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Inspector Rex by Request

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Inspector Rex

Title: Inspector Rex by Request
Cast: Tobias Moretti, Gedeon Burkhard, Alexander Pschill, Elke Winkens, Gerhard Zemann, Karl Markovics, Wolf Bachofner, Fritz Muliar, Heinz Weixelbraun, Marin Weinek.
Distributor: Aztec International
REVIEWED BY RAMA GAIND

You needn’t be a canine lover to understand the Inspector Rex phenomenon. Rex is a gorgeous German Shepherd who is a very special police investigator.
Released last year, this three-disc DVD comprises five of Australia’s most popular episodes of Rex ever screened in Australia – as voted by the viewers.
It’s difficult to explain Rex’s appeal, but you know that most of it comes from the way in which he calmly and logically assists his handsome detective master to solve a crime. Some of the credit also goes to the cast and Vienna as the location.
What’s more, it includes an absorbing 60-minute documentary in which the trainer, Teresa Miller, reveals how she manages to extort those amazing acting skills from Rex.
Another fascinating interview is with the co-creator, writer and producer Peter Hajek and a 16-page booklet with stories and some never-before-seen photographs in Australia.
The concept of this Austrian-made police television drama (seen on SBS TV) was simple enough – and it has paid off handsomely.
What’s the secret of its success? Divine intervention maybe?
As Peter Hajek states in the booklet on July 26, 2007:
“…But maybe you can ask Pope Benedict XVI. When interviewed on the occasion of teh Pope’s birthday his brother, Georg Ratzinger, a high-raking clergyman himself, revealed that he and his brother only watch two things on televison: the News and Inspector Rex".
The series has been running on SBS since September 1999. Now we wait anxiously for Series 9!
 

Inspector Rex by Request

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Title: Inspector Rex by Request
Cast: Tobias Moretti, Gedeon Burkhard, Alexander Pschill, Elke Winkens, Gerhard Zemann, Karl Markovics, Wolf Bachofner, Fritz Muliar, Heinz Weixelbraun, Marin Weinek.
Distributor: Aztec International
REVIEWED BY RAMA GAIND

You needn’t be a canine lover to understand the Inspector Rex phenomenon. Rex is a gorgeous German Shepherd who is a very special police investigator.
Released last year, this three-disc DVD comprises five of Australia’s most popular episodes of Rex ever screened in Australia – as voted by the viewers.
It’s difficult to explain Rex’s appeal, but you know that most of it comes from the way in which he calmly and logically assists his handsome detective master to solve a crime. Some of the credit also goes to the cast and Vienna as the location.
What’s more, it includes an absorbing 60-minute documentary in which the trainer, Teresa Miller, reveals how she manages to extort those amazing acting skills from Rex.
Another fascinating interview is with the co-creator, writer and producer Peter Hajek and a 16-page booklet with stories and some never-before-seen photographs in Australia.
The concept of this Austrian-made police television drama (seen on SBS TV) was simple enough – and it has paid off handsomely.
What’s the secret of its success? Divine intervention maybe?
As Peter Hajek states in the booklet on July 26, 2007:
“…But maybe you can ask Pope Benedict XVI. When interviewed on the occasion of teh Pope’s birthday his brother, Georg Ratzinger, a high-raking clergyman himself, revealed that he and his brother only watch two things on televison: the News and Inspector Rex".
The series has been running on SBS since September 1999. Now we wait anxiously for Series 9!
 

Remarks taken from actual hospital charts

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1. The patient refused autopsy.
2. The patient has no previous history of suicides.
3. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.
4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.
5. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
6. On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it disappeared.
7. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.
8. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.
9. Discharge status: Alive but without permission.
10. Healthy appearing decrepit 69-year old male, mentally alert but forgetful.
11. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
12. She is numb from her toes down.
13. While in ER, she was examined, x-rated and sent home.
14. The skin was moist and dry.
15. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.
16. Patient was alert and unresponsive.
17. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.
18. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.
19. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.
20. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.
21. Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.
22. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
23. Skin: somewhat pale but present.
24. The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.
25. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities
 

The Great Global Experiment

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Volunteers, as many as possible, are required to participate in a worldwide experiment to take place on Friday 14 March 2008. No experience necessary. Must have a genuine desire for peace among all nations and for living in harmony with the earth and all living creatures. 

