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Nominations open for ACT 2008 Australian of the Year Awards

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Chief Minister Jon Stanhope today encouraged all Canberrans to nominate outstanding locals for the 2008 Australian of the Year Awards.

“The Australian of the Year Awards are about celebrating people in our society who are making extraordinary contributions. From great national achievers to those quiet acheivers whose selfless contributions make a real difference in our local communities,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The Canberra community is rich with people who achieve great things and make significant contributions to the life of this city.

“Nominees may have achieved excellence in their chosen field, made a significant contribution to the local or Australian community or be an inspirational role model to others.”

The nomination period for the 2008 Australian of the Year Awards was launched earlier this week in Sydney by Prime Minister John Howard.

There are four categories in the Australian of the Year Awards:
. Australian of the Year – open to all Australians who deserve recognition for their extraordinary achievements, contributions to the community and nation, and who are inspirational role models for all Australians;
. Senior Australian of the Year – recognises those Australians aged 60 years and over who continue to achieve and contribute to the community;
. Young Australian of the Year – recognises those extraordinary young Australians aged 16-25 years who are contributing to our community; and
. Australia’s Local Hero – recognises Australians who make a real difference in their local communities and whose outstanding contributions enrich the lives of those around them.

“I encourage everyone to nominate a great Canberran to ensure that the ACT is well represented in the national awards,” Mr Stanhope said. “The winners of the ACT Awards go on to represent the Territory at a national level and will be announced as part of our Australia Day celebrations.”

Winners of the 2007 awards were Mr Michael Milton as ACT Australian of the Year, Dr Kaye Price as ACT Senior Australian of the Year, Mr John Van den Dungen as ACT Young Australian of the Year and Ms Beverly Orr as ACT Local Hero.

Nominations can be made online at www.australianoftheyear.gov.au, by picking up a nomination form at any Commonwealth Bank branch or by phoning 1300 655 193. Nominations close on 31 August 2007.

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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

Exploring regional water security options

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Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has written to the Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, State Member for Monaro, Steve Whan, and the Mayor of Queanbeyan, Frank Pangallo, to seek their ideas and cooperation on cross-border options to secure the water supply of the ACT and those areas of NSW which rely on the ACT for their water.

Mr Stanhope said the ACT Government and ACTEW are examining a range of water security options, including pumping from the Murrumbidgee River at Angle Crossing and obtaining water from Tantangara Dam in addition to ACTEW’s proposal to purify water and enlarge the Cotter Dam.

“These options will require NSW planning approvals and the cooperation of community leaders in the ACT region if they are to be implemented,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The ACT Government is further exploring the extraction of water from the Murrumbidgee River at Angle Crossing and piping it to the Googong reservoir. Another option involves releasing water from Tantangara reservoir, which would flow into the ACT and be captured at Angle Crossing or at the Cotter.

“Although these options rely on rainfall, combined they could provide up to 20 gigalitres a year, or almost a third of the total annual water use in the ACT region.

“The Angle Crossing option has already been well-developed by ACTEW as part of the Future Water Options project with other elements of Future Water Options, such as the Cotter-to-Googong Bulk Transfer project having already been implemented.

“These options could help secure not only Canberra’s water supply, but also the water supplies of those areas in NSW provided by the ACT.

“As this is a regional problem, it requires a regional, cooperative and cross-border response. I look forward to working with Mr Whan, Mr Pangallo, Mr Nairn and others to secure our regional water future,” Mr Stanhope said

Mr Stanhope said the ACT Labor Government and ACTEW continue to deliver projects to secure the ACT and region’s water supply including major enhancements to the Stromlo and Googong Water Treatment Plants, the extraction of water from the Cotter Dam, the installation of submersible pumps in the Murrumbidgee River and investing in a $17 million stormwater harvesting project.

“Additionally, ACTEW has just completed a 3 month community consultation on their Water2WATER purification proposal which could provide Canberra with a water source which is not reliant on uncertain future rainfall patterns,” he said.

“ACTEW’s consultation drew a strong response from the Canberra community. The ACT Government is keen to see the results of that process and hear ACTEW’s advice in relation to the proposal and a number of other options for improving our water security.

