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Glider pilot reaches great heights
Rick Agnew enjoys being up in the air in a glider.
Photo: Rick Agnew
Kimberley Le Lievre
At least once every five weeks when
the weather is just right Rick Agnew
soars through the sky at dizzying
heights in an aircraft propelled by
nothing but air currents.
Dr Agnew is one of about 45 active
members of the Canberra Gliding
Club, which uses Bunyan air field near
Cooma as its base.
In one of his most recent flights, Dr
Agnew was propelled by rising air to
heights of over 24,500 feet as he
travelled from Bunyan to Bredbo, on
to Adaminaby and Jindabyne and all
the way back to Bunyan in a flight
lasting just over two and a half hours.
He said while many Canberrans
were being buffeted by the freezing
wind, and snow bunnies were enjoying
a new layer of freshly fallen snow,
gliders were having a ball thanks to the
atmospheric wind phenomenon.
"It s not the furthest or the highest
I ve flown, but it s the first flight I ve
done for a little while because weather
conditions have been terrible," Dr
The flight was recorded as the
highest height gained for several years
in Australia by a glider.
"I m one of these addicts," Dr
"If I don t fly at least every five
weeks, my partner would say I get a
little bit twitchy."
He said when he took off from
Bunyan during his record-breaking
flight, he had to make a tough
"Do I want to sit over the same place
for the rest of the day? No, that s
boring, although some people like to
do that. I had the altitude record and
I m fairly competitive, so I try to keep
that record," he said.
The gliders are towed behind a
power plane to take off from the
airfield at Bunyan, and each pilot
needs to be prepared to experience
temperatures that exceed minus 10
degrees when flying at altitude.
Dr Agnew said being up in the air is
an amazing feeling.
"It s sort of surreal. It s dead calm,
and you have hardly any input into the
controls of the aircraft. It s wonderful
when you re going up," he said.
"The night before [a flight] I m like
a kid at Christmas."
Work to begin on
Demolition of the Currong flats on the
corner of Cooyong Street and Ainslie
Avenue in the city begins in
September, with the land to be sold for
a new set of apartments and
Head of the government s public
housing renewal taskforce David
Collett said site preparation would
begin this month, with the $6-million
demolition to be completed early in
The government also plans to
demolish the neighbouring Bega and
Allawah flats, and Mr Collett said
while the sales process for the cleared
blocks was yet to be determined, it was
anticipated the Currong and Allawah
blocks would be offered together.
This home is a cut above the rest
property offers multiple living
areas and four bedrooms.
For more of Canberra's best property see your All Homes guide in
Saturday's Canberra Times
This home well and truly stands out
from the others in the street in this
part of Narrabundah and there s no
doubt it s going to set a new trend.
property at 58 Warramoo Crescent is
a slice of inner south perfection for
those willing to fork out the funds.
The home is less than 12 months
old and architect Paul Tilse skilfully
designed it to a flawless finish with
multiple indoor and outdoor living
Walking through the front door
you first see a rumpus/lounge room
on the right and to the left lies the
door into the double garage.
Further into the house you find a
fantastic open plan living, dining and
kitchen area and it is this room that
is my favourite.
The kitchen is every chef s dream
with a huge amount of Caesarstone
bench space, a pantry, Miele
appliances, and it gives the cook a
chance to be part of the action when
The room opens up to a courtyard
area, and when the weather is not so
gloomy as it is now, makes it a huge
The four bedrooms are located at
the back of the home with the master
-- with an en suite and walk-in
wardrobe -- to the left and the other
three to the right.
The master suite also has access to
This really is a stunning inner
south property and is a great chance
for an astute buyer to get in before
the rest of the area booms.
58 Warramoo Crescent,
Narrabundah is available for offers
over $1.1 million through Maria
Selleck Properties principal Maria
Selleck, 0417 258 803. EER: 5
The major event after the July meeting
was the shock announcement by the
Land Development Agency proposing
residential development in Dickson
between the Dickson pool and
Dickson playing fields.
It is known formally as Dickson
section 72 and informally as Dickson
parklands. The announcement came
after a meeting between the LDA, the
NCCC, Dickson Residents Group and
Downer Community Association on
the status of the rezoning proposal for
the area. Community attendees
understood that the purpose of the
meeting was to discuss, for the first
time, whatever proposal the LDA
might have in mind for Dickson
parklands, with a view to negotiate and
conclude a mutually acceptable future
for the area. At no time during this
meeting did any LDA representative
let on that they considered their own
proposal for the Dickson parklands a
Contrary to media reports, the LDA
proposal was not a toned-down version
of any proposal discussed earlier. If
anything, it was a complete departure
to what community attendees at
previous workshops had preferred --
supporting, reserving and developing
the area for further community use.
NCCC s next meeting will be held
on Tuesday, August 18, at 7.30pm at
the Majura Function Room in the
Majura Community Centre, 2
Rosevear Place, Dickson. Inner North
residents who are unable to attend
meetings can still stay informed via
email about local issues and NCCC
activities by becoming a member of
the council. See northcanberra.org.au.
Mike Hettinger, chairman
The National Botanic Gardens is
celebrating National Science Week
with some exciting new visitors to the
grounds. Dinosaurs from the National
Dinosaur Museum will become part of
the Prehistoric Garden Trail, with free
self-guided walks or booked guided
Experience the gardens like you ve
never seen them before from Saturday
August 15 to Sunday August 23.
Travel along the path from the
rainforest to the red centre,
discovering life-size dinosaurs among
the flora and landscapes that they once
Visit the visitor centre, open 9.30am
to 4.30pm, for more information or
phone 6250 9588.
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