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Weston Creek Community Council
Molonglo Valley set to impact
WESTON Creek residents are about to be
impacted by a number of significant road
projects related to development of the
Molonglo Valley, senior representatives
the ACT government told a recent public
meeting of the Weston Creek Community
On August 31, the council held its
Annual General Meeting, preceded by a
well-attended community forum. Guest
speakers at the forum included David
Dawes from the Economic Development
Directorate, Tony Gill from Roads ACT,
and a representative from the Land
The speakers provided an update on the
Molonglo development and major road
projects about to commence around
Weston Creek. The first project will
involve replacing the roundabout on
Cotter Road/Kirkpatrick Street with
traffic lights. These roadworks will take
an astounding nine months to complete,
with Cotter Road traffic reduced to one
lane in each direction during construction.
Residents are advised to consider using
alternative routes during this time.
Other works in the pipeline include
reconfiguring the Dixon-Unwin-Streeton
Drive intersection, and a duplication of
Cotter Road east of the Parkway. Overall,
three years of traffic disruption are
The meeting also heard that the first
wave of Molonglo residents will initially
have no shops or schools of their own, but
will have to rely on Weston Creek's
already overstretched services. This
concerned many audience members, who
for years have been lobbying for
improved facilities with very limited
success, and who feared a further loss of
amenity to Molonglo. Future traffic
problems were another hot topic of
The meeting welcomed the
Government's forthcoming master plan
for Cooleman Court, which provides an
opportunity to address some of the issues
around local facilities over the longer
The AGM elected the council's
committee for 2011-12, including Tom
Anderson as chair. Over the coming year
the Weston Creek Community Council is
determined to work hard to ensure the
Government is aware of the community's
concerns, in particular with regard to
Molonglo and the burden it is expected to
place on the local area, its roads and
Our next public meeting will be held on
Wednesday, September 28.
Indigenous initiative awarded
Education Minister Andrew Barr presents an excellence award to Erindale College principal Jennifer
Blackall and Indigenous Social Inclusion Company general manager Clinton Scott-Knight.
ERINDALE College has won a
number of awards in recent weeks
for a program aimed at improving the
education of its Indigenous students.
The program, a joint initiative of
the college and the Indigenous Social
Inclusion Company, recently won
the VET in Schools Excellence
Award at the ACT Training Excel-
lence Awards and last week was
awarded a $50,000 grant from the
National Australia Bank's Schools
First award program.
According to the college's acting
principal Jennifer Blackall, the part-
nership between the college and the
Indigenous Social Inclusion Com-
pany was developed to provide
indigenous students with support to
complete their HSC and gain tertiary
The students are employed as
trainees one day a week and plan and
implement outdoor activities for
primary school students.
Ms Blackall said they undertake
vocational training and receive ac-
creditation, become role models and
mentors for primary aged children,
experience paid work and receive
support to achieve their post-school
''The program is a fabulous
opportunity for the students to
develop social skills and learn how to
work with young people, while
encouraging their love of sport and
exercise,'' she said.
''This is the second year we've
been running the program and it has
been incredibly successful.
''The students have gained certifi-
cate II accreditation, and through the
program, they've become more
engaged in their other subjects and
are going on to gain their HSC.
''And the students' attendance has
become much more regular.''
Ms Blackall said the Schools First
grant would allow her school to
further expand the program, and this
could include involvement by
''We'd like to expand the program
and allow more students to take part
as it provides a focus and a passion
for the students, and has them
looking further than the end of Year
12,'' she said.
''We'd also like to establish links
with the families of the participants
and provide education opportunities
for them on campus.
''We are exceptionally proud of
the program and the awards are
acknowledgement of the hard work
of establishing it and then implemen-
ting it each week. It lets us know we
are doing something worthwhile for
Lack of consultation with
the community a concern
From page 1
Parent Susie Campbell presented the
petition to Opposition education spokes-
man Steve Doszpot, who will speak to the
petition at the Legislative Assembly this
''There's been no consultation with the
community and that can be incredibly
frustrating, especially when they are
changing something like this,'' Mr Dosz-
''This change at such at late stage has
caused serious disruption and upset for
parents who have made enrolment deci-
sions based on the belief their child would
be attending the preschool.''
An Education and Training Directorate
spokesman said there were no plans to
close the preschool in the future and no
further classes would be relocated.
He said the decision making process
involved consulting with the preschool
teachers at both Weston and Waramanga
Preschools and other executive teachers
and the decision was relayed to parents as
soon as was practicable.
''This process was ongoing at that time
(enrolment period) and a final decision by
the school board was made on Sept-
ember 5. Parents were notified of the
decision in early September,'' he said.
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