind to vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other minerals to make them unavailable to the body. The main minerals Phytates target include calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc, which interestingly are also the main minerals found in grains itself, preventing full absorption of the nutrients present along with taking them out of the body itself to later cause, with consistent consumption of grains, possible nutrient deficiency in those areas and/or more.

Phytates will also attack enzymes which are needed for digestion and other bodily functions and will assist in inhibiting protein digestion.

Antinutrients are also found in legumes, nuts and seeds, and even eggs contain an antinutrient called avidin; however you’d need to consume a drastically high amount of raw eggs to get enough avidin to start causing negative effects on the body. Nuts and seeds are a food source that are good for us, as they contain good traces of fatty acids and protein, so we don’t want to stop eating them because they contain antinutrients; what we can do to reduce the amount of antinutrients in them is to soak them in water, this is quite beneficial as this process will not only reduce the antinutrients, but will also improve the nut/seeds digestibility, so we end up getting more of the good stuff! If you don’t have the chance to soak your nuts, just be moderate in the amount that you eat.

The process of soaking grains and legumes is used a lot in traditional societies and cultures, and is one reason why those people don’t seem to obtain the same health defects as we do here in Eastern culture. Traditional Indian, African, Ethiopian and Latin American cultures prepare their food with great care by sprouting (consistent soaking until a sprouted stem appears), soaking (in water or sour milk) and/or fermenting their legumes, grains and nuts before eating. They will soak these foods for several days or sometimes up to weeks before they are prepared into a meal, this process dramatically reduces antinutrients and leaves them containing more nutritional value, however there will always still be some antinutrients left in the grain, and there are also other factors of grains we need to take into consideration that cause negative effects in the body, such as lectins and gluten.

Lectins and gluten are both types of protein and can be categorised in the same family. However each has its own disastrous purpose.

It’s important to know that lectins (which are also found in legumes, peanuts and soy beans) are resistant to cooking and our digestive enzymes, so it’s a hard task to try and stop them from doing their nasty work in the body. Lectins have been linked to inflammatory problems as well as digestive diseases; leaky gut syndrome becoming one of the larger problems in society at the moment, which is then linked to autoimmune diseases (in which the body attacks itself). The reason lectins have such an intense effect on our digestive system and the cause of leaky gut syndrome is because they dramatically damage the gut defenses (as well as going on beyond the gut to damage joints and our skins complexion) called microvilli which line the small intestine and help to digest and transport food particles into the blood stream and the lymph system. When leaky gut syndrome has set in, this damage done to the microvilli has become excessive and has made the absorption of fats, vitamins and minerals extremely hard to digest.

Most people have heard of celiac disease; celiac disease is when a person has gluten intolerance. Although not everyone gets celiac, it’s important to note that across all species of animals tested (including humans), grains have shown to caused gut irritation. It’s also important to note that you may think that the grains you are consuming are doing you little damage, despite the somewhat in-depth information provided above, but the negative side-effects/allergic reaction of grains aren’t always something you will notice quickly, the damage done from grains is a slow process that is generally only found out about when it’s all too late. The majority of celiac disease suffers will only find out about their allergy once they have become noticeably sick and decide to get tested.

And there’s more! Something which a lot of people don’t realise is that the sugars (carbohydrates) in grains feed the bad bacteria in out gut. Un-fortunately, most people are walking around with more bad bacteria than good, and this is solely because of dietary choices. Our bodies should always have more good bacteria than bad and eating foods which contain lots of sugars i.e. Grains, sweets and dairy, will damage your digestive system and feed bad bacteria and yeast.

The good bacteria in our gut are essential for good health as they keep our intestinal function healthy, they assist in the digestion of necessary nutrients making them more absorbable, they keep the immune system strong and help prevent disease causing bacteria which if build up, leads to a large number of autoimmune diseases. Too much bad bacteria can lead to a lot of problems; including candidiasis (a systemic fungal infection) which can be left un-noticed (until later in life) or treated through wrong diagnosis.