As part of the 85th birthday celebrations for Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga, there will be free screenings of Freedom and Liberation, a documentary about her life and work, all over the world.

Nirmala Devi was born into a well-educated and wealthy family, descended from the royal Shalivahana dynasty in India. During the struggle for India’s freedom from British rule they lived in Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram and were arrested and jailed many times. Shri Mataji married Mr C P Shrivastava, a civil servant, who later worked for the United Nations and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. After her two daughters were married, Nirmala Devi was free to pursue her true life’s work, the founding of Sahaja Yoga in 1970, and she has travelled extensively since that time giving self-realisation and working for world peace and the spiritual advancement of all people.

After the film, participants will be offered the opportunity to attain their self-realisation. Self-realisation awakens the spirit within and brings it into our conscious awareness, and unites us with the all-pervading power that created us. This leads to a subtle, gradual but very real and profound transformation within all of us. Shri Mataji describes self-realisation as the last breakthrough in our evolution.

Self-realisation gives us individually many benefits, including better health, self-esteem, improved relationships, peace of mind and feelings of contentment and joy in our lives. Our attention becomes powerful due to our connection to the power that created us, and our pure desires are fulfilled. We become a constructive and positive force in the world. We receive inspiration that helps us find new and creative solutions to the problems that beset us, both individually and collectively. We become peaceful people.

When many people receive their self-realisation the benefits collectively are even greater. The whole is more than just the sum of its parts. The pure attention and pure desire of many people can work wonders in our world. It can stop wars, it can end famine, it can halt global warming. It can lead to a shift in consciousness away from greed, selfishness, power, and competition and towards generosity, altruism, peace and co-operation.

Come, participate in the experiment and keep your mind open to the possibility that world peace and living sustainably can be achieved through peaceful means, through the power of pure desire and pure love and through the evolution of human beings into higher human beings. Join thousands of people worldwide, come along to the free screening of Freedom and Liberation, and receive your self-realisation.

Sounds too good to be true? Consider this exercise as an experiment. Keep an open mind. Try it and see if it really does make a difference to your life. Try it and see if it really does make a difference to the world.

Freedom and Liberation free screening and self-realisation
Where: Belconnen Community Centre
Date: Friday 14 March 2008
Time: 7.00pm

 

Family-friendly networking

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FBA Easter Egg Hunt

Family Business Australia held its first Family Easter Egg Hunt at KidCity on Sunday 9 March. Attended by local family businesses, their friends and colleagues, the event was proclaimed “a keeper” by everyone who attended it. While the adults networked and enjoyed the delicious canapés provided by the two KidCity chefs, the children had Canberra’s largest indoor playcentre all to themselves.

The Easter Bunny left plenty of chocolate surprises hidden amongst the play equipment and the adults got to hear the inspiring story of how the Perkins family manages to run a business with facilities spread over approximately 1500m2, provide more than 1700 birthday parties a year, pump up more than 20,000 balloons, fry up around 35000 nuggets and 2500 kilos of chips and keep the 400 people who visit KidCity every weekend coming back for more.
 

The FBA Family Easter Egg Hunt is an initiative of the FBA ACT Chapter. The ACT Chapter is one of the fastest growing chapters in Australia with members from multi-generational family businesses, sole traders and sibling owned companies. The sizes of the businesses involved in the chapter range from well established companies to those that have only been in business for one or two years. Some of the ACT members include Canberra Airport, Griffith Butchery and Bakery, Pialligo Estate Wines, Urban Contractors, Shelvmaster, Bertram Ellis, Easycare Landscapes, SpySee Mystery Shopping & Reviews and many more.

One of the reasons businesses join FBA rather than other networking organisations is because this not-for-profit provides family-friendly networking events like the Family Easter Egg Hunt. FBA recognises that although a family might not be directly involved in a business, they affect it and are affected by it. The FBA family socials are very popular and can attract groups of over 250 people.

