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The Weston Creek BodyAge Challenge!

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Start exercising to reduce your BodyAge!
Last year, local Weston Creek and Canberra resident Dr Dion Klein conducted numerous BodyAge challenges in Canberra and Hornsby. Collectively, participants who completed the challenge reduced their Body Age over 300 years! Now, the challenge is on for the Weston Creek community to lower its Body Age – beginning September 18th!

Research has shown that when communities bond together to focus on a common goal, the outcomes are extraordinary. And this does not only have to happen in times of tragedy – it can also be positive for pro-active causes – in this case creating a healthy community.

For only $99, each participant receives a pre- and post assessment including an 8-page report with summary and recommendations to lower one’s Body Age, a fat and calorie counter, access to wellness seminars, weekly newsletters, a challenge t-shirt, a copy of UltraFIT magazine and discounts to local Weston Creek health and fitness services (e.g., boot camps, walking sessions, pole-walking, stretching, etc.). Those who reduce their BodyAge the most (by percentage) will be eligible for prizes donated by local Weston Creek vendors.

Early registrations close September 12th but will be accepted until September 15th. Assessments will be conducted at The WISE Academy, 8/14 Brierly Street, Weston.

Remember, you are never too old or too unfit to start lowering your BodyAge!

For more information go to www.gethealthychallenge.com.au or ring 02 6161 6004.

'Grand' Party in the Park

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''round town 2007
The ’round town 2007 series continues with a fun day for grandparents and grandchildren alike! Taking place on Sunday 21 October from 11am-2pm is Glebe Park in the City this party is guaranteed to brighten up the whole families day.

The event which mixes live music by Limelight with a jumping castle, face painting, balloons and the Patting Paddock is well worth attending

The ACT Governments ’round town provides a variety of free entertainment throughout Canberra’s parks and public places. The ’round town spring / summer calendar is here.

Floriade 2007: Aussie icons, myths and legends

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Floriade 2007
Floriade 2007 will celebrate a uniquely Australian theme, “Aussie icons, myths & legends”. Australia and all that it means to be Australian will be on show in the blossoming flower bed designs and through the vibrant entertainment and exciting range of activities.

Floriade is Australia’s premier spring festival and a world-class floral spectacular! Over 1 million blooms flower at Floriade and each day brings something new, so plan to visit at least twice during this unmissable spring event. The event runs from the 15th September – 14th October 2007 and is held at the Commonwealth Park in Canberra.

Enjoy excellent Australian entertainment, fun activities for the kids, and an atmosphere of celebration and festivity. Shop for Australian made products, enjoy an ice cream in the spring sunshine, see a range of interesting gardening presentations and demonstrations and be amazed by the talents of competing floral artists.

Floriade also spills beyond the park gates and into Canberra’s fabulous range of attractions on the Aussie Icons Trail each year. In 2007, expect to see an exciting trail full of great Australian icons, myths and legends just waiting to be discovered.

Floriade runs for one exciting month from mid September to mid October and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. This vibrant festival presents an amazing and ever changing visual display that makes a single visit never enough. Visitors who want the full experience of Floriade should take the time to visit a number of times to see the different flowers in bloom, enjoy the fabulous entertainment program and attend some of the great information seminars and workshops.

