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WORLD'S GREATEST SHAVE
Hair today, gone tomorrow for a cause
Rebekah Williams, 11, reflects on how shaving her hair for the World's Greatest Shave donation will help others.
Rebekah Williams has a level-headed
attitude about shaving off her locks.
Just days after she learnt about
leukaemia, the 11-year-old Gold
Creek Primary School student was
making plans to do her bit for the
Leukaemia Foundation as part of the
World s Greatest Shave.
"I saw the ad on TV and decided I
would do it," she said.
"I really wanted to do it. I thought it
might change my life a bit.
But I think a lot about how the
money I have raised will really help a
family of someone with blood cancer
Rebekah admitted that some of her
year 6 peers were flummoxed by the
"Everyone keeps asking if I ll
actually do it," she said.
"But it s all going.
I m not really scared yet but I m
sure, closer to the day, I ll be nervous,"
July Williams, Rebekah s mother,
said that the decision to shave her head
for charity came as a complete surprise
"It came out of left field, she said.
One morning, she walked in and
told us what she wanted to do and
she s stuck with it."
Glenn Williams, Rebekah s proud
father, had promised that he would
shave his head if Rebekah raised more
than $2000 for the Leukaemia
"I made a flippant comment that I d
do it, too but then, in the three days,
she had raised $600," he said.
"I soon realised me shaving my
head was pretty much going to
It could become an all-family affair
as Mrs Williams has vowed to reach
for the razor if Rebekah hits $4000.
Rebekah s locks are due to be
lopped off on Friday, March 13, in
front of her school.
She has, so far, raised more than
$1500. Along with plenty of
schoolyard support, Canberra
businesses have thrown in meat, bread
and sauces for a sausage sizzle and
flavoured milks which will be sold
along with baked cakes and treats.
"It s going to be great to have the
whole school behind me," Rebekah
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Tall buildings in
The ACT government has slashed
building heights on the proposed
Yarralumla brickworks redevelopment
but increased the number of planned
dwellings for the infill site.
Under a revised master plan,
buildings of up to eight storeys will be
limited to West Deakin, along
Adelaide Avenue, and heights have
been reduced around Yarralumla s
The Land Development Agency has
also committed to fund and build the
$50 million Mint Interchange that it
had removed from the plan.
The government flagged last
November that the height of the
planned brickworks redevelopment
would be reduced after widespread
concern about the 2014 master plan.
A petition with more than 4000
signatures was tabled in the
Legislative Assembly in August,
prompting a review of the plan for
1600 new dwellings on the 42-hectare
Land Development Agency deputy
chief executive Dan Stewart said the
agency made significant changes to
the plan to cover traffic, parking,
density and building height concerns.
"All in all we haven t shied away
from the fact that we still believe this
is a critical project in terms of urban
renewal for the ACT," he said.
He said during the review the
government identified 500 more
possible dwelling sites adjacent to
Cotter Road in land marked for "future
redevelopment" under the 2014 plan.
While the number of dwelling sites
under last year s plan will be reduced
to 1300, this new land redevelopment
will bring the total number of
dwellings to 1800.
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