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We're celebrating the New Year with
No Gap Dental
for patients with available health fund rebates
The ACT Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Community Forum
Do you want to have a say in our community's future direction?
Come and join us on Thursday 12th February 2015.
Join the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB)
and Professor Mick Dodson who will facilitate the conversation to
discuss the issues which are of concern to you about Constitutional
This is your opportunity to hear what others in your community believe
is important and to make your own voice heard. A free BBQ lunch will
It On The
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre
245 Lady Denman Drive, Yarramundi Reach
RSVP to the ATSIEB Secretariat
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 6205 2551
Thursday 12th February 2015
10am to 2pm
If you can't make it on the day, you can still have
your say. Send your comments or suggestions to
email@example.com or jump onto our website
www.atsieb.com.au. Your suggestions are valuable
to us and will guide our plan.
AUTUMN FLOWERING BULBS
Nerines thrive despite lack of attention
The nerine flower needs little attention once it is established in the garden.
In the garden
Nerines are some of the most beautiful
of the autumn and early winter
flowering bulbs, long lived in the
garden and long lasting in the vase.
The white varieties are especially
valued in wedding bouquets.
Named after a Greek water nymph,
the large growing hot pink Nerine
sarniensis, from which many hybrids
have been raised, is often referred to as
the Guernsey lily although it is not a
true lily but a member of the family
Easy to grow once established, the
most common species needs little
In fact, the longer they are left
without disturbance, even crowded,
the better they seem to flourish.
Select a warm, sunlit site in well-
drained, reasonably rich, free of fresh
manure, ground then plant nerines
with the neck of the bulb protruding
from the soil from now until the end of
If you forget and plant them too
deeply, you will undoubtedly lose
Foliage will appear in autumn,
either with or shortly after the flowers,
then die off in late spring or early
summer after which the bulbs will
become dormant and any
supplementary watering should then
N.fothergillii major -- thought by
many to be the most beautiful -- carries
large heads of iridescent scarlet
Good for planting in hot dry spots,
it blooms in autumn on 50cm stems.
Nerine filifolia, with its pink or
white frilly petals, and N. undulata , a
charming, ethereal species, will appeal
to collectors who like to grow in pots
where they are probably safest.
Gardeners who are not over-fond of
pink flowers might prefer to plant
Lycoris, a close relative of the nerine,
known as the spider lily, from China
While L. albiflora is white and L.
radiata is red, L.aurea, which
appreciates a dressing of lime, is a
Check the internet as well
as the product pages of
national gardening magazines
for catalogues of spring
flowering bulbs which can be
ordered now. Early flowering
varieties can be planted out
from early March.
It's time to grow winter
brassicas (cabbage, broccoli,
cauliflower, Brussels sprouts,
kale, etc) from seed.
Purchased seedlings can be
planted out over the next two
months in order to get some
good root growth before the
onset of cooler weather. Be
sure to net young plants to
protect them from the ravages
of the cabbage white butterfly.
Collect any windfalls of
apples and pears that may be
infected with codling moth.
Don't add them to the
compost heap but place them
into a closed clear plastic bag
and sit in the hot sunlight to
kill any larvae before you
dispose of via the garbage bin.
After the stone fruits have
been harvested, give the trees
a dressing of a high-in-
nitrogen fertiliser. The tree will
store the nitrogen ready for
bud-burst and fruit set again
Work has started on a $950,000 series
of upgrades to shopping centres in
Charnwood, Griffith and Theodore.
The centres, amenities, public
access, safety and security will receive
Territory and Municipal Services
Minister Shane Rattenbury said the
centres would be upgraded to meet
standards for lighting and parking for
people with disabilities.
He said all work should be
completed by mid-2015.
Upgrades at Charnwood include
new signage, wider footpaths, new
trees and a new drinking fountain.
Theodore will receive a new
community space with shade structure,
picnic table, seating. new noticeboard,
bike racks, shop signage and
landscaping, and better stormwater
Griffith upgrades include improved
artwork paving, a new drinking
fountain, new bike racks and cleaning
of the shade structure.
FIVE PEAKS CHALLENGE
TAKES IN SIX THIS YEAR
The Five Peaks Challenge is set to
increase to six this year.
Woden Rotary will again host the
fund-raising event on April 26.
Competitors can race over two
distances, 118km or 83km, including
or by-passing each peak.
This year, Dairy Farmers Hill joins
the list of peaks, which includes
Mount Stromlo, Red Hill, Mount
Pleasant, Mount Ainslie and Black
Mountain. For details, or to register,
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