FAIVA

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FAIVA
The Phoenix Performing Arts of the Pacific Annual Concert
At Belconnen Theatre
Saturday 8th Sept at 7pm
Welcome to Phoenix Performing Arts of the Pacific !!!
The mythical story of the Phoenix rising out of the ashes embodies the history of this dance company. This is a story about lives, their transition and continuously evolving during this wonderful journey. Our aims are simple but integral to our stories and our hopes, not only for ourselves but for others.
FAIVA in Tongan, and some Polynesian, cultures means the art of dancing, singing, choreographing, stone-masoning, boat-building, drawing and tattooing; the arts of skills and knowledge in a particular work/activity; the talent of a person in a particular sport.
Phoenix Performing Arts was founded by Siosiua Tofua’ipangai and Shiara Astle in 2002. The company was originally known as ‘Phoenix Dance Company’ but then changed in early 2005 to ‘Phoenix Performing Arts’. Dance classes first began in Siua’s lounge room, then moved on to Youth in the City and from there to the Hatchery at Gorman House. Lots of practice still happens weekly in Siua’s lounge room. There is a hope that one day PPA will have its own studio with unlimited time and room for artists to work in.
Siua was introduced to dance whilst at Atenisi University in Tonga in 1988. Arriving in Australia for further studies, he then performed as a solo Pacific Island dancer here and overseas. In 1997 Siua became seriously ill and on recovery became wheelchair bound. Dance still stayed prominent in Siua’s life but hopes of forming a dance school had begun to fade to the background until 2002 when he met Shiara. Shiara’s background is classical ballet and meeting Siua was intentional as she had been searching for a dance school for Pacific Island dance. Since injuring herself and unable to continue ballet, connecting herself to her cultural dances seemed a natural progression. Siua has brought PPA dancers and staff to the point whereby they are continuously involved with choreographing exciting new works, which is a wonderful place for the company to be in. Phoenix Performing Arts is under the auspice of the Australian Choreographic Centre ACT, and runs weekly classes in the Hatchery.
PPA is delighted to be able to hold this annual concert at Belconnen Theatre. We hope you will join us!
PHOENIX PERFORMING ARTS OF THE PACIFIC
ANNUAL CONCERT
Faiva !!!
September 8th, at 7pm
COSTS: $14 Adults & $7 Concessions

ITEMS: Ancient and modern Island dances, Middle-Eastern and contemporary dances, drama, poetry, singing and percussion.

Belconnen Theatre, Swanson Court, Belconnen
BOOKING: Call 02 6264 0235 (Jan) /02 6257 9907 (Lucy) OR Pay at the door
For more info & photos go to www.phoenix-pacific.org & www.nuama.org.

Springaling

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oh hell by dennis smith

SPRINGALING
Belconnen Gallery
27th Aug to 7th Sept 2007

Parkinson’s ACT Inc is proud to present an exhibition of paintings and photographs at Belconnen Gallery. The exhibition is called “SPRINGALING” and is a celebration of Spring. All work on display has been produced with people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Some of these artists are in the advanced stages of the disease and have great difficulty in doing everyday tasks that people take for granted. You will be impressed by the standard of work on display.

This group of painters meets every Friday morning and spends three hours working with different techniques, including watercolours, acrylics, ink, etc. It has been proven that painting in a relaxed atmosphere has a beneficial effect on the symptoms of the Disease. The group started over twelve years ago and has had many successful exhibitions since it commenced, with paintings being sold at all exhibitions. The work on display this time is also all for sale.

The official opening will be at 1:00pm on Monday 3 September as a part of Australia’s Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Week. At this time there will also be the launch of a poetry book, “Further Out Of My Mind”, and the proceeds from the sales of this book will all be donated to Parkinson’s ACT Inc which provides support and information to PD sufferers in the ACT and surrounding areas.

You can view the exhibition from 2:00pm on Monday 27th August at the Gallery in Belconnen Community Centre. Hours will be 9:00am to 4:30pm for the remainder of the week and the following week 2 September to 7 September.

