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CRACE CAN CHANGE THAT.
Crace Block 1, Section 46.
We're seeking expressions of interest from organisations, groups and
businesses interested in purchasing a prime site in the new suburb of
Crace for the development of a community facility that will serve the
residents of Crace and the wider population. The 4474m2 site is zoned
CFZ -- Community Facility Zone and will permit a range of uses defined
under the Territory Plan.
Crace is a thriving suburb conveniently located to Gungahlin and
Belconnen Town Centres and will ultimately be home to around 4000
people. Because of its excellent exposure to Gundaroo Drive, a facility on
this site would be well placed to ser ve the wider Gungahlin community
(an estimated 50,000 people by 2014).
Expressions of interest close 4 October 2011. To obtain a detailed
Expression of Interest document contact Ron Bell on (02) 6230 0800
or see the Crace website.
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Fears for businesses'
future after relocation
Doug Leach and Heather
Rattenbury are concerned about
the future of their business when
they are required to leave
7-ELEVEN has defended its
decision to require business owners
at the Spence shops to vacate for the
expansion of the franchise's shop.
The franchise took over all Mobil
service station sites last year and
acquired the Spence site on Octo-
Shop owners contacted The
Chronicle earlier this year to
express their anger over the
decision to relocate their busines-
ses.Other owners at the local shop-
ping site say they feel their busines-
ses will be threatened by the
franchise operating so close to
Stuart Elliott Automotive owners
Heather Rattenbury and Doug
Leach said 90 per cent of their
customer base would be lost if they
were forced to relocate premises.
They are not confident they could
maintain a successful operation if
they are moved away from Spence,
where the business has been based
for the past 30 years.
A spokeswoman for 7-Eleven
said the licensees of the workshop
facilities have known about the
plans to upgrade the site prior to the
company's successful bid on
She said 7-Eleven had "openly
communicated plans to invest sig-
nificant capital in redeveloping and
upgrading the premises" when the
site was acquired in October.
The spokeswoman said the
redevelopment was not only aimed
at providing residents of Spence and
the surrounding suburbs with a
superior convenience experience.
"[It] will also reinvigorate the
local suburban shopping centre by
creating a destination for customers
looking for the exclusive products
and services that 7-Eleven
provides," she said.
More than a thousand residents of
Spence and the nearby area have
signed a petition against the
7-Eleven development going ahead.
The 7-Eleven spokeswoman said
the workshop operators had been
given plenty of time to explore their
options, secure new premises and
communicate their move to their
"We are happy to work with the
operators to facilitate an early exit if
that is their preference, to enable
them to take up new premises well
before the closure date is con-
firmed," she said.
"Both licensees operate great
businesses, well supported by a
loyal customer base which they will
take with them to their new loca-
The closing date for submissions
on the development application is
Students show their smarts
Gungahlin College Year 11 students Sahar Goudarizi, Cori Allum-Walsh, Nayomi Lucamwasam and Asra Azwer,
with Science teacher Liam Kirwan and Maths and IT teacher Mitchell Tummers, demonstrate some of the
Mechatronics equipment to be used in the Smart program next year.
Picture: Elesa Lee
positions on offer
THE Territory's gifted and talented
students are being encouraged to make
the most of their smarts.
From next year Gungahlin College
will offer an accelerated schooling
program to select Year 10 students
who show an aptitude and interest in
maths, science, IT and engineering.
Through a restrictive application
process about 42 students currently in
Year 9 will be offered a place on the
SMART program for 2012.
Gungahlin College principal Gai
Beecher said the school was hoping to
offer the places to the best and
brightest young minds in Canberra.
The students will study a branch of
engineering called mechatronics in a
purpose-built facility at the college.
"We're the only school in the
ACT ... to have the facilities to teach a
course in mechatronics engineering,"
Ms Beecher said.
"It's a really unique opportunity."
The college is hosting an infor-
mation night on Tuesday, Sept-
ember 20, for all interested families to
come along and hear about the
Year 9 students are encouraged to
apply for one of the positions and will
find out in Term 4 whether they have
Ms Beecher said the students would
leave their high schools at the end of
the year and would study a specifically
designed accelerated learning program
at the college.
In this way students will actually
complete Year 11 earlier.
She said the college had invested
about $100,000 into a purpose-built
laboratory for the students, which will
enable them the opportunity to plan,
design, build and actually test their
She said it was a very exciting
opportunity for students interested in
the field of mechatronics, particularly
as it was the first time it had been
offered at a public school in the ACT.
The program is an early initiative of
the recent Excellence and Enterprise:
Advancing Public Schools of Distinc-
tion framework that encourages oppor-
tunities for students to access centres
of specialisation and excellence.
The Smart Program information
night will be held Tuesday, September
20, from 7pm, at Gunghlin College.
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