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CWA focuses on community
Belconnen CWA secretary Margaret Muspratt and president Philida Sturgiss-Hoy say they would welcome any new members into their branch.
Picture: Elesa Lee
THE women of the Belconnen Country
Women's Association are certainly
passionate about the rural communities
in the region.
Just don't ask them to bake a cake.
The newly formed branch of the
long-standing organisation currently
has about 26 members, most coming
from the Belconnen area.
President Philida Sturgiss-Hoy says
the group's major passion is with the
country and it tries to have visits to
small communities as often as it can.
Cooking is not high on the agenda
for the ladies.
''We have a rural outlook and I
equate rural with community, but quite
a lot of our members have rural
backgrounds,'' Ms Sturgiss-Hoy said.
''It's that spirit of community that I
particularly like about CWA.''
The group has recently raised about
$1300 for two small schools on the
Monaro and will soon distribute the
It also recently attended the Jerrawa
Ms Sturgiss-Hoy said raising money
for rural communities was something
the group enjoyed doing.
She decided to start a new branch of
the association when the city branches
grew too big. Canberra now supports
four CWA groups in total, including
one in Gungahlin.
The Belconnen branch is always on
the lookout for new members and
happily welcomes any women who
would like to participate.
The president said she had been
surprised by how quickly the number
of members had increased.
Secretary Margaret Muspratt said
the common view the public had of
CWA members was quite wrong.
''There's a perception that we're all
old sheilas but we're not, we have a
very diverse group actually,'' she said.
Ms Sturgiss-Hoy said it was import-
ant for the community to know the
CWA existed in Canberra.
She said in a country town it was
obvious where the community groups
were, but in a city newcomers could
have difficulty finding a connection
with local groups.
''It's really important to have fun
but it's also that idea of a community
group,'' Ms Sturgiss-Hoy said.
The Belconnen Country Women's
Association meets at the Kippax
Library on the fourth Monday of each
The bus shelter on Shoalhaven Avenue was taped off last week after the
bloodied bodies of two kangaroos were left there.
Picture: Elesa Lee
Kangaroo carcasses concern
AMAROO residents have been left
disgusted after the bodies of two
bloodied kangaroos were left in a bus
shelter last week.
A resident contacted The Chronicle
after her husband drove past the
Shoalhaven Avenue bus shelter on
Sunday morning and saw the bloodied
The couple believe the kangaroos
had been shot and were then piled up
in the shelter with blood splattering the
seats and windows.
The kangaroos had been removed by
The resident said the shelter had
been taped off but school children had
been waiting for the bus right next to it
for a few days before it was cleaned.
She said it was disgusting that
people would treat animals in this way.
A spokeswoman from Territory and
Municipal Services confirmed rangers
had removed two kangaroo carcasses
from the bus shelter earlier in the week
but were not sure how the animals had
TAMS have not received any offic-
ial reports of kangaroos being illegally
shot in Amaroo and say shooting is not
common in the ACT.
Under Section 44 (1) of the Nature
Conservation ACT (1980) it is illegal
for a person without a licence to kill a
A spokesman from ACT Policing
said no incidents of this type had been
reported to police this year.
He said police were rarely called to
investigate the illegal shooting of
animals in the territory.
Future advantages of
NBN hard to predict
MEMBER FOR FRASER
I WAS 11-years-old when I bought my
first computer. It was 1984, and the
machine was an Aquarius. It had
rubber keys, a cassette tape drive, and
3.5 kilobytes of memory. I used it to
write simple programs in the BASIC
language. Later that year, I upgraded to
a VIC-20, with a whopping 5 kilobytes
At about this time, Sydney Morning
Herald computer editor Gareth Powell
said that there was no advantage to any
program in going beyond 16 kilobytes
The fact is, we're not particularly
good at forecasting where technology
will take us. When I sent my first
emails in 1996, they were text-only. In
fact, most of us thought that email
would be like the telegrams that
previous generations had used, just
faster and cheaper.
Today, photos and video comprise
most of the traffic flowing around the
globe. Emails of 16 kilobytes or larger
arrive in my inbox every few minutes.
So it's little wonder that some critics
of the National Broadband Network
can't imagine it as being anything
more than a way getting faster access
to YouTube and Facebook. Unfortun-
ately, this just repeats the same mistake
as previous decades -- failing to
imagine how a new technology will
transform life and work.
The Government's current plan is to
provide 93 per cent of households with
speeds of 100 megabytes per second.
But in a recent trial of the network at
Broken Hill, we saw speeds of 100
gigabytes per second: 1000 times
faster than hoped for.
But even at 100 megabytes per
second, it will be possible to use the
internet in fundamentally new ways.
As anyone who has used Skype on a
current connection will know, the
jerky picture is better than nothing, but
hardly ideal. The NBN will enable
letting patients speak with a medical
specialist from home, allowing
students to participate in distance
learning from afar, and permitting
teleworkers to participate in team
meetings while working from home.
Starting in Gungahlin, the NBN will
be progressively rolled out across the
ACT over the next few years. We can't
predict all the ways it will transform
our society for the better, but I expect
that within a few decades, I'll look
back on today's internet with the same
wry amusement that I look at my old
Andrew Leigh is the federal member
for Fraser. For more information on the
timing of the NBN rollout, see
THE ''father'' of Amnesty
International Australia, John
Greenwell, will speak at the
Amnesty Discussion Group at
Kippax Library on Monday, August
8, at 11am.
In March 1962, Mr Greenwell
chaired the first meeting of an
Amnesty group in Australia and 22
people attended. As a barrister, he
has been invaluable in helping
Amnesty achieve its goals.
He will talk about his work to
release a Yugoslav prisoner of
conscience Mihalo Mihalov and
prisoners of conscience in South
WITNESSES SOUGHT TO
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses
to the aggravated robbery of a
20-year-old man in Spence early
Thursday morning (July 28).
The three men are described as
aged in their early 20s.
Anyone who may be able to assist
police with the investigation are
asked to contact Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000, or via the Crime
Stoppers website on
Information can be provided
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