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Apple specialist Brooke Biddell helps year 4 student Paddy Reardon, 9, make an interactive movie at the Apple Store.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Budding film directors happy to go back to class early
Budding technology geniuses
switched back on from holiday mode
to enjoy fun, free and educational
school holiday activities.
More than 60 children up to 12
years old participated in a course run at
the Apple Store in Canberra Centre.
The three-day workshop aimed to
teach movie-making on an iPad, and
both children and their parents said
they learnt from the classes.
Mother-of-two tech expert Lisa
Barresi said her daughters, Siera and
Chiara Nunes, aged 7 and 9
respectively, had visited the camp for
the past three years.
"Why do we come? Because it's
fun," Ms Barresi said.
"They get to play and make things
and watch it over and over.
Through the school year they
make other things and go in and show
their teachers the things they have
learnt," Ms Barresi said. She said her
daughters used technology in the
classroom and hoped the workshops
would keep them ahead of the curve.
Nine-year-old Paddy Reardon, his
sister Lucy and mother Carolyn
travelled from Gundagai for the
Paddy created a home video of him
performing stunts in a swimming pool.
He added music, sound effects and
titles -- something he learnt how to do
at the camp.
Ms Reardon said her family was not
too technologically-savvy, which was
one of the reasons they were taking
part in the lessons.
"I've come to a few one-on-one
sessions here and they let me know
about the Apple camp," Ms Reardon
"I just thought it would be a good
chance for them to learn some more
and build their skills -- and mine."
to shine in
her new role
as a minister
Ginninderra MLA Yvette Berry has
been voted into the Labor ministry.
She fills the position left by former
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.
Incumbent Chief Minister Andrew
Barr said she had displayed her skills
and commitment to her community as
Ms Berry, who has elected as an
MLA in 2012, was handed a suite of
portfolios including housing,
community services, women,
multicultural and Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander affairs.
She was also given the newly
created role of minister assisting the
Chief Minister on social inclusion and
Before she joined the assembly, she
worked in the hospitality industry and
as a community organiser for United
I entered politics because I wanted
to give a voice to people on low
incomes, people from non-English
speaking backgrounds, young people,
sole parents and those who are
vulnerable in our community,'' Ms
I believe I've been able to do this
during my time as an MLA and I'm
proud to be the local member for
Ginninderra and West Belconnen,''
She grew up in West Belconnen and
went to school at Holt Primary,
Ginninderra High and Hawker
Most importantly it's where I'm
raising my family today,'' she said.
Mr Barr said that he had no doubt
that she would continue to stand up for
working families and fight for the
disadvantaged in her role as a minister.
Signs spending on rise despite federal job losses
Figures show Canberra's retail market
is climbing out of a dark hole and into
Commonwealth Bank statistics
reveal the ACT's business sales
increasing in each of the seven months
leading to December.
The territory in December recorded
a strong increase in sales of 1.8 per
cent when compared with November --
the figures were adjusted to smooth
out seasonal variations such as
Christmas trade -- while West
Australia rose 0.5 per cent and 0.3 per
cent in Tasmania.
Commsec chief economist Craig
James said while the numbers were
based on the bank's figures and
captured just a fifth of the market they
were an early indicator of what the
Australian Bureau of Statistics results
would say about the territory's
December performance when the ABS
released its results next month.
We've seen a turnaround in retail
spending in the ACT in the middle of
last year but it's coming off a low base
-- spending was quite weak in the ACT
in the first part of the year,'' he said.
As late as October, the ACT was the
second worst performing economy in
Australia, second only to Tasmania,
according to a larger Commsec report
released at the time, with growing
uncertainty about job opportunities
shaking investors' confidence and the
reduced willingness of locals to spend.
The latest upbeat figures could
surprise some observers who were
expecting 2015 to be another year in
which Canberra languished in an
economic funk because of 7000
federal public service job cuts in the
territory as part of 16,500 job losses in
the bureaucracy nationally.
Gungahlin Community Council
president Ewan Brown said retailers in
his area had been complaining
weekday daytime trade was slow.
To combat this, he said the
community council wanted to
encourage the broadening of shop
types in Gungahlin.
We have to travel out of the district
to get things,'' he said.
We don't have health funds here,
Mr Brown said this conflicted with
the original intent of Canberra's design
which set out several satellite
He said Gungahlin now had more
than 50,000 residents across 12
suburbs and another three suburbs
were being planned.
Tuggeranong Community Council
president Eric Traise said businesses in
the town's Hyperdome shopping
centre and surrounds were still
struggling and there seemed to be no
obvious signs of a turnaround.
Any time you walk into the
hyperdome there seems to be yet
another shop closed,'' he said.
Mr Traise said outlet stores selling
cheaper items and coffee shops
seemed to be able to survive because
more were opening.
BLUE SAPPHIRE ANNIVERSARY
Respect and love binds for 65 years
Joseph and Gladys Cotta mark
their 65th anniversary. Right: The
Cottas on their wedding day.
The secret to a successful marriage is
love, understanding and respect
especially through times of hardship,
according to Joseph and Gladys Cotta.
The Cottas have been married for 65
years and celebrated their anniversary
on January 16 in Canberra.
They were married in St Joseph's
Cathedral, Madras, India, and
emigrated to Australia in 1961 with
their five children, then aged from 4 to
10 years old.
In 1970, Mr Cotta's work resulted in
the family's move from Melbourne to
the nation's capital.
A passion for cooking led Mr and
Mrs Cotta to open a restaurant --
Shalimar Indian in the city -- which
became quite popular among locals.
After their retirement in 1985, the
couple moved to Noosa for four years
but homesickness brought them back
The couple opened another Indian
restaurant in Deakin -- Geethanjali -- in
1989 and they served their last meal
there in 1995.
They are now living their retirement
"to the fullest".
The Cottas, along with their five
children, celebrated their anniversary
in style at the Boathouse by the Lake.
Memories of their wedding day in
India came flooding back for the
couple who were just teenagers at the
Mrs Cotta recalls all the other young
ladies crying on her wedding day
because she was the lucky one,
marrying the lovely Joseph.
Mr Cotta said it was the happiest
moment of his life.
The lavish reception, music, food
and people in attendance set a scene
that was never to be forgotten.
Richard Cotta said his parents were
role models to all.
They are so happy, proud and truly
amazed of their own achievement and
now look forward to their 66 year
anniversary and beyond,'' he said.
It was most appropriate to
celebrate this very special occasion in
Canberra with family and friends since
this is their home with so many fond
Their anniversary was also marked
by a barbecue at the Cotter reserve,
surrounded by friends and family,
including 16 grandchildren and 16
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