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The hours of parking operation will be 8.30am to 5pm,
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
he new parking arrangements mean:
V S TO S will have better access
to our national institutions
WO E S will get into the office
that little bit sooner, or attend
EVE O E will spend less time
circling car parks and more
time enjoying the central parts
For more information: www.natcap.gov.au/parking
Service helps blind people 'see' theatre
Lisa Knight volunteers as an audio describer at Canberra Theatre.
Photo: Kimberley Granger
Lisa Knight watches a single theatre
production up to four times, several
times a year at Canberra Theatre.
During the fourth show, she not only
knows whether an actor has missed his
line, she whispers into some audience
members' ears, describing the actions
happening on stage.
As a Vision Australia volunteer
audio describer, Lisa assists the blind
or those with low vision to experience
theatre by filling in the otherwise silent
Trying not to talk over the dialogue,
Lisa keeps her descriptions short, with
just enough information to allow the
blind audience to follow the
"Part of the service is that before the
show we do a tactile tour ... we take
them on a tour with the stage manager
and they can touch a lot of the props
that are used in the show, and walk
through the set,'' she said.
They can have a bit more of an
idea about the location, and the things
they can't see.
"If the clients have been on the
tactile tour they've seen the props and
the costumes, we don't have to put so
much description into them. We can
just say, the red dress', and they know
exactly which one that means because
they've touched it.''
While Lisa sits in a small room
backstage during the performance, she
watches the movements live on a
screen, which enables her to zoom in
on expressions and movement.
"It's all live description, we're part
of the show,'' she said.
Our clients sit in the audience and
have an earpiece that they can hear our
Sometimes, particularly with
comedy, you really want to capture the
expressions on the actors' faces. That
is part of the humour and for our
clients who can't see that detail,
sometimes they miss out on a joke, so
it's important for us to fill in those
The Wharf Revue is one of the final
productions in the Canberra Theatre's
2014 subscription series -- the Vision
Australia service is offered on
Saturday. Phone 1300 847 466 for
To book tickets call the
Canberra Theatre on 6275 2700.
Club a mix of
A well-loved Canberra institution
will celebrate its 50th birthday on
I am not talking about the National
Gallery, Library or Botanic Gardens
-- I am talking about the Dickson
I have a personal connection to the
Tradies Club. In the late 1980s, when
I was working for the then Building
Workers Industrial Union, my office
was part of the rabbit warren which
occupied the second floor of the
building. This was the Tradies of old,
when trams lined the windows and
the whole place smelled faintly of
schnitzel and beer.
It was a great place to unwind after
a long day. Its comfortable and
eclectic decor made it a great place to
switch off after work.
Both the union and the club have
come a long way together since then.
An often unrecognised value of clubs
like the Tradies is their capacity to
invest locally and support
community initiatives. Even all those
years ago, the emphasis was on
member services, accessibility and
being part of the community. There
would be plenty of people in North
Canberra who remember the regular
Tradies Club newsletter, usually
published on bright A3 paper that
carried a wealth of information.
The Tradies has always had a
unique and wonderful character. It
has been home to a bicycle museum,
farmyard museum, BMX track and a
sorely missed planetarium. The
Tradies has done a lot to support
community sport in Canberra.
Today the Tradies still retains a lot
of this character, although I think it
has evolved into a more sophisticated
club with a far broader membership.
Thankfully some things never change
-- you can still get a schnitzel bigger
than your face.
Thank you Tradies and have a
Gallery explores light rail options to transform Australian cities
If you've ever dreamed of a
Northbourne Avenue with giant yellow
mushrooms or sweeping white
footbridges above a clean, green light
rail track, you're not alone.
A new exhibition at the Gallery of
Australian Design, titled Travel Light,
has explored the possibilities of the
light rail projects not just in the ACT,
but around Australia.
Travel Light will be the gallery's
first exhibition since they moved into
their new premises in Kingston, from
their previous space on Queen
Elizabeth Terrace by the lake.
Gallery director Adelin Chin said
her gallery had come up with the idea,
after which they approached Capital
Metro to see if they'd sponsor them.
Capital Metro minister Simon
Corbell opened the event on Thursday
Travel Light is an important
exhibition that shows people the big
picture on how light rail can
transform cities,'' he said.
Photos from light rail and tram
systems line the walls as well as a
number of images of what Canberra's
future system could look like.
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