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Students give to school
Telopea Park School students Maddy Hellawell, Samuel Hill, James Blount and Taliesin Bushnell sell cakes to
raise money for a school in Vanuatu.
Picture: Elesa Lee
BETWEEN now and next April
students at Telopea Park School will
be fundraising like mad in a bid to raise
The money is the remaining amount
required to meet their target of
$80,000, which will be used to build a
combined library and hall for a less-
fortunate school in Port Resolution,
It is hoped that Canberra Sunrise
Rotary Club's annual Italian Opera
Gala, which has nominated Telopea
Park's cause as this year's beneficiary,
will help them meet their goal.
The event, which was launched at
the Barton school last week, will
feature tenor Roy Best and soprano
Lee Abrahmsen alongside a combined
Canberra opera chorus and the Mel-
bourne Opera Orchestra.
Rotarian and Telopea Park careers
advisor Susan Alexander began forg-
ing a relationship with the Vanuatu
school four years ago.
"It all started with the students
writing letters to each other ... and
then one day we thought we could take
a bigger step," she said.
"The village and school doesn't
have a hall -- everyone just meets under
"So we decided to build a combined
facility that will be located in the
government school, but it will be a
centre for the town."
Ms Alexander set up a junior rotary
club at Telopea Park which is respon-
sible for all fundraising.
For the past two years the teacher
has spent her evenings baking cakes,
which the students sell in the play-
ground to raise money.
"The kids are really supportive,
some throw money in just as a
donation, they don't even ask for a
cake," she said.
Once the students raise the required
funds, Rotary International will man-
age the building of the project in Port
"It's quite amazing the students can
build this structure across the pacific,"
she said. "Yes the children in Vanuatu
benefit ... but the children here at
Telopea also benefit. "The students
here are having the journey but the
students in Vanuatu are getting the
Ms Alexander said the project
should be completed by October next
"You can only build outside the
cyclone season," Ms Alexander said.
"If you miss that cycle you have to
wait another year to start again."
The Italian Opera Gala will be held
at Llewellyn Hall on Saturday, Octo-
ber 8. Tickets are available through
Austin Lynch and Kevin Gill
YOUR right to know what is happen-
ing in your street is governed by a
complex set of planning rules. The
Inner South Canberra Community
Council (ISCCC) encourages ar-
chitects, town planners and developers
to present their plans at the earliest
possible stage to the community.
New homes may be considered
''minor notifications'' using the
'Code-Track' process and this does not
need to be notified on ACTPLA's
website. Immediate neighbours only
must be notified with nearby residents
possibly unaware. There are no appeal
rights. Seemingly this has been done to
speed up the process but this might
leave less vigilant neighbours seriously
disadvantaged, and worse, unable to
lodge reasonable objections.
Major notification involves the erec-
tion of a sign on site and publication in
the media plus on ACTPLA's website.
Residents have 15 business days to
comment and must identify why
proposals do not comply with the rules
and criteria against which it was
The ISCCC would like the Territory
Plan to be underpinned by Precinct
Plans covering each region and neigh-
bourhood, giving greater clarity to
what is possible and what will always
be ruled out. This should lead to less
Successful appeals seem to have
resulted in more complex planning
regulation. This in turn risks diminish-
ing planning justice for residents and
community groups. The expectation
that individuals and groups will burn
the midnight oil to take on well
resourced developers is unreasonable
and this along with the cost of
mounting a case to the ACT Civil and
Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) often
prevents worthy appeals being lodged.
Given a recent appeal action cost a
community group around $40,000, it's
clear the ACAT objective to provide a
simple and inexpensive process of
resolving disputes quickly and fairly is
not being achieved. It is time for an
independent community planning
advocate to be appointed to ensure
reasonable planning objections from
the community are resourced equitably
Stimulus, schools and skating
MEMBER FOR FRASER
THE original skateboarders were bored Califor-
nia surfers -- they came up with the new sport
in the 1940s as a way to kill time when the
waves were flat.
Opening the new ''Belco Bowl'' with Chris
Bourke MLA earlier this month, I told the
audience that its location couldn't be more apt.
As Canberra skaters look out over the calm
waters of Lake Ginninderra, they can be
reminded of how their sport started.
For anyone who hasn't yet been to the Belco
Bowl, you're in for a treat. Now the largest
skate park in the southern hemisphere, the
Belco Bowl offers opportunities for expert
skaters to show off their ollies, wheelies and
pivots, as well as a space for first-timers to
For non-skaters like me, it's a place where
my wife and I can take our two-year-old and
four-year-old boys, so they can watch with wide
eyes as the BMX riders and skateboarders do
The Belco Bowl upgrade was partially
funded by the Australian Government under the
stimulus program. When the Global Financial
Crisis struck in 2008, the Federal Government
responded with household payments and infra-
We chose infrastructure projects that were
both necessary and ''shovel ready''. This
included funding to upgrade Canberra's local
roads. Glebe Park also got a makeover, with a
new shade sail, seating and event stage.
Every primary school received new facilities
as part of the stimulus program. If you have
children at school, you'll have seen how these
projects have improved their educational
experience. For example, Florey Primary
School has new science labs where the kids can
follow in the footsteps of Howard Florey, who
discovered penicillin. At Amaroo Primary
School, teachers can teach in their traditional
classroom, or remove the dividing walls
between classrooms and teach in teams. At the
Forde campus of Burgmann Anglican College,
the new multipurpose hall has sharply raked
seating, so all children can see the stage.
Across Australia, stimulus spending saved
around 200,000 jobs, and our unemployment
rate now stands at 5 per cent, well below the
jobless rate in Britain (8 per cent) and the US (9
per cent). Long-term unemployment can leave
scars that last a lifetime. The stimulus spending
not only prevented recession, it also left a
valuable legacy -- safer roads, better sporting
facilities and revamped schools. From the Belco
Bowl to Amaroo Primary, we're investing to
ensure Canberra stays the best city in Australia.
Andrew Leigh is the federal member for
Traders forced to get with the times
From Page 1
Alistair Coe wants the ACT Government to acknowledge traders' concerns. Picture: Elesa Lee
Mr Ruff would like to see the parking limits return
to what they were previously.
"Clients come here and it's usually for an hour
to an hour-and-a-half appointment," he said.
"I'm not happy because we're losing business
and I know other people in the centre who are
losing business as well."
Opposition spokesman for Territory and
Municipal Services Alistair Coe labelled the
Government's lack of consultation as ''disre-
"Before any changes are made in situations like
this consultation must take place," he said.
"Traders actually know the centre, they know
"The Government has taken away the competi-
tive advantage that small shopping centres like
Deakin rely on." A spokeswoman for Territory
and Municipal Services said consultation took
place with Deakin shop owners 12 months ago,
but the parking proposal was then rejected by
Following one-on-one meetings with "various
traders" Territory and Municipal Services ci-
rculated a revised parking proposal in April 2011,
which the spokeswoman said attracted no objec-
"The revised proposal detailed changes to the
time restrictions within the car park off Hopetoun
Circuit and changes to the parking arrangements
in Duff Place and Grose Street," she said.
"The main purpose of the changes is to help
facilitate turnover during business hours and to
vary the time limits depending on the location and
the adjacent business."
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