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Caldicott vs Nukes 22Aug

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

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

NUCLEAR POWER CAUSES GLOBAL WARMING & OZONE DEPLETION

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Helen Caldicott, Founder and President of NPRI

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

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

www.helencaldicott.com

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

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

2007 MS Fun Run/Walk

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

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

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

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

For more information visit www.ms.org.au

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Around Canberra – July 2007

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

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

Fine Dining For A Cause

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Fine Dining For A Cause on 9 September 2007 - Buy Tickets Now
Canberra chef and restauranteur, James Mussillon aims to raise $20,000 for The Cancer Council ACT, by hosting Fine Dining for a Cause.

The event includes lunch at one of his 3 Canberra restaurants,Courgette-City | Sabayon-City | Aubergine-Griffith with all proceeds from the day going towards The Cancer Council ACT and its services.

The food will be outstanding, the service exceptional and the support you give will be priceless. James hopes this event will encourage other local restaurants to open their doors and raise money for local cancer charities – giving something back to the community.

To support this worthwhile cause, join us for lunch on Sunday 9th September at 12.30. Call Sue 6247 4042 or info@courgette.com.au.

Tables of 10 or individual bookings are welcome.

Kingston Foreshore Harbour works commence

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Chief Minister Jon Stanhope MLA and Chairman of the Land Development Agency John Haskins
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope today officially announced the commencement of construction on the Kingston Foreshore Harbour, a project which is projected to generate around $60 million worth of economic activity within the $1billion Kingston Foreshore development project.

Mr Stanhope said the project to provide Canberra with a functional harbour and a range of waterfront facilities by the end of 2008 is the largest development on Lake Burley Griffin since its construction in the 1960s.

“This project will complement the existing cultural and tourism assets of this area, in particular the newly opened Canberra Glassworks and the Old Bus Depot Markets,” Mr Stanhope said. “Besides the cultural contribution, this development will also generate significant economic activity.

Mr Stanhope said the design for the Harbour has been provided by nationally recognised local architect, Mr Colin Stewart.

“Mr Stewart won a national competition which sought a design which preserves and builds on the designs of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony,” Mr Stanhope said. “As the current custodians of the nation’s capital, the most beautiful planned city in the world, we have a special duty to maintain the legacy bequeathed us by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony. Mr Stewart’s design does just that and has been recognised by leading design professionals for its innovation and its responsiveness to the heritage and character of the precinct.

“Mr Stewart’s design creates an unprecedented 50:50 ratio of private to public space so this area will remain a place where all Canberrans can enjoy water-based activities on a functional harbour, promenades, public spaces, and public art.

Mr Stanhope said the Kingston Harbour Project is just the first in a range of projects which will see the Kingston Foreshore transformed.

“Once these harbour works are complete, work can commence on building lakeside amenities such as boardwalks and a jetty, cafes and restaurants, specialty retail outlets, waterfront parklands and residences,” Mr Stanhope said. “And in time up to 4000 people will choose to make Kingston Foreshore their home or work place.

Mr Stanhope also congratulated Macmahon Contractors Pty Ltd on winning the contract to perform this work.

“I understand Macmahon Contractors have recently completed the acclaimed Darwin Cove Convention Centre project which involved civil and marine works including the construction of a 1.5 kilometre seawall,” he said.

“I am sure Macmahon Contractors will deliver an equally stunning result for the people of Canberra.

“This is a great project, one which will enhance the cultural life of Canberra and one which will boost our tourism industry by providing yet another experience with which to entice still more visitors to our city,” Mr Stanhope said.

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

Talk by Dr Hugh Saddler

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Dr Hugh Saddler
CLIMATE CHANGE – ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY!

Dr Hugh Saddler will be giving a free talk about renewable energy at A Bite To Eat Restaurant in Chifley on Saturday 11th August. Hugh Saddler has a degree in science from Adelaide University and a PhD from Cambridge University. He is the author of a book on Australian energy policy, Energy in Australia and over 50 scientific papers, monographs and articles on energy technology and environmental policy, and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts in this field. Dr Saddler is currently a member of the Experts Group on Emissions Trading, appointed by the Australian Greenhouse Office, of the ABS Environmental Statistics Advisory Group, and of the ACT Environment Advisory Committee. In 1998 he was appointed an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy and a member of the International Association for Energy Economics. Dr Saddler founded the company Energy Strategies in 1982 and is its Managing Director.

