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Budding comedian Jason Sarossy, 16, competed as a Class Clowns finalist at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Clowning about pays off for comedian
A podcast on 90s wrestling was the
inspirational material for young
comedian Jason Sarossy, the ACT
finalist in a national youth comedy
The 16-year-old Dickson College
student performed at the Melbourne
Comedy Festival as part of the Class
Clowns development program.
He beat out other Canberra hopefuls
to score a place in the competition as
one of 13 finalists from across
Australia. Jason said it was the first
time he had performed in front of a
large crowd and he had received
positive feedback from the event.
"I always enjoyed comedy, he said.
I like to think of myself as funny.
"Honestly, I m not sure what other
people think but apparently I m pretty
good at it."
Jason said drama studies had helped
him with his on-stage confidence.
"You always get adrenalin during
performances, which usually helps,
and I find it all really enjoyable," he
said. For the class clowns show,
Jason s five-minute piece was on
"I learnt pretty much all I know
about wrestling from a podcast that I
listen to. My entire performance was
about 90s wrestling-Iliketokeep
Jason said because the subject was
quite niche, he tried to keep his
performance accessible to people who
knew nothing on the subject.
"I went on stage and explained it,
and then had a bunch of jokes basically
about how dumb it is, he said. I m
a big fan of running jokes."
Jason said the chance to perform on
stage in Melbourne inspired him to
build his repertoire and continue with
"I m thinking of maybe starting a
YouTube thing, just doing five-minute
shorts and posting them to the
internet, he said.
I think I could do further, with
comedy as a career."
Faltering economy a worry as businesses shut up shop
WODEN TOWN CENTRE
Woden s struggling economy
continues to be of concern for Woden
Valley residents with several cafes
closing in recent weeks and continuing
concerns by building owners with the
loss of public service tenants.
Quintessential Equity commercial
property manager Shane Quinn, who
owns a property on Bowes Street, said
Woden was becoming the forgotten
town centre and asked why would
anyone want to buy an apartment if
there were no support amenities.
The loss of amenities has been a
major concern for the WVCC since
changes to the planning system some
years ago, for the northern precinct,
from recreation and leisure to
The outdoor bowls facility and the
pitch and putt have closed.
The 99-year lease granted to the
Phillip pool owner seven years ago has
seen little improvement or upgrade to
The WVCC has made several
recommendations to the draft Woden
masterplan including a new sporting
precinct along Yamba Drive, next to
the recently upgraded Woden athletics
Upgrades to Eddison Park, Woden
town square and Yarralumla Creek
(stormwater channel) will go a long
way to improving the urban amenity in
This submission is available at
wvcc.org.au along with our
submission to the draft Mawson
We will have a presentation on the
long awaited report into the feasibility
study for the Woden/Weston
community centre and planned
changes for Woden Cemetery at the
All Woden residents are welcome to
attend the public meeting from 7.30pm
on Tuesday, May 6, at the Woden
on the agenda
It s been a busy month for
Tuggeranong Community Council.
The Tuggeranong Lake Carers
group and a number of Tuggeranong
Community Council members
attended the launch of a floating reed
bed on the ponds at Goodwin Village
The three square metre trail,
provided by SPEL Environmental, will
improve water quality by absorbing
extra nutrients. Students from
Chisholm School helped set up the
reed beds and will undertake water
Beverley Flint and Glenys Patulny
attended the ACT basin priority
project advisory group -- community
shareholders meeting on behalf of the
council. The group was created as part
of the Murray Darling program and we
learned about a survey of the
community value of water quality that
is being developed by the University
Council members also attended the
official opening of the new ACT Fire
and Rescue Station in South
Tuggeranong by Emergency Services
Minister Joy Burch. I was impressed
with the facilities which will give
quicker response times to all those
who live in south Tuggeranong.
While there, we were also shown a
new meeting room, which has been
built specifically to be used by
We held our last executive meeting
there and intend to use it in future.
Gas and electricity prices were
discussed at the April meeting.
ActewAGL will be running an energy
saving workshop at Bunnings,
Tuggeranong on the April 30 at
At the May meeting, the Asbestos
Response Task Force will talk about
issues and concerns in this area, and
GHD s Tristan Yates will speak about
plans for Ashley Drive.
Our next meeting takes place on
Tuesday, May 5, from 7.30pm upstairs
at the Tuggeranong Southern Cross
Looking at the capital from new perspective
In late 2013, I set myself a challenge
-- a 100kme-plus challenge to be exact.
I decided to walk the entire length
of the then freshly minted Centenary
Admittedly I did break the trip up
into several sections but I personally
wanted to see Canberra from a new
perspective and one that integrates the
best of the urban elements but at the
same time the natural beauty of the
I set off in what should have been
warmer conditions in November 2013.
It was one of those fresh Canberra
mornings, six degrees to be exact, with
two fellow walkers in tow.
We started our journey from the
carpark in Parliament House and
hastily trudged off towards some of
Canberra s -- and the nation s -- most
recognisable landmarks including the
Museum of Australian Democracy, the
war memorial and Mount Ainslie.
Hours of walking ensued. Many
friendly Canberra faces passed us by
and it reinforced what I already knew
It reminded me about the strong
sense of community we enjoy and the
mutual recognition and support of
those who were giving something a
little out there and challenging a go.
Month after month, as the seasons
changed, we hit the dirt tracks of the
trail to move closer to our goal.
At one point I thought I might need
to call in the trusty Snowy Hydro
Southcare Helicopter for a rescue
mission when the mercury peaked at
38 degrees and I found myself,
naively, in the middle of a paddock
This was me being a little dramatic.
We, of course, survived but I did learn
a valuable lesson -- don t do a long
walk in the middle of the day in
I am pleased to say that we achieved
our goal and completed the 145km
trek in February 2015, reaching the
Foundation Stone, to a small but
enthusiastic welcoming party.
The sense of achievement was
immense. The walk had allowed me to
explore my favourite city in the world
from a completely new angle. We had
weaved through suburbs, met new
people along the way and encountered
magpies during swooping season.
The trail is something that I would
encourage any Canberran to try. It is
very achievable for all levels of fitness
and if you don t want to walk there is
a bike trail as well. You will see the
capital from a totally new perspective.
I think my favourite stage was two and
what your favourite stage is.
Round three winners of the Digital
Canberra Challenge have been
announced with APositive and Link
Digital awarded $10,000 each in prize
The challenge provides a chance for
the ACT government to harness the
talent and creativity of small to
medium-sized enterprises in Canberra.
This is a priority for the government
which aims to reduce reliance on the
Commonwealth public service.
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