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TRAIN TRIPS FOR SPRING
& SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Gift Vouchers Available
ACT Division Inc.
Full details - www.trains.org.au
Monday - Friday 10 - 3
• Heritage Steam Trains to Bungendore
- Sunday 18 September (Market Day):
- Sunday 2 October (Long Weekend):
- Thursday 6 October (School Holidays):
- Sunday 16 October (Market Day):
Book now for our steam-hauled trains departing from Canberra
Station with time in Bungendore to visit local attractions & enjoy
lunch. Tunnels, bridges & the climb through the Molonglo Gorge
& over the hills. Travel in carriages around 100 years old Spoil
yourselves with optional First Class travel (including refreshments)
on all weekend steam train trips - also see the model railway
exhibition in Bungendore on 16 October. TIMETABLE: All dates
except 6 October - depart Canberra 10.30am, returning at 3.35pm.
6 October only - departs Canberra 12.15pm, returning at 3.35pm.
• Half-day Vintage Rail Motor Trips to Bungendore:
- Tuesdays 4 & 11 October (School holidays):
3-hour trips departing Canberra at 9am and 12.50pm.
A rollicking good ride with views out the front & back of the train.
- Saturday 15 October (School holidays):
Departing Canberra at 10.30am, back around 3.30pm - see
the model railway exhibition in Bungendore.
• Rail Discovery Day - Thursday 13 October:
Steam train trips Canberra to Queanbeyan plus
entry to Canberra Railway Museum: Steam trains leave
Canberra at 10.20am, 12.20pm and 1.30pm. Light snacks
available from the Rail Café carriage at the Museum or bring
a picnic - a great day out for the kids during school holidays.
• The Restaurant Train to Bungendore
Saturday 13 November: Our unique dinner train to
Bungendore offers a leisurely journey in daylight saving time
through the Molonglo Gorge with a 3-course dinner freshly
prepared on board. Table seating for 4 or 8 or larger
celebration groups can book a carriage.
• Christmas Party Trains to Tarago
- Saturday 26 November :
- Saturdays 3 & 10 December:
Get a group of friends together for a fun night out with
dinner on board and drinks from our licensed bar. Live
music, dancing & refreshments at Tarago, with dancing in
the Dance/Lounge Car on the way home. It s a hoot!
BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
All booking are accepted on the basis that prospective passengers
have read and agree to our full terms & conditions which may be
viewed on our website - www.trains.org.au
Also see our website for train charter information.
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RSPCA ACT chief executive Michael Linke
pictured with his pet pitbull Dahlia.Picture: Elesa Lee
to dog's deed
not its breed
DESPITE mounting pressure to follow in
Victoria's footsteps, the ACT Govern-
ment says it won't be tightening existing
The new Victorian legislation, which
came about after a four-year-old was
mauled to death by a pit bull-mastiff
cross, states any pit bull or pit bull cross
must be registered and allows govern-
ment authorities to classify a dog as
dangerous based on its appearance.
The new laws also give councils the
authority to destroy any unregistered dog
deemed to be a dangerous breed.
RSPCA ACT chief executive Michael
Linke says the RSPCA opposes the
change in legislation.
"We focus on the deed, not the breed,
which means individual dogs are asses-
sed on a case by case basis," he said.
"Laws like this ... force good dogs to
"I put it to everybody, if we eradicate
pit bulls, will that eradicate dangerous
Mr Linke owns a two-year-old pit bull
named Dahlia, who he says is a placid
dog with great social skills.
"We take her for walks every morning
and she visits the local nursing home
every week," he said. "She's well-
socialised and she's got a good owner,
and those are two essential things."
Mr Linke believes it is his respons-
ibility to make sure Dahlia never gets
into a compromising situation.
"I know where she is all the time, and
that's not because she's a pit bull, that's
because I'm a responsible pet owner," he
A spokeswoman for Territory and
Municipal Services Minister Simon
Corbell confirmed the ACT Government
would not be following Victoria's lead in
relation to dog laws.
Dangerous dog legislation already
exists in the ACT, and other than
reviewing the penalties that may be
imposed for breaches of the Domestic
Animals Act 2000, the spokeswoman
says there is no proposal to amend the
Act in relation to dangerous dog declara-
She said the ACT Government pre-
ferred to focus on the need for dog
owners to take responsibility for their
"The ACT does not have breed-
specific legislation as the propensity for
a dog to behave aggressively towards
humans and other animals is dependent
on a number of factors, particularly
owners' attitudes towards socialising and
educating their animals," she said.
"The breed of dog may in fact be a
poor indicator of that animal's poten-
tially dangerous behaviour.
"This is supported by dog attack
statistics gathered by The Registrar of
Domestic Animal Services which does
not identify a particular breed of animal
as a recurring problem."
In the ACT any dog, regardless of its
breed, can be declared dangerous. Ow-
ners of dangerous dogs can be required to
follow strict conditions, such as display-
ing signs around their property, housing
their animal in an approved cage and
fitting a muzzle to their animal at all
times when in public.
POLICE PURSUIT IN BELCONNEN
ACT Policing is investigating a pursuit that occurred
on Saturday afternoon (September 10) involving a
vehicle travelling in Florey.
Around 1.40pm, police observed a maroon Peugeot
hatchback on John Cleland Crescent in Florey.
Police believe the driver of the vehicle is the subject
of a warrant in relation to burglary and theft charges.
Police followed the vehicle into the Florey shops at
which stage the vehicle sped away and a pursuit was
initiated. The pursuit continued through Florey and
Scullin until police lost sight of the vehicle at the
intersection of Ross Smith Crescent and Hargrave
Street, Scullin and the pursuit was terminated.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who may
have seen the maroon Peugeot hatchback or
witnessed the pursuit to contact Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000 or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au
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