WHERE – Chifley ‘Bite to Eat’ Restaurant, rear courtyard

2.30pm for 3pm, Saturday 11 August 2007

THE SIXTIES

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60s generation
THE SIXTIES

People seem to be fascinated by the 1960s. It’s not just the baby-boomers who you would expect to maintain an interest in their teenage years. Most teenagers believe the world began on the day they were born. The other generations (X&Y) also seem fascinated.

It usually begins with the music. Ask any 60s teenager and you will learn all great popular music was written and performed n the Sixties and by the greatest artists. Since then we either have remakes or songs following those early trends. The Sixties were also saw the premier of the classic TV shows. The shows that Hollywood loves to turn into big budget movies that usually fail. The box office flops due mainly to the mogul’s failure to understand that these shows were successful and became classics because they were fresh and new.

The Sixties saw the birth of the great movements: the black civil rights movement in America and its cousin the apartheid struggle in Africa. The contraceptive pill was introduced in1961 and, although its use took sometime to spread, it had a profound affect on women. It was arguably the start of the women’s liberation movement that gathered momentum in the Seventies.

The race for Space began and its controversial beginnings funded by the Cold War still sees its value being questioned today. Space travel was dependent on the development of big computers another Sixties breakthrough. These machines were the much needed, much maligned tools of the big organisations: Defence forces, Banks and Insurance companies. By the end of the Sixties most large Government Departments were addicted to them. Fortunately, the average person would to wait until the Nineties for their turn and for the Naughties for addiction.

Christian Barnard pioneered heart transplant surgery in the Sixties and, following the normal trend, what was astounding then has become commonplace now. The continuing movement to more and more complex surgery has travelled from hearts to faces.

In Australia the Menzies era came to an end and with a short pause in 1969 the Whitlam Labor era began officially in 1972. Not every event was a good one a new word entered the scene in 1965 – Vietnam. Not a country, not a travel destination but a single word that conjured visions of War. It was to be a different war one we would lose and it would cause bitter resentment from those who fought and those that did not.

Will this fascination continue? While the baby-boomers live, prosper and have influence probably they say Hollywood never learns anyway. In the meantime it’s been a hard days night and I should be sleeping not like a log these nights but something close. Remember, you have to make your own kind of music and keep on singing your own special song.

Beijing Olympic Organising Committee in Canberra for talks on Torch Relay

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Chief Minister Jon Stanhope with Director of the Beijing Olympic Organising Committee Ming Zhang
331/07 31 July 2007

BEIJING OLYMPIC ORGANISING COMMITTEE IN CANBERRA FOR TALKS ON TORCH RELAY

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, and senior ACT Government officials, today met with a delegation from the Beijing Olympic Organising Committee (BOCOG) to discuss planning and preparations for the Olympic Torch Relay to be held in Canberra next year.

“Canberra is the only city in Australia to have been chosen for the honour of hosting the Beijing Olympic Torch. We are extremely proud to have this opportunity to participate in the Olympic spirit and to showcase our beautiful capital city to the world,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The meetings held today were very productive and included discussions around development of the Torch Relay route.

“Advance planning for the Torch Relay is well underway. The arrival of the torch will focus the eyes of the world on Canberra and it is a rare opportunity to profile our city to a massive global audience. We also expect large crowds will line the streets to see first-hand, the torch’s progress through Canberra,” he said.

The Olympic Flame will be lit in Olympia in March 2008, then visit 22 cities worldwide. The torch will arrive in the ACT on 23 April 2008, with the Torch Relay commencing its 20km journey around Canberra on 24 April. The torch will then continue its journey around the world before lighting the Olympic cauldron in Beijing on 8 August 2008.

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

Helping older Canberrans deal with depression

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Chief Minister Jon Stanhope today launched the “beyond maturity blues” program, designed to help older Canberrans learn more about, prevent and treat depression.

The program is a joint initiative of the Council on the Ageing ACT and beyondblue – the national depression initiative.

“One in five Australians will experience depression in their lifetime and older Australians are not immune,” Mr Stanhope said. “In fact older Australians are probably more likely to experience some of the triggers associated with the onset of depression such as the death of a loved one, family changes, relocation, the loss of physical independence or mental ability.

