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Land releases brought forward to meet demand


The Government will release an additional 1,000 house blocks in 2007-2008 to help meet continuing high demand and the unexpected increase in the size of the Commonwealth public service, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said today.

“In line with commitments made as part of its Affordable Housing Action Plan, the Government has increased its residential land release program for 2007-08 to 3,200 residential blocks, an increase of 1,000 blocks”, Mr Stanhope said. “The additional 1,000 dwelling sites to be brought forward for development this financial year are in Casey. It is expected the land will be released in two packages – possibly including an englobo release.

The Government is also working hard to accelerate other land releases. Planning documentation for Franklin 3 will be lodged with the ACT Planning and Land Authority before the scheduled lodgement date of October, enabling an early release for that land as well.

Concept planning for suburbs 1 and 2 in Molonglo is well advanced. The Draft Variation for the Molonglo Valley development, along with the associated Draft Amendment to the National Capital Plan, will be released for public comment before the end of this month, and the Government aims to have the first blocks released in North Weston in July 2008.

The Government is also responding to a continuing demand for commercial land.

Final design parameters for Section 63 in the City are being discussed by ACTPLA and the National Capital Authority and an additional commercial release, most likely in Constitution Avenue, is proposed for this financial year. Major redevelopments of other Civic sites are proposed in the short term.

The Government is identifying more commercial land development sites in Gungahlin, near the town centre.

“I am confident these releases will contribute significantly to meeting the current high demand for both residential and commercial land in Canberra,” Mr Stanhope said.

ACTEW delivers water security recommendations


ACTEW has recommended that detailed planning for an enlarged Cotter Dam start immediately and that pumps be installed at Angle Crossing to allow greater extraction of water from the Murrumbidgee, while more detailed scoping is conducted into water trading from Tantangara and the potential for water purification, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope announced today.

The recommendations are contained in a series of final reports which were made public by Chief Minister Jon Stanhope today.

Mr Stanhope said the Government would now consider the documents before announcing its preferred way forward.

ACTEW has provided the ACT Government with seven key reports:

1) Water Security for the ACT and Region – Recommendation to ACT Government;
2) Community Consultation Report;
3) Enlarged Cotter Dam Update Report;
4) The Cotter Dam Option;
5) Water Purification Scheme for the ACT;
6) Angle Crossing Option Project Plan; and
7) The Tantangara Dam Option.

ACTEW’s examination of potential water supply options include four key recommendations:

1) immediate commencement of detailed planning and construction of an enlarged Cotter Dam from its current capacity of 4 gigalitres to 78 gigalitres (at a capital cost of about $145 million);
2) adding to the current capacity to extract water from the Murrumbidgee River by working towards the construction of pumping capacity near Angle Crossing for transfer to the Googong Reservoir (at a capital cost of about $70 million). This project could also be used to transfer additional flows released from Tantangara Dam, if water trading commenced;
3) obtaining additional water from a source not largely dependent on rainfall within the ACT’s catchments, through either:
– the Tantangara Transfer option (approximately $38 million); or
– a Water Purification Scheme (approximately $181 – $274 million); and
4) assessing how any additional energy use involved in securing the water supply may be compensated for through carbon offsets (e.g. the planting of trees) or the use of renewable energy.

ACTEW’s reports have been given to the Government’s Water Security Taskforce to consider. The Taskforce will work closely with its Advisory Panel and other government agencies, before providing further advice to the Government.

“The ACT and region’s water security will be best achieved by ensuring a diversity of water sources,”
Mr Stanhope said. “The key is to have an adaptive management approach to our water security planning, so that we can respond to changing conditions.

Mr Stanhope said the Government greatly appreciated the comprehensive work that had been undertaken by ACTEW, in particular the extensive public consultation in relation to water purification, an option that had not previously been thoroughly canvassed with the community.

The Government expects to announce its final decision on the options before the end of the year.

ACTEW’s water security reports can be obtained from www.thinkwater.act.gov.au or www.actew.com.au.

Construction starts on new uni accommodation


Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University Professor Ian Chubb today turned the first sod of the development of a new six-storey, $70 million, 514 bed student residential complex on Childers Street in the City.

Mr Stanhope said the project would provide suitable and more affordable accommodation for students and Canberrans more generally.

“When this project is complete, over 1,000 students will be accommodated in this and the existing UniLodge development in time for the 2009 university year,” Mr Stanhope said. “This project fits within the ACT Government’s Affordable Housing Action plan by freeing up rental accommodation in other parts of the ACT.