“The Government will consider ACTEW’s advice, along with the advice of the Government-appointed Expert Panel on Health and the Water Security Taskforce. Along with the health implications the ACT Government will also consider the environmental impacts, the financial implications and the greenhouse impact.

“Our continued exploration of water security options on top of those measures already delivered demonstrates the ACT Labor Government’s determination to ensure we have the water required to continue to grow our regional economy and maintain Canberra as a sustainable and beautiful city in which to live,” Mr Stanhope said.

Media Contact: Penelope Layland 6205 9777 0438 289 714 penelope.layland@act.gov.au
Paul Kindermann 6205 1690

Ethos sculptor visits his 'spirit' of Canberra

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Chief Minister and sculptor Tom Bass with Ethos
One of Australia’s most renowned sculptors, Tom Bass, was in Canberra today, visiting one of his best-loved works – the Ethos statue in Civic Square.

Bass, whose other works in this region include the vast bronze lintel at the front of the National Library of Australia and the Coat of Arms on the front of the Legislative Assembly building, met with Chief Minister and Minister for the Arts Jon Stanhope this morning.

He brought with him a plaster carving he has made of a poem about Ethos he wrote in 2005. Mr Stanhope said the Government would honour Tom Bass’s desire to have the poem cast in bronze and put on permanent display.

Ethos, which was created between 1959 and 1961, was sponsored by the NCDC and the Canberra Chamber of Commerce. In its brief to the artist, the NCDC urged Bass to reflect what it called ‘the restless, virile energetic movement of free enterprise’ of the new capital, and wanted the work to ’emphasise Civic as the non-political centre of the city’.

Bass, with his conviction about the powerful totemic role that could be played by public art, wanted instead to reflect the spirit of a city that was not yet a city, and that would arise from a plan, instead of from the normal city-building impulses.

After a year of false starts, Bass asked a group of Franciscan monks in Campbelltown – near his Minto studio – to pray for inspiration to visit him. The next morning he started work on sketches of a female form. In the final design, the figure of Ethos stands on Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney’s famous and recognisable design for the national capital.

Bass believed that the originally proposed name for the work – Spirit of Canberra – sounded too much like a train, and came up with Ethos – Greek for the fundamental spiritual characteristics of a culture.

Ethos is listed on the ACT Heritage Objects register.

Tom Bass’s poem, Ethos Speaks, is attached.

Photographs of today’s visit are available on request.

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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

