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Business faith is
highest in nation
Canberra’s businesses are leading the
nation for confidence in the economy
just 12 months after local firms were
found to be the most pessimistic.
Sensis, which compiles the annual
survey, credits the turnaround to
"healthy sales and strong results in
prices, employment and wage in the
ACT in 2015.
But across the nation, the White
Pages publisher found business
confidence was on the floor.
Most firms said they thought the
economy was shrinking or standing
still and only 13 per cent were banking
on economic growth.
The index, compiled from a survey
of 1000 businesses across the country,
found confidence among small and
medium businesses (SMBs) in the
ACT was rising.
Their net confidence measure was
the highest in the country.
Approval for new suburb has clearance zone requirements
The ACT government has given the
green light to zoning changes to allow
6500 new houses to be built in West
Belconnen, against the NSW border.
The area is adjacent to Holt and
West Macgregor, next to the West
Belconnen tip, currently receiving
demolition materials from Fluffy
houses, and near the Parkwood Egg
Farm. The government is developing
the area in partnership with the
Last week Planning Minister Mick
Gentleman approved a Territory Plan
variation to allow the development.
It includes the extension of
Ginninderra Drive for the new
housing, a plan that still needs federal
The variation says the landfill site,
Green Waste and the Parkwood Egg
Farm are incompatible with residential
development so clearance zones will
be retained around them ‘‘until such
time as they cease operation’’. A wider
clearance zone had also been imposed
around the Lower Molonglo water
quality control centre.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Serious face beneath the hairspray
Students, Caleb Bartholomew, 18 of Charnwood (as Link Larkin), Michaela Lavers, 18 of Dunlop (Tracy
Turnbald), Oliver Simonetti, 18 of Latham (Corny Collins) and Jaslyn Mairs, 18 of Aranda during the dress
rehearsal of Hairspray.
Photo: Melissa Adams.
Beneath the big hair, bright tunes and
60s costumes Hairspray is a musical
with serious intent.
The production tackles the issue of
racial segregation in an era well before
their time but the Hawker College
student cast found it invites audiences
to celebrate difference irrespective of
colour, gender, size or shape.
Michaela Lavers campaigned since
the start of the school year for
Hairspray to be the chosen musical
and was thrilled to be cast as Tracy
Turnblad – her first lead role.
“Not only are the songs so good, I
really like the themes within it and
how much energy there is to fight for
diversity,” she said.
“There are so many aspects of the
show that are still so relevant today
like fat-shaming, racism and
discrimination about sexuality.
‘‘It’s a fun show but it makes you
think about how far we’ve come on
The part of Edna Turnblad, Tracy’s
larger-than-life mother, is traditionally
a drag role but 17-year-old Tasman
McClymont-Griffiths said he wanted
to do more than rely on the comedy of
“It should be funny because the
character herself is funny, not just
because it is a man playing a woman,”
McClymont-Griffiths hopes to
pursue acting after he graduates and
has auditioned for multiple acting
“I have auditioned for NIDA and
WAAPA,” he said. “There’s no back-
up plan; I just want to do it and see
what happens.” Director and deputy
principal Crystal Mahon said students
had embraced the “all hands on deck’’
approach to putting on the production
but enjoyed learning about the social
and historical context in which the
show was set.
“All tertiary students have done an
in class essay that looked at the
structure of the story and the themes of
segregation, inclusion and
discrimination,” she said.
“We used historical documents from
the American ’60s but also comparing
that with what was going on at that
time in Australia.”
Securing the rights to perform the
show, Ms Mahon learned Hawker
College was the first ACT school to
put on Hairspray.
“I think the show has great polish
considering that it’s a student
production,” she said. “The quality of
performance you can get out when the
kids are really connected to something
■ Hairspray is on at Hawker
College’s Murranji Theatre
November 4-7 daily from 7pm with
12noon matinees on weekends.
Tickets $15-$25 at stagecenta.com/
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