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STOLEN PROPERTY CHARGES
ACT Policing arrested a Harrison
man for receiving stolen property
last week on Wednesday, January
At about 4.30am police were called
to a burglary at a music store in
Mitchell on Tuesday morning
(January 18), where a number of
guitars were stolen.
At about 11.20am the following day
police executed a search warrant on
a Harrison home.
During the execution of the warrant
police found the guitars laid out on a
bed in the residence with the tags
During the search police also found
other property which is suspected of
An 18-year-old Harrison man was
arrested and taken to the Watch
The alleged offender faced the ACT
Magistrates Court last Thursday
charged with receiving stolen
WORK has begun on two of
Belconnen's busy traffic
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope
announced last week that $2.4
million would be spent on an
upgrade to the Ginninderra Drive-
Aikman Drive intersection.
A further $750,000 will be spent
improving the Aikman Drive-Joy
Cummins Place intersection, while
also providing access to Lawson.
Mr Stanhope said this project had
been initiated after discussions with
residents of the nearby Kangara
Waters Retirement Village.
''Following discussions with the
residents, the ACT Government
undertook a review of the
intersection to see how it could be
improved,'' he said.
''The $750,000 project will make it
easier for vehicles to turn right into
and out of Joy Cummings Place and
provide a safe pedestrian crossing
to the bus stop on Aikman Drive.
''We will also be constructing a
footpath connecting Joy Cummings
Place to Ginninderra Drive.''
He said the works were expected to
be completed by August this year.
ELLIS APPOINTED TO COUNCIL
FORMER Federal Member for
Canberra Annette Ellis has been
appointed to the University of
She has been appointed for a three-
year term and will replace John
Mackay on the council.
He will take up the position of
Chancellor, University of Canberra.
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said
Ms Ellis would bring a wealth of
experience and skills to the council,
which would help maintain the good
governance of the university.
Mr Stanhope said that during a
federal political career spanning
more than 14 years, Ms Ellis had a
long history of public service to the
community in her role as the former
Federal Member for Canberra and a
former Shadow Minister for Ageing
and Shadow Minister for Disabilities.
Ms Ellis was a former member of the
ACT Legislative Assembly.
''Ms Ellis has also represented the
community as a board member for
organisations such as
ACT, Pegasus Foundation and The
Arthur Shakespeare Foundation for
Scouting and is a national patron of
NICAN, an inclusion service for
people with a disability,'' he said.
''In addition to this she is a patron for
organisations such as the ACT Eden
Monaro Cancer Support Group,
Bosom Buddies ACT, ACT Down
Syndrome Association, Arthritis
ACT and Australia-Thai Association,
which is a testament to her
involvement in the local
Bottled water banned at UC
Greg Stewart from the UC Environment and Sustainability Society tests one of the new chilled bubblers on
Picture: Marina Neil
AT THE University of Canberra the
call is not to ban the bomb, but ban
The campus has become the first
university in Australia to ban the sale
of plastic water bottles and will
instead provide students with an
increase in bubblers and bottle refill
Australia's first WaterVend
machine will also be available to
students, dispensing filtered still,
sparkling or flavoured tap water into
the users own container.
Greg Stewart from the UC
Environment and Sustainability
Society said the concept began as part
of an innovation unit where students
were asked for an idea to improve the
He said while some groups thought
about different food vendors, he and
three other team members thought
about banning the sale of bottled
water for one day.
''From there we presented the idea
to [the university] and they ran with
it,'' he said.
''Everyone has been really sup-
portive, they love the idea.''
Mr Stewart said there had been a
lot of consultation with students
about the proposal, and while there
was some predictable negativity,
most people supported the plan.
He said his role was now in helping
students make the transition to the
bottle free campus, including talking
to them about hygiene, the import-
ance of washing bottles, and the
health effects of water.
He thinks other universities should
follow UC's lead.
''I really hope so, it's not only
possible it's probable,'' he said.