ETHOS SPEAKS

I AM ETHOS

THOUGH I DO NOT
SPEAK WITH WORDS
I SPEAK TO YOU
IN OTHER WAYS

I SAY TO YOU THAT
I AM THE SPIRIT
OF THIS PLACE
AND ITS PEOPLE

I AM
THE ORIGINAL SPIRIT
AND THE SPIRIT OF NOW

I RISE FROM THE EARTH
AND REACH FOR THE SUN

I BRING TOGETHER
THE OLD AND NEW

IN ME THERE IS
NO VIOLENCE OR WAR
ONLY PEACE
AND RECONCILIATION

I AM THE LOVE
PEACE AND BEAUTY
OF THIS PLACE

I GIVE YOU
THESE THINGS
EVERY DAY
AND ALWAYS

Invest for Quality, not past performance

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Investor warning: “Invest for quality, not past performance”
Investors are still focusing too heavily on short-term market performance and failing to consider whether they are investing in quality assets at a good price, according to local financial adviser Wayne Byrne.
Wayne, from financial planning firm, Vanzwan Accounting Plus says markets move in cycles, with growth oriented assets (such as shares) tending to perform better when economies are growing, whereas the more defensive assets (such as fixed interest) perform relatively better when the economy is not doing so well.
“Sometimes an investment is like an empty restaurant – everyone wants to go into the full restaurant instead, but with shares, it doesn’t mean it’s better because it’s more popular,” Wayne said.
“It’s just not possible to know from one year to the next what the top performing asset class will be. In fact, chasing past performance is often a recipe for future under-performance.”
However whilst we do know that negative returns are not unusual, we can minimise the likelihood of a negative return by holding assets for a suitable period.
“Analysis conducted by Count shows that on an annual basis, Australian equities have a 21.2% chance of a negative return, but if you hold the same investment for 5 years the chance of a negative return falls to just over 1%. Fixed interest, an asset class that investors do not normally associate with negative returns, has also experienced periods of underperformance – on an annual basis the probability of a negative return is 7.8%, but on a three-year basis this falls to 0%.”
“We also know that there will be times when assets underperform and when they outperform, but fortunately not all asset classes move in the same cycle, so it makes sense to have a well diversified portfolio. It also makes sense not to focus on past performance.”
Wayne comments, “Past performance should not be used as an indication of future returns unless you also consider how that past performance was achieved – what the fund manager did, how they did it, what the market was doing and whether it can be repeated”.
“Rather than focusing on short-term past performance in managed funds, investors should consider how the fund manager runs their business, how they select the underlying investments in the fund, and whether the long-term returns (5-7 years) generated are appropriate relative to the cost.”
This helps to establish whether the fund manager can consistently deliver above-average returns over the long-term.
To help investors avoid the trap of chasing past performance, Wayne provides the following tips:
1. Select good quality fund managers that have been analysed and rated by an independent research house;
2. Use diversified funds that are invested across a number of different sectors. This way, better performing assets can offset poorer performing assets. This provides a less volatile overall return profile;
3. Select a number of different managers that adopt different approaches to investing. Investigate the investment style of different fund managers – some fund managers perform better in times of strong economic growth, whilst others perform better when economic conditions are more uncertain;
4. Remember the time frame that you are investing for. If you are investing in Australian equity, International equity or diversified funds, you need to have an investment profile of at least 3-5 years in order to limit the effect of short-term market volatility. Select quality assets at a reasonable price and hold them for the long-term – don’t chop and change with the market or you will inevitably buy when prices are high and sell when they’re low; and
5. Seek professional advice if you do not have the resources to thoroughly investigate your prospective investments.

Wayne Byrne is an Authorised Representative of Count Wealth Accountants® , an Australian Financial Services Licensee (No. 227232) and Australia’s largest independently owned network of financial planning accountants and advisers.
The advice provided is general advice only as, in preparing it, we did not take into account your investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs. Before making an investment decision on the basis of this advice, you should consider how appropriate the advice is to your particular investment needs, objectives and financial circumstances.
For more information:

Wayne Byrne
Vanzwan Accounting Plus Pty Ltd
02 6251 4888

Read while you ride, with "Poetry in ACTION"

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Poems from six of the ACT’s most talented poets will appear in ACTION buses across Canberra from today, as Poetry in ACTION again hits the fleet, Chief Minister and Minister for the Arts Jon Stanhope announced today.

Now in its second year, Poetry in ACTION is one of the most broad-reaching poetry initiatives in Canberra, taking poetry to about 10,000 bus commuters a day over the coming months.

The winner and long-listed poets from the ACT Poetry Prize’s David Campbell Award were commissioned to write short poems for Poetry in ACTION 2007: Adrian Caesar, Melinda Smith, Susan Hampton, Lesley Lebkowicz, Maggie Shapley and Ken Gardiner.

“Poetry in ACTION celebrates the work of local poets, promotes the ACT Poetry Prize and makes riding public transport a more enriching and pleasurable experience,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The initiative is consistent with the Government’s commitment to give all Canberrans opportunities to engage with the arts, and to take the arts to people where they work, live and play.”

Mr Stanhope also announced that this year the poems will also be displayed on the back of six ACTION buses.

Information on Poetry in ACTION and the ACT Poetry Prize is available on the artsACT website at www.arts.act.gov.au . Poetry in ACTION poems and prize-winning poems from the 2006 ACT Poetry Prize can also be read on the website.

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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

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Arts & Craft Show a success

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Yarralumla Uniting Arts & Crafts Show
A well-known feature of the Canberra calendar, the annual Midwinter Arts and Crafts Show, took place at the Yarralumla Uniting Church Centre in Denman Street from 29 June to 1 July.

Attended by a large number of Canberrans the show was once again a success. In addition to the wide range of arts and crafts on display there was a fashion parade of wearable art by FlairWear and lace making demonstrations. On both Saturday and Sunday afternoon concerts were held featuring local musicians, choirs and school groups.

