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Student culinary champions
Gold at international competition
Nathan Ballard, teacher Meg Lewis and Andria Bencich have just
returned from Taiwan after competing in the International Secondary
Schools Culinary Challenge.
ERINDALE College students Andria
Bencich and Nathan Ballard have
returned home with gold from an
international chef competition.
The duo recently competed at the
International Secondary Schools Culi-
nary Challenge in Taipei.
In an tight competition, Nathan and
Andria finished with a score of more
than 90 out of 100, claiming a gold
medal, and finished in fourth position,
behind teams from Taiwan, Japan and
New Zealand. One-and-a-half points
separated the top four finishers.
It is the first time a team from an
ACT public school has been awarded
Nathan said he and Andria were
proud of their achievement.
‘‘Just to compete on that level was
more than enough, but to get such a
good result is amazing,’’ he said. ‘‘We
worked really well together in the
kitchen and had good communi-
cation,’’ Andria said.
The dish the pair chose to prepare
was poached fillet of beef, onion puree,
saute spaetzle, vegetable paysanne
with a pumpkin cashew nut pie and jus
lie, which they had been practising for
the past two months.
As well as the competition, the Year
12 students were treated to a week-
long Taiwanese culinary experience,
including trips to the local markets, the
Taipei 101 restaurant and a number of
Erindale College hospitality teacher
Meg Lewis, who accompanied the
students, said she was already in
planning for another strong showing
from the college in next year’s compe-
Fencing club one of many volunteer groups rewarded
Engarde at Mackillop Fencing coaching director Hans Dimpel and Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann watch young fencers Tom Makin and
Jennifer Kennedy. The fencing club will receive $1650 as part of the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants program. Picture: Peter Reynolds
LOCAL fencing club Engarde at
MacKillop has been given an injection of
funds after being announced as a
recipient of a Federal Government
The club will receive $1650 to run a
training course for referees.
Engarde coaching director Hans
Dimpel said the grant was a great boost
for fencing in Canberra and would
improve the standard of refereeing in the
‘‘We are looking at bringing an
international referee to Canberra to run a
refereeing course over a weekend next
year,’’ he said.
‘‘Fencing is a sport that needs a lot of
referees and hopefully this will help us
increase our numbers as well as make
sure everyone is refereeing the same way.
‘‘It will also help our fencers learn
how to work better with referees.’’
The club was one of a number of
Canberra-based organisations to receive
funding under the Volunteer Grant
Others to gain a grant were Stromlo
Forest Scout Group, ACT Torres Strait
Islanders Corporation, Deaf Football
ACT, War Widows’ Guild of Australia
(ACT), ACT Women and Prisons Group,
Dance Beyond Barriers, Zac’s Place, and
Zonta Canberra Club of Breakfast.
Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann
said volunteers across Australia
contributed about $14.6 billion in unpaid
work each year.
‘‘This year’s grants will help our
volunteers to undertake their selfless
work in supporting local communities,’’
CURTIN BANK SHARES ON
SHARES in the Curtin Community
Bank Branch will be offered to the
community from October 12.
The public share offer follows a
successful campaign and feasibility
study carried out in Curtin.
The focus for the bank’s steering
committee will now be on selling
$750,000 worth of $1
shareholdings to local residents,
traders and business people.
People buying into the bank will
need to purchase a minimum of 500
Once the share capital is raised,
work can begin on the branch,
including the recruitment of staff.
‘‘Our aim is to have more than 200
new local shareholders having
ownership in the company to
ensure this is a truly community-
spirited company and venture,’’
committee spokesman Nick
Tsoulias said. ‘‘If our pledge
campaign is anything to go by, I
expect demand for our $1 shares to
be strong and the offer is limited.’’
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