SPRINGALING

Belconnen Gallery
Belconnen Community Centre
Cnr Chandler St and Swanson Crt

27th Aug to 7th Sept 2007

contact jan@belcomserv.com.au 02 6264 0235

African Sanctus

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African Sanctus Canberra
AFRIICAN SANCTUS CANBERRA
AFRICAN SANCTUS – A SCINTILLATING COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE
Belconnen Community Service Arts and Culture Program will be producing the World Premier orchestral version of AFRICAN SANCTUS by David Fanshawe. This will be a
large-scale community performance on Lake Ginninderra, located in the same precinct of the soon to be developed Belconnen Arts Centre.
AFRICAN SANCTUS blends sound recordings of over fifty African tribes, classical choral singing, and contemporary pop and rock music elements into a unique and exciting live performance. The fusion of these elements into the traditional Latin Mass setting
includes choruses, soloists, orchestra, indigenous drums, spectacular visual displays,and original African sound track.
Five hundred people are expected to participate in AFRICAN SANCTUS through the following areas:
· Dance With support of Ausdance, various community dance groups and dance schools will participate in the performance. Local cultural groups, schools and colleges will also be involved in dance based activities.
· Music The Maruki Community Orchestra will be the centre point of the music component,along with a specially formed choir assembled from the many Canberra choral groups.
African band Hoza will work alongside Maruki to create the work. The Sudanese Catholic Choir based in Melbourne will also be approached to participate in the
performance.
· Production Singing, dance, drumming and performance workshops will be run by local Canberra artists at the Belconnen Community Centre. Young people will also be involved in the technical aspects of the performance, assisting in the sound, lighting and stage management.
AFRICAN SANCTUS aims to bring together all areas of Canberra’s artistic community.
This will be a once in a lifetime experience for many of the performers.
HISTORY OF AFRICAN SANCTUS
AFRICAN SANCTUS (originally known as African Revelations) was first performed by the
Saltarello Choir in July 1972 at St. John’s Smith Square, London, and later broadcast on BBC Radio on United Nations Day. Since then the work has gained steady momentum in the choral repertoire – literally hundreds of live performances have taken place worldwide. Composer David Fanshawe’s epic four-year journey — something of a contemporary Odyssey – began in 1969 with his traversal, in an appropriately crossshaped pilgrimage, of the area leading from the Mediterranean through Kenya and Uganda and from the heights of the Sudan to the coast of Egypt. With the help of some local non English-speaking guides, a camera and his stereo tape recorder, Fanshawe captured the sights and sounds of his trek with amazing clarity and insight.
He then fused these elements into the traditional Latin Mass setting, adding choruses, soloists, orchestra, indigenous drums, and an ongoing visual display of the results of his time spent gathering these basic materials.
AFRICAN SANCTUS has received international acclaim. It is a celebratory and visionary work, expressing unity between people,their faiths and above all, their music.
David Fanshawe will come to Canberra for this first orchestral version of AFRICAN SANCTUS, and participate directly in the performances.
THE SETTING
A new cultural centre for Belconnen will commence building in early 2008, on the shore of Lake Ginninderra. AFRICAN SANCTUS will act as a fantastic welcome to this site.
As the sun sets over Lake Ginninderra AFRICAN SANCTUS will begin with a traditional smoking ceremony by local Indigenous elders to bless the space and welcome the
audience. The performance will then proceed involving a mass choir of two hundred singers, and eighty musicians of the Maruki Community Orchestra. AFRICAN Sanctus
will be interspersed with drumming, dancers and performers involving over two hundred young people and professional artists from the Canberra community.
AFRICAN SANCTUS will attract audiences from all parts of Canberra and the region in a family friendly environment. The atmosphere will be alive in this exciting outdoor venue. Large screens will project images from AFRICAN SANCTUS supplying a photographic essay of David Fanshawe’s journey. The venue will include staging for the whole choir and orchestra facing the anticipated large audiences. The performance
will sway from songs involving the large choir to intimate traditional African dances to a kaleidascope of rhythm from a collaboration of young drummers. It will culminate into the finale including the whole cast and a spectacular display of sound and colour.
KEY LOCAL ARTISTS
