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free talk by international speaker
and Christian Science healer
Sunday 26 October at 2.30
The Reception Room of the
Legislative Assembly Building
London Circuit, Canberra
sponsored by the Christian Science Church,
Learn how spiritualising thought
brings health and harmony
into our lives.
New street bulbs to
lower costs, reduce
THE ACT Government has installed new LED
lights on streets in Isabella Plains as part of a move
to improve streetlights across Canberra.
It is the first time entire streets in the ACT have
been retrofitted with LEDs.
Thirty-two lights were replaced in Keverstone
Circuit, Heddon Place and Jiggi Place.
Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury
said the impact of LED usage would be significant
in reducing maintenance and energy costs.
"There are both environmental and economic
benefits to installing LEDs rather than
conventional streetlights, he said. The LEDs
should not require maintenance for 12 years,
rather than the five year lamp change expected for
compact fluorescent streetlights.
The initial cost of the new LEDs is more
expensive -- $385 compared to $200 for
fluorescent lights -- but the cost is recouped
after six years and they continue to make
savings after that.
LED trials have taken place in Mitchell,
Fyshwick and Phillip.
Work is under way to install the lights in
Lawson with plans for new areas such as
Moncrieff and Molonglo.
The government aims to roll out more LED
streetlights across Canberra in a move to reduce
ST VINCENT DE PAUL TURNS 25
Vinnies Tuggeranong volunteer for 25 years Val Haynes with staff member for 25 years Joan
Hibberson look through a photo album of the store ahead of its 25th anniversary.
Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Good chats come to mind
as Vinnies' staff look back
Staff at St Vincent de Paul in Tuggeranong have
reached out and provided much-needed support and
services to community members in need for the past
In the early days it was one of the only buildings
in a paddock with long grass in Greenway.
One of the first jobs of the morning was to shoo
away the mice and get rid of lurking huntsman
Close friends Joan Hibberson and Val Haynes have
been through thick and thin at Vinnies for the past
quarter of a century.
Recalling times when people of all circumstances
have needed their assistance, the two women agree
the most prevalent people were the lonely ones.
"There are a lot of lonely people out there, and I
was always prepared to stand and have a chat," Val
"If they wanted to have a chat, I would just drop
my tools and have a chat."
Val said the staff and volunteers are often there to
help people through difficult times.
"There is one lady who came in a few years back
and she was looking and looking at this big platter
that had a picture of a turkey on it. She told me she
would really like it to put her Christmas turkey on it,
and she asked how much.
I told her it was $4, and she said she only had $2.
I said, well that will be your Christmas present, you
can have it for $2 . Ever since then, she has come in
every week and she thanks me, for just doing that."
Joan said she s had the pleasure of seeing people
grow up over the years.
"We had a beautiful young teenager who was
planning her marriage and I remember she kept
coming in with children, first one, then two and I
think up to number seven, she said.
Just last week, she came into the centre and told
me she s going to be a grandmother."
Overall, the women agree the main benefits from
volunteering were friendship and satisfaction.
"Somebody s got to it, and I enjoy it. I ve met so
many wonderful friends, and they ll be friends for
life . . . and I wouldn t have had that if I hadn t been
here at Vinnies," Val said.
St Vincent de Paul Tuggeranong will be
celebrating its 25th birthday on Tuesday,
October 28, with a morning tea from 10am to
11am followed by a 50 per cent off sale.
be spared with
car park deal
in the works
Twenty-seven mature trees to be cut
down for a temporary car park near
Dickson Pool could be saved with a
deal poised to make use of the vacant
Negotiations between site owners
Amalgamated Property Group and
Coles are under way with an
agreement expected to be signed
Meanwhile, the ACT government
has agreed to hold off pushing ahead
with the development application for
the Section 72 redevelopment until
the ACTTAB site agreement is
Residents had hoped an agreement
could be struck before Monday
night s Community Workshop in
Dickson where further discussion of
section 72 took place.
The temporary car park and
redevelopment were linked through
the proposed removal of the trees.
The move to consider the
ACTTAB site resulted from a North
Canberra Community Council
During the meeting, robust
discussion between residents and
government agencies highlighted the
site as a realistic alternative to the
temporary car park approach where
trees near Dickson Pool would have
EXPERT RUNS FREE
BIRD WATCH WALKS
Spring is the ideal time to see a
variety of birdlife at the National
Species often seen at the site
include the yellow-tailed black
cockatoo, eastern rosella, a variety of
parrot and honeyeater species and
families of masked lapwings with
freshly hatched chicks.
The National Arboretum Canberra
is hosting free bird watching walks
organised by the Friends of the
Arboretum and run by experienced
ornithologist Tony Lawson.
The walks will be held from
7.30am to 10am on Thursday,
Saturday and Sunday.
Attendees are encouraged to bring
binoculars, wear sturdy shoes,
trousers and take water. Places are
limited, bookings can be made by
calling 6207 8484.
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