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Canberra Ornithologists Group volunteer Chris Davey inspects his surrounds at the National Botanic Gardens.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Long-held passion continues to burn
A passion for bird watching and the
Canberra Ornithologists Group has
spanned 40 years for proud volunteer
His love of birds was fostered when
he joined CSIRO in Canberra, after
moving from the UK to Australia in
"At that time the group was a lot
smaller, Mr Davey said. I became
involved with birds through my work
"Having recently arrived in
Australia I wanted to quickly get to
know the birds - that s why I joined."
Since then, Mr Davey has been
actively involved with the bird group,
including holding the president s
position for five years.
He said there were plenty of benefits
to joining, including being able to get
out in the bush and enjoy the fresh air.
"There is the hobby aspect, but there
isamoreserioussidetoitaswell. . .
one of the things the club has been
involved with is nominating bird
species which we feel might be
The Canberra Ornithologists Group
also conducts bird surveys for its own
interest and under contract from the
ACT and NSW governments.
Mr Davey prides the efforts of the
ornithologists group in surveying and
reporting on the numbers and health of
birds in the region.
"At the moment . . . we re trying to
get the general public involved in
sightings of birds, particularly the
Gang Gang cockatoo.
The group chose the Gang Gang to
try and find out more about the
national capital s faunal emblem.
The Canberra Ornithologists Group
aims to help develop knowledge of
birds in the Canberra region and
promote the conservation of native
birds and their habitat.
Recently, members of the group
have nominated the scarlet robin for
the vulnerable species list.
The outcome of the nomination is
yet to be determined.
For more information, visit
Dickson development is top of agenda
Happy new year. The North Canberra
Community Council will resume its
public meetings in 2015 on a new day
and at a new location.
Meetings will now be on the third
Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm at
the Majura function room in the
Majura Community Centre, 2
Rosevear Place, Dickson.
This month s meeting will be held
on Tuesday, February 17.
This meeting will not have a guest
speaker due to the number of topics to
be updated from last year. We will be
discussing the proposed supermarket/
shops/residential development to be
built on the present car park next to
Woolworths Dickson including
temporary car park and the Dickson
section 72 site -- east of Dickson pool.
Other matters before the council
include the Mr Fluffy subcommittee
report, a BAC flats update on
maintenance issues, the Lyneham Oval
proposal, loss of green space, rules for
courtyard walls and traffic issues,
including the new Allara Street exit
from Parkes Way to Constitution
For more information, or to become
a member of NCCC, visit
Member for Canberra
Valentine s Day is upon us, and it s a
time when those in love, or those
courting love, splash out on red roses,
heart-shaped balloons, chocolates,
teddy bears and pink champagne.
It s also a time when those looking
for love feel the lack of romance in
their life particularly keenly.
Many of my single friends have
given up trying to meet someone
through work or speed dating. Instead,
they ve turned to online dating, and
they ve invariably had success.
But for all its benefits in finding a
soul mate, a recent analysis of
Australian Competition and Consumer
Commission scam data demographics
by the University of Canberra s Centre
for Internet Safety found dating and
romance scams take the 2014 record
for fleecing lonely hearts.
From January to October 2014,
Australians lost more than $64 million
from reported scams. That s $5.20 for
every Australian internet user.
Dating and romance scams cost
victims more than $20 million, with 45
to 54-year-old women and men losing
the most -- $3.6 million and
$1.5 million respectively.
Twenty per cent of dating and
romance scam victims fell prey when
they were approached through social
networking sites -- almost 20 per cent
were approached via email.
So please, be careful when you are
looking for love. Be on guard for
scammers who set up fake profiles of
highly successful businesspeople
working overseas or dazzlingly
gorgeous women or men who are
asking for money, gifts or personal
Keep up to date with the latest
advice on scams at
Because if it s too good to be true --
even with the sweet and tender
romance of Valentines Day in the air --
it probably is.
Tharwa Drive closure was 'least worst option'
ACT Roads and ESA ACT
representatives provided a formal
apology and explanation for traffic
chaos caused by the Tharwa Drive
closure at Wednesday s Tuggeranong
Community Council meeting.
ESA project manager Mark Doverty
said the nine-day closure, from
January 5 to 13, was the least worst
option available to install a new
sewer pipe as part of the construction
of a new Fire and Rescue station in
Expert advice was that due to
subterranean conditions it was no
longer possible to bore, he said.
The only other technical solution
available was to excavate.
Mr Doverty said scheduled works
were planned for January to cause the
least amount of disruption, as it was
traditionally the quietest time of year.
Several residents at the meeting
voiced concern the agencies involved
failed to communicate effectively with
Mr Doverty said more than 15,000
notices were dropped into letterboxes
ahead of the closures and efforts were
made to alert the community through
various means about the changes to
Tuggeranong Community Council
president Eric Traise said Lanyon
residents were pleased to hear a
firsthand explanation from decision
makers involved in the works.
It was the earliest we could have
convened a meeting to give Lanyon
people a chance to have their say, he
said. It was the right thing to do.
Council member Karl Maftoum
moved a motion to create a roads plan
and review the need for a new access
route into the Lanyon area.
Mr Traise said identifying a
possible inadequacy in the road
network for the region was an upshot
of the traffic chaos, but he understood
the issue was already under
It will be determined through
analysis whether there is a deficiency,
We will pass the motion on
formally to the ACT government.
The Tuggeranong Community
Council will keep on top of this until
we get an answer.
Long waits for urgent appointments
Canberrans face some of the longest
waits for urgent appointments with
GPs in Australia, with only 58.3 per
cent of patients able to see a doctor
within four hours, according to the
The annual Report on Government
Services, which released last week,
found 25.1 per cent of ACT patients
felt they waited too long for an
appointment with their GP, higher than
the national average of 22.6 per cent.
Close to 20 per cent of ACT patients
waited between four and 24 hours for
an urgent appointment with a GP last
year, with another 26 per cent waiting
longer than a day.
Minister for Health Simon Corbell
said the delays were a serious area of
concern as we know the flow-on
effects from GP shortages have a
significant impact on other health
services, such as the emergency
departments in the ACT .
However, the number of GPs in the
ACT continued to increase.
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