John Gould (Music Director) – The Maruki Community Orchestra John began his music career as a violinist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1958. Since then he has played principal viola with most of Australia’s major orchestras and ensembles including contemporary groups. He has worked and toured with several leading European orchestras including four years with the London
Symphony Orchestra and was a founding member of the Carl Pini String Quartet. He more recently formed the Maruki Community Orchestra and Maruki Junior Strings in
which he both conducts and plays.
The Maruki Community Orchestra (MCO) is an innovative community symphony orchestra devoted to all musicians in Canberra region – regardless of age, experience
and skill level, who have strong interests in playing classical musical instruments in an orchestra environment and who wish to express their musicality and develop their skills in a positive and encouraging environment. MCO plays real classical repertoire
from composers of all of the periods of classical music.
Judith Clingan AM – Choir Judith directed Canberra’s 1990 performance of AFRICAN SANCTUS in the Llewellyn
Hall, Canberra School of Music. She conducted it with a large community choir (Gaudeamus, Canberra Boys Choir and many more), professional soloists, professional western instrumentalists and African drummers, and many dancers from different parts of Africa. Judith has been a leading figure in the composition, teaching and conducting of choral music and music theatre in Canberra and many other parts of Australia since the 60’s. She founded and directed for years the Canberra Children’s Choir, Gaudeamus (now Music for Everyone), the Young Music Society and Voicebox Youth Opera. She is currently director of Wayfarers Australia (Australia-wide performing group connected to Steiner schools), the Variables and Imagine Music Theatre.
Gus Mpofu (Hoza) – Drumming Gus is a Zimbabwean-born performing artist who has been involved in workshops
and performing arts around Australia showcasing vignettes of traditional African culture. As a drummer, dancer, singer and storyteller, he toured with “Africa-in- Schools” programme in the ACT, SA, QLD and Vic including appearances at the Come Out festival in Adelaide and the Moomba Festival in Melbourne. He participated in several community and mainstream theatrical productions and collaborated with
classical dancers and fashion designers for club launches and fashion parades.
For a 11-year stint he was a board member and Chairman for Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre in Adelaide whose focus is community cultural development and both visual
and performing arts. Through the nationally acclaimed events management and entertainment provider PAN Event Entertainment, Gus continues to conduct drumming
workshops and storytelling in schools in and around the ACT. His band, Hoza, started in Adelaide as a 7-piece ensemble showcasing the breadth and vibrancy of African
music. Hoza then provided support acts for touring international African groups such as Ossibissa, Bhundu Boys, Angelique Kijo and Kanda Bongo Man.
His Canberrabased Hoza band includes members whose artistic and musical talents range from classical to traditional African tribal beat.
Lailah Masiga – Dance Lailah has a broad experience in Cabaret, Modern, Contemporary and Eastern African Traditional dances. She has worked with some of Africa’s renowned dancers and choreographers like Salia Sanou, Germaine Acogny and Opiyo Okach’s Compagnie Gaara touring and performing world wide. She has taught for African Arts Ensemble and Danceworks project (Kenya), Quantum Leap Youth, Ausdance National
Dance Week and Canberra Dance Theatre. In 2000 she co-founded Kenya’s first and only all female dance company Jokajok and she was also an organizer for 1st Nairobi
Festival of Solos and Duets in 2007.
Lailah has run different dance projects both in Kenya and Australia including Teke Dance project with the Wardaman Aboriginal community, and in 2007 a tour and
workshop series – Project Fursa with Artback NT Touring. Lailah choreographs for her
company Alama Dance as well as her solo shows and collaborates cross-cultural performances and workshops.
THE ORGANISERS
Belconnen Community Service has been supporting arts and cultural activities for the people of Belconnen for many years. It currently manages the Community Arts and
Culture Program, which through its expert staff runs the Belconnen Theatre and Gallery and many innovative programs involving local artists and communities. It is
expected that the Program will play a major role in populating the new Cultural Centre,expected to be open in 2009, with activities and events. AFRICAN SANCTUS will be fully managed by staff from the Program.
For more information please contact:
Jan Wawrzynczak Project Manager
02 6264 0235 0432 68 99 60
jan@belcomserv.com.au
Sarah Van Der Sommen Event Coordinator
02 6264 0232
events@belcomserv.com.au
Website: http://www.belcomserv.com.au/art/afs.htm