Mr Stewart said universities should
move with the times or else they'd be
left behind in the environmental
´ Globo at the university will
immediately go bottled water free and
all other campus outlets must cease
the sale of bottles by World Water
Day on March 22.
The university will sell low-cost
refillable bottles and refillable SIGG
water bottles to students.
The action group Do Something!
assisted the students to achieve the
bottle ban, and founder Jon Dee said
it provided a positive model that
could be copied by other universities.
About 140,000 bottles of water are
currently consumed annually at the
University of Canberra.
Ja Naki Geetha Batawala receives her citizenship certificate from
former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the 2010 ceremony.
Picture: Gary Schafer
Proud family supports
new Australian citizen
Continued from page 1
Australia Day in the
When: Wednesday, January 26
Where: Commonwealth Park
7.30am-10am -- Great Aussie Day
10am-11.15am -- Flag Raising
and Citizenship Ceremonies
12pm-3pm -- Children's Festival
3pm-6pm -- Australia Day Jam
6pm-9pm -- Pre-fireworks
entertainment on the lake stage
9pm -- Fireworks Spectacular
MRS Sarri will join 50 people from
21 countries at the Australia Day
Citizenship Ceremony on
Wednesday as she takes her pledge to
become a citizen.
More than four million people
have become citizens since the first
ceremony in 1949.
Granddaughter Alena said the
family -- including Mrs Sarri's chil-
dren Tony, Andrew, Maria and
Michael, grandchildren Dan, Tiffany,
Marissa and herself and great grand-
children Jordan and Carla -- were all
very proud of her.
They will all attend the ceremony
at Regatta Point on Wednesday,
before celebrating with a barbecue
back at the house.
Alena said there was a good
chance that Nan would need a
''nanna nap'' between the two
''[Australia Day is] always a
pretty big day for us,'' she said.
Australia Day because she's waited
Mrs Sarri said she was looking
forward to no longer being the
outcast in a family full of Aussies.
Waste piles up
around the ACT
Dumped goods outside the Kippax
MEMBER for Ginninderra Alistair Coe
has called for the ACT Government to
improve the amenity of Canberra.
He says he is constantly receiving
calls from residents concerned about
unmown grass, the quality of roads,
dumped rubbish and the general
liveability in the nation's capital.
Mr Coe said one particular sore point
was the dumping of unwanted goods
outside charity bins, which had become
increasingly worse after Christmas.
He said a proper waste collection
service would help the situation.
''At the end of the day there are
individuals who have done that --
however we know that is a problem, the
government would be aware there's a
problem,'' he said.
''I guess the call is for people to be
considerate but for the government to
make sure waste services are
The acting manager of ACT No
Waste David Roberts said a trial of bulk
waste collection would soon begin in
This trial was funded in the 2010/11
ACT Budget and will be available free
to holders of means tested pensioner
Mr Roberts said Canberra was differ-
ent to other cities and councils in that it
had a tradition of people delivering their
own bulky waste to the tip or recycling
He said Canberra led the way in
green waste recovery and this system
was cheaper for everyone.
Mr Roberts said the bulky waste trial
was aimed at plugging the gaps in the
current system and would by no means
attempt to take over the work of
''We've designed it in such a way
that it won't [affect] the commercial
operators, we're trying to encourage
them to run a better service,'' he said.
Mr Roberts said there was a common
misconception about what could go into
charity bins, with most only accepting
clothes, footwear and blankets.
He said people should be aware that
charities would most likely accept the
other things if they were directly
brought to the location.
''It's a very small number of people
who cause the problem, by and large 99
per cent of people do the right thing,''
Mr Roberts said the ACT Govern-
ment was constantly working to
improve the amenity of Canberra with a
focus on targeting dumpers.
''We're doing a range of things
across the board -- from education,
working with other governments to put
in national schemes, and also as a last
resort encouraging people to dob in a
dumper and call Canberra Connect,'' he
The bulky waste trial is anticipated to
begin in April and will soon go up for
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