FBA also provides a good balance of educational events where business owners can not only learn from experts, but also their peers. The Forum Group Program allows family businesses to tap into the support and experiences of other businesses as they discuss family and business issues in a confidential facilitated forum setting.

FBA recognises that business growth is a major priority in choosing which associations and membership organisations companies choose to belong to. With this in mind, there are various opportunities throughout the year where members can promote their businesses. One of these programs is the Meet the Family Business initiative. This event gives a business the opportunity to host a function at their premises, show off their operations and tell their story. Meet the Family Business events are extremely popular and businesses book their slot a year in advance. FBA also organises speaking opportunities for members and some co-operative advertising opportunities. The FBA Family Expo is one of the key events geared at promoting Canberra families in business and will be held at the National Zoo & Aquarium on the 9th November.

For more information on upcoming FBA events or membership information, please contact Candice on (02) 6292-1573, visit www.fambiz.com.au or email fbaact@fambiz.com.au.
 

Awesome wakeboarding action on the Molonglo!

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Awesome action

Make the most of the summery weather and come and see spectacular wakeboading on our doorstep.

WaterskiACT Wakeboard Division will be holding their State Titles on Saturday March 15 at the Molonglo Water Ski Park, Dairy Road, Fyshwick from 9am-5pm. Food and drink stalls will be operating. 

Spectator entry is free.  There are facilities for disabled people.

Further information Jhie on 0412 351 857

 

Earth Hour 2008

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Earth Hour

Originating in Sydney in 2007, the Earth Hour campaign has now gained global attention. As a result, on 8pm March 29, 2008 millions of people in some of the world’s major capital cities will unite and switch off for Earth Hour.

On 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour. This massive collective effort reduced Sydney’s energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour, which is the equivalent effect of taking 48,000 cars off the road for a year.

With Sydney icons like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House turning their lights off, and unique events such as weddings by candlelight, the world took notice. Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities are joining Earth Hour in 2008, turning a symbolic event into a global movement.

More information and how to sign up from www.earthhour.org

 

An open letter to Jon Stanhope, and to concerned Canberrans

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Mum with pouch joey

We are writing to you after reading a recent article in the Canberra Times which indicates that the ACT Government, through your Chief Conservator, has scuttled plans for translocation of some kangaroos from the Belconnen Naval Transmitting Centre site by refusing to issue an export permit for these animals, and decided to kill them instead.

We are very surprised if this is the case and would have to ask why. We have been monitoring the site, and over the last six months or so have seen a major improvement in the condition of the grasslands and a slight improvement in the condition of the kangaroos on the site. The situation is definitely not as dire as it was last year.

The case at that time for killing or removing the kangaroos was that the feed loads at the site were low and there might have been a risk of the kangaroos starving. The threat to the Golden Sun Moth was for a similar reason, that the grass that they needed to breed was in short supply and there was a threat of local extinction. Since that time, the small area of the site where Gininderra Peppercress is growing has been fenced to exclude the kangaroos and reduce the threat of trampling. (The roos do not appear to eat the plant – they prefer grass.)

Given that the situation has now changed due to the easing of the drought conditions of past years, it seems that there is now:
1. No threat of the kangaroos on the site starving.
2. Suitable habitat for the Golden Sun Moth to breed.
3. No threat to the Gininderra Peppercress from kangaroo trampling.

The threat caused by kangaroos to the Native Temperate Grassland has now eased and there is no pressing need to immediately reduce the kangaroo numbers. While there may be a need to reduce kangaroo numbers on the site before part of it is redeveloped as housing (in itself a major threat to grasslands and endangered species), this gives the ACT Government a perfect chance to engage in some credible scientific research on the process of kangaroo translocation, rather than relying on the outdated findings currently being touted as definitive fact. Translocation has been successfully carried out at many different sites and is regularly used at sites in other areas of Australia.

