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TRAIN TRIPS FOR SPRING
& SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
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ACT Division Inc.
Full details - www.trains.org.au
Monday - Friday 10 - 3
• Heritage Steam Trains to Bungendore
- Sunday 18 September (Market Day):
- Sunday 2 October (Long Weekend):
- Thursday 6 October (School Holidays):
- Sunday 15 October (Market Day):
Book now for our steam-hauled trains departing Canberra Station
at 10.30am, returning 3.35pm, with time in Bungendore to visit
local attractions & enjoy lunch. Tunnels, bridges & the climb
through the Molonglo Gorge & over the hills. Travel in carriages
around 100 years old Spoil yourselves with optional First Class
travel (including refreshments) on all weekend steam train trips..
• Half-day Vintage Rail Motor Trips to Bungendore:
- Sunday afternoon 11 September: 12.45pm - 4.00pm.
- Tuesdays 4 & 11 October (School holidays):
3-hour trips departing Canberra at 9am and 12.50pm.
A rollicking good ride with views out the front & back of the train.
• Rail Discovery Day - Thursday 13 October:
Steam train trips Canberra to Queanbeyan plus
entry to Canberra Railway Museum: Steam trains leave
Canberra at 10.20am, 12.20pm and 1.30pm. Light snacks
available from the Rail Café carriage at the Museum or bring
a picnic - a great day out for the kids during school holidays.
• Christmas Party Trains to Tarago
- Saturday 26 November:
- Saturdays 3 & 10 December:
Get a group of friends together for a fun night out with
dinner on board and drinks from our licensed bar. Live
music, dancing & refreshments atTarago, with dancing in
the Dance/Lounge Car on the way home. It s a hoot!
• New Year's Eve Federal City Express to Sydney
- Saturday 9.15am 31 December - Sunday 10am 1 January:
Enjoy the fabulous spectacle and fun of Sydney s marvellous New
Year s Eve fireworks & harbourside celebrations, returning to
Canberra overnight in sleeping car comfort. Lunch & breakfast
on the train. A great way to get there. Colour brochure available.
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viewed on our website - www.trains.org.au
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THEN WE CAN HELP YOU.
a result of
A HUGE increase in the number of
rental bond loans issued by the ACT
Government in the past year reflects
the impact the cost of living is placing
on families, welfare organisations say.
Salvation Army Canberra spokes-
man Captain Dale Murray said more
and more families were struggling in
the region and the numbers were
He applauded the Government for
trying to ease the burden on the
community by widening the eligibility
criteria for its rental bond loan scheme.
"I think it's a commendable move,
they should be commended for that,"
"It is a tight market and it's difficult
"I think it's a good sign that the
Government's trying to help people."
Since the Government widened the
eligibility criteria for the scheme in
May last year, there has been a
70 per cent increase in the number of
ACT Community Services Minister
Joy Burch said it helped more families
enter the private rental market.
"A total of 215 loans valued at
$235,000 were provided in 2010-2011
to families struggling to save up for a
rental bond, up from 128 and $109,000
in 2009-2010 before we broadened the
eligibility criteria," she said.
"The Government recognises that
the upfront cost is one of the biggest
challenges when entering the private
rental market, and I am very pleased
that we have been able to help more
families with cost of living pressures
through this scheme."
Families can pay back the bond
when it's convenient, but Captain
Murray encourages those who have
taken out a loan not to delay paying it
"People need to be careful, we don't
want anyone to be lulled into a false
sense of security," he said.
Captain Murray believes the Gov-
ernment is doing all it can to help
families enter the private rental market
through the scheme.
"People are living on a week to
week basis and people don't have that
spare money," he said.
"Hopefully more people will be able
to find suitable housing, that's positive
and we encourage that."
The widening of the scheme's
criteria also includes an increase in the
income threshold and the maximum
loan amount, which has risen to
90 per cent of the bond. A $100 grant
can also be accessed to help with
For more information about the
scheme, contact Canberra Connect on
13 34 27 or log onto www.dhcs.
National Portrait Gallery staff were the first to sign up for the Cancer Council Walk to Work Day.
Picture: Elesa Lee
Gallery puts its best step forward
STAFF at the National Portrait
Gallery are getting their sneakers out
of the closet in preparation for this
year's Cancer Council Walk to Work
The Gallery has become the first
Canberra organisation to sign up for
the event, which will take place on
Friday, September 16.
This will be the third Walk to
Work Day the organisation has
participated in and staff are looking
forward to taking on the challenge.
National Portrait Gallery deputy
director Michael Desmond said while
this was the first time he personally
would be involved, the day was
something the team enjoyed being
part of every year.
He said people would walk to
work in pairs and would encounter
others along the way, eventually
meeting at the gallery to enjoy a
Mr Desmond said it was a good
event for the staff to do together
because they all had completely
different active interests -- some
played football, some were marathon
runners and others preferred to watch
He said some people would walk
to work more regularly now the
weather was getting nicer.
While the team usually receives a
few tips from an extra sporty
workmate, this year they have been
left to their own devices.
"We should be looking at more
runners in the gallery to inspire us I
think," he said.
The Cancer Council Walk to Work
Day is now in its 13th year and is an
initiative of the Pedestrian Council of
It aims to encourage organisations
and individuals to take a step towards
better health and wellbeing through
The council has provided some
tips for those participating in the day.
If you can't walk all the way, use
public transport and get off the bus a
few stops earlier and walk the rest of
the way to work.
If you must drive, leave the car at
least a kilometre from your
destination and walk the rest of the
Take a half-hour walk at
lunchtime and where possible use the
If you are required to sit a lot at
work, get up and walk around at least
once every hour.
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