Mr Stanhope said depression and anxiety can be as serious, debilitating and life threatening as a physical illness, yet fewer than half of those experiencing depression seek help.

“Sufferers of depression cannot simply ‘snap out of it’ or ‘pull themselves together’. They are suffering from an illness and they need and deserve our support,” he said.

“While the genes for depression affect more individuals than the genes for diabetes, those who suffer depression risk inequity, stigma and discrimination from family, friends and employers. As a community we must do better.

“As the ultimate representative of the community, Government can and must take a lead on this issue. I am proud that since 2001 the ACT Government has significantly increased it’s spending on mental health services.

“When we came to office mental health spending was around $27 million. This has risen to more than $50 million in this year’s ACT budget.

Mr Stanhope said the beyondmaturityblues program recognises that depression is an issue that affects the entire community and engages the community in dealing with it.

“beyondmaturityblues trains volunteers over 50 years of age as educators to conduct information sessions for older people to help increase the understanding of depression and where to get help,” he said. “Already volunteer educators trained and supported by the Council on the Ageing ACT have delivered 11 sessions to more than 150 Canberrans through community organisations across the ACT.

The beyondmaturityblues program also recognises there are many ways of combating depression. Treatments can range from physical exercise for preventing and treating mild depression, through to psychological or pharmacological treatments for more severe cases of depression.

Mr Stanhope said the message for older Canberrans is simple.

“Depression is not a normal part of ageing. Depression is a health problem, not a weakness.
Depression is a treatable illness. Information and support is available.

Mr Stanhope thanked the Council on the Ageing ACT and all the volunteers involved in delivering the beyondmaturityblues program.

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

$100 million strategy to tackle climate change

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Chief Minister Jon Stanhope at the ANU Big Dish at the launch of the ACT Climate Change Strategy
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope today announced a $100 million investment in tackling climate change and a bold blueprint for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation, involving government, industry, households and individuals.

Launching the ACT Labor Government’s Climate Change Strategy 2007-2020 and the first of a series of comprehensive five-year Action Plans, Mr Stanhope pledged up to $100 million over the next decade to tackling climate change – more than $8.8 of which will be spent in the first year.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we confront as a global community,” Mr Stanhope said.

“Even small changes in average temperatures have the potential to seriously affect our way of life, increasing the severity of droughts and storms, threatening ecosystems, shifting disease patterns and having potentially devastating economic consequences.

“We have an inescapable responsibility to future generations to address the problem now. However significant the cost might seem, it is a manageable cost. The price of delay – or worse, of inaction – would be many times greater.

“Like all sciences, the science of climate change is shifting rapidly. The technologies that will help us realise our vision are developing rapidly too. That’s why the Government’s approach has been to break the challenge down into five-year Action Plans – ambitious, but achievable. These plans will set out actions that can be tracked and ticked off. They will allow the Government to respond flexibly to emerging science and technology.”

Mr Stanhope announced that the Government had adopted a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 60% of 2000 levels by 2050, in line with international and other Australian jurisdictions. This would be equivalent to taking 566,372 vehicles off ACT roads, each and every year, until 2050.

A medium-term milestone of returning to 2000 greenhouse gas levels by 2025 had also been set.

Highlights of the 2007-2011 Action Plan include:

. renewable energy targets, requiring all electricity retailers to source 10% of their energy from renewable sources by 2010 and 15% by 2020;
. a requirement that electricity customers be offered a green product as their first choice, meaning that Canberrans will need to ‘opt out of’, rather than ‘opt into’ green energy;
. progress towards carbon neutrality in all government buildings, and a $1 million revolving loan facility to allow agencies to pursue that goal;
. $20 million over 10 years to improve energy efficiency in government housing;
. $20 million over 10 years to help schools become carbon-neutral;
. a $1 million fund to help community and not-for-profit groups improve the energy performance of their premises and to promote energy efficiency to their stakeholders;
. differential stamp duty for drivers who buy low-emission vehicles;
. more than $1 million for efficient lamps in street lights, delivering a saving of more than 1100 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year;
. a feed-in tariff, so that renewable energy fed back into the grid from micro-generation is credited at a higher rate than energy bought from the retailer;
. a commitment to make public transport a real and viable alternative to car travel for more Canberrans, with further actions and investment to be announced once a number of current inquries and consultancies have been completed;
. the complete renewal of Canberra’s urban forests;
. the planting of a million new trees; and
. free bus travel for bike riders using bus bike racks.

