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City's trees tell tall tales
Jyll Bradley with Jonquil Panting.
Picture: Elesa Lee
WESTBOURNE Woods is rooted
in Canberra's history as an early
testing ground for the trees that
would eventually line the city's
streets and fill its many parks.
Almost 100 years later UK
artist Jyll Bradley has explored
this early Aboreta as part of the
Centenary of Canberra City of
The project will include up to
six audio recordings of different
tree-scapes across the territory
and their meaning to people who
have a connection with them.
''We're using trees as a way of
getting to know Canberra,'' Brad-
ley said. ''It's really a piece about
identity and place and belonging.
''The idea is that each piece is
a journey through a special Can-
berra tree-scape like Westbourne
Woods. I think lots of people will
be surprised at the extraordinary
range of people who have opin-
ions and feelings about trees.''
Each piece takes on a different
tree-scape and explores the peo-
ple connected to it. They include
an area of Tidbinbilla where the
artist has spoken to indigenous
rangers and even an exploration
of the urban forests of Canberra.
''That will include talking to
people who really don't like
trees,'' Bradley said.
She has also combined music
and poetry into each work. Hav-
ing completed her research she
will now get to work with her
senior BBC Radio producer Jon-
quil Panting to create each piece.
Their work will then emerge on
the internet, ABC Radio and then
in a visual exhibition at the
National Library in July.
Bradley is the only inter-
national artist directly com-
missioned to work for the Centen-
ary's cultural program. She has
toured a range of Canberra loca-
tions for the project including the
National Arboretum Canberra,
the Australian National Botanic
Gardens, Bendora and Pryor Ar-
Centenary of Canberra creative
director Robyn Archer said Brad-
ley's work always inspired qual-
ity. ''I invited her because of her
very particular work which is
always linked to community,
almost always on botanical or
horticultural subjects, and always
of excellent, inspiring quality,''
Ms Archer said.
''I knew she would make
something special for Canberra.
The outsider's eye is superbly
focused on Canberra's tree
stories, tree history, tree futures in
City of Trees.''
AUSTRALIA FIRST TO VACCINATE BOYS
AUSTRALIA will be the first country in the world to
give boys between the ages of 12 and 13 years the
Human Papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) under the
National Immunisation Program.
''The ACT government is pleased to partner with the
Australian Government in the introduction of this
HPV vaccine for Australian school-aged boys,'' the
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said.
Immunisations will be provided through a school-
based vaccination program to commence in 2013
with a two year catch up component for boys in year
nine. The vaccine will protect boys from HPV related
cancers and genital warts and increase the
effectiveness of the vaccination program for girls.
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