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Big lashings of Belco pride at launch
Monika McInerney and Chenoeh Miller are celebrating the Belconnen community.
Mary Lynn Mather
One of the busiest spaces in Canberra,
the Belconnen Arts Centre is getting
ready to celebrate the district s 50th
birthday next year.
There is always something
happening here, said Fringe Festival
producer Chenoeh Miller, as members
of the Ignite Alternative Arts Academy
It s a hub of activity, added the
BAC s creative program director,
We ve got Chenoeh to come in and
weave her magic.
As an independent producer, Miller
has been tasked with facilitating the
She has engaged with artists
working in improvisation, community
engagement and new media to activate
the BAC s presence in the heart of
Both women said they believed the
many voices and varied productions
that typify the centre on any given day
were the perfect expression of
The artists feed the creative
process, McInerney said.
Miller echoed her sentiments,
hailing the overlapping of the
BAC s groups as a means of crafting
a richer community .
For her, that includes making the
events as multicultural as possible and
listening closely to what Belconnen
The consultation process has been
informal and inclusive, with people
offering their suggestions and
engaging with a large map on one of
Our Place is the apt title of the
birthday launch, which is scheduled to
run from 4pm to 8pm on Saturday.
We re showcasing all the different
kinds of things that happen here all the
time, Miller said.
The fest will fuse artists, dancers,
musicians, market stalls and other
local talent into one big celebration of
all things Belco , jam-packed with fun
and suitable for all ages.
We wanted something fresh, with
every element coming to life, said
We re even doing Belco Pride
tattoos, Miller said.
McInerney said families, friends
and individuals would be brought
together for a banquet of sharing,
with the giant event including food
and wine to soothe the soul .
From fires and face painting to live
performances and locally
manufactured furniture, Our Place has
been designed to focus on and reflect
what Miller called the unique spirit
of Belco pride .
Building a better
Minister for Community Services
Yvette Berry recently launched the
Commitment to Community program.
She described it as "a partnership
between government and community
to better integrate local services and
make it easier for residents to access
the support they need from
government and non-government
The program is part of the $1.335
million Better Services Local Services
"The West Belconnen Commitment
to Community is a community-driven,
people-centred approach to addressing
social issues that residents may be
facing, such as housing, education,
employment, family support and
disability," Ms Berry said.
She said four focus areas were
developed after input. They are:
connecting older people to those
around them; developing employment
pathways for young people; providing
the best start for children; and
supporting stronger families.
Working groups were established to
to trial new ideas and solutions.
in at museum
Award-winning author Sulari Gentill
has begun her Eminent-Writer-in-
Residency at the Museum of
The historical crime writer has
settled in to the Gorman Arts Centre
Receiving the keys to an office at
the museum unlocks access to the
archives of Old Parliament House and
Gentill is keen to delve into the past
and pursue a particular research focus
into Australia in 1934 during the
During the month-long stay she will
be laying the foundations for her 11th
novel, the eighth book in her Rowland
Sinclair Mystery series before her
residency finishes on September 25.
ACT WOMEN'S AWARDS
Acknowledging sisterhood's best in our community
Everyone knows an awesome woman in
Canberra and it feels great to shine a
light on what they do in our community.
Nominations are now open for the
2016 ACT Women s Awards.
The ACT government wants to hear
about women of all ages and
backgrounds who are making a
difference, big or small, in our
This year the awards will recognise
exceptional women in three categories
including ACT Women of the Year;
ACT Senior Women of the Year; and
ACT Young Women of the Year.
The awards will be part of
celebrations of International Women s
Day, held annually on March 8.
ACT Minister for Women Yvette
Berry urged women to nominate before
the closing date of November 27.
Being nominated by your own
community can mean just as much as
winning an award, she said.
I hope people across the city will
take the time to fill in a nomination as
a way to say thank you to the excellent
work women do across Canberra.
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