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NDIS Community Forum
Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann is
holding an NDIS community forum at
the Tuggeranong 55+ Club later this
The forum is an opportunity to learn
about the transi on from exis ng
disability services to the NDIS, as part
of the ACT roll-out.
ACT Disability Minister Joy Burch will
be speaking at the forum and will be
joined by a representa ve from the ACT
Community Services Directorate,
as well as the Na onal Disability
When: 3:00-4:00pm on Thursday,
20 November 2014
Where: Tuggeranong 55+ Club,
101 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway
RSVP: Gai.Brodtmann.MP@aph.gov.au or
call the office on (02) 6293 1344
Please note there is limited parking on site. Free parking is
available along Cowlishaw Street, and there is a large pay
car park opposite the venue.
Authorised by Gai Brodtmann MP, 205 Anketell St Tuggeranong 2900.
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Volunteers spread love of growing food
Volunteer Deborah Reynolds is preparing the Canberra City Farm Garden in Turner for its grand opening to the
public on November 16.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Many hands have made light work of
establishing the Canberra City Farm
Garden in Turner.
The 800-square-metre plot, leased
from the ACT government, has been
designed as an education hub for tips
about cultivating food within the
confines of city living.
Canberra City Farm president Jodie
Pipkorn said she was thrilled to launch
the gardens at a public open day on
Sunday, November 16.
"It has come about after three years
of work by dedicated volunteers in our
local community and it s wonderful to
see it finally come to life," she said.
Since its inception in 2011, the farm
has held many demonstration stalls
and workshops to inform, inspire and
connect with the community about
Volunteer member Deborah
Reynolds said the site would be
different to a typical community
garden with defined plots.
Instead it would provide for
practical learning about growing with
limited space and budget.
"We want to show you can grow on
a balcony, in whatever sized space you
have," she said.
"From the very basic to the complex
techniques people can take away their
ideas and implement them in their own
Two donated shipping containers
will be used for storage and to host
learning about growing herbs,
vegetables and flowers as well as
topics such as soils, composting and
Volunteers hope the community
contributes suggestions for future
workshops and reap the benefits of
what is sowed. "We plan to install an
earth oven for pizza nights," Ms
A portion of the gardens will be
locked up after hours, but the majority
is designed to be open for the public
to enjoy. "The gardens outside the
fence perimeter will be open to walk
through," Ms Reynolds said.
"If people have need and want to
pick vegies they re welcome, and we
would hope they then come and learn
more about growing with us."
The open day runs from 11am to
Pollen levels set
to climb amid
record run signs
Canberra is on track to break the
record for the longest run of days of
high to extreme pollen levels amid
warnings that the worst could be yet
Professor Simon Haberle is one of
the creators of a mobile app which
has been tracking pollen levels in
Canberra since October 1.
He said that, so far, this hay fever
season had been unusually severe
and that November was the peak time
"We had some quite strong days in
October and they seem to be
persisting," the head of the
Australian National University s
Department of Archaeology and
Natural History said.
"We ve had at least 10 days of high
to extreme pollen in the atmosphere
... that s quite unusual," he said.
The string of high pollen days
began on Sunday, October 26,
Professor Haberle said.
This coincided with a spike in
emergency department presentations
for asthma at Canberra Hospital --
where 15 people sought treatment
compared to the more average day of
Pollen counts in Canberra have
remained in the high to extreme
A wet winter and the lush grass
that it produced around Canberra --
coupled with a dry spell and strong
north-west winds -- have been
blamed for the capital s high pollen
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