Admin Bandit wins PM's territory award again

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Prime Minister’s award recognises Admin Bandit’s community partnerships for second year running

Software developer Admin Bandit has won the Australian Capital Territory Small Business Award in the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships for the second year in a row.

The Prime Minister’s Awards acknowledge businesses that work with community organisations for the greater social and economic benefit of the sector in which they operate.

Admin Bandit’s award recognises the company’s continued collaboration with the Canberra Preschool Society to create an easy-to-use software accounting package, designed specifically for volunteer treasurers in community groups. Originally called Treasurer’s Useful Box, the package has been expanded in the last year and is now simply known as Admin Bandit.

“We’re thrilled to win for the second time,” says Admin Bandit Director Nerida Gill. “It reinforces the significant impact we’ve had on the preschool community in Canberra by making the task of being a volunteer treasurer fast and effortless.”

An ideal financial management tool, the software further benefits preschool associations by saving time and money. Gill estimates the software has already saved the ACT preschools $500,000 – money available for equipment and resources for future generations of preschoolers.

This year, Gill was also honoured with giving the opening presentation of the Canberra Community Business Day, which culminated in the presentation of the Prime Minister’s Awards. “My dream was to give a business presentation in 2011,” she says. “Now I’ve had the opportunity to inspire other businesses to build community relationships four years earlier!”

Admin Bandit was one of five award winners in the ACT and the only winner of the Small Business Award. The company plans to produce a web-based version of its software and expand to cater for volunteer treasurers across the community and volunteer sectors.

For further information please contact:
Nerida Gill
Director
Admin Bandit
0412226753 (m)
www.adminbandit.com.au

Donated computers to help Boer War Memorial Team

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The Government has donated two desktop computers to the National Boer War Memorial Project, for use in the campaign to have a memorial erected on Anzac Parade.

The computers have been donated under the Chief Minister’s PC Donation Scheme, which finds new homes for excess ACT Government computer equipment.

“The Boer War was the first fought by Australia as a nation, in the very earliest years of Federation, yet there has never been a national memorial to the 606 Australians who died in South Africa during the waging of that war,” Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said today.

“The ACT is happy to be able to contribute in some small way to the efforts of the campaign committee that is raising money for the memorial and organising a national design competition.”

In March this year the Canberra National Memorials Committee approved a proposal by the Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association for Section 41 Reid on Anzac Parade be set aside for a Boer War Memorial. It is anticipated that the memorial will be erected by 2010.

Mr Stanhope said he had recently been approached by the President of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association, Colonel JS Haynes, OAM, seeking a donation of excess computer equipment for use in the campaign office, and had been happy to oblige.

“At the time when the Australian colonies came together at Federation, in 1901, Australians had already been fighting in South Africa, since November 1899, when the NSW Lancers arrived in Capetown,” Mr Stanhope said.

The war was the first in which Australian military forces saw conflict in formed sub-units.

By the war’s end in 1903 16,463 Australian men and women had served in South Africa. Six hundred and six had lost their lives – more than in Vietnam – 538 had been wounded and 100 had become Prisoners of War.

Mr Stanhope said it was timely for a permanent national memorial to be erected to the memory of those killed in the War.

More information about the memorial project can be found at www.bwm.org.au.

Last chance to win $5,000

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Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has asked all new Canberrans to update their Medicare details for their last chance to win $5,000 cash.

The ACT Government’s Medicare Change Address campaign has exceeded expectations, with 511 Canberrans updating their addresses and entering the competition.

Mr Stanhope said an official increase in Canberra’s population of 511 residents would represent additional Commonwealth funding to the ACT of $1,227,500.

“I am extremely pleased with the success of the campaign and that the ACT will receive a greater share of Commonwealth funding to reflect our growing population,” Mr Stanhope said. “These funds will be allocated towards improving government services for all Canberrans.

“I’d like to thank all those Canberrans who are taking the time to change their address with Medicare. Not only do they have the incentive of winning significant prize money, these Canberrans are playing an important role in benefiting their community to ensure that essential funding that can be allocated towards improving community amenities and facilities is not diverted away from the ACT.

“Few people realise that official population figures, and Commonwealth payments to states and territories, are largely based on Medicare data. So for every year that an ACT resident is not counted, the ACT Government misses out on around $2,500 in GST funding.

“With one-week remaining, I’m hoping the campaign can secure $1.5 million in Commonwealth revenue to benefit the ACT community. That’s a great result for a $120,000 outlay.

