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Food rescue service grows in size
Kimberley Le Lievre
OzHarvest Canberra manager Dave Burnet in the collaborative
kitchen in Ainslie Village.
Photo: Kimberley Le Lievre
More than 90,000 kilograms of
food has been rescued in the past 10
months since the re-introduction of
OzHarvest food rescue service back
into the Canberra community.
The service re-emerged in
November with manager Dave
Burnet at its helm. The aim of the
program is to pick up food from
supermarkets and commercial
kitchens and deliver it to charities to
service people in need.
Mr Burnet said 70 per cent of
food rescued was fruit, vegetables
and fresh produce.
In winter, these ingredients go
towards making hearty vegetables
soups and casseroles.
"We're getting around 800 to
1000 kilos in a good week," Mr
"That gives you an idea of how
much food is out there.
"We're still having more and
more people connecting with us.
We collect prepared meals . . .
and that goes down a treat at any of
the 50 or more charities that we
Mr Burnet said OzHarvest
Canberra partnered with the Ainslie
Village in February to use a vacant
commercial kitchen space.
"We opened up the kitchen in
collaboration with Argyle Housing
and Richmond Fellowship," he
The space had been empty for
years, but, after a major clean-up
operation, it had all OzHarvest
needed to value-add to its delivery
program, he said.
The service also helps run Fresh
Mess on Sundays, a program which
serves hearty and healthy meals to
those in need from the kitchen.
"It's like a dream come true to
have access to this facility," Mr
"We've always needed a kitchen
The benefits of that are not just
for us but for the whole
Mr Burnet said OzHarvest
Canberra was always looking to
expand its services.
"I'd love to see another van for
the service,'' he said.
Two vans are more efficient,
and we could collect a lot more
"I'd also like to see more of the
community engage with us out here
in the collaborative kitchen, be that
in a volunteering level or a
corporate government level doing
team building events.
It's a great facility and I'd love
to see it being used to its maximum
To volunteer for OzHarvest food
rescue in Canberra, visit
Anthony Croke's stunning photograph from the Telstra Tower shows a thick blanket of fog covering the city early last Saturday morning.
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Uber awaits outcome of taxi inquiry
Ride-sharing service Uber has told
the ACT government its fleet of
private cars could provide the
missing link to get Canberrans to
and from the light rail once it
The operator of the smartphone
app, that has taken the world by
storm and upset taxi operators in
equal measure, hopes to begin
operating in the ACT by the end of
the year. But unlike other markets
where it has clashed with
governments, Uber has decided to
await the outcome of the
Legislative Assembly's current
inquiry into the taxi industry
before starting up in the territory.
Uber allows customers and
drivers to connect via a
smartphone app, with rides
typically costing around 30-50 per
cent less than a standard taxi fare,
with drivers able to turn the app on
and off to work at times of
their choosing. Uber policy
director Brad Kitschke said the
ACT had been one of the most
progressive jurisdictions in the
country in relation to ride sharing,
and he was hopeful the right
regulatory framework would be in
place before the service began,
making it a first for Australia.
To date the signs from the
government have been positive,
and if the ACT sticks to the
proposed timeline it would be the
first jurisdiction in the world
outside the United States to
introduce a regulatory framework
for ridesharing before it becomes
available in a market,'' Mr
In other states including NSW
and Queensland transport
authorities have fined scores of
Uber drivers for operating without
licences required by the state.
Uber believes that it can be an
effective last mile for public
transport and the ACT
government's investment in light
rail is particularly attractive to
Uber,'' the submission said.
The company had had around
1000 expressions of interest from
potential drivers in the ACT, with
250 people attending a recent
public information session.
In its submission, Uber argues
ridesharing should not be regulated
the same way as taxis because its
drivers cannot accept rank or hail
work, which accounts for around
60-70 per cent of all point-to-point
rides in the ACT.
It also argues that its UberAssist
service could provide more
wheelchair accessible vehicles for
Canberra by allowing those who
had a vehicle converted for a
family member to use it for
ridesharing in times when it was
not in use.
Mr Kitschke said it was too
early to predict how many Uber
drivers might hit Canberra streets.
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