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Volume 16 No. 38
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
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Belconnen kids have a ball at school
Macquarie Primary School students Bradley Giles, Jirah Rontas and Nate Halpin learn some
ball handling skills with Brigitte Ardossi from the Canberra Capitals. The students enjoyed a
sports gala day last Friday, held to promote physical activity and health.
Picture: Elesa Lee
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SUZI QUATRO MEETS
FIGHT CONTINUES OVER
GIRALANG SHOPS College
A CATHOLIC college in Gungahlin
is one step closer following the
referral of Throsby to the Common-
wealth for environmental assessment.
The proposed area of Throsby
includes patches of the critically
endangered Yellow Box and Red
Gum, the threatened Superb Parrot,
Golden Sun Moth and the Striped
The Federal Government must
approve the development of this land
before any work can begin.
While the Catholic Education Of-
fice has welcomed the news of the
referral, its delay means a secondary
school will not open in time for the
2013 school year as planned.
The education office had been told
they would receive a decision on their
application in mid-2011, after the
necessary assessments had been car-
Senior education officer Dominic
Braybon said the education office had
been unaware of the referral's delay.
''That was a bit of a shock to us
because we hadn't realised that hadn't
gone in,'' he said.
''It really highlighted to us that our
timeline could no longer be met
without making adjustments.''
An extra building will be construc-
ted at Mother Teresa School in
Harrison to accommodate the col-
lege's first cohort of Year 7s in 2013.
The Year 7s will move to the new
secondary school in 2014.
Mr Braybon said a Catholic secon-
dary school had been in the pipeline
for Gungahlin since 2004.
More than 800 students travel out
of Gungahlin each day to attend
Catholic schools in other parts of
A meeting was recently held to
update the community on the revised
plans for the college and more than
500 intentions to enrol were signed by
''That's a pretty extreme level of
commitment from the Gungahlin
community and the Government
would be wise to give that attention,''
Mr Braybon said.
Director of the Economic Develop-
ment Directorate David Dawes said
the ACT Government was committed
to facilitating Catholic Education
Office access to the land to begin
development as soon as appropriate.
The ACT Greens passed a motion
in the Legislative Assembly last
month calling for the ACT Govern-
ment to refer the school site to an
Environment Protection, Biodiversity
and Conservation assessment.
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