“Not only does this project offer suitable and more affordable accommodation for ANU students, but it will also re-invigorate this part of the city and the businesses within and surrounding it.

Mr Stanhope said attracting students to the ACT has positive spin-offs for the ACT economy.

“Each student attending the ANU is estimated to contribute around $21,000 a year to our economy,” he said. “This represents an annual economic contribution of around $80 million.

“But well beyond the monetary contribution they make to our economy today, students have the potential to make an even greater contribution in the future. Like the rest of Australia, the ACT faces significant challenges in attracting and retaining skilled workers.

“The ACT Government is working hard – and achieving pleasing results – in attracting skilled people from around Australia and around the globe. However we still look to our local institutions, the ANU, University of Canberra and the CIT to provide Canberrans with the skills both they and ACT businesses require.

“So the ACT Government is keen to do what we can to attract more students to Canberra, to encourage more Canberrans to acquire the skills they require from our world-class institutions and to take the great opportunities ACT businesses offer,” Mr Stanhope said.

An interim car park for more than 100 cars will be constructed as part of the student accommodation development. In addition, remaining car parks will be restructured to increase accessibility and numbers, with the ANU Exchange funding these activities as well as the relocation and temporary accommodation of community groups currently located on the site.

ACT helps improve radio communications in Dili


The ACT Government is to help ensure essential radio communication facilities in the East Timorese capital, Dili, with a grant of more than $40,000, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope announced today.

The grant is an expression of the ACT Government’s commitment to the Canberra Dili Friendship Agreement, which aims to build friendship and mutual respect between Canberra and Dili, and to promote educational, cultural, economic, humanitarian and sporting links between the two cities.

The ACT Government will provide $41,750 for the installation of much-needed communication infrastructure for the Dili District Administration.

Installation will be undertaken by Connect East Timor, a special project of Palms Australia, which has more than 45 years of experience in overseas development work. The Connect East Timor campaign seeks to establish solar-powered two-way radio systems linking all villages and towns in East Timor.

The ACT Government-funded Dili Radio Communications Project will create radio communications between the Dili District Administration office, the island of Atauro and three municipal service depots in the Dili District. Connect East Timor will also look at training local operators and hopes to negotiate an agreement with the Dili Radio Workshop for maintenance of the equipment for five years.

In addition to the financial component of the grant, the ACT Emergency Services Agency has made an in-kind contribution to the project of some surplus equipment which will be installed in the offices and vehicles of the Dili District Administration.

“East Timor is one of the poorest countries in the world and telecommunication links are a vital part of its basic infrastructure needs,” Mr Stanhope said. “I am delighted that Palms Australia (Connect East Timor) will undertake this work on behalf of the Government.

“The Government is pleased to be able to make this contribution to the people of Dili and looks forward to further strengthening the ties between our cities.”

Some of the actions undertaken to date under the Friendship Agreement include the provision of equipment and assistance to the Dili Institute of Technology, support for backup power generation to one of the main bores that supplies Dili town water and the provision of temporary accommodation for the East Timor Embassy. Other actions being considered include support with procurement training for the Directorate of Sanitation and Water and development of a culturally appropriate domestic violence offender program.

Notable Canberrans to be commemorated at Forde


New streets in the Gungahlin suburb of Forde will be named after several notable Canberrans in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the community, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said today.

“Sportsmen, long-time charity workers, artists, public servants and a former Griffith Primary School headmaster are among those who will be commemorated,” Mr Stanhope said.

(A full list of the names to be commemorated in Forde is attached).

The Chief Minister said the theme for streets in Forde was ‘Community Service’, so it was fitting that through the ‘Nominate a Notable Canberran’ initiative, launched in June this year, local residents would be recognised.

“These people were nominated by family members, former colleagues and friends as part of an ongoing campaign that I initiated to ensure that notable community members are better commemorated in their hometown,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The Canberra community has already responded enthusiastically to the initiative, which will see suburbs, streets and parks named after people who have contributed in some significant way to our community. So far the community has come forward with the names of some truly wonderful people who have worked selflessly over many years in Canberra.”

Mr Stanhope said he had been delighted with the response to date and he encouraged Canberrans to continue to nominate notable members of the community.

“It is a wonderful honour to be commemorated in this way, he said.”

Further information and a nomination form is available from the ACT Planning and Land Authority’s web site www.actpla.act.gov.au under ‘Have your say’ or from the Authority’s customer service counter at 16 Challis Street, Dickson.

