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The Tradies celebrates proud tradition
Lionel Moore, a member of The Tradies for about 50 years, at The Tradies, Dixon.
Photo: Matt Bedford
A Canberra club that is a cultural
institution will soon celebrate 50
Dickson Tradesmen s Union Club,
better known as The Tradies, is a club
where trams, bicycles and astronomy
have complemented cheap beer and
One member who has been there
from the start is Lionel Moore.
Each day, regular as clockwork, Mr
Moore can be found at the club having
a morning coffee before returning later
for his afternoon beer.
He remembers the early days, the
changes and the characters.
"They were all tradies and workers
then, he said. And he saw his fair
share of scuffles and disagreements.
One disgruntled member even turned
up with a shotgun one night
threatening the manager. "The
manager barred him for three
months, Mr Moore said.
Public relations manager Phil Lynch
has been working on a book about The
Tradies for the past two-and-half
"There has been a single thread to
the whole thing, Mr Lynch said.
"This place has always been different.
It was different from the start. It was
built by the trade unions at the time
because they had been kicked out of
their site in Acton.
This was due to the opening of Lake
Burley Griffin in 1964. After its
establishment the club began to collect
and develop its own attractions.
Almost a dozen old trams would be
used as dining areas through the years,
a bicycle museum formed and at one
stage an observatory was built on the
roof for the fleeting appearance of
Halley s Comet -- that would later lead
to the creation of a planetarium.
"No club had ever tried this before,
Mr Lynch said. "It was innovative.
He said that innovation was part of
the club s longevity.
At a time when clubs have come and
gone that longevity is a remarkable
achievement. General manager Alison
Percival said they were proud of that
achievement and would celebrate with
members on Friday, October 10.
Myer pulls plans
for Woden mall
Retail giant Myer has backed out of
plans to open a store in Westfield
Fairfax Media understands the
retailer s decision to pull out was due
to delays in renovations and upgrades
to the mall.
The ACT government has been
spruiking the revitalisation of the area
in expectation of the renovation of the
mall, and is still expecting a
development application from
Westfield, now known as Scentre
Group, for the site in 2014.
SWEET NEW SEATS
ON OLDER BUSES
Full passenger seat refurbishment has
been completed on 54 of ACTION s
ACTION s bus fleet carries 70,000
passengers each weekday.
The repairs, funded by a $570,000
investment by the ACT government,
aim to improve the comfort for
customers and boost the appeal of
using public transport.
ACTION chief operating officer
Bren Burkevics said the refurbishment
program would continue in 2014-15.
"A further $250,000 [has been]
allocated to passenger seat upgrades
which equates to about 25 buses.
Asbestos found at brickworks
WORKSAFE ISSUES WARNING
WorkSafe is urging the
community to report any
asbestos on public land, after a
piece was found outside the
fenced area at Canberra
The broken piece of bonded
asbestos was cleared by the site
contractor within a day of it
being reported by Yarralumla
president Marea Fatseas on
commissioner Mark McCabe
said although the piece
presented a low risk, bonded
asbestos containing material,
sometimes up to 40 years old,
was found across the city
This stuff shouldn t be
lying around . . . we still don t
want people to touch it.
They should report it to
WorkSafe and we d get a
licensed removalist to do
something about it, Mr
Ms Fatseas said she was
concerned the asbestos could
represent a larger area which
needs remediation, blowing out
the ACT government and Land
Development Agency s
$5.3 million budget for the
Car park operator unfair
FAIR TRADING BREACH
The operators of a private car
park in Woden and the City
have been forced to stop
handing out fines and are
refunding people who were
issued with fines earlier this
Corbell said Wilson Parking
Australia 1992 Pty Ltd
(Wilson) has provided the
Commissioner for Fair Trading
with court enforceable
undertakings under the
Australian Consumer Law.
This follows Office of
Regulatory Services concerns
that aspects of the company s
operation were unlawful.
Consumers alerted the ORS
about their concerns.
It was found there was
insufficient signage to indicate
the terms and conditions of
entry and that users might not
be aware of their rights and
responsibilities in the car parks.
"Further, parking breach
notices issued by Wilson were
representing that they were
enforceable under local council
bylaws, which was not the
case," Mr Corbell said.
Wilson has offered to make
amendments to parking breach
notices and signage, and
attempt to reimburse and waive
A copy of the undertaking is
THOUSANDS RALLY FOR
GLOBAL CLIMATE ISSUE
Thousands of Canberrans have rallied
in response to Abbott government
decisions on climate change. The
Festival of Community Action was
held at the ANU and featured a range
of speakers involved with local
campaigns on climate change. ACT
Brumbies and Australian Wallabies
player David Pocock said it was
important to take urgent action on
climate change. He was joined by
Vietnam veterans, scientists, high-
school students and climate change
campaigners. The event was one of
2700 rallies, marches and protests
across 160 countries.
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