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Time to thank
those who are
there for you
Suicide prevention organisation R U
OK? has launched a new campaign
calling on people to give a big old-
fashioned thanks to those who have
asked are you ok?".
R U OK? campaign director
Rebecca Lewis said Thanks For
Asking was about creating a
conversation movement inspired by
hope and gratitude.
"Whatever the size of the problem,
if someone has been there for you, we
urge you to visit ruok.org.au and thank
them today," she said.
Suicide is the biggest killer of
Australians under 44 years. More than
2500 Australians take their own lives
each year which equates to about
seven people every day.
To galvanise community support for
the new initiative a campaign bus will
arrive in Canberra on September 9 and
organisers will meet politicians at
Parliament House to raise awareness
of the message.
Thursday, September 10.
To help start the movement, visit
ruok.org.au and thank somebody
Going green for the arrival of spring
Patrick Denis and Clive Fishwick plant a London plane tree in Ngunnawal, watched by Johanna Wallner.
Mary Lynn Mather
In the lead-up to spring, the ACT
government is planting about 600 trees
across 82 suburbs to help beautify
Much of the activity is happening in
Banks, Chapman, Forrest, Griffith,
Wright, Casey and Ainslie which the
Territory and Municipal Services
directorate identified for concentrated
areas of planting.
According to TAMS urban
treescapes manager Michael Brice,
winter was a good time for planting
"Many deciduous species are
planted as bare root stock while they
are dormant during winter, meaning
the tree does not come in a pot of soil,
making it easier to transport and
plant," he said.
He added that two-thirds of new
plantings would be made up of 37
species of exotic trees including oaks
(Quercus), ashes (Fraxinus), flowering
cherries (Prunus), flowering pears
(Pyrus) and Chinese elms (Ulmus
"We will also be planting a number
of native trees including eucalypts
(Eucalyptus) and bottlebrush
(Callistemon) in Evatt and Kambah as
part of the program," Mr Brice said.
"While the primary goal of this tree
planting activity is to replace trees that
have been removed due to disease,
hazard or age in streets, the new trees
will also re-establish planting themes
in parks and other areas of high
Johanna Wallner, the co-ordinator
of tree assets for the division, said
certain species were typical of
As an example, each street in
Ngunnawal has its own tree species,
planted when the suburb was
developed in the 1990s.
Ms Wallner said this could pose
problems when trees died as some
types were not easy to replace but the
aim was to create "a consistent street-
scape" for a sense of continuity.
She called busy Citywide employee
Clive Fishwick the government s
He was settling a young London
plane (Platanus Orientalis) into a hole
Patrick Denis dug on a verge in
"I m the one who always does it,"
Mr Fishwick said. "I enjoy it because
it gets me out and about and keeps the
Ms Wallner described the London
plane as "pretty vigorous, compared to
some of the other species".
Roadside gift a real surprise
Mary Lynn Mather
Mary French found a picnic table next to the trail that is part of her
Higgins resident Mary French was
taking her regular morning walk along
Drake Brockman Drive when she saw
something unusual in the distance.
"What on earth is that?" she
thought, imagining somebody had
dumped rubbish on the side of the road
As she got closer, she realised she
was looking at "something lovely" -- a
wooden all-in-one picnic table and
Pinned to it was a label, which read:
"Thank you from an elderly daily
walker who can now sit and enjoy the
Mrs French was delighted to find
the resting place next to the well-used
nature trail that winds past vineyards
"The view is stupendous from here,"
she said, pointing to the Brindabella
Range on the horizon.
"What a great thing to do," she said.
"How thoughtful and what
wonderful opportunities it opens up
for community chats, rest for those
who need it and general feelings of
The picturesque spot is tucked
behind a small rise.
Mrs French said she would be
tempted to use it when the weather was
"I could bring my thermos and have
a cup of tea here," she added.
"It s a beautiful area."
ACTIVITIES AIM TO RAISE
To raise awareness of dementia,
September is Dementia Awareness
Month in Australia. This year s theme
is creating a dementia-friendly nation.
The month incorporates World
Alzheimer s Day on Monday,
September 21, and a Memory Walk
and Jog will be held around Lake
Burley Griffin on Sunday, September
20, from 8.30am. Alzheimer s ACT is
hosting information sessions
throughout the month at its office at
159 Maribyrnong Avenue, Kaleen.
Details at fightdementia.org.au
GET ALONG TO SEE
SOME GREAT CINEMA
The 12th annual Arab Film Festival
Australia returns to Canberra from
Friday to Sunday, August 28-30, at the
National Film and Sound Archive.
Organisers have announced the world
premiere of Man in the Mirror, a short
documentary by western Sydney
filmmaker Ali Mousawi which
chronicles the life of an Iranian asylum
seeker turned Michael Jackson
impersonator. Tickets and session times
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