This years show raised over $6000 which will go towards a range of local, national and international community programmes.

World Jamboree beckons

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Liz and Jess at the Airport
Jessica McConnell, 14 of Macarthur and Liz Dyer, 15 of Watson left last weekend for the trip of a lifetime to celebrate the centenary of Scouting with 50,000 other Scouts at the World Jamboree in Chelmsford, England.
Scouting started when Baden Powell invited 24 young boys to a Camp on Brownsea Island on the 1st August 1907. Since then over half a billion Scouts worldwide, both boys and girls have experienced the Scouting development program including camps, Gang Shows, outdoor adventure, leadership programs and international events; and taken those skills with them into the community and workforce.
As Scouting enters its second century as the largest youth movement in the world, Jessica and Liz represent the ACT saying “We attended the Australian Jamboree at Elmore, last January with 10,000 Scouts, mud pits, flying and driving lessons, visits to Bendigo and the Murray River, and that was amazing. Now, we have a month away from home (and school), touring London, being part of the Scouting Sunrise at the Jamboree and then a week’s recovery in Dublin with 200 other Australian Scouts. It should be a great experience, meeting Scouts from 214 other countries, experiencing their cultures, food and games, and no parents within cooee.”
Jessica thanks the ACT Scouts for the Jack Deeble Scholarship she received to assist with her trip. Jack was a lifelong Scout who encouraged others to take on new challenges in Australia and abroad.
They will have a fantastic story to tell on their return.

Weston Creek Gets WISE

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Sunshine Coast''s Feng Shui expert Richard O''Neill delivers a WISE seminar at its open house
The WISE Academy held its first open house on Saturday, July 21st at its Weston Creek Campus. Free seminars were conducted throughout the day including one by special guest Richard O’Neill, a Feng Shui expert from the Sunshine Coast. The WISE Academy is a Registered Training Organisation specialising in business and wellness education. Additionally, it conducts personal and professional development courses in fitness and health, business training, people skills, and wealth creation.

Having over 25 years experience in education and training, local Weston Creek resident and President/CEO of The WISE Academy Dr Dion Klein is delighted to own and operate his second Weston Creek based business. His first business was former Body & Soul Gymnasium (now Determination Fitness). “Being a resident of Weston Creek over the past seven years, it made perfect sense to have one of our learning centres in the area. The Cooleman Court area is such a dynamic place and I am hoping that The WISE Academy is a place where people will come to learn and get to know each other,” expressed Dr Klein.

Courses begin the week of July 31st in Fitness, Sport and Community Recreation as well as Small Business Management and Human Resources. Upcoming personal development classes include Body Maintenance, Pole Walking, BodyAge, and Rich Dad, Rich Mom. For more information on these courses or to become a member of The WISE Club, go to www.thewiseacademy.com or ring 6162 0919.

INTERNATIONAL GONG FOR LIVE IN CANBERRA WEBSITE

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The ACT Government’s Live in Canberra website, designed to attract skilled workers to the ACT has today beaten more than 2,000 entrants to be named international ‘site of the day’ by software giant Adobe.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope congratulated the Live in Canberra team and website developers Grey Worldwide and 108 Digital, for being selected from among the thousands of submissions Adobe receives every day from across the globe.

“It’s pleasing to see the international section of the Live in Canberra website which is a key tool in our efforts to attract skilled workers from overseas has been awarded ‘site of the day’ by a major player like Adobe,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The Live in Canberra website boasts hundreds of reasons to live and work in Canberra. Visitors to the site can learn all about Canberra’s convenient location, our Skilled and Business Migration Program, nearby attractions and read testimonials from those who have made the move to Australia’s Capital.

“This part of the website was specifically developed to support the Live in Canberra and Skilled and Business Migration programs’ attendance at the Australia Needs Skills Expos in the United Kingdom and Ireland during October last year. During the expos 3000 CD-ROMs of the international website were distributed to skilled workers considering a move to Canberra.

“Grey Worldwide and 108 Digital developed the site using Adobe Premiere, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, and Creative Suite, all of which set our website apart from those of our State and Territory neighbours who are also trying to attract skilled workers from overseas.

“The Live in Canberra website has received over 50,000 unique visits, with 25 per cent now coming from overseas.

