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Kirsty Lowe has been selected to represent Australia in the Miss Beauty
Queen of the Year 2015 in the UK.
Photo: Matt Bedford
to be queen
for a year
Little girls often dress up as princesses
and dream of a royal lifestyle when
they grow up but few ever realise their
Yet one Canberra woman is on her
way to the United Kingdom for a
chance to be queen.
Kirsty Lowe has been selected to
represent Australia in the Miss Beauty
Queen of the Year 2015 being held in
"I ve done a lot of modelling
competitions here in Australia but this
is my first time doing an international
competition, she said.
The 25-year-old, who works as an
executive assistant for a Canberra taxi
company, is excited about the
competition and the prospect of it
leading to a full-time modelling career.
"Building a modelling career in the
long run would be great but it is also
just good to be a part of, she said.
"Just to be able to represent
Australia would be amazing.
The part-time model has already
built up an extensive portfolio working
with several companies.
Last weekend, she even competed in
a paintball modelling competition.
Meanwhile, Ms Lowe is trying to
raise money to make her way to the
contest where international fashion
labels could pluck the winner from
relative obscurity and place her among
the bright lights of the fashion world.
"I hope I ve got a good chance of
winning, she said.
"If I exceed the sponsorship target I
intend to use the additional funds to
contribute to fund-raising for the
Starlight Children s Foundation and
While her sponsorship target is
$1000 she hopes to raise more than
$5000 for charity before she goes to
the competition in August 2015.
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Woden pool a major issue
A new aquatic facility and a proposed
solar farm were the main issues raised
at November s meeting, while the
redevelopment of an aged care facility
is on the agenda for the next meeting.
Solar Share Canberra presented a
proposal for a new community solar
facility north of Mugga Lane landfill.
This was followed by a presentation
from ACT minister Shane Rattenbury,
who answered questions on a wide
variety of topics of interest including
the need for Woden to have an
enclosed aquatic facility.
This continues to be a major issue
for residents after six consultants had
recommended that a facility was
needed in the Woden area.
Mr Rattenbury reiterated the ACT
government s commitment to a facility
out at Molonglo but said he would
seek to engage with the Phillip pool
owner on possible redevelopment
options. Mr Rattenbury will provide
written answers to all questions which
we will put up on the WVCC s
In planning news, the WVCC
recommended that maximum building
heights for Strathgordon Court site in
Lyons should be six storeys.
Community services has submitted a
draft variation to amend the territory
plan to allow building heights of eight
to ten stories, rezoning the site from
RZ4 to RZ5. Public housing will also
be reduced and will only make up
10 per cent of the future development.
At this month s meeting we will
have presentations by the Goodwin
group on the redevelopment of the
Farrer aged care, the John James
Foundation on a new respite health
facility located in Garran and by Mr
Fluffy homeowners in Woden.
Everyone is welcome to come along
to the last WVCC public meeting of
2014 on December 3. It will be at
7.30pm, upstairs in the Orpheus room
at the Woden Hellenic club. For more
info www.wvcc.org.au Martin Miller
Living Streets Canberra, formerly Canberra Pedestrian Forum, chairman
Leon Arundell has welcomed 40km/h zones for 18 group centres across
Photo: Mark Sawa
Lower speed zones on way
The ACT government intends to roll-
out 40km/h zones across 18 Canberra
group centres with consultation under
way on Dickson and Kaleen.
Territory and Municipal Services
Minister Shane Rattenbury said
consultation for the city-wide roll-out
of 40km/h speed limits in all group
centres would begin this week.
He expects the new speed limits will
be in place for Dickson and Kaleen
before June 2015.
"The 40km/h zones have been
rolled out across town centres over
recent years and they have been very
successful, Mr Rattenbury said.
He said the initiative had improved
safety for pedestrians, cyclists and
other vulnerable road users while
compliance from drivers with the new
speed limits had been high.
"There are still a few areas where
we need to do some work but overall
it has been good, Mr Rattenbury said.
Residents are being consulted on
where they believe the boundaries for
the new 40km/h zones should be in
their respective group centres.
Slower speed environments
improve safety for all road users and
help draw more pedestrian activity to
the area, Mr Rattenbury said. They
help to create safer and more vibrant
community areas across Canberra.
Living Streets Canberra, formerly
Canberra Pedestrian Forum,
welcomed moves to extend the roll-
out. Chairman Leon Arundell said it
was a good initiative for pedestrian
safety and believed it could go even
"We ve had school zones at 40km/h
and now shopping centres so we d like
to see it applied to other high
pedestrian areas as well, he said.
Mr Arundell said the government
had statistics on the most dangerous
areas for pedestrians in the city and
suggested 40km/h zones could be
applied to some black spot areas.
Other areas slated for 40km/h zones
include centres such as Mawson,
Cooleman Court and Chisholm shops.
The zones will be progressively
introduced throughout 2015 after six-
month evaluations of their
effectiveness are concluded and
further community consultation.
There are 18 group centres where
40km/h zones don t apply including
Kaleen and Dickson in the north and
Cooleman Court in the south.
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HIGH DENSITY SOLUTIONS
Contest attracts bold housing ideas
With high density living becoming
increasing common across Canberra,
innovative ideas for housing are in
The New Experimental
Architectural Typologies competition
has cultivated radical thinking about
different ways to build.
Four bold ideas for alternative
housing have been selected at this
year s NEAT competition.
The competition invited entrants to
come up with viable concepts for
innovative and compact dwellings
suitable for Canberra while
challenging planning rules.
Minister for the Environment Simon
Corbell presented the first prize to
Melinda Dodson for her submission,
The Hi House scheme offered
vertically organised flexible housing
that could be adapted over time for
both private and communal living.
The NEAT jury said it was an
intelligent and sophisticated look at
higher density in Canberra.
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