Breeding programmes could also be set up for the endangered plant, insect and reptile species. Local native plant growers already have pots of Gininderra Peppercress, Button Wrinklewort etc. which could be planted out.

Whether the kangaroos are translocated or killed on the site they will need to be darted and sedated due to the safety concerns about shooting with high-powered rifles in a residential area. Once sedated, the animals can be quite easily moved, having been treated with medications to reduce stress and ease the release process for them. The highest risk of injury to the animals is during the darting process, which will happen in either case, so this should be no disincentive to translocation.

This is a perfect opportunity for the ACT Government to actively improve its animal welfare record in relation to kangaroos. The ACT Government is currently renowned for its ‘shoot first, think later’ process of native animal management. This was no more obvious than during the Googong commercial kangaroo slaughter in 2004 and the bulldozing of Native Temperate Grasslands during the construction of the Gunghalin Drive Extension, and the public outcry that followed. We were at Googong in 2004 to collect the token number of joeys handed to wildlife carers and saw the ute-loads of kangaroo body parts and clubbed joeys being driven out of the site. This is a sight that no normal person could possibly call humane. There are also young joeys at Belconnen. Baby animals, of any species, are designed to engender nurturing feelings in those who see them. Are the sort of people who can cheerfully bash their brains out, or inject them with poison, the people we should be encouraging in our society?

A stringently-monitored and scientifically-based program of translocation, staged over a suitable period of time, will result in a far better outcome for the perhaps 300  animals involved, and will show the ACT Government to be forward thinking and seriously concerned with animal welfare. The greatest benefit to the ACT Government of taking this approach is that the process will be paid for by the Department of Defence, who have already agreed to pay for a translocation program and appointed Cumberland Ecology to do so. All that is required by the ACT Government is an export permit to move these animals to pre-organised release sites in NSW. The whole process will be at zero net cost to ACT taxpayers. As considerable amounts of taxpayers’ money have already been spent on funding bureaucrats, scientists and consultants to produce the results the government wanted, we feel that most Canberrans would appreciate this.

One of the greatest politicians and human rights advocates of our time, Mahatma Gandhi, once said. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." What we see happening in the ACT is not the actions of a great nation, or territory.

Please consider the option of translocating these kangaroos. This is an issue where you can be seen to be making an ethically-correct decision with a positive and sustainable outcome. In the years to come this will be seen as a visionary decision by astute politicians, based on good science and humanity.

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If you agree with these sentiments, would like to help, and/or would like more information on what is happening at the BNTS site please visit:

www.gopetition.com.au/petitions/save-the-belconnen-kangaroos.html

www.canberraroos.com

Thank you

Canberraroos

 

 

 

 

Bundanoon Highland Gathering: 5 APRIL 2008

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Tossing the Caber

AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEST YOUR STRENGTH AND COMPETE AGAINST THE OTHER STRONG MEN & WOMAN IN THE REGIONTHE HEAVY WEIGHT CHALLENGE

Between 11.30am & 3pm participate in the Caber Toss and Shot Putt and you could be invited to participate in the Heavy Weight Challenge. There are two aspects to the Heavy Weight Challenge. One event requires contestants to throw a heavy weight over a bar that increases in height and the other involves throwing for distance. For males the weight is 30kgs & for females 18Kgs. Participants must be over 18 years of age. Medallions will be awarded to the winners.

Photographer Greg Ford Photography.
Admission to grounds
Adult: $15
Child: $5
Family: $35

Street Parade 9.30am
Official Opening 10.30am
Games 11.30am to 3pm

 

2007 Stats…

Last year there was an increase of 35% in hours worked by the volunteers and considering the inclement weather and the size of the crowd the results are outstanding. 

The total amount of money disbursed was $66629; this is by far the largest amount of money ever disbursed back into the local community by the Brigadoon committee. The breakdown of the disbursements is $51729 to local volunteer & charity groups and $14900 to Pipe Bands participating at the gathering.

The overall total of monies distributed to the local community charity and volunteer groups since 1981 is $534096, and to attending pipe bands $142402 making a grand total of $676498. This is surely something that those who have had any involvement in the Brigadoon committee over the years can be justly proud of and something the local community groups no doubt appreciates.

