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Council elects new leader
Peter Reynolds Development on the agenda
AFTER a year operating without a
chairman, the Weston Creek
Community Council last week
elected a leader for the next 12
Tom Anderson, who was
deputy chairman and acting chair-
man for the past year, has put his
hand up to head the council.
Apart from the past 12 months
in an acting capacity, it is the first
time Mr Anderson has been
chairman of the council. He will
be supported by Pat McGinn, who
is the new deputy chair, and Chris
Wilson and Simon Hearder, who
were returned as secretary and
treasurer respectively. After tak-
ing on two jobs at once last year,
Mr Anderson said he was happy
to have a full council executive for
the coming year and expected the
workload to ease.
''I was appreciative of the
support I received from the com-
mittee, but last year was hard for
all of us,'' he said.
''With the extra person on the
committee, it will make a differ-
ence and hopefully make things a
Mr Anderson said he believed
planning for the future of Coole-
man Court, the development of
Molonglo and Weston Creek
facilities would be the main issues
the council would face in the next
The Government has commit-
ted to a master plan for the
Weston Creek Group Centre, to
start this financial year.
Mr Anderson said he was
hoping this was started as quickly
as possible as the facilities in the
group centre, particularly Coole-
man Court, were already heavily
used and this would only increase
with Molonglo going ahead.
He said after years of neglect, it
was time for the Government to
provide something positive for the
residents of Weston Creek.
''Weston Creek has been bereft
of services for the past 40 years
and there is a fear that we will
miss out again to Molonglo,'' he
''Facilities like swimming
pools, libraries and government
shopfronts are things that every-
one else in Canberra has but
we've missed out on.''
The next meeting of the Weston
Creek Community Council will be
held on Wednesday, September
Asthma training reaches more schools
The Asthma Foundation ACT chief executive Nathalie Maconachie,
pictured with Duffy Primary School principal Kim Darcy. The school will
be the first to receive training through the Christopher van Leeuwen
Picture: Elesa Lee
A FATAL asthma attack more than 50
years ago inspired a venture that will
help fund vital asthma education for
Christopher van Leeuwen was just
eight-years-old when he died as the
result of an asthma attack on the way
home from school.
In a bid to prevent such a tragedy
from reoccurring, Christopher's family
established the Christopher van Lee-
uwen Memorial Foundation.
To coincide with National Asthma
Week, the foundation will be officially
launched this week at Duffy Primary
School, which will be the first school
to undergo training through the
While the Asthma Foundation ACT
already provides asthma first aid
training sessions to staff at ACT
schools and preschools, chief execu-
tive Nathalie Maconachie said the new
foundation would enable them to reach
many more schools.
"Obviously we're very lucky that
medication has improved in leaps and
bounds since those days, but the
problem is ... over half of people with
asthma don't have an asthma action
plan," she said.
"Ninety per cent of people don't use
their medication properly. So while
medication has come a long way,
there's still a huge risk."
Ms Maconachie says the training
will educate teachers about asthma,
how to recognise an asthma attack and
what to do if someone is having an
"We will also provide an asthma
emergency kit which contains the
medication and all the equipment the
teacher would need to deal with the
emergency as it's occurring," she said.
"That will mean the children and the
staff can feel very relaxed and com-
fortable that if there is an asthma issue
at school that the school's equipped to
deal with it."
Duffy Primary School principal Kim
Darcy welcomed the extra support
from the Asthma Foundation ACT.
"I think making teachers aware is
really a good thing," she said.
"It's a lovely gesture I think and
we're really proud to have been
Former Duffy Primary School
student, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher
will launch the foundation on Friday.
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