Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chronicle 11-11-2014 Contents 7 - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
THE LIGHT ON THE HILL HAS BEEN RELIT
The famed Hotel Kurrajong Canberra reopens its doors this December
Originally opened in 1926, Hotel Kurrajong Canberra has been fully renovated, combining the spirit and style of the
Roaring 20s with 21st century creature comforts. Home to Ben Chi ey while in of ce, the Kurrajong s graceful
architecture features deep verandahs, radiating courtyards and covered pavilions. At Chi ey s Bar & Grill, award
winning Executive Chef Michael Chatto s menu features superb hand selected meats and fresh local produce.
The light on the hill has been relit. Welcome to Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.
In partnership with
BUY ONE, GIVE ONE
Gift of a real tree brightens Christmas
Ben Zeller, 29, of Harrison, John Pelli, 26, of Harrison, Pat Newell, 27, of Torrens, and Liam Zeller, 26, of Griffith,
will be delivering Christmas trees again this year but will also be donating trees to those who are having a tough
Photo: Melissa Adams
Having a real Christmas tree proudly
adorning the family room is something
some people only dream of, but those
dreams are set to be made a reality for
14 Canberra families.
A campaign run by Canberra
business The Christmas Tree Truck
called Tree For Tree (#treefortree)
aims to support those less fortunate or
who have had a rough year.
Joint owner Liam Zeller said the
idea was to give something back to the
"We wanted to help out those people
who are struggling a bit financially or
who have just had a bad year, he said.
For example, with the Mr Fluffy
The very first recipient of the Tree
for Tree program was a lady who had
lost her father, earlier in the year, and
a close friend in the MH17 plane
disaster. The second person had been
living in a Mr Fluffy home and the
third recipient s home burnt down.
The response has been so good, the
team plans to continue the tradition
The Christmas Tree Truck was
started last year by four
entrepreneurial Canberrans aged
between 26 and 29.
The business delivers real trees with
a stand and, for an extra fee, will also
collect them after the festive season
and take them away.
This year, the business wanted to
give something back to the Canberra
community in the spirit of social and
"The core of the proposal that we
created was for people who have
purchased a tree and then they
nominate someone to receive a tree for
free, Liam said.
We filter through the purchases
each day and we pick out who we
think deserves it the most." The
Christmas wish project will spread
some early festive cheer by giving out
one tree per day to those in need, up
until Sunday. To find out more, contact
find the group on Facebook.
under NDIS shift
Canberra children under four with
autism or a developmental delay can
now move to the National Disability
Insurance Scheme as the ACT
government prepares to shift school-
based services to community
The ACT government will shift
early intervention programs provided
by the Education and Training
Directorate for children not yet
enrolled in school to community
providers at the beginning of the 2015
Therapy ACT will continue to
provide services until December 2016.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch
said six providers had been selected by
tender to deliver services from next
Eligible children and their families
can now organise access to funding
through the scheme.
From next year children who are
eligible for the NDIS and have not yet
started school will be linked with new
community-based early intervention
providers, she said.
They are now in contract
negotiations and final arrangements
will be in place soon. But because
these contracts are non-exclusive, any
other provider wishing to offer early
intervention or therapy services in the
ACT under the NDIS will still be able
to do so.
Families will be able to meet new
service providers at an open day on
Monday, November 17 at Hedley
Beare Centre for Teaching and
For more information, contact the
NDIA on 1800 800 110.
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