“The Live in Canberra program was created to attract skilled workers to Canberra as part of the ACT Government’s strategy to deal with the local effects of the national skills shortage. It has been a great success, winning a national public relations award last year and now being selected as Adobe’s website of the day,” Mr Stanhope said.

The Live in Canberra international website can be viewed at www.liveincanberra.com.au/os

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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

All the lonely people . . .

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All the Lonely People . . . . . where have they all gone to?

Well if they are from the era of the Beatles, chances are they have joined Probus and are surrounded by friends.
So what is ‘Probus’ you are asking. Well, Probus is a phenomenon, the fastest growing social and friendship Club within Australia and overseas for active seniors, that appeals to men and women from over 50, to whatever. Here in the ACT and District alone, there are some 30 clubs, which boast a combined membership of close to 2000 seniors.
Probus originated in the UK in 1965 with the first Probus Clubs formed in New Zealand in 1974, and in Australia in 1976. Probus has filled a need for today’s active retirees, so much so, that the growth has been phenomenal. It is now a world-wide movement, an association of retired and semi-retired people who join together in clubs, the basic purpose of which is to provide regular opportunities for them to keep their minds active, to expand their interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends.
What makes Probus so attractive to active seniors is that it is an open, no strings attached, social and friendship outlet for individuals and couples that don’t want the commitments of a service club. There are no fundraising requirements and no working bees involved. This is just a good old fashioned opportunity for social interaction and the company of other people. Furthermore, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to belong to and similarly, the attendance commitment is low. Probus is dedicated to promoting the development of friendship and acquaintance and the advancement of intellectual interests of its membership.

In most Clubs the joining fee and a year’s membership is less than $25 and at most Clubs a $2.00 meeting fee gets you morning tea as well. Meetings are usually held mid-morning and feature a guest speaker and a life story from a Club member. There is always the opportunity to meet as friends and to interact with other people. There is usually an option is to stay on after the meeting and to join other members for lunch. Many Clubs have book exchanges open to members and there is a full colour Probus Magazine for just 75 cents an issue and a Club newsletter as well.

Clubs are widely supported by mainstream social clubs that provide comfortable and attractive facilities for Probus meetings and play an invaluable role in supporting these senior’s groups, that is greatly appreciated by Probus members. Other Clubs meet in community centres and similar facilities.

Founded by Rotary, Probus is well structured and well run and all Clubs are formally established under a constitution that ensures they remain within the guidelines under which they were conceived. Every member under 90 years of age is covered by insurance, as part of their membership fees.

Apart from the monthly meetings each Club organizes other outings and activities to suit members. These may be as extensive as overseas holidays, travel throughout Australia or a simple outing or coffee morning. There is cooperation between Clubs and opportunities arise to participate in the programs of other Clubs in the local area. Club outings are affordably priced and specially tailored for the interest of and participation by, seniors. Many Clubs have walking groups and craft or card clubs that meet regularly. Music at Midday is another group-activity patronized and enjoyed by groups of Probus members within this region.

Options are a key to Probus success and for that reason there are mixed Clubs, Men’s Clubs and Women’s Clubs. Many people belong to more than one Club and it is not uncommon for a husband and wife to belong to a ‘combined’ club and for each to belong to a single gender Club also.

In the Canberra Region the Clubs are organized in an association of Clubs that provides a cooperative framework for member clubs to operate within and for interaction particularly for sharing speaker information and for trips and outings. Joint Club events, such as the upcoming Friendship Luncheon, that will be held in September at the Hellenic Club is expected to attract 300 members. On a broader scale Probus conducts large annual gatherings of Probus members from across Australia and overseas known as the Probus Rendezvous. These offer a program of conference topics as well as outings and functions within the conference location for those attending.

So, if you are one of those ‘lonely people’ or just looking for an opportunity for social interaction with other people with similar interests and outlook to yourself, why not come and try out Probus? (See http://probus.com.au/). And remember, if you’re worried about all those strangers – strangers are just friends we are yet to meet. Just drop a note to Probus Association of Canberra and District, PO Box 56 Jerrabomberra NSW 2619 for contact details of the Club closest to you.