Good ‘grains’ which can be eaten, that don’t feed bad bacteria and don’t have as many health related problems as most grains include; Quinoa, Buckwheat, Millet and Amaranth.

And last, but not least, I’ll quickly touch on the high Glycemic Index (GI) factor grains have. The Glycemic Index is a scale used to determine the speed that sugar (from foods) breaks down into glucose in the body, creating an insulin release. Foods which are of Low GI status, such as broccoli and spinach, will slowly release sugar into the body over a period of time. Foods which are of High GI will release sugar extremely fast and cause blood sugars to rise to high levels within a short amount of time. When consuming high GI carbohydrates at the wrong times, it can not only be harmful in promoting fat gain quite easily, but it is also the easiest way to put yourself in the firing line for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. When blood sugar is raised constantly (think breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and maybe even dinner), your body gets confused and after time can’t control sugar levels; hence diabetes. If grains are a food source you consume often, chances are your blood sugar is being raised often as well, especially if your diet is combined with diary, starchy foods such as potatoes and sugars. Foods which spike our blood sugar should be consumed on a rare basis, not a consistent one.

Insulin spikes do have benefits though, as mentioned before, if insulin is released during the wrong times, negative results can occur, however an insulin spike provided at the correct times for your body can be beneficial in creating certain performance and body composition goals. An insulin spike for an endurance athlete during an event or training is extremely beneficial to bring up sugar levels for energy and to prevent hypoglycaemia. Insulin spikes can also be beneficial in helping build muscle mass as insulin is an anabolic hormone which helps send proteins and carbohydrates into the muscle cells to promote growth.

Unfortunately in society we will always be hearing that grains are good for us, but doing your own solid research can provide you with the correct nutritional information. Prevention is the best cure; eat nutritious foods and less non-nutritious foods (i.e. grains). Consume lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, meat and water and you’ll be so much more better off, in health, performance and longevity.

Housing affordability – is there something they're not telling us?


Housing affordability – is there something they’re not telling us?

It’s a hot topic at the moment, and why wouldn’t it be. Everyone needs to live somewhere and Australians have always preferred to own their own home. In fact years ago we used to boast of having the world’s highest levels of home ownership.

Today statements, such as those below, are common.

“Housing affordability as measured by the HIA-Commonwealth Bank Affordability Index is down 40% from 167.5 in 1996 to 97.8 today”.

Both the ACT and Federal Governments are concerned. The ACT Government recently launched a package of measures designed to improve affordability and the Federal Government has called on the States and Territories to take action. But most of these actions have been on the supply side, build more houses, release more land, ease regulations and reduce property taxes.

The Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, was quite adamant on the 7:30 report (Wednesday 11 July, 2007). He stated, categorically, that it was a supply issue and only a supply issue.

Any economist will tell you that prices are determined by the interaction of supply and demand. What about demand? It never seems to be discussed as a contributor to housing price inflation. Housing demand is driven by factors such as population increases, household formation, changes in household structures (single parent families as opposed to traditional family units) and incomes. There is no doubt that all of these are increasing but by nowhere near enough to explain the large inflation in housing prices. Over the last 15 years population has increased by something like 1.3 to 1.5 per cent per year. Incomes have increased by around 4.0 per cent a year.

For example data from the 2001 and 2006 censuses report that in Belconnen median monthly mortgage payments in Belconnen have increased by an average of 9.2 per cent a year from 2001.

However, median incomes have only increased by 4.3 per cent per year over that period. Therefore, mortgage repayments have outgrown income by 4.9 per cent each year from 2001 to 2006.

Median housing prices increased by 93.9 per cent in Belconnen from 2001 to 2006, or 14.2 per cent per year. The increase for all of Canberra was 15.0 per cent.

So what is causing this blow out in housing prices?

