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Sydney Peace Prize winner artist George Gittoes poses beside some of his pieces at his Arncliffe studio in Sydney.
Photo: Louise Kennerley
Destruction inspires new creations
Creation at the heart of destruction
inspires artist George Gittoes.
The 2015 Sydney Peace Prize
winner was in Canberra last week to
lay a wreath at the tomb of the
Unknown Soldier and to attend the
Jonathon Church Ethics Award.
Trooper Jonathan Church was
immortalised in a photo taken by
Gittoes in Rwanda in 1995 but a year
later the Special Air Service Regiment
paramedic was killed when two Black
Hawk helicopters crashed near
The image has since been used to
create a bronze statue for the award --
the first of which was presented to the
parents of Trooper Church last week.
Gittoes work has exposed injustice
for more than 45 years and he has
confronted violence in war zones
across the world.
"The fact [is] that everyone else is
destroying and I m creating," he said.
"War is such a destructive thing and
to be creative in the face of it makes
the work much more powerful and
Gittoes grew up in the Sydney
suburb of Rockdale and studied fine
arts at the University of Sydney.
In 1970, he helped establish The
Yellow House artists collective in
Kings Cross with the likes of Martin
Sharp and Brett Whitely.
The artists activism evolved
through his work as a painter, film
maker and photojournalist.
He has covered conflicts and social
upheavals in places including
Nicaragua, Somalia, Cambodia,
Bosnia, Bougainville, East Timor,
South Africa, Palestine, Iraq and
Gittoes said although travelling
from one war zone to the next left him
in a state of absolute exhaustion, he
believed in what he did and it kept him
Art historian Rod Pattenden said
Gittoes images pried open the door to
a conversation about what it meant to
be human at the very limits where tired
illusions and worn-out symbols
"This is the dare at the heart of his
practice -- to activate the imagination
rather than fear, and to create hope in
the face of chaos," he said.
to address gaps
in health service
ACT Medicare Local will form the
new ACT Primary Health Network
from July, focusing on improving
frontline services across Canberra.
The federal government announced
last week Medicare Local had won the
tender to form the Canberra network
A national program will roll out 31
Primary Health Networks across
ACT Medicare Local chairman
Martin Liedvogel said the organisation
was delighted to win the tender.
"We ve been around for 20 years
and have had a long relationship in the
Canberra region with ACT Health,
general practice and the community,"
"We will continue to work with
clinicians, consumers, community and
ACT government to improve the co-
ordination of care to ensure patients
receive the right care in the right place
at the right time."
As part of the new program the
federal government has established six
key priorities for targeted work in
mental health, Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander health, population
health, the health workforce, eHealth
and aged care.
Dr Liedvogel said ACT Medicare
Local said a community advisory
council and clinical council would also
inform the network s actions.
"Through in-depth analysis we
know the health needs of Canberrans,
particularly our most vulnerable, and
will continue to identify and address
service gaps," he said.
"We will develop new or improved
models of care to improve co-
ordination across the primary care
sector and with hospitals, developing
health pathways and inter-professional
collaboration tailored to the needs of
Dr Liedvogel said the new network
would also upskill health
professionals, promoting the value of
general practice and developing
DUAL OCCUPANCY PROPOSAL
Residents' Fluffy concerns flare up
Our next meeting will be held on
Wednesday at the Weston Club,
Liardet Street, where deputy
Opposition Leader Alistair Coe will
speak on transport policies from
We have asked him to speak on light
rail, the ACTION network and parking
in the city and town centres.
In March we had two public
meetings. The first, with the ACT
government Asbestos Task Force,
provided an update on the buyback
scheme, what support is being
provided to homeowners, where the
pilot demolition is at, support to the
elderly, how this program will affect
the wider community and the proposed
territory plan variation. The second
meeting provided an update by
representatives from the Land
Development Agency on
developments in the Molonglo Valley.
We also had a presentation on the
proposed service station for Weston
Creek and Molonglo residents.
The government has announced it is
proposing dual occupancy on 770 of
the Mr Fluffy housing blocks. The
planning change would also allow the
blocks to be strata-titled so they can be
sold as separate titles. The council has
several concerns in relation to this
proposal. The addresses of Mr Fluffy
houses have not been released and
many residents remain unaware they
have Fluffy houses in their street.
The move could transform the
character of some streets and
neighbourhoods where streets may
have up to nine houses.
It will also likely put the blocks out
of reach of the current owners if they
want to repurchase and build again.
The council is heartened by the
announcement of some additional bus
services for Weston Creek. We will
wait to see how they are received
before making any judgments but it
does seem promising.
Work is finally under way after a
six-year battle by the council for
additional parking spaces for the
Cooleman Court area. Hopefully these
will be ready by the end of June. We
are working on upgrading our council
website and then will conduct a survey
of residents as to what are the major
issues for them. We will use these as
discussion points in the lead-up to the
2016 ACT election.
Call the council on 62888975 or
visit wccc.com.au .
UPTAKE OF NBN DIVIDES
NEIGHBOURS IN CASEY
Casey residents have been stranded on
the information superhighway after
only one side of some streets were
connected to the National Broadband
Network. Fraser MP Andrew Leigh
and Molonglo MLA Meegan
Fitzharris visited Casey to inspect
areas such as Winchester Street and
John Crawford Crescent where only
half the job appeared to have been
done. "We have a ridiculous situation
where residents less than 10 metres
from their neighbours are unable to get
connected and don t know when they
will be," Dr Leigh said. Ms Fitzharris
said the technology divide in Casey
was stark and residents had been left
scratching for answers because NBN
Co. would not be upfront with them.
Residents simply want to know
whether it will it be a month, a year or
more before the NBN reaches their
home, she said. NBN Co could not be
reached for comment and did not
respond to questions from The
GEOSCIENCE LABS OPEN
ITS DOORS FOR TOUR
A laboratory tour at Geoscience
Australia will take place on
Wednesday. The tour will demonstrate
how rocks, oil, gas and water are
analysed. All visitors will need to have
covered shoes. Please notify
Geoscience Australia if you require
help with access. The tour takes place
from 11am to 12.30pm at
Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston.
For more information, call 6249 9111
or visit geoscience-australia-
BREACH OF RESPONSIBILITIES
Tribunal issues ANU $3000 fine over unusable fire exits
ANU Bar has been fined $3000 and
publicly reprimanded for having an
unusable emergency exit twice last
The ACT Civil and Administrative
Tribunal found the Australian National
University Union, trading as ANU
Bar, contravened the Liquor Act on
October 16 and 29 by failing to ensure
an emergency exit was operational.
Tribunal documents said officers
from the Commission of Fair Trading
warned the university watering hole
about the issue on October 16.
But the officers returned to find the
exit still dysfunctional on October 29.
ACAT member Mary-Therese
Daniel said the contraventions had
been a serious breach of the ANU
Bar s responsibilities as a liquor
The granting of a licence to sell
liquor on premises is a privilege that
carries with it a responsibility to
ensure that premises are safe by,
amongst other things, ensuring that
emergency exits are functional so that
patrons can be safely evacuated in the
event of a fire or other emergency,
she wrote in a judgment published last
The ANU Bar will undertake a
review of its risk-assessed
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