“I would also like to thank long-time Canberran Geoff Pryor for providing his artist talent and name for the campaign and Service One Members Banking for providing the $20,000 prize money to encourage new Canberrans to update their details with Medicare.”

The campaign, which closes next Monday 3 September, includes a weekly prize draw of $5,000 cash, donated by Members One Service Bank.

To enter the competition, call the Medicare hotline on 132 011 to change your address, then visit the Service One website www.somb.com.au or any of the Service One branches in the ACT.

Action plan to guide approach to roo management

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The Government is assessing the impact of Eastern Grey Kangaroos on all grassland and woodland reserves under its control in the ACT.

Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment Jon Stanhope said that while the Government was actively exploring long-term solutions to the risks of kangaroo over-population and overgrazing, practicable methods of fertility control were still some years away. In the meantime the Government needed to closely monitor kangaroo numbers and grazing impact on sites under Government control – particularly where there was the potential for adverse impact on threatened ecosystems and species. The assessment of grasslands, woodlands and other relevant areas of public land, would lead to the development of action plans for short-to-medium-term controls.

“There is considerable evidence emerging that Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the ACT are becoming more abundant over time, as urban development concentrates populations into smaller areas of remaining bush, and in absence of predation or competition,” Mr Stanhope said today.

“It is true that an abundance of kangaroos is not always a problem. Indeed, it can be an asset, depending on the land management objectives for a particular site. Densities that might be acceptable – even an asset – in upland areas can be a problem in lowland temperate grasslands, where heavy grazing has the potential to permanently alter the grassland structure.

“In addition, land management strategies – such as the planned erection of a predator-proof fence at the high-value Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary, which will inevitably result in a ‘captive’ kangaroo population – can create new challenges.”

Mr Stanhope said the Government was investing considerable resources in the search for long-term methods of population control, to avoid the necessity of resorting to periodic culls. In partnership with the University of Newcastle it was exploring an oral vaccine capable of sterilising kangaroos for up to three years and with the Australian National University was assessing kangaroo exclusion areas, as part of research into ecological restoration of woodlands.

“At least three separate groups of researchers are exploring fertility control methods for macropods, but none of these is expected to be an option for large populations or non-captive populations for several years yet,” Mr Stanhope said. “That is why we need to be realistic about the possible need to regularly cull kangaroos in areas where they pose an ecological risk to other species.

“While there is no evidence that populations on ACT-controlled land are yet at that level, the Government is preparing an action plan so that if and when numbers reach a danger point, it can act.”

Housing in the ACT most affordable – REIA

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The ACT has the most affordable housing of any State or Territory in Australia according to a report issued by the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) yesterday.

The REIA Home Loan Affordability Indicator (HLAI) for the ACT was 48.6 in the June quarter of 2007, well above the national average of just 27.6.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said the REIA report, along with recent reports by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), debunked the myth that Canberra is the most unaffordable city in Australia.

“A recent report by the ABS found the average annual growth of housing prices over the past 3 years in the ACT was 5.1 per cent, the second lowest behind Sydney which recorded a slight decrease,” Mr Stanhope said. “The comparative affordability of housing in the ACT is also reflected in the fact the number of new loans issued in the June quarter in the ACT rose 16.9 per cent, outstripping the national growth rate of 14.6 per cent.

Mr Stanhope said that although the REIA and ABS reports show Canberra remains an affordable city in which to live, the ACT Government acknowledges that many Canberrans do experience significant housing stress and that the Government is taking on the challenge to make housing more affordable for more Canberrans.

“The ACT’s Affordable Housing Action Plan has already seen an extra 1,000 dwelling blocks released ahead of schedule, bringing the total number of releases for 2007-08 to 3,200,” he said.

“Additionally, the ACT Government continues to work to deliver other aspects of the Plan including improved targeting of stamp duty concessions, regular englobo land sales, over-the-counter sales of affordable housing blocks, a major expansion of community housing, initiatives to increase the supply of private rental dwellings as well as land rental and shared equity schemes.