For the great majority, the purchase of a home can only be done with borrowed money. Data from the Reserve Bank of Australia on housing finance provides a clue. Over the fifteen years from 1991 to 2006 the amount of money made available for housing finance has increased by 14.9 per cent a year! Much more than consumer price increases, income increases or population increases. The old adage of inflation being caused by “too much money chasing too few goods” is apposite. In a market awash with money housing price inflation was inevitable.

The Reserve Bank data also shows another factor that seems to have been overlooked. Residential housing is becoming much more of an investment commodity. In 1991 16.5 per cent of housing finance was for investors, the rest going to owner occupiers. But by 2006 the proportion going to investors jumped to 33.5 per cent, just more than double. Furthermore, the annual rate of increase in housing finance for investors over the period 1991 to 2006 was a massive 20.4 per cent.

These trends certainly impact on the demand side of the housing price equation, yet no policy response to them appears to have been discussed or suggested. Today the Reserve Bank exercises monetary policy by targeting the short term interest rate. Before de-regulation in the 1980s monetary policy was conducted through a number of direct controls on banking and financial activities, including housing finance.

While we may not want to go all the way back there, it seems that unless the flow of housing finance can be restrained there will not be a resolution to this important problem.

Family Outing


funeral flowers
new image

Police Pursuit


3.00 pm

Police cars,sirens blaring

School bell just sounded

kids everywhere

Traffic at standstill except for police cars

Speeding as if their life depended on it

Keeping up appearances of seeming to be doing their job

of catching criminals regardless of safety concerns

Ending up at North Ainslie Primary School

Sixteen police cars

Dog Squad and paddy wagon plus plain clothed police

How many police does it take

to catch one man?

How many school zones were sped through?

Is it worth it

to catch one criminal?

Why? Where will it end?

bernadette blueday



Press Release
Paperchain Bookstore

PotterMania Celebrate the final Harry Potter book with Paperchain At Paperchain we are beyond excited (and a little teary) at the imminent arrival of the final installment of the Harry Potter saga.


We would love you to share the excitement of the final Harry Potter book with us at Paperchain and so, by popular demand we will be bringing back the PAPERCHAIN EXPRESS. The steam train will be dusted off, and all wizards and muggles are invited to step on board and enjoy one, final journey.

Tickets are on sale NOW only from Paperchain for only $95.00. This price includes your ticket to board the PAPERCHAIN EXPRESS, your copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a $10.00 voucher for Paperchain bookstore, morning tea on the train, a brunch at Bungendore Station, and prizes and entertainment on board.
Wizards & Witches under 12 must bring a Muggle (adult)

Departs: 8.40am, Saturday 21 July 2007 (boarding 8.30am)
From: Platform 8 7/4, Canberra Station, Kingston ACT
Details: Arrives Queanbeyan 9.15, Bungendore 10.20am
Returns: Bungendore 11.15, arrives back in Canberra 12.20 (Approx.)

Dress Code:
Wizards, witches, Professors (dead or alive), Evil Lords
and non-muggles only, please!
Best dressed prizes will be on offer for best ‘wizard
and witch’ last year the competition was fierce!

Paperchain Bookstore
34 franklin Street, manuka, act 2606| p 02 6295 6723| www.paperchainbookstore.com.au

Lex Dickson-'Below the Surface' opens in Canberra


Lex Dickson Square Platter 2007, ceramic, 30 cm sq
Lex Dickson-‘Below the Surface’ opens in Canberra

Well known ceramic artist, Lex Dickson, famous for his colourful, contemporary totems, platters and vases, is exhibiting new works for the third time at Stephanie Burns Fine Art, starting 10 July.

As the title suggests the totems in the exhibition are created by layering of surfaces that can be seen beneath the top layer of glaze. Dickson achieves this exciting effect by incising, bleeding underslips through the glaze and using crawled glazes which pull back at the edges to varying degrees to reveal slips and marks that lie below the surface. It makes the totems very tactile.