Endorsed nominations will continue to be added to the nomenclature database for future potential use.

Canberrans to be commemorated in Forde

Mr Alan Francis Pooley – Pooley Street
Mr Pooley was a fifth-generation Canberran. He was a sportsman, veteran and public servant who in retirement worked tirelessly for the RSL, assisting many families in the Canberra region.

Mr George Skinner Hurrell – Hurrell Street
Mr Hurrell was the much-loved and respected headmaster of Griffith Primary School for over 20 years. He was also an accomplished sportsman who would have captained the Australia hockey team at the 1940 Olympics had the games not been cancelled because of World War II.

Mrs Helen Rickman – Rickman Street
Mrs Rickman was born at Duntroon and spent her life giving to others through fostering, Red Cross and Meals on Wheels.

Ray and Ulrich Ellis – Ray Ellis Crescent
Ray and Ulrich Ellis were strong advocates of Canberra. Ulrich was very involved in politics and local affairs and Ray was actively involved in community affairs receiving an OBE in 1961 for her services to the Canberra community.

Mr Charlie Pahlman – Pahlman Street
Mr Pahlman had a deep interest in mental health, housing and disability services. He worked with various Canberra community groups to more effectively advocate on their behalf to the government.

Mr Greg Lomax – Lomax Street
Mr Lomax was a third-generation Canberran and a public servant. Mr Lomax began work as an electrical fitter responsible for all Canberra’s electrical maintenance which amounted to 30,000 households and changed career paths, joining the ACT Police Force, retiring as Sergeant First Class.

Mr Warwick Everson – Everson Street
Mr Everson’s community involvement spanned his lifetime and many organisations including APEX, Rotary, Rostrum and the ACT Council on Intellectual Disability. He was awarded a Senior Citizens award from the Australian Government in 1999 for services to the community.

Mrs Lilian Leslie (nee Chiesa) – Chiesa Street
Mrs Leslie was a successful Canberra artist who worked voluntarily for various Canberra community organisations over 25 years, supporting Canberra’s sick, underprivileged and handicapped. Mrs Leslie donated much of her work to these organisations for them to auction to raise money.

Mr Thomas Nicholas – Tom Nicholas Crescent
Mr Nicholas was a public servant who shared the responsibility of the administration of the national capital. He was an active member of Legacy and the Ainslie Cricket Club.

ACT offers child protection workers to Commonwealth's NT intervention team


The ACT Government has offered to contribute child protection workers to the Federal Government’s intervention force in Northern Territory Indigenous communities.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said today that the Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough had written to the ACT Government late last month seeking male and female sworn police officers for the intervention force.

Mr Stanhope said he had written back to Mr Brough this week, offering instead to make available appropriately qualified child protection workers.

“I told Mr Brough that I believed an integrated, multidisciplinary approach was critical to addressing the abuse of children in Indigenous communities and that there was a need for an appropriate balance between law enforcement and community recovery.

“I therefore offered to explore options other than the provision of police officers and said I was confident that these specialists could make a genuine and lasting contribution to child wellbeing in the Northern Territory.

“It is, of course, more difficult for smaller jurisdictions such as the ACT to spare qualified staff – police or child protection workers – but the ACT stands ready to play its part, most particularly in areas where it can see that the contribution it can make will deliver enduring benefits, rather than a short-term quick fix. I look forward to Mr Brough’s response to the ACT’s offer of assistance.”

Mr Stanhope said Mr Brough’s request had not stipulated the number of police officers sought. The larger states had earlier been asked for 10 officers each, but the Northern Territory itself had been exempt from the request, on the basis that it lacked the resources.