Mr Stanhope said the greatest threat to housing affordability is increasing interest rates.

“As a result of the August interest rate hike, home loan interest will consume more of the average Canberrans’ pay packet than at any time since 1991,” he said. “Analysis conducted by ACT Treasury reveals the interest payments on the average home loan have now reached a massive 30.7 per cent of average weekly earnings.

“Since the last election in which the Prime Minister promised to keep interest rates low, the average Canberra household has had to find an extra $94 per week just to meet the interest cost on their mortgage,” Mr Stanhope said.

More ACT employers back Live in Canberra campaign

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More ACT employers are signing on as partners to support the ACT Government’s Live in Canberra program, designed to tackle the local impact of the national skills shortage by attracting skilled workers to the ACT.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said the Live in Canberra program has 27 partners for 2007-2008.

“Live in Canberra is a great example of the government, business and education sectors working together to ensure ACT employers have access to the skilled workers they require to keep their organisations moving forward,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The fact our 27 partner organisations span a wide variety of industry sectors including recruitment, construction, hospitality, ICT, education and government helps ensure the campaign meets the needs of ACT employers and will help to keep the ACT economy strong.

New supporters joining the Live in Canberra program this year include Ambit Recruitment, Calvary Heath Care ACT, Cantlie Recruitment Services, Geoscience Australia, GHD, IBM, IELTS, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, IP Australia, Saville Park Suites, Service One Members Banking and the Australian Public Service Commission.

“With Canberra’s largest tertiary education institutions, the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Canberra Institute of Technology all partnering in the campaign, the team is also ensuring that Canberra’s next generation of skilled workers, our students, know that Canberra is a great place to find work after graduation,” Mr Stanhope said.

The full list of Live in Canberra supporters for 2007-2008 are:

. ActewAGL
. ACTTAB
. Ambit Recruitment
. ANU Exchange
. Australian Public Service Commission
. Calvary Heath Care ACT
. Canberra Institute of Technology
. Canberra International Airport
. Candle ICT
. Cantlie Recruitment Services
. CFMEU
. Forde
. Geoscience Australia
. GHD
. Hindmarsh
. IBM
. IELTS
. IP Australia
. Land Development Agency
. Master Builder’s Association of the ACT
. National Capital Authority
. Saville Park Suites
. Service One Members Banking
. The Canberra Times
. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
. The Village Building Company
. University of Canberra

Mr Stanhope also acknowledged the ACT Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Canberra Business Council for their ongoing support of the program.

Equine quarantine declared in ACT

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Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope has declared the ACT a quarantined area under the Animal Diseases Act 2005, in response to an equine influenza scare in NSW.

The quarantine applies to horses, all other equine species and equine products. This includes items such as bridles, saddles and saddle cloths.

The movement of horses and donkeys in and out of the ACT has been stopped due to the strong suspicion of an equine influenza outbreak in NSW.

Horse owners are required not move their horses across the ACT/NSW border or within the ACT unless they have prior written approval from the Senior Veterinary Officer. This means that horses should not be removed from the premises where they are currently agisted.

Horse owners with any concerns about the health of their animals and all other enquiries should be directed to Canberra Connect on 132281.

Canberra Glassworks to host Ranamok exhibition

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Australia’s most prestigious art glass exhibition and competition opens this weekend at the Canberra Glassworks.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said it was a feather in the cap for the new Canberra Glassworks to host the exhibition, which attracts worldwide attention and showcases the best in contemporary glass art.

The Ranamok glass exhibition and competition is an annual event that encourages creativity, skill and innovation among contemporary glass artists from Australia and New Zealand.

Last month the judging panel for the Ranamok Glass Prize selected 35 finalists out of 131 entrants. The exhibition features the work of all finalists. The winning artist will be announced at the Canberra Glassworks tomorrow and the exhibition will run until 23 September.

Mr Stanhope has also congratulated the Glassworks on quickly becoming one of Canberra’s most popular attractions. Approximately 11,000 people visited the Glassworks in June and more than 8,000 in July.