Totems form the centrepiece of the exhibition, all made under the ‘Below the Surface’ theme. They vary in size from mini table top pieces of 70 centimetres to ones 2.8 metres high. The totems live comfortably inside and outside, fitting in well with gardens and court yards. They take ceramics into an architectural scale. They are uniform, but not uniform-regular, but not regular.

“As with previous totems I have exhibited, these new totems tell stories,” says Dickson. “The eclectic nature of the individual pieces that make up the totems are a metaphor for the diversity within any group, large or small, and the need for the diverse members to understand and cooperate with each other to ensure the survival of their group. There are other marks and symbols in the exhibition but I leave it to viewers to draw their own conclusions about meaning.”

While the ‘Below the Surface’ exhibition features mainly totems, there are also a series of square platters and tall cylindrical vases.

Dickson has held a large number of solo exhibitions, including at: the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Survey Exhibition; Robin Gibson Gallery; Sturt Mittagong; Fusions, Brisbane; and the Kenthurst Gallery, Sydney; Artlook Gallery, Sydney; and Sydney Textile Museum. He has also participated in many group exhibitions and successfully completed many commissions in Australia and overseas, including for the Prime Minister’s Department, the Treasury Department, the World Bank (Tokyo), the American and Mexican Embassies, Tetsuya’s Restaurant, Mju Restaurant (London), and Gault at George (Auckland).

His work is also found in many private collections nationally and internationally in Britain, France, Italy, Japan, and the United States.

Below the Surface is an exhibition at Stephanie Burns Fine Art from 10 July to
4 August. This is Dickson’s second solo exhibition at the Gallery.

Gallery details

Address: Stephanie Burns Fine Art
Shop 2, 25 Bentham Street, Yarralumla Shops
(through the Post Office or via the back lane)
Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm
Directors: Stephanie Burns and Stephen Hooper
02) 6285 2909
Web: www.stephanieburns.com.au



Anne Rendina (owner) and Judi Ross

The perfect fit
A micro business operating in Canberra for more than 30 years was declared the perfect fit for the ACT and South West NSW business awards held recently in Wagga.
Angelo’s Shoes, a small family run business, competed against more than 300 other businesses to pick up the top accolade.

Nominated by a customer for the awards, Angelo’s Shoes is a heart-warming story of a family that ‘fell into the shoe business’. Owner Anne Rendina bought Angelo’s Shoes with her husband whose health forced him to abandon his job and look for another type of work. After investing heavily in the business, which has been in the same location and operating under the same name in Canberra for 45 years, her husband’s health became worse and Anne found herself juggling a new, full-time career with raising a young family with three children. “I knew nothing about retail or shoes, but it felt natural,” says Anne. “My parents were born in Italy and with Italian blood in my veins, I’ve always adored wonderful footwear.”

The family took a risk and transformed the business from an ‘old-style’ and ‘worn-out-looking’ general footwear store, cluttered with stacks of boxes of shoes for children through to adults, into a contemporary niche business specialising solely in top-quality imported shoes and accessories just for women.

Anne now travels the world (including to Italy, Spain, Germany, and Israel) to select her range of footwear and never buys a shoe she hasn’t personally tried on. She only selects footwear and accessories from countries with reputations for producing footwear made with exquisite leather and other materials, and to exacting production standards.

Anne’s oldest customer is in her mid 90s and her younger customers are 30 plus. She’s been selling shoes to some of the same people for 20 years and has a large interstate customer base–including politicians, lawyers, dignitaries, celebrities and doctors who no longer have to go to Melbourne or Sydney to buy shoes.

Angelo’s Shoes won the award for their level of customer service, the quality of their products, their ability to provide high-fashion brands not available elsewhere in Canberra and their commitment to working with women who have orthotic problems. Anne works with foot doctors to help women with knee, lower leg, feet and bone problems.

“All our shoes are fashionable, long wearing and last from season-to-season,” says Anne. “We leave the ‘easy-come, easy-go’ fads to other shoe stores. Our labels are exclusive to Angelo’s Shoes. If another store in Canberra starts to carry one of our lines we phase it out and replace it with another, to help maintain our niche position in the marketplace.”

