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Council's stronger voice
Tuggeranong Community Council president Darryl Johnston and new vice-
president Nick Tsoulias.
Picture: Elesa Lee
DARRYL Johnston has been re-elected
to his third and final term as president
of the Tuggeranong Community Coun-
cil.Due to a change made to the
council's constitution last year, presi-
dents can only serve three terms before
having to step aside.
Mr Johnston said the change was
made to stop one person remaining in
the position for an extended period.
''At some point in the next year,
we'll have to start working towards
finding someone to replace me,'' he
''Obviously I'll be taking a step back
from my current commitments, but I'd
still like to stay involved on the
While Mr Johnston remained as
president, there were a few changes to
the rest of the committee.
The two vice-presidents from last
year, Colin Petrie and Dug Holmes,
have stepped down and Nick Tsoulias
has stepped in as the council's single
Albert Orszaczky has stepped down
as secretary and has been replaced on an
acting basis by Alison Ryan. Eric Traise
will remain as treasurer.
''The council is going well, we have
over 20 new members in the past year,
and we are growing to be a stronger
voice for the community,'' Mr Johnston
Mr Johnston said he expected his last
year as head of the council to be
dominated by development issues.
''We've got the master plans for the
Erindale Group Centre, the Tuggera-
nong Town Centre and [Greenway]
being developed. We have to make sure
we get these right and that the
community has significant input into
how they are developed and the
finished product is something people
are happy with,'' he said.
''We'd also like to see an investment
in better transport infrastructure and to
maintain the infrastructure we've al-
''And, while it's unlikely to happen
in the next year, we'd like to see a
combined University of Canberra-CIT
campus based in Tuggeranong.
''The CIT is looking to have a larger
presence in Tuggeranong and it would
be good to have a facility where
students could go and listen to lectures
or attend them online, so they don't
have to travel to Bruce.''
Last pieces of public art
Tasmanian artist Matt Calvert with his piece A Small Walk, which has been installed in Weston Creek.
Picture: Elesa Lee
ONE of the last pieces of the ACT
Government's public art program
has been unveiled in Weston Creek.
Tasmanian artist Matthew Cal-
vert's A Small Walk is one of the few
pieces of public art in Weston Creek
and displays silhouettes of children
on a stroll through the region's town
The piece is made from steel and
concrete, and also features shards of
broken, car tail and indicator lights,
a trademark feature in much of
ArtsACT director David Whitney
said he was thrilled with the way the
sculptures had turned out and it
would become a popular landmark
in Weston Creek.
''The work fits the location; it was
exactly what we were looking for.
Cooleman Court is the centre of
Weston Creek and you often see
families and children walking
through the area,'' he said.
Mr Whitney said there would be a
few more public arts pieces unveiled
in the coming months, the last of the
program, which has not received
funding in this year's budget.
He said further funding for public
art could be a possibility depending
on how the community responds to
the current pieces.
Calvert is a supporter of public art
and said Canberrans were fortunate
to have had the program in place
over the past few years.
''Public art is essential; it is an
important part of the community,''
''Not everyone will agree with it,
but controversy can be a good thing,
it gets people talking about the art.
''I think over time, the public art
in Canberra is something people will
Calvert's piece, located on the
corner of Hindmarsh Drive and
Brierly Street, will have final land-
scaping work completed in the next
Equipment and tools stolen from cars
POLICE are urging Canberrans to
remove valuables from their cars
after an increase in car break-ins in
In the past fortnight (August 23 to
September 7) there has been 15 car
break-ins in a number of suburbs in
Of the 15, five were
tradespeople's cars and involved the
theft of equipment and tools totaling
more than $17,000.
Tuggeranong Police Station
Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Rod
Anderson said police believed the
most recent thefts were opportunistic
and encouraged drivers to remove
valuables from their cars, including
store tools, equipment, and iPads, to
ensure they were secure and not in
''The cars which have been
broken into are parked outside of
homes, not secured in garages, and
items are clearly visible for anyone
to see. These incidents are
concerning to us as the items stolen
in this case directly affect people's
livelihood,'' he said. ''If you own a
car, please ensure your valuables are
removed and your car is secure. I
would also like to ask the
community to be on the look out for
anyone offering tools and equipment
for sale at cheap prices.''
Items stolen include generators,
power tools, laser levels and battery
Anyone with information can
contact Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000.
Kambah master plan consultation extended
THE community consultation period
for the Kambah group centre draft
master plan has been extended by
another four weeks.
The extension to Friday, October
14, follows feedback from the com-
munity, including the Tuggeranong
Community Council, calling for
more time to comment.
"The draft master plan is intended
to guide development and redevel-
opment of the Kambah group centre
over the next 20 to 30 years so I
think it is appropriate the community
and industry have sufficient time to
digest and comment on the ideas in
the document," Environment and
Sustainable Development Minister
Simon Corbell said. "The plans
reflect significant input from ongo-
ing consultation with the Kambah
community since March."
Planners from the Environment
and Sustainable Development Direc-
torate will be giving a presentation
on the draft master plan at a
Tuggeranong Community Council
meeting at the Burns Club in Kett
Street, Kambah at 7.30pm on
Monday, September 19.
The plan is available online at
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