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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

$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.”

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

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

New ACTTAB HQ – A fair bet for Gungahlin

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ACTTAB CEO Tony Curtis, Lorna Howell (longserving ACTTAB employee whom the centre was named after) and the Chief Minister
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope today officially opened ACTTAB Limited’s new hi-tech Head Office in Gungahlin.

Mr Stanhope said the new centre embodies the ACT Government’s intention to see more commercial development and activity in Gungahlin.

“ACTTAB Ltd has always been an important contributor to the ACT economy,” he said. “By placing this centre and its 35 staff in Gungahlin, it will now become an even more important contributor to the economy and community of Canberra’s north.

“ACTTAB’s new Head Office covers an area of 1500 square metres providing space for all administrative, data and call centre staff and associated technical facilities. It is a great example of the type of modern, hi-tech workplace the ACT Government has and continues to work to attract to the Territory.

“The $4.6 million fit-out provides a bright modern working environment for ACTTAB’s staff and places the latest technology at their disposal.

“The new data centre is one of the most advanced in the ACT region and one of the first to be designed and built in accordance with the latest international data centre design standards.

The data centre will provide support for ACTTAB’s 16 retail stores and 37 sub-agencies throughout the Territory, and will also provide data links with interstate partners such as Tabcorp.

Mr Stanhope said the centre is a great example of the success of the ACT racing industry and a great investment in the future of Canberra’s north,” he said.

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

Chief Minister releases health and environmental reports on Water2WATER proposal

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CHIEF MINISTER RELEASES HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTS ON Water2WATER PROPOSAL

Chief Minister and Minister for Water and Climate Change Jon Stanhope today released the Expert Panel on Health’s final report, Public Health and Safety in relation to Water Purification for Drinking Water Supplies, and eWater CRC’s Interim Environmental Opinion on ACTEW’s Water2WATER proposal to recycle water.

The Chief Minister said recycling was one of a suite of options the ACT Government and ACTEW were considering to secure Canberra’s water supply.

“Both reports were commissioned to provide the Government with independent advice on the health and safety and environmental issues arising from ACTEW’s Water2WATER proposal,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The Expert Panel on Health’s final report addresses areas of concern raised by the community throughout the consultation period, as well as the technical aspects of the proposal with respect to health and safety.

“Both the Expert Panel’s report and CRC’s Interim Environmental Opinion conclude that a reverse osmosis-based water purification plant is feasible as a method of increasing the water supply for Canberra.”

“This of course is subject to stringent environmental issues being addressed, health and safety requirements being met, and the approval of ACT Health as the regulatory body.

“I look forward to receiving eWater CRC’s final report and meeting with the Expert Panel on Health next week to discuss their findings.”

The Expert Panel on Health’s final report, and eWater CRC’s Interim Environmental Opinion on ACTEW’s Water2WATER proposal can be viewed online at www.expertpanelonhealth.canberra.net.au and www.actew.com.au/water2water

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Media Contact: Penelope Layland 6205 9777 0438 289 714 penelope.layland@act.gov.au
Paul Kindermann 6205 51690 0403 600 955 paul.kindermann@act.gov.au

Student accommodation to increase rental supply

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Chief Minister Jon Stanhope today announced that the Australian National University (ANU) Exchange had finalised plans for new student accommodation to cater for more than 500 people in the ACT Government’s City West Planning area.

The six-storey building on Kingsley, Childers and Hutton Streets will accommodate 514 students, include parking and have an active street frontage, to add to the growing vibrancy of Childers Street. The building is scheduled to be completed in late 2008.

“In line with the Government’s Affordable Housing Action Plan, this development will help increase the supply and range of rental properties, freeing up rental properties now occupied by students and making them available to the general market,” Mr Stanhope said.

This is the second student accommodation development in the ANU Exchange. More than 500 students moved in to the ANU Uni Lodge on Childers Street earlier this year.

The ANU Exchange precinct is expected to create up to 2000 new residential places and more than 7,000 jobs once fully developed. A high-tech research/commercial facility is currently in the final stages before land sale and is expected to commence in the next few months.

“Following the Territory’s endorsement of the ANU Exchange Master Plan and Implementation Plan last year, we now have a blueprint for the flexible use of land within and adjacent to the ANU precinct, spanning Barry Drive in the north to Gordon Street in the south,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The ANU Exchange is a partnership between the ACT Government and ANU which allows for a dynamic mix of land uses and activities – essential for the vitalisation of City West.

“By encouraging institutional investors such as the ANU, the Government is helping ensure that the university can increase its activities, improve its integration with the city and make an even greater contribution to the Territory’s economy.

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

Media Contact: Penelope Layland 6205 9777 0438 289 714 penelope.layland@act.gov.au
Paul Kindermann 6205 51690 0403 600 955 paul.kindermann@act.gov.au