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CRACE CAN CHANGE THAT.
Crace Block 1, Section 46.
We're seeking expressions of interest from organisations, groups and
businesses interested in purchasing a prime site in the new suburb of
Crace for the development of a community facility that will serve the
residents of Crace and the wider population. The 4474m2 site is zoned
CFZ -- Community Facility Zone and will permit a range of uses defined
under the Territory Plan.
Crace is a thriving suburb conveniently located to Gungahlin and
Belconnen Town Centres and will ultimately be home to around 4000
people. Because of its excellent exposure to Gundaroo Drive, a facility on
this site would be well placed to ser ve the wider Gungahlin community
(an estimated 50,000 people by 2014).
Expressions of interest close 4 October 2011. To obtain a detailed
Expression of Interest document contact Ron Bell on (02) 6230 0800
or see the Crace website.
GOD'S TRUTH with PROOF
Choose Your Future
Revival Centres International
Contact: 6230 3060
New tricks: Stimulus,
schools and skate parks
MEMBER FOR FRASER
THE original skateboarders were
bored California surfers -- they
came up with the new sport in the
1940s as a way to kill time when
the waves were flat.
Opening the new ''Belco
Bowl'' with Chris Bourke MLA
earlier this month, I told the
audience that its location couldn't
be more apt. As Canberra skaters
look out over the calm waters of
Lake Ginninderra, they can be
reminded of how their sport
For anyone who hasn't yet been
to the Belco Bowl, you're in for a
treat. Now the largest skate park in
the southern hemisphere, the
Belco Bowl offers opportunities
for expert skaters to show off their
ollies, wheelies and pivots, as well
as a space for first-timers to
For non-skaters like me, it's a
place where my wife and I can
take our two-year-old and four-
year-old boys, so they can watch
with wide eyes as the BMX riders
and skateboarders do their tricks.
The Belco Bowl upgrade was
partially funded by the Australian
Government under the stimulus
program. When the Global Finan-
cial Crisis struck in 2008, the
Federal Government responded
with household payments and
We chose infrastructure pro-
jects that were both necessary and
''shovel ready''. This included
funding to upgrade Canberra's
local roads. Glebe Park also got a
makeover, with a new shade sail,
seating and event stage.
Every primary school received
new facilities as part of the
stimulus program. If you have
children at school, you'll have
seen how these projects have
improved their educational
experience. For example, Florey
Primary School has new science
labs where the kids can follow in
the footsteps of Howard Florey,
who discovered penicillin. At
Amaroo Primary School, teachers
can teach in their traditional
classroom, or remove the dividing
walls between classrooms and
teach in teams. At the Forde
campus of Burgmann Anglican
College, the new multipurpose
hall has sharply raked seating, so
all children can see the stage.
Across Australia, stimulus
spending saved around 200,000
jobs, and our unemployment rate
now stands at 5 per cent, well
below the jobless rate in Britain (8
per cent) and the US (9 per cent).
Long-term unemployment can
leave scars that last a lifetime. The
stimulus spending not only
prevented recession, it also left a
valuable legacy -- safer roads,
better sporting facilities and re-
vamped schools. From the Belco
Bowl to Amaroo Primary, we're
investing to ensure Canberra stays
the best city in Australia.
Andrew Leigh is the federal
member for Fraser.
HAVE YOUR SAY: Send your letters to
the editor to PO BOX 7155, Canberra
Mail Centre, ACT 2610, fax them to
6239 1345 or email them to
Keep it short (say 250 words), sign the letter
and print your name and address at the
Debate over needle program
Family and Friends for Drug Law Reform president Brian McConnell will speak at the next Kippax Amnesty
meeting about the proposed needle-and-syringe program inside the Alexander Maconochie Centre.
Picture: Elesa Lee
THE controversial proposal to begin a
needle-and-syringe program inside
Canberra's Alexander Maconochie
Centre will be discussed at the next
meeting of the Kippax Amnesty
Family and Friends for Drug Law
Reform (ACT) president Brian
McConnell will facilitate debate about
whether it is a human right to provide
such a program to prisoners.
He said his personal view was that
prisoners were punished for their
actions by being deprived of their
liberty and they should not be given
extra punishment inside the centre.
As such they should have the same
access to public health services as the
rest of the community such as the
opportunity to purchase needle and
syringe packs like Canberrans can at
He said while less than 1 per cent of
the general population had a blood
borne virus, more than 60 per cent of
people inside prisons had them.
He considers that the provision of a
needle and syringe program is a human
right and thinks there is an evidence
base in various pieces of ACT legis-
lation that supports this.
The president will discuss this
legislation with the Amnesty group as
well as Michael Moore's recent report
on implementing a needle and syringe
Mr McConnell has been the presi-
dent of the Family and Friends for
Drug Law Reform since 1995 when he
was part of a Canberra-wide push to
deal with the increasing number of
heroin overdose deaths in the Terri-
tory. He lost a son to a heroin overdose
"We knew nothing about it at the
time -- heroin, illicit drugs. We were
probably like a lot of people in
Canberra and Australia, until it affects
you you don't know anything about it,"
Mr McConnell said.
The family was furious about the
way he was treated upon being
admitted to hospital when he initially
Mr McConnell said his son had
woken up to find the police standing
over his bed wanting to find out details
of who had supplied him the drugs.
He discharged himself from hos-
pital, left Canberra and then suffered a
fatal heroin overdose.
"He was caught between a rock and
a hard place," Mr McConnell said.
"We thought this isn't right, it's not
right the police shouldn't be harassing
him -- our son had a health problem."
He says while the police no longer
target people in this way there is still
too much money put into law enforce-
ment and more should be provided
towards dealing with the health prob-
"If we had evidence based policies
and if our policy makers would pay
heed to the evidence we wouldn't be in
the trouble we are now," he said.
The Kippax Amnesty Group will
meet at the Kippax Library next
Monday, September 12 at 11am.
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