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Declan Yates and Kim Shoard, both 11, use the new water refill station at Monash Primary School.
School students in every government
primary school in the ACT now have
access to chilled water on tap as part of
an initiative to encourage water as the
drink of choice.
With the phasing out of vending
machines and the implementation of
water refill stations, the ACT
government hopes to reduce the
obesity epidemic in Canberra s young
population by providing healthier
options in schools.
Students at Monash Primary School
in Canberra s south said the water
refill stations, of which the school has
two, made it easy to fill up water
bottles and cool down in summer.
Principal Shane Carpenter said the
endless supply of cold, fresh water
kept students engaged in learning.
"It keeps them hydrated and on task
with their work," Mr Carpenter said.
"Bubblers are nowhere near as
popular -- these are kind of like the
Mr Carpenter said the school has
had the water refill stations since the
beginning of the year.
"When you first come back to
school [after summer holidays] it is
hard work because of the conditions.
But this helps . . . their engagement
levels don t wilt."
Mr Carpenter said the water refill
stations have proved much more
hygienic than the existing bubblers.
The students agreed, saying it made
refilling their water bottles a whole lot
easier. But despite having chilled
water on tap, students said it had not
resulted in an increased urge for water
Minister for Education and Training
Joy Burch said a minimum of two
stations have been implemented in
every government primary school
across the ACT, at a cost of nearly
"The initiative will reduce the
consumption of sugary drinks and
increase water intake," Ms Burch said.
"This is a positive step towards
improving the health of Canberra
The water refill stations are part of
the ACT government s Towards Zero
Growth: Health Weight Action Plan
which also included removing vending
machines from Canberra public
schools and phasing out the sale of
sugary drinks in canteens.
GIRALONG SHOPS SAGA
drag case on
Uncertainty over the future of the
controversial Giralang shops
redevelopment will continue for
months while lawyers update their
legal arguments in the long-running
The legal stoush over the proposed
redevelopment of the shops first began
in 2011, when then Planning Minister
Simon Corbell used call-in powers to
approve the construction of a large
Woolworths, retail outlets, restaurant
and car parks.
An alliance of Canberra businesses,
including nearby supermarkets, were
highly critical of the decision.
The case went all the way to the
High Court, which found partially in
the opponents favour, giving them
standing to fight the decision in court.
It found the operators of the Supa
Express supermarket at Kaleen and the
IGA supermarket at Evatt were
persons aggrieved by Mr Corbell s
decision, overruling the ACT court s
decision not to allow them to stand in
The landlord of a Kaleen
supermarket, however, had his appeal
dismissed by the High Court.
The case, which has now returned to
the ACT Court of Appeal, appeared
last Wednesday. Lawyers for the
opponents said there were new court
decisions they needed to consider that
related to the Giralang stoush.
That included a decision in the
planning battle over the proposed
Gungahlin mosque, started by
controversial group the Concerned
Citizens of Canberra.
The court gave the parties until May
to write submissions on the new
relevant cases. The matter will return
to the ACT Court of Appeal in June.
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