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We're looking for multicultural champions...
Nominations for the ACT Government's Multicultural Awards are
now open. Know someone we should know about? We're looking for
champions of Canberra's culturally diverse community -- organisations
and individuals who work tirelessly to promote and protect our city's
unique multicultural way of life.
The special, annual awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions
of those who, in the past 12 months, have actively supported cultural
diversity and made a significant impact in promoting community
Now in its fourth year, the seven award categories include: ACT
Multicultural Advocate of the Year Award; Business Employer of the Year
Award; Community Organisation of the Year Award; Education Award;
Media Award; Public Sector Award; and Outstanding Volunteer of the
Nominations close on Friday 26 September 2014.
For more informa on, call 6207 0555
or visit www.communityservices.act.gov.au
Photos speak volumes about disaster resilience
Emma van der Moezel, who is a finalist for the Resilient Australia Awards.
Two Canberrans have been selected as
finalists for the Resilient Australia
Emma van der Moezel and
Christine Belcher had their
photographs depicting resilience in the
capital selected for the annual awards.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of
the awards a photography category
was introduced and amateurs and
professionals were encouraged to
submit their images.
Ms van der Moezel, who has been
an ACT Rural Fire Service member for
the past two years, said she took
photographs of a hazard reduction
burn in June. Two of her photographs
"The point of the photos and why
they were entered into the competition
was because the ACT is the bush
capital so I thought it was important to
show the training of the volunteers
doing something to assist in keeping
the ACT safe for the bushfire season.''
The former graphic designer is now
embracing photography in her
"It is something that I've done as a
hobby but never professionally,'' she
"Because I've got the skills I
thought it would be quite useful to take
photos for the ACT Rural Fire
Deakin resident Mrs Belcher, who
has also been nominated as a finalist,
submitted a photo of the eagle and nest
sculpture at the National Arboretum.
She said it has become a symbol of
Canberra's recovery and resilience
from the 2003 bushfires.
ACT Attorney-General Simon
Corbell said the awards provided a rare
chance to highlight the work being
undertaken across the nation to
improve disaster resilience.
"As the bush capital Canberra has
been victim to a number of
environmental disasters but it has
united our community and made us
stronger, better prepared and more
resilient,'' Mr Corbell said.
The annual awards are co-ordinated
by the Commonwealth Attorney-
General in conjunction with states and
territories. On December 5, 2014, the
winners will be announced at the
Australian War Memorial.
For information about how to
vote on your favourite resilience
photo email firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondary students look at technology risks
The Association of Parents and
Friends of ACT Schools is
hosting a Cyber Savvy week
with more than 1000
secondary students taking part.
Charuni Weerasooriya said as
technology played a bigger
role in the learning and social
environments of our children a
deeper understanding was
"We are in a time of great
change, our kids have the most
amazing learning opportunities
with technology but alongside
those opportunities are risks,''
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