Brigadoon is like a magnet it attracts people from all walks of life, many who make the annual pilgrimage to meet up with friends and family to get together for a day that is fun, festive and family orientated.

All too often, we take for granted that someone else will sponsor and support the various activities that take place in the Southern Highlands. The Bundanoon Highland Gathering would like to take this opportunity to publicly express their deep gratitude to the local businesses and personalities who supported them. It is only through the generosity of people and organisations like them that we at “Brigadoon” can achieve our goals, maintain the already evident enthusiasm such a wonderful cultural showpiece, and continue to promote the Southern Highlands as a "Must See" tourism location in New South Wales.

There are 36 activities/games at Brigadoon and each one needs a sponsor, so if you would like to join our wonderful sponsors listed below please phone the Publicity Officer on 4883 7471 and become part of Brigadoon.

Major Sponsors

The Bundanoon Highland gathering is extremely grateful for the outstanding support and sponsorship from the following organisations.

  • National Australia Bank, Peppers Manor House,
  • Walkers Shortbread (Scotland), Irn-Bru (Scotland)
  • Macqueen Auctioneers & Valuers, Mittagong. Furry Software, Bowral
  • Southern Highlands News, Bowral. 2ST, Bowral
  • Peter Rocca Real Estate, Bundanoon. Solar Springs Health Retreat, Bundanoon.
  • Allan Mackay, Autos-Peugeot Moss Vale. Argyle Street Auto Port, Moss Vale
  • Gordon MacDonald Electrical, Bowral the Bundanoon Club
  • Jardinique Pty Ltd. Bowral Belisa Cashmere, Bundanoon
  • Bundanoon Pharmacy Telstra Shop, Bowral
  • Cartridge World, Bowral Pru Goward, MP, Member for Goulburn.
  • Argyle Beauty Therapy, Moss Vale Sunnatarm Monastery, Bundanoon
  • Harvey Norman, Moss Vale. Silver Teapot, Moss Vale.
  • Tudor House, Moss Vale

 

Bundanoon Highland Gatering

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Mr John Stewart, CEO, National Australia Bank, Chieftain of the Day at Brigadoon

It is with great pleasure the Bundanoon Highland Gathering announce the Chieftain of the Day for 2008 will be Mr John Stewart CEO of the National Australia Bank accompanied by his wife Sylvia.
Mr Stewart, a Scot (of course), was asked to be Chieftain in recognition of the NAB’s long and distinguished association with Brigadoon as a major sponsor and supporter of the gathering.
The NAB’s outstanding contributions to the gathering has enabled Brigadoon to continue to present the expected high standard of Bands, events and of course the Tartan Warriors for the entertainment of the community .
The committee sincerely hopes that Mr Stewart and his Wife Sylvia thoroughly enjoy themselves and take away many happy memories of their day at Brigadoon.

John Stewart
Group Chief Executive Officer National Australia Bank
John Stewart is Group Chief Executive Officer of National Australia Bank (NAB), a position he has held since February 2004. In that time, he has led a major turnaround of the organisation, with a particular focus on developing its executive talent and culture and setting the forward growth strategy. Since John took up the Group CEO position, NAB’s market capitalisation has risen by 60%.
The Group comprises four key businesses: NAB – the Australian retail bank, and MLC, the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks in the UK, the Bank of New Zealand, and nabCapital.
John joined the Group in August 2003 as Chief Executive, Europe and Principal Board Member.
Before NAB, John was Deputy Chief Executive of Barclays PLC, a position he was appointed to following the acquisition of Woolwich PLC by Barclays in October 2000. His responsibilities included management of the Personal Financial Services and Private Client divisions, the Wealth Management business, and the successful delivery of the Barclays/Woolwich integration program, which delivered ongoing benefits of £400 million per annum to the group. John was appointed to the Board of the Woolwich in 1995 as Group Operations Director and became Chief Executive in 1996.
John has had a long and successful career in the finance industry since he first joined the Woolwich in 1977.
John is Chairman of the Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA), a Director of the Business Council of Australia (BCA), a member of the Scottish Enterprise’s International Advisory Board (IAB), which provides an international perspective on and insights into Scotland’s future economic opportunities, and recently was a member of the Prime Minister’s Task Group on Emissions Trading.
 

