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Major snowfalls may take back seat
A family takes a stroll outside the national war memorial (above), the Shine Dome (above, right) and the Canberra Times front page of August 9, 1965.
Fifty years ago, Canberra experienced
one of its greatest ever snow days.
On August 9, 1965, The Canberra
Times reported that up to eight inches,
or 20 centimetres, of snow fell in some
suburbs, while much of the city had
ground to a halt, during a seven-hour
Blizzard conditions left residents
skiing down the slopes of Regatta
Point by the lake with snow fights in
front of Parliament House.
The Shine Dome was transformed
into a snow dome and, as children hit
the toboggans for two days, an army of
snowman sprang up in backyards and
"Hundreds of people took
advantage of the thick blanket of snow
to ski and toboggan on footpaths and
parks, to build snowmen and to have
snow fights, the paper reported.
Over the past 100 years, there have
been more than a dozen major snow
events in Canberra. The last of these
occurred on May 28, 2000.
Anthony Duke said that changing
weather patterns and climate warming
meant the chance of major snow
events would be reduced in future.
He said there was a lot of evidence
to show the jetstreams which help
produce such events were contracting
toward the poles.
"It doesn t eradicate the chance of
snow," Mr Duke said.
"We will see snow events still but
the current climate predications and
climate science suggests that they ll be
Although the big blizzard of August
1965 was an extraordinary day in
Canberra, there might have been at
least one snow event that topped it.
The July 18-19 snowstorms of 1949
could be the heaviest falls ever
recorded in the territory.
The Canberra Times reported it
exceeded the nine inches, or 23
centimetres, of snow dumped on the
city in the famous 1929 snow event.
"Although comparison of the fall
with that in 1929 was a matter of
opinion yesterday morning, the fall
last night resolved the issue," the paper
reported at the time.
New research released by Alzheimer s
Australia shows one in 13 people with
dementia are now under the age of 65.
The research is part of the No
Longer A Statistic campaign which
reveals 315 Canberrans under 65 have
Chief executive Jane Allen said
there was a common belief that people
with dementia live in residential aged
They simply do not, Ms Allen
said. In fact, 70 per cent of people
living with dementia actually live in
There is a real lack of awareness
around dementia; that includes health
She said people aged under 65 with
younger onset dementia frequently
faced stigma, discrimination and
The diagnosis of dementia in
younger people often takes longer than
it does for older people, Ms Allen
said. Many people end up seeing
numerous specialists before getting a
Figures from Alzheimer s Australia
ACT show by 2020 the number of
people under 65 with dementia will
jump to 355 in Canberra.
Anybody who wants help, or
information, should call the National
Dementia Help Line on 1800 100 500
or visit fightdementia.org.au.
Action on climate change was the
focus of the ACT Parliament of Youth
on Sustainability meeting held at ANU
earlier this month. More than 150
students from kindergarten to year 12
met for a day to discuss and debate
policy, and agree on action to deliver
to the ACT s politicians.
The 46 teams presented a proposal
in response to the question, what is
one action for our future we should
take to tackle climate change? . From
building design, to chip packet sizes
and waterless toilets, the students
ACT MLAs joined the youth
parliament for a question and answer
session, while senior students
facilitated the sessions. The leading
proposals to come from the event,
according to SEE-Change ACT
project manager Anne Quinn, were
planting trees, educational campaigns,
mandated solar panels on all new
buildings, shifting the economy to
green options, and ensuring the effect
of climate change on water is
recognised as a human rights issue.
Inner South residents want school to retain land
Inner South residents are urging the
ACT government to assess several
alternative sites for a childcare facility
currently slated to be built on the
sports fields of Telopea Park School.
Inner South Combined Community
Council president Gary Kent said it
was important an alternative solution
was found soon as the lingering issue
was aggravating the community.
"The matter wasn t handled well
from the beginning," he said.
"The ISCCC intends to work toward
finding an alternative site for MOCCA
but doesn t believe an acceptable
solution is for Telopea School to lose
Mr Kent said the messy land swap
had been further complicated by the
government s initiation of a 10-year
master plan for Telopea Park School.
He said if the government moved
forward with the master plan process
that would be a sign of bad faith.
If we are all genuine about finding
another site for MOCCA and allowing
the school to stay as it is, why would
we be worrying about a master plan?
he said. "There is a substantial section
of the community that think the offer
to give the land back to the school is a
charade and that the government
believes an alternative site cannot be
As part of the hunt for an alternative
site the ISCCC has been in discussions
with elected members, the Land
Development Authority and the ACT
"The Education Directorate have
told me they are actively looking for
other sites," he said. "I have to believe
they have been genuine in those
An Education and Training
directorate spokesman confirmed
work was continuing on the school s
A preferred landscape master plan
option is expected to be presented to
the school executive and school board
for approval in early to mid-August
2015, the spokesman said.
This will also identify the priority
works to be undertaken as part of the
$800,000 funding to be provided to the
directorate by the Land Development
Urban Renewal co-ordinator-
general Dan Stewart said the Chief
Minister had given an undertaking to
assess other sites, but at this stage no
other site had been brought forward to
However, the government has
undertaken a search for appropriate
sites over a wider search area, he
Any consideration of an alternative
site will involve consultation with
MOCCA and the community. In the
meantime, work is still being
undertaken to prepare the tennis court
site for the development of a childcare
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