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Celebrating our diverse community
Folk Dance Canberra members Rebecca Lane, Suzanne Kukolic and Lesley Rose will perform at the
Community Diversity Festival on August 29.
Kimberley Le Lievre
A festival to celebrate the diverse
North Canberra community is set to be
held in Hackett on Saturday.
Organiser Brian Rope said the first
Community Diversity Festival would
provide a chance for community
groups to introduce themselves to
those interested in what they have to
"We invited every community group
we could think of in the area to come
along and be part of it," Mr Rope said.
He said there would be "quite a
mixture of things" on offer throughout
the day, including performances from
Folk Dancing Canberra, food and
drinks, children's activities and arts
As part of the festival, the
community groups have the chance to
participate in the storytelling circle'',
a discussion platform to present their
organisation to the public.
"There are two things that happen
already on the site on Saturdays,
Meg's Toybox toy lending library and
the Anglican Church operates a
program called Tucker Box, providing
food to low income people at
"We're going to build on that and
put these other things on in the spaces
Mr Rope said they wanted to
promote the site as a community hub.
"We're finding the whole area has
become a meeting place for the
community around the Ainslie,
Downer and Dickson area, so we're
going to try and develop that."
Folk Dancing Canberra vice-
president Suzanne Kukolic said their
group had been part of the Hackett
community for 16 years.
"We run classes every day of the
week, from beginners to advanced
level," Ms Kukolic said.
"We're mostly Aussies who love the
music and culture of other countries.
We say folk dancing covers three main
things, body, brain and social. It's a
great group of people who do folk
dancing," she said.
The group hoped to garner the
interest of the wider community, and
show them what they had to offer.
Mr Rope said the Community
Diversity Festival was an expansion of
the previously held disability festival.
"The things that happen in the
community are so diverse and so
interesting we thought it was a way for
the different organisations to get to
know each other and share with the
community what they do," he said.
The Community Diversity
Festival will be held on Saturday
August 29 from 11am to 3pm at St
Margaret's Uniting Church on the
corner of Antill Street and Phillip
on our identity
Lately there has been a lot of talk
about referendums and plebiscites.
It's not widely known that ACT
residents weren't allowed to vote in
constitutional referendums and
plebiscites until 1977 when it was put
to the states in a referendum and it got
up -- one of eight that have succeeded
over the past 114 years.
And it didn't take ACT residents
long to show their independence and
exercise their new rights when they
became the only jurisdiction to vote
for Waltzing Matilda over Advance
Australia Fair as the preferred national
song in a plebiscite held later that year.
Canberrans continued to buck the
national trend when we were the only
jurisdiction back in 1999 to support an
I should put on record, again, that I
am a strong supporter of an Australian
republic, I am a member of the
Australian Republican Movement and I
hope that I will see an Australian head
of state in place in my lifetime.
Recently Peter Fitzsimmons was
appointed as the new chair of the
Australian Republican movement and
Tim Mayfield as the new national
director. I know that their
appointments will renew enthusiasm
for this issue and will guide
Australians through the important and
challenging debate that lies ahead.
For those who are interested in the
republic debate check out
ouridentity.org.au and consider
signing up to become part of the
campaign for change.
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