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Planning for Canberra Hospital's
Have your say
The ACT Government has commenced community consultation
on the potential energy scenarios at Canberra Hospital.
To plan for the future, the Health Directorate is undertaking a
feasibility study to determine the hospital's energy requirements
in the years to come. This study will also look at possible
scenarios to make the hospital more energy ef cient.
A number of community consultation sessions are being held to
seek input on the community's values and concerns in relation to
future energy planning for the hospital.
The sessions will be two hours in duration and feature a
presentation providing information about the study. They will
also include the opportunity to provide comment and speak to
Health Directorate staff and industry representatives.
When: Saturday 4 February 2012 -- 10am to 12pm
Friday 17 February 2012 -- 11am to 1pm
Where: Canberra Hospital, Yamba Drive, Garran
Main Auditorium, Building 2
(Opposite the Main Reception and Hospital Auxiliary Shop)
There will also be additional informal 'drop-in style' information
sessions during the consultation period. For the details of these
events go to www.health.act.gov.au/yhop or phone 02 6205 9440
Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Tuesday, 6 March 2012 or mailed to Canberra Hospital
Energy Sustainability, PO Box 11, Woden ACT 2606.
For more informa on:
Phone: 02 6205 9440
The Bureau of Meteorology is seeking a contractor to provide
meteorological obser vations and site support activities at Canberra Airport.
You will need to have a keen interest in the weather, familiarity with PCs
and be available to attend the weather instr ument site at Canber ra Airport at
Duties: Weather Observations.
You would be required to visit the instrument site at Canber ra
Airport at 9am 7 days per week. The obser vation takes
approximately 30 mins to complete. You would record and report
the measurement of wind, temperature, humidity, evaporation,
rainfall, and sunshine hours. Visual observations of weather
conditions, cloud and visibility. Data entry into computing
systems. Compiling of monthly records and minor maintenance of
weather instr uments.
Routine mowing, trimming and weed control of instrument site
enclosures. The Site Support contractor will need to supply all
required equipment and materials.
Contract remuneration would be as follows for satisfactory completion of all
Obser vations and Site Support requirements:
Observations: $6083.00 per Annum
Site Support: $5360.00 per Annu m
Fu rther information and w ritten expressions of interest in perfor ming the
contract should be sent to:
Regional Observations Manager
PO Box 413
Darlinghurst NSW 1300
Phone: 02 9296 1550
Fax: 02 9296 1648
Closing date for expression of interest: 31st Jan 2012
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Predictions of a new assembly
A NINE months from now the ACT will give
birth to a new assembly. Hopefully few of
its members will not be recognised for
playing a role comparable to one of the roles
described in the classic monologue, ªAll the
world's a stage'', Act II Scene VII, in Shakespeare's
play As you like it. But of one thing you can be sure,
some MLAs with nothing to say will spruik
monologues, dreary rather than classic, only because
they love the sound of their own voice.
Some MLAs will have been elected also despite not
understanding that voters are interested in what they
have to say provided they do it by way of explanation
not declamation. (I hope voters realise it's time to give
short shrift to politicians who declaim rather than
explain so that the next assembly functions not as a
shouting house but a thinking one).
It is a fact also that there will be new MLAs. At this
stage, and because Labor MLA John Hargreaves
(unofficially chief comedian in the current cast of the
assembly), is retiring, we know that there will be one
new MLA at least. There may be more. Who knows?
Nevertheless, in the run up to the election, rumours will
grow which will be as accurate as some climate change
Because I haven't yet met all of the hopefuls (that
pleasure is yet to come) I'm betting two bob each way
that come October, the assembly will welcome more
than one new MLA. Whether Labor, Liberal, Green or
someone not currently on the political spectrum, I don't
know, I'll have to wait and see.
Some current MLAs, for example Steve Doszpot, was
elected as a Member for Brindabella in 2008 but now
that his family have grown up he has moved to
Molonglo, an electorate for which he has yet to be pre-
selected. Based on his assembly performance I will be
very much surprised if he is not preselected and re-
Unfortunately Labor candidate for Molonglo, David
Mathews, didn't win in 2008 but I hope he doesn't miss
out this time because he has been assiduous in trying to
help people in the electorate during the past four years.
I am picking Doszpot and Mathews as winners because
they strike me as having the common sense I think is a
necessary prerequisite for an MLA.
As for my next choice, Greens MLA Caroline Le
Couteur, a surprise winner in Molonglo in 2008, might
do it again in October. My predictions are not based on
how many times these candidates are seen in the press
or seen and heard on TV and radio but on the basis that
when they are, they display the common sense I
As the months go by, I hope to bring you my opinion
about other new candidates. It would be unfair to
condemn anyone without knowing anything about them
and who knows, among them there might be some who
will do better for Canberra than some of the people who
already are being talked of as certainties. So fear not, by
the time the election arrives I expect to have given you
the opportunity to read about new candidates so that in
October you will vote for the candidate you want not the
one that party hierarchies want.
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