Debut Album for Local Band Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens


Julia Johnson, Mathew Smith, Linsey Bush, Nicholas Peddle.

Local band Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens have stepped out of the studio with their self-titled debut album.
Julia began playing solo with her self-penned tunes in local venues when she turned 18, and soon gathered a collection of some of Canberra’s most talented young musicians to form Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens. Now, all aged between 20-22, the band have recorded their first album, a special weave of Julia’s tunes mixing contemporary folk with shades of rock, country and pop.

Recorded at Artsound Studios in Manuka and mastered in Studios 301 in Sydney, the album will be released on July 21 at the ANU Bar, with supports PJ Wolf and the Matty Ellis Collective.

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens have played in most of Canberra’s live music venues and they have also been involved in a wider range of cultural events:

. National Youth Week – Garema Place, 2006/2007
. The opening of the new studios for 2XXFM
. The National Multicultural Fringe Festival 2006
. The launch of SCOPE for YWCA – Garema Place
. ‘Spike This!’ for the ACT Rape Crisis Centre
. ‘Insatiable Banalities’ live 50th podcast at National Film and Sound Archive for inclusion into the archives.
. The National Folk Festival 2007’s Youth Hijinx in conjunction with the Canberra Youth Theatre.
. Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens also recorded a track for the Canberra Youth Theatre compilation ‘Damned If You Duo’ CD and theatre project.

They have received regular airplay on local community radio station 2XX with their first demo, which has also been featured on a specialty show on BBC Midlands radio in the UK.

‘A haunting song over a sea of mayhem’

Amidst the ocean of noise that was Monster Shmooze @ Toast, a sweet sound drifted across the hazy room. Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens had taken the stage and lucky punters were treated to a gorgeous set of tunes handwritten by the lady J as well as a couple of well chosen covers. Setting a slower pace than the beasts of rock that had dominated the venue all evening, the group never the less kept feet tapping and hips wiggling with a wash of sexy numbers. Dazed, this sailor fell in, and drowned. -Allan Geddes, for BMA Magazine.

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens are
Julia Johnson (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Lindsey Bush (Electric Guitar), Matthew Smith (Bass), Nicholas Peddle (Drums).

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5 Peaks Walk for Down Syndrome ACT


Come along and join us for a fun day out walking the mountains of Canberra to help raise money for Down Syndrome ACT. With spring in Canberra not too far away, this is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy superb views of Canberra from 5 central mountains (or how every many you choose to walk) in good company. The walk will begin early on the morning of Saturday 20 October and take in Mt Majura, Mt Ainslie, Black Mountain, Mt Taylor and conclude with afternoon tea on Red Hill. Further information can be found at www.5peakswalk.org.au or by ringing Jean on 0405 613 814.

WASTELAND AT TUGGERANONG A photomedia exhibition at Tuggeranong Arts Centre


Dreamscape 2 Long Way Home
Wasteland aims to provide a catalyst for artists and communities as individuals and groups to express their relationship to the environment including and between Western Sydney and the ACT. This stretch of landscape is viewed as a space to be traversed between two destinations – a wasteland to pass through. Lines of beauty and despair are sped past, the natural and built positive space blurring into negative space.

Wasteland is a project of the MV Network, a federation of regional arts facilities and presenters bonded by the M5 motorway, stretching from the Casula Powerhouse in Western Sydney through Campbelltown and the Southern Tablelands to Canberra and Queanbeyan.

Wasteland, a somewhat bleak title for an exhibition has yielded a collection of photographs that sing; songs of the forgotten and the remembered, of our own patch of land and of far corners of the world; songs of indigenous truths and non-indigenous impact; of the personal and the universal, the internal and external. Here are photographs in black and white or highly coloured, digitally manipulated or in original format, ink jet printed, silver gelatin on satin matt, or photo media on canvas. Here is the photographer as observer and participant, each image a reflection of the artist’s idiosyncratic take on journeys, physical, historical, cultural and moral, producing images pregnant with blood and sweat, hard luck stories, dreams gone wrong, land gone crying, nature reclaiming; evocations of place and time.