Senior Hungarians to tell their Stories

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Hungarian histories
Tuggeranong Community Arts (TCA) is seeking six senior Hungarians – or their children – to be part of a very special heritage project. Their unique tales of resettling in Canberra will be told as digital stories — autobiographical ‘mini movies’ created and edited by ordinary people – using computers, cameras, scanners and photos.

In the year following the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, many people left their homeland and resettled all across the world. 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the arrival of many Hungarians in Australia. “This project celebrates the tenacity, resourcefulness and contribution of these immigrants, and their children, to the rich cultural heritage of Canberra,” says project co-ordinator Eulea Kiraly.

Participants will take part in Saturday workshops at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre media studio during September and October. They will develop a story, record their own personal voiceover, learn basic photo manipulation and film editing. They will create 3-4 minute digital story about a significant moment in their lives that will be screened at the Arts Centre on 7 November. A copy will also be given to the ACT Heritage Library.

The workshops are free to the selected participants, thanks to the support of the ACT Heritage Fund. “No prior experience is necessary, though basic computer skills are handy,” explains Kiraly. “We are also open to the storyteller having a friend or family member assist with the technical aspects of the project.”

For more information or to be considered for this project, please contact Eulea Kiraly, TCA’s Community Arts Officer at 6293-1443 or by email at euleak@tca.asn.au.

Hidden Dangers Seminar

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Andrew & Lillian Reekie
Hidden Dangers Seminar with Andrew & Lillian Reekie

Most people today have become painfully aware of the challenges tens of thousands of Australian families face on a daily basis. Most of the disorder labels such as ASD, ADD, ADHD, ODD, OCD didn’t exist 20 years or so ago.

So what is causing this unprecedented explosion and just what can be done?

Andrew and Lillian have a delightful and entertaining way of exploring the very serious subjects that have been found to affect these issues.

They are committed and passionate parents that were driven by their love for their son to find answers that didn’t include lifelong amphetamine use and the almost inevitable addiction and horrific side-effects.

In June 1993 Lillian and Andrew’s son was born with a severe hyperactivity disorder. Labels included ADHD, ODD and Childhood depression. Naturally
medications were suggested, but upon researching they found them to be unacceptably toxic, with horrendous long-term side-effects.

After years of driving to practitioners (from both sides of the medical fence) all over the South East corner of Australia, at last they started to make some headway in dealing with their son’s challenges. What they found from all these people was that there really was a lot they could do to help their son without having to resort to amphetamines or anti-depressants.

The outcome for Lillian and Andrew has been a settled, kind, caring, child that is doing well at school and is an avid reader beyond his years.

When beginning this journey to inform others of what they had found, Lillian and Andrew felt that if one child gets to have a productive future through what they have shared then they have succeeded. What they didn’t realize at that time was that so many would be looking as they had been and would be so grateful for their new understanding.

The Hidden Dangers Seminar is a way of getting information into the hands of caring parents that would prefer to make better, more informed choices for their entire family.

Drawing from over 10 years research in health and well-being and how that affects our children, Andrew & Lillian provide thought-provoking insights in a humorous and entertaining way.

After coming to the Hidden Dangers seminars, parents leave empowered to make positive improvements in the following areas of a 4 step process that Andrew & Lillian and now many hundreds of families have implemented in their own homes;

* Food additives and ingredients. Identify the culprits.
* Become aware of just how toxic our homes can be.
* Nutritional support and what parents are saying about the results
* Improved self image, and some tools to help.

Lillian has now authored 2 books designed to assist parents with this process and they will be available along with many other resources at the seminar.

Parents, teachers and carers are ‘Blown Away’ when they realise how much can be achieved by making some informed choices.

For more information visit Lillian’s website at www.hiddendangers.com.au.

Free 'avago' water polo nights

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Water Polo- Fun in the pool
The ACT Water Polo Association will be offering free junior water polo (or Flippa Ball) to boys and girls 13 and under who want to try the sport for the first time. Sessions will be held at the AIS pool in Bruce from 6:30 to 7:30 on Friday nights until 31 August. Pool entry must be paid.

Water Polo is great fun and you don’t need to be a champion swimmer. Just turn up with your swimmers and a towel, bring a friend, its great fun! Phone 0409039248 for more information.