 

Weereewa Festival of Lake George Saturday 5 April

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Old Stone House Garden, Bungendore, NSW

Saturday 5 April
Shoreline walk
(from Geary’s Gap to Silver Wattle)
8.30 am 5 km walk
Walk along the shore of the lake with expert guides. Cmmentaries on pastoral and natural history will inform and entertain.
Bring water; sturdy footwear and trousers recommended. (For more details and map please check Weereewa website at www.weereewafestival.org)

Lake George Gardens Tour: presented by the Australian Garden History Society.

9.30 am to 4.30 pm Visit historical gardens
From 9.30 am to 4.30 pm visit historical gardens of the lake district: Currandooley and Willeroo, and The Old Stone House in Bungendore, are presented in conjunction with Australian Garden History Society.

AGHS members $15 non members $25
For booking information please contact
Australian Garden History Society
GPO Box 1630
Canberra ACT 2601

Or phone the Weereewa Festival on 6238 0119

Weereewa Festival of Lake George Literary Dinner

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Writer and Artist Kim Mahood

Living across the Cultural Divide

 

Literary Dinner – an evening with writer Kim Mahood

Sunday 30 March 2008

7.00 pm Champagne Opening at A Suitable Book

Dinner at Wood Works Café

Kim Mahood grew up in the Tanami Desert. Despite time away at boarding school and later teaching at the Canberra School of Art, Kim is constantly drawn back to her heartland. Her identity is defined across two cultures. In her memoir, Craft for a Dry Lake and in a number of more recent essays, she explores the powerful relationship between people and landscape.

$45.00 & BYO

Bookings

A Suitable Book
Village Square
Malbon Street
Bungendore NSW 2621

02 6238 1648

Weereewa Forum 2008

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Dr Geoffrey Hope, is the Professor of Natural History in the Department of Archaeology and Natural History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU in Canberra.

Sunday 30 March 2008
FORUM: Shorelines – Palaeo, Pre and Present. A Story of Weereeewa

9.30 am to 5.00 pm One day multidisciplinary forum. 

 

 

Since its inception in 1999, the Weereewa Festival has featured a one-day forum to bring together specialists in various fields and disseminate information to a wider audience. The aim of the Weereewa Festival forums has been to raise awareness and understanding of the unique values of Weereewa (Lake George) and its region.
This year’s Forum Shorelines Palaeo, Pre and Present, tells the story of the Weereewa region across a broad sweep of time. Speakers include Dr Geoffrey Hope Dr Kathryn Fitzsimmons and Dr Philip Hughes from the ANU, George Main of the National Museum of Australia, Beth Hatton, artist and Adam Muyt, ecologist. Barry Cohen will launch the forum, which is convened by Rainer Rehwinkel.

Silver Wattle
Lake Road
Bungendore NSW 2621
For registration forms ring:
02 6238 0119
Or Email weereewafestival@ozemail.com.au
Registration fee: $65
Concession: $50
(includes lunch and light refreshments)
(For the registration form please go tpo the Weereewa website at: www.weereewafestival.org)

Bookings:
A Suitable Book
Village Square
Bungendore NSW 2621
02 6238 1648
 

BATS Concert,

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Fyre Pigs

Weereewa Festival of Lake George
Saturday 29 March 2008
BATS Weereewa Concert

4.00 to 10.30 pm
Bring your own food and drink to the Weereewa Concert featuring local musicians and BATS members. Bands include the Firepigs, Eagle Medicine, The Bond Traps, Honey Groove, Larry King Band plus soloists and Bush Poets.

Bungendore Memorial Hall Molonglo Street
Bungendore NSW 2621
Contact: Danny Velnaar 6238 1673
Entry Adult: $10 U/16 Free