Front Counter


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Timing Isn't Everything


Timing isn’t everything: Turn anytime into the ‘right time’
National and global markets are chaotic, nevertheless, waiting for the ‘best time’ to invest on the sharemarket, actually prevents many people from achieving financial freedom, warns local adviser Wayne Byrne.
According to Wayne from local financial planning firm, Vanzwan Accounting Plus, “Timing investment markets is impossible to do with any real accuracy – research shows that investment ‘speculators’ tend to buy when prices are high and sell when they are low.”
Wayne says “The success of an investment portfolio depends on the length of time you spend in the market, NOT on your ability to buy and sell based on short-term market fluctuations,”
According to Wayne, “Rather than timing the market, the secret to successful investing is to buy quality stocks with a history of rising dividends and rising capital values and hold onto them.”
Wayne explains that this strategy is successful because every time you buy or sell in the stockmarket, you incur trading costs and capital gains tax (CGT). This means that every time you sell an investment and take your money, you will have LESS money to invest next time.
Timing doesn’t matter so much with diversified investments. “When you invest in more than one asset class, for example some Australian shares and some International shares, there is less reason to panic when the market appears low,” says Wayne. “The timing matters less as one share’s ‘good’ time can balance out another share’s ‘bad’ time.”
Successful investment plans such as ‘dollar cost averaging’ are not based on timing the market at all; instead, an consistent amount is invested steadily. “It doesn’t matter if investment prices are high or low when they are bought” says Wayne. “The amount you invest is consistent, so fewer shares are bought when their price is higher, and more when its lower.”
“The fact that plans such as dollar cost averaging and diversification are not based on timing, and can still be very successful, indicates that the right time to invest really can be any time.”
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
Phone: 02 6251 4888.

CABARET CREME presents Matthew Robinson


Matthew Robinson
MATTHEW ROBINSON – METROSEXUAL – (Metrosexual is a word describing men who have a strong concern for their aesthetic appearance, and spend a substantial amount of time and money on their images and lifestyles).

He’s got movie-star charisma. He’s young. He’s hot. Star of the Sydney season of Pippin, original cast member of Mamma Mia and Eurobeat, and winner of the $80,000 Pratt Prize for Music Theatre, Matthew Robinson will blow you away with his one-man show Metrosexual in this, his first performance in Canberra.

Composer/Singer/pianist MATTHEW ROBINSON has just completed a season starring as Pippin in the inaugural production by Peter Cousen’s Kookaburra National Musical Theatre Company of the Stephen Schwarz musical of the same name.

Born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Matthew graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) before joining the original Australian cast of Mamma Mia . Other professional performing credits include Kiss Me Kate (The Production Company), Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision (Glynn Nicholas) the title role in the opera McCubbin for NGV., God’s Last Acre (Playbox) and for television Stingers, Blue Heelers, and A Most Deadly Family.

Writing for the theatre Matthew’s first musical Metro Street received Australia’s richest theatre-writing award, the Pratt Prize for Music Theatre, providing him with $80,000.00 to develop the piece. It was subsequently workshopped through the Production Company and then performed in concert at the 2006 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Metro Street is currently in development for its first full-scale Australian production.

Touring Australia in cabaret, Matthew has created and performed two pieces, both showcasing his original music: Metrosexual; and, Immaculate Confection with Lucy Durack, which toured Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Tasmania and the 2005 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Matthew’s compositions have also featured in: the Off Broadway revue Get Here (York Theater Company, N.Y.C.); the La Salle-SIA Music Theatre Degree Launch (Singapore); The Windows Project (ATYP and Darlinghurst Theatre seasons, Sydney) and, ozMade Musicals (Federation Square, Melbourne). He has received national airplay on the Austereo network with original band Inside Zero, and, with Lucy Durack, was presented with the inaugural Judges’ Award at the 2003 Sydney Cabaret Convention.

Metrosexual will be Mathew’s first performance in Canberra.

MONDAY 17 September – 5.30pm and 8.30pm
BOOKINGS: 02 6247 1223
The Street Theatre
cnr Childers St & University Ave CANBERRA

Canberra's Family Pet Expo


Canberra’s Family Pet Expo – a great day out for parents and kids

Enjoy the carnival atmosphere of Canberra’s Family Pet Expo, September 22 and 23, 2007. It’s a great day out with lots to see and do for mums, dads, grandparents and kids.

Take a picnic lunch or buy refreshments at the expo and settle down to enjoy the fun of the day as you experience the wonderful world of pets.

You’ll be able to get close to and pat different types of animals and see your favourite breeds perform on stage and in the judging ring.

Whether you’re already a pet owner or want to add a cuddly, new animal to your family, the experts will be there to give you advice.

You’ll learn about responsible pet ownership and care as well as being able to see, feel and touch an amazing variety of animals and learn about pet-related products and services.

Animal experts will cover topics such as grooming, feeding, training, and much more.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the fun and excitement of Canberra’s Family Pet Expo.

Where & When: Exhibition Park In Canberra
September 22 & 23, 2007
Open: 10.00am – 5.00pm daily
Tickets: Tickets available at the door.
Cost: Adults $12; Pensioner/Senior $10; Family (2 A + 3 C) $30;
Children 5-16 years $5.00; Children under 5, FREE
(Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Tickets onsite cash only.
Groups: pre-booked group tickets @ $10 each are available for groups of 15 people or more. Call: 02 9452 7575
Please note: Visitors are not permitted to bring their own pets to the expo.
Information: Visit www.petxpo.com.au or call 02 9452 7575.

