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Telstra gives local netball
club the edge
The Australian Ballet s regional
Company dazzled Canber ra locals
during two brilliant performances
of Don Quixote in August.
The Dancers Company is made
up of special guest a rtists from
The Australian Ballet that includes
young, up and coming stars from
The Australian Ballet School.
Students from the Pointe2Pointe
dance school were able to meet
with dancers from The Dancers
Company. This was a rare and
exciting opportunity for our
local dancers to gain insight into
the world of professional dance
-- a dream come true for any
As a principal sponsor of The
Dancers Company, Telstra is very
rt of bringing
The Australian Ballet experience
to regional Australia.
The St Clare s College Netball
equipment pack to enhance the
on court skills and development
of their players as part of
Telstra s national Super Coach
The St Clare s "Sharks" netball
team were chosen by Australian
Netball legend Liz Ellis, as the
ACT state winner from hundreds
of entries after demonstrating
their passion and commitment to
the game of netball.
"The new netball equipment
that we ve received from Telstra
will help our players learn new
skills in tr
provide a huge boost to the
development of our younger
players," said Trish Leahey,
volunteer coach of the St Clare s
"Without organisations like
Telstra supporting the game of
netball, we would not have such a
large number of girls playing this
amazing women s sport" she said.
The Telstra Super Coach
Competition is part of Telstra
national sponsorship which
at every level, from the elite to
local grass roots activity.
We are proud of our
sponsorship and are committed
to ensuring communities all
a round Australia enjoy their
netball and have the opportunity
to develop the skills required to
become the next stars of the game.
BY CHRIS TAYLOR
Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager, Chris Taylor (middle) with Trish
Leahy (right of Chris) and the St Clare's Sharks
Ballet dances into town with Telstra
To find out more about
Telstra s sponsorships, visit
Jim Murphy Wine Cellars store manager David Hasler with a cask of wine that
could double in price if tax changes are made.
Picture: Elesa Lee
Prices set to double under changes
THE price of cask wine could double
under proposed changes to the way wine
The Alcohol Education and Rehabili-
tation Foundation has called for urgent
reform into the Wine Equalisation Tax,
which it believes is the first step in
reforming the way all alcohol is taxed.
The foundation says the current tax
doesn't make economic sense and is also
a strong contributor to harm caused by
excessive alcohol consumption in Aust-
The foundation's report on national
wine reform says the Wine Equalisation
Tax and rebate results in an "illogical and
inconsistent" base for taxation.
The tax is based on the product's price
rather than alcohol content, which means
wines with the same alcohol content are
subject to different levels of tax.
As cask wine is typically cheaper than
bottled wines it is taxed less.
The report states that while the
average consumer will pay 91 cents tax
per standard drink of full-strength ready-
to-drink beverages and 40 cents per
standard drink for full strength beer, they
only pay seven cents per standard drink
of cask wine.
The report details three different
approaches to reforming the tax --
replacing it with a volumetric tax for
wine, taxing wine at the same rate as full-
strength draught beer and taxing wine at
the same rate as full-strength packaged
It was reported that replacing the
existing tax with any of the three
scenarios would result in increased
prices for cheaper wine and reduced total
alcohol consumption overall.
The most significant change was a
predicted reduction in the consumption
of cask wine.
The retail price of cask wine increased
by between 24.7 per cent and
114.6 per cent under the scenarios.
Jim Murphy Wine Cellars wines
manager Adrien Murphy says changing
the tax will not affect his business. Only
6 to 8 per cent of wine sales came from
He said the proposal seemed like a tax
grab and would just penalise those who
were responsible alcohol consumers.
Mr Murphy said Australia had a huge
surplus of wine that it could not export
and the only way it could be sold was to
make it cheaper.
Wine producers would just change
focus and produce poorer quality bottled
"All companies will just move from
cask to cheaper wine," Mr Murphy said.
Native garden on display to the public
FOR one day only, Open Gardens
Australia is proud to provide an
opportunity for members of the
public to visit the exceptional
Walcott garden in the exclusive
precinct of Old Red Hill.
Benjamin and Rosalind Walcott
have transformed their 9300sqm
block from a lacklustre sloping site
into an artfully designed native
showpiece with more than 4000
plants representing more than 700
different species. Visitors will
appreciate that the plants are well
cared for, their natural forms en-
couraged and maintained, adding to
the relaxed but orderly feel of the
Integral parts of the garden design
are the beautiful but practical water
features. There are creek beds,
waterfalls and three large ponds to
collect rainwater, mix with bore
water and service the irrigation needs
of the garden. Water is also diverted
from the roof of the house and paved
areas into the system, making sure no
drop is wasted.
The garden is such an idyllic
environment and at least 75 species
of native bird have been sighted
there. Some come for the native
plants, some for the fish in the ponds,
some nest there permanently.
The Walcott garden supports
Friends of the Australian National
Botanic Gardens charity. Helpers
will be on hand to talk about plants
in the garden and provide refresh-
ments for sale. The Plant People will
also have Australian native plants for
The Walcott Garden will be open
from 10am until 4.30pm on Sunday,
September 18, at 10 Wickham Cres,
Red Hill. Entry fee is $6 per adult
and children under 18 admitted free.
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