The package also includes a commitment to improve community awareness of climate change and to educate and encourage business and households to pursue greenhouse reductions and adaptations.

“The Government is determined to provide strong and effective leadership when it comes to tackling this global challenge, but this Strategy will not succeed without the commitment of all Canberrans, without a pledge from every one of us to make changes in our own lives and behaviours,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The ACT is a small contributor to global emissions but we must not fool ourselves – our culpability and our responsibility to act are as great as anyone’s. And our actions must reflect the nature, the limitations and the advantages of our particular community. That is what the Government’s Strategy and our initial action plan do.”

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

Daffodil Day 2007

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Daffodil Day 2007
Daffodil Day is on Friday 24th August 2007. Run by the NSW Cancer Council this event has become a popular fund raiser. The event in 2006 was a fantastic day with the streets coming alive with bright yellow blooms and Dougal bears.

Over $2.9m was raised which will help take one more step in the fight against cancer, providing cancer research, care and prevention.

The daffodil flower is the international symbol of hope for all people affected by cancer – survivors, patients, family and friends. By participating in Daffodil Day, you will be actively supporting these people in their personal battle.

Fresh daffodils and merchandise are sold at major railway stations, shopping centres, selected retail outlets throughout NSW during August, and by Daffodil Day supporters to their workmates and friends.

Over 28,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in NSW each year. Money raised from the Daffodil Day will help fund cancer research and much needed support programs. For more information visit The Cancer Council of NSW.

Finding the right marketing tools

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Ego in business
Canberra’s business egos

Canberra is not a business city, yet. At times whispers swell of new money in town, great networking events, talented speakers at our business events. We are the most affluent in Australia, one of the most connected (online) cities in the world and we have both local and federal governments spruiking nothing but growth. All the hallmarks of a town to build business, from early stage all the way through. HQ’s in Canberra cost less and offer tremendous additional benefits, like easy parking, cue-less ATMs, lots of greenery etc.
But there’s just something not right. A smell in the kitchen… Mere paranoias perhaps of the ‘Glorified Country Town’ label? Insecurities of being seen as a town of pollies? Inferiority complexes being caught between two big boys, both of whom wanted to be the capital? Not quite.
Then SMACK! It hits you in the face. This town is mostly afraid of doing EXCEPTIONALLY well – in business or anything for that matter. Brilliance gets impatient and heads to the big smoke or overseas, leaving the rest of us plagued with ‘wanna-bees’, ‘tried-hards’, pretenders, ‘mover-shaker-wanker’ types who really wish their offices overlooked the harbour, but will convince themselves that it will one day. For now it doesn’t matter.
I met a couple of these recently. I went to two agencies to discuss branding of a new product that has generated some early interest from the market. The first never got back to me, despite all manner of promises and deadline agreements. The second was a couple of you degree carrying blokes who later (and it was late) sent me a one page proposal that simply regurgitated my own words at our meeting (‘you have a good product’; ‘after your presentation you want to leave material behind that identifies who you are’ etc etc – yes, think I’ve got that part of it Sherlock!) and then of course, hand out. More money in the juke box and we’ll sprout more garbage. With nothing more to go on than this, I asked for a 25 min follow up meeting to discuss the proposal – “No, this is who we are, this is our proposal, take it or leave it.” Now with $15k on offer (a smaller amount I agree, but their proposal only scoped $7k of work!), any Sydney or Melbourne business would have found another 25mins to go over the proposal. Why? Because ‘big-smoke’ ego is less inflated, less bluff. Real deals get done. With a very significant amount of money about to be invested in our company, the $15k will highly likely become a $150k account for a sophisticated comms and marketing strategy. Now that was a costly 25 mins! I wonder what the business owners will think when they hear of this lost opportunity.
Wake up Canberra. Drop the pretensions, the lattes and smirks. Tell your staff to leave their egos with their girlfriends when they clock on for work. We live in a beautiful town with some exceptionally talented people. By and large we are educated and have a lot going for us. Believe that Canberra could be the next origin town of one of the world’s greatest breakthroughs in biotech, ICT or any other industry. When someone knocks on your door to do business, acknowledge that they might be or become bigger than your top ten Sydney clients combined. Show them the same courtesy they’re accustomed to in the big cities and abroad, and you might just get their business. Keep pretending you already have that harbour view, and the boats will just sail on by.

Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

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Healthy maternity
By Sarah Mitchell
Giving birth will no doubt be one of the most magical moments of your life and to ensure that your child is strong and happy, it is important you do all you can to have a healthy pregnancy. To help you and your baby on your way, this article has compiled a number of tips that are guaranteed to make those nine pregnancy months the best they can be!

The first thing you must do when you find you are pregnant is to visit an obstetrician/gynecologist (OBGYN). They will give you an ultrasound to see how far along you are and whether your pregnancy appears to be normal. This stage is crucial and it is important not to leave this too late.

After this, you must begin to change your lifestyle. Remember, you are no longer eating and exercising for yourself but for two! Firstly, if you are a smoker or a drinker, you must quit. Cigarette smoke can lead to low birth weight in babies as well as miscarriages and tubal pregnancies so try to avoid second hand smoke as it is not conducive to a healthy pregnancy. The same can be said for alcohol and other toxic chemicals and substances such as paint fumes. These items are both damaging to the mother and to the pregnancy.

Another part of changing your lifestyle is your diet during pregnancy. Make sure to drink plenty of water – about 6 to 8 glasses a day. It is not healthy to be overweight or underweight during a pregnancy but do remember that you shouldn’t diet during pregnancy. Pregnancy is not a time to be worrying about your weight! Don’t skip meals as you and your baby need as much nutrition and calories as possible, although not the fattening kind so make sure you get a balance. Junk food is great to satisfy those crazy pregnancy cravings but try not to go overboard!

If you are worried about weight gain during pregnancy, a great alternative to dieting is light exercise. You may not have loved it before your pregnancy, but learn to love it now as it will definitely pay off in the long run by keeping your baby healthy and your body fit. Light exercises will not harm your pregnancy so try swimming, yoga and walking.

An additional healthy pregnancy tip that those with busy schedules tend to forget is the importance of sleep. Make sure to get plenty of rest so that you and your baby can recuperate and to ensure that your immune system is as strong as possible. It is advised that you rest on your side to reduce swelling and generate the best circulation to your baby.

To recap: avoid damaging substances such as nicotine and alcohol, don’t diet during pregnancy, drink plenty of water, practice as much exercise as safely possible, and get plenty of sleep! Following these pregnancy tips will make certain that you have a healthy pregnancy and have a happy and fit child.

Define 'fresh'!

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Woolworths truck
Green living in the Canberra region
By Fabian Veron
We purchase food to nourish our bodies, enjoy its diverse tastes, textures and multitudes of mouth watering combinations. Food also enhances the spirit of conviviality, our connection to seasonal changes and the opportunity to share our stories with one another. However our food chain has been hijacked by global corporate interests, whose main objective is not to nourish our bodies but to make profits at all costs! All for our convenience.
Vested corporate interests are insidiously undermining our ‘food security’ through cheap imports and industrial food systems that are heavily dependent on fossil fuels, synthetic chemicals, genetically modified organisms and non-renewable resources. Even worse, big retail outlets siphon our hard earned cash from our communities – disappearing into the pockets of our corporate puppeteers. If you are in business, you will appreciate the importance of keeping dollars in the community.
As we start to join the dots, the dangers inherent to our modern industrial agricultural sector become glaringly obvious and it is easy to see that supporting local and regional farmers makes you part of the solution, not the problem.
Doing business locally, especially with local producers, nurtures small family owned farms and enterprises. We develop relationships with our local and regional farmers. The produce is invariably top quality, harvested when it is ready and not when the foreign shareholders demand dividends. Without these pressures, farmers can reduce or even avoid chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or genetically modified organisms in their operations.
Beyond good tucker, another obvious spin-off is the understanding and trust that develops between producer and consumer, the very foundations of sustainable and caring communities.

GE free – true food guide: www.truefood.org
Irradiation-free food guide: www.foodirradiationinfo.org