The Wasteland exhibition at Belconnen was the first stage in a multi phase project that will see each of the members of the MV Network interpret the Wasteland theme, culminating in a major exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse. We are delighted to be able to show these works at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, and gratefully acknowledge all the assistance and encouragement from the fabulous staff there.

A photomedia exhibition at Tuggeranong Arts Centre
July 13 to 26
All queries contact Jan 6264 0235 jan@belcomserv.com.au
For details of opening hours contact Tuggeranong Arts Centre 6293 1443
More details, catalogue entries, and images are available at:

Canberra Community Support Website



My name is Tom Petersen, and I am the originator and webmaster of Canberra’s Community Support Website…
The purpose of the website is to promote support and awareness of Canberra’s not-for-profit Community Support Organisations… and to offer a one-stop location for people who require help… to find the help they need !

Features of the website include general information about the individual Organisations, including links to their websites, Contact Details, etc.
There is a Community Events Calendar where Organisations can include details of their upcoming Events, Meetings, Fundraisers, etc.
The Community Sector Employment section can be used to advertise Employment Vacancies that the Organisations may have available…
plus there is a Volunteering section, where the Organisations can include details of any Volunteer needs they may have.
If all of that isn’t enough… there is a Matters of Interest section for general information of interest to the Canberra Community !

Updated on a daily basis, this free service is an ideal promotional tool, that endeavours to provide a valuable service to the Canberra Community.

Check out Canberra’s Community Support Website at http://www.ourcanberra.com

To have your Organisation’s information included on the website, simply email me at info@ourcanberra.com or write to:
Canberra’s Community Support Website
PO Box 8056
Rivett ACT 2611

I look forward to hearing from you !
Best regards,
Tom Petersen

weaving dry water Bev Hogg


Bev Hogg, earth bloom, clay, coloured slips, metal strainer. Photo: courtesy of the artist
Opening 6:15pm Friday 13 July and continuing until Sunday 26 August 2007

GALLERY 2 weaving dry water Bev Hogg
Ceramicist and 2006 artsACT Fellowship recipient Bev Hogg presents a surrealist landscape in which one can travel taking on board environmental concepts with a good dose of design, abstraction and humour.

SPECIAL EVENT Take the Floor / Artist Talk
Join Bev Hogg for discussions about her current practice and body of work in the exhibition weaving dry water.
Tuesday 7 August at 1pm – 2pm / Craft ACT Gallery 2

Knit1 Blog1


Knit 1 Blog 1 graphic. Craft ACT
Opening 6:15pm Friday 13 July and continuing until Sunday 26 August 2007

GALLERY 1 Festival of Contemporary Art Knit 1 Blog 1
Curated by Barbara McConchie, Knit 1 Blog 1 exposes the social phenomena of knitting and blogging. The Festival of Contemporary Art opens at the Australian National University School of Art Gallery 5:30pm, Craft ACT 6:15pm and Festival Party at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space 7pm.

Join in knitting workshops at Craft ACT.
Fri 20 and 27 July, Fri 3, 10, 17 and 24 Aug 12noon to 1:30pm FREE

Lost in Translation – from pattern to finished piece: Jacqui Kempton
Sat 21 July 10am to 1pm
Short Circuit Scarf: Denise Sutherland
Sun 22 July 10am to 11:30am
The Toes and Heels of Socks: Penny Hadobas
Sun 22 July 11:30am to 1:30pm
ON UR BLOG: Caren Florance
Sat 11 Aug 10am to 11:30am
Knitting First Aid: Penny Hadobas & Denise Sutherland
Sun 12 Aug 10am to 1pm


Spinning and Weaving Demonstration: Canberra Spinners and Weavers
Sunday 22 July and 12 Aug 1pm to 2pm

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