Saturday Club – Schmick As Circus


Schmick AS Circus
Saturday Club @ The Street
hear traditional tales and see new adventures,
meet well loved characters and make new friends
in shows with fun, fantasy, and flights of imagination

Every second Saturday of every second month is a special time at The Street. We present new theatre experiences for the very young in shows geared towards 3-8 year olds. From favourite fairy tales to new fun plays with music, puppets, pantomime, magic or circus clowns each production runs approximately 50 minutes and has lots of audience interaction. Come and join us.

Sat 15 September @ 11am SCHMICK AS CIRCUS
The Street Theatre
cnr Childers St & University Ave
Tickets: Children $10, accompanying adults FREE
Bookings: 02 6247 1223

PLAYREADING – The Ides of March


Duncan Ley’s writing provokes phrases like ‘…the writing is exceptional, powerful and I cannot recall an audience so moved, so stunned. With a list of award winning plays, acting roles, productions and film work behind him, Duncan Ley attracts serious attention in the theatre world.

The Ides of March, Duncan Ley’s newest play, was commissioned by The Street Theatre in 2006 and will see its first public reading under the direction of Cathie Clellend at The Street Theatre in September. Clellend describes The Ides of March as a serious play about a very serious topic. Its setting “some time in the near future” after a cataclysmic event is intriguing and frighteningly relevant to the reality of 21st century life. The play is confronting, engaging the audience intellectually as well as emotionally. It is clever and challenging, drawing on a range of realistic and non-realistic devices. Ley draws on the soothsayer’s warning to Julius Caesar . ‘Beware the Ides of March’, to imbued one with a sense of foreboding.

Set a year after a devastating attack on Australian families, three families struggle in a maelstrom of guilt, recrimination and personal sacrifice. One by one, they will discover who the enemy is amongst us. Boasting a strong cast this playreading presents an opportunity to discover an exciting new work by this powerful writer.

Sunday 2 September @ 3pm
The Street Theatre – STREET 2
Tickets $5
Enquiries: 02 6247 1223

A Poem


‘The changes for the worse which we have seen in society in the past 50 years are the predictable result of indoctrination in evolutionary philosophy.’ Duane Gish (Creationist)

Ruskin in a letter to Henry Acland in 1851:
You speak of the Flimsiness of your own faith. Mine, which was never strong, is being beaten into mere gold leaf, and flutters in weak rags from the letter of its old forms; but the only letters it can hold by at all are the old Evangelical formulae. If only the Geologists would let me alone, I could do very well, but those dreadful Hammers! I hear the clink of them at the end of every cadence of the Bible verses. (36.115)

A Response…


Mister Gish you are a dish,
Our souls they are most grateful.
The antichrists within the schools,
Will soon be more respectful.

Those hammers that old Ruskin felt
Will soon be building churches.
And children will be free again,
From godless science clutches.

Lights are shining once again,
Charged from a font in Kansas.
And Darwin’s fans have had their day,
Just listen to Gabriel’s chorus.

But Mr Gish can it be true,
Truth lies with higher power?
And one book tells me all I need
From first to final hour?

For if it’s so and machines are wrong
And floods set clocks a’ticking.
I have the urge to question still,
What is the point I’m missing?

Oh Mister Gish your writings dense,
So terribly hard to master.
And though I feel I’ve lost my strength,
Could blind-faith serve me better?

But nature too is hard to read,
And not needed up on Wall Street
Much better if all pre-ordained,
Confusion leaves me no sleep.

Let evolutionists go to hell,
Their faithless dogma sown.
Jesus loves you this I know,
Just look your bible tells you so.

Graham Moss

Return to Tuggeranong


Tuggeranong Homestead
Former residents, family friends and workers from the historic ‘Tuggranong Homestead’,and descendants of the war historians, are invited to attend a reunion at the Homestead on 26-27 January 2008. The weekend will feature a country BBQ and a woolshed dance on Saturday and a Thanksgiving Mass on Sunday morning. A wide variety of activities are being planned for the weekend, including music performances, talks, displays and games. Suitable for all ages!
For more information please contact Minders of Tuggeranong Homestead (MOTH) on 6231 5548 or 6231 4535, or write to MOTH, PO Box 7857, Lyons, ACT 2606. Expressions